Why It’s Important to Fix Wood Rot Around Your Home ASAP

Wood rot around your home is a big issue that often goes under a homeowner’s radar—until it’s too late.

A leaky window or cracking sill is an indication of wood rot around windows, but it’s also a sign the problem has escalated. Here’s what you need to know to head off the issue of wood rot before it destroys your windowsills or foundation and becomes an expensive problem.

 

What Causes Wood Rot?

The short answer is that moisture causes wood to rot. While windows are built to withstand and protect your home from the effects of weather, improper window or siding installation, poor roof replacement or roofing damages, or gutter issues can lead to water seeping into your windowsills by not flowing out away from the home correctly.

Along the top of windows, flashing protects the window frame from moisture and leakage, allowing water to drain over the top of the window. If the flashing is damaged or missing, water sits on the top of the window casing and gets into the frame over time. When not adequately drained, water may also leak into the walls or posts of the house and lead to an even more significant issue.

Here’s an example of a home with this type of flashing issue. As you can see, the homeowner had wood rot throughout the sills and frames of their window due to moisture accumulation from gutter issues as well as a roofing issue.

Where there is moisture, carpenter ants, termites, and other bugs find these cool, damp areas ideal for setting up their own homes. When these critters get into your woodwork, you often need professional assistance to address the problem, as they tend to eat away at the wood. If you treat the infestation soon enough, you’ll prevent lasting damage to the woodwork in your home.

When combined, pests and water lead to the perfect storm of wood rot and damage around windows, vents, and doors. Any area of your home with wood trim may experience this problem, but the frame surrounding many windows is made of wood and regularly exposed to moisture, making it extremely susceptible to rot and damage. Challenges with your siding (away from windows) can also create an escape zone for water to seep into, creating similar challenges.

Unfortunately, wood rot may go on for years before a homeowner notices the problem. When you realize there’s an infestation or wood rot problem, it may be too late for a small intervention. You may need to replace your windows and tear out the sill and frame entirely, replace full siding, or even worse, need structural changes and updates.

If you’re worried about the issue of wood rot around your home–in your windows, siding, or doors– take a few moments to examine your home for the early signs of wood rot.

Knowing the Signs of Wood Rot Around Your Home

Recently, we worked with a homeowner who had a big problem with wood rot in their door and windows that were recently replaced. When we arrived prior to replacing their door and windows, we noticed some paint peeling and chipping in the corner (very minimal) but generally, that is a sign that there is an underlying issue. Upon further exploration, we found that the issue was stemming from a faulty gutter with multiple seams as well as a poorly constructed, flat rubber roof that was allowing water to pool. Water was leaking in behind the siding and running into the frame. Carpenter ants feasting on the rotting wood had compounded the problem. As we investigated, we were amazed the corner of the roof was still standing, seeing as there was so much rot.


Here’s a special Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video, where we show the window damage this homeowner sustained from wood rot:

 

 


Don’t let this problem happen to you! It’s a big expense, and often, homeowners must replace their windows, doors, or siding entirely. If you do not fix the root cause of the issues (gutters, roofing, framing issues, etc), it is likely that these issues will occur again. Wood rot is one problem that is best addressed early on, at the first sign of an issue.

To check for signs of wood rot around your home, inspect the windowsills and frames. Are there any cracks or degraded looking areas? If there are holes or spots where the wood is crumbling, then there’s a problem.

Watch for signs of mildew as well. While most windows get condensation, it should accumulate on the inside of your windows. It may be necessary to prevent condensation with a dehumidifier, fan, or proper ventilation. If your windows accumulate a lot of condensation, it can lead to rotting of the surrounding wood. Condensation or fogging should never build up between windowpanes; this indicates seal failure.

The primary cause of wood rot around windows, doors, and siding is water running toward your home. If you notice gutters dripping water on your windows or at the base of your doors, or even down your siding, paint bubbling, or a window frame that seems constantly damp, it’s time to investigate. Improper flashing, older siding, and leaky gutters result in water pooling and buildup beneath the exterior trim of your house. Water should never, ever leak into your home, either.

Another indication of wood rot is carpenter ants or termites. If you start to see ants in your home, it means there’s a hole somewhere. Follow these visitors to their origin and address the problem head-on. Ants can do a great deal of damage before you even realize they’re living in your wood trim.

Lastly, if you see a spot that looks discolored, take a pencil, pen, or object to poke with, and press on the spot. If it seems soft to the touch, that is an indication that there is likely soft wood underneath from water damage and rot.

If homeowners watch for the signs and address them early, the remedy is often simple. You may need to repair a gutter, fix the flashing, or hire a professional to exterminate the pests. It’s imperative to correct the issue asap. Wood rot is a concern that shouldn’t wait.

Unfortunately, wood rot in one window or spot is rarely an isolated case, so stay diligent when watching for wood rot around your home. If you notice even small areas of decay, call us right away. Don’t wait!

Your Weather Tight expert will help you assess the issue and mitigate any damage your home has sustained. If it’s a quick fix, we’ll walk you through the solution. We will also help you decide if it’s time for replacement products or home remodeling. Weather Tight does not specialize in repair work, but a lot of times, when an issue becomes noticeable, replacement products are needed, and we are happy to help you address what you may need.

Your home is your castle. Don’t let it crumble due to wood rot. Tackle it right away by calling Weather Tight today!

How Much Do Replacement Windows Cost?

When it comes to new windows, the most common question we receive from customers is: “Exactly how much do replacement windows cost?”

It’s true: replacement windows can give your house a whole new look, they can help you save money on heating and cooling, and they can increase the curb appeal of your home. So yes, they’re a sound investment for the future—but these days most homeowners are worried about their bottom line.

Here’s what you need to know about the cost of replacement windows.

What Factors Affect Replacement Window Cost?

There’s no real hard and fast answer to how much replacement windows cost because every home and every window replacement is unique. The features of the window, the size of the window, the installation method chosen, and even the color of the window trim play a role in the price.

Each and every window installed by Weather Tight is made specifically for your home and your window opening. You get to pick the exterior and interior colors. You get to choose the type of glass. You can select different features to improve the energy efficiency of the replacement windows. You also get to choose if you want to match woodwork and casing colors, grid options, obscure glass options, the list goes on.

Your Weather Tight representative will help you decide on the best replacement window look for your home. They’ll help you find features to meet your lifestyle needs. With double-hung windows, there are options allowing them to tilt inside for easy cleaning.  Many of our windows feature removable screens as well. Full frame options expand your view, while other options like switching out double-hung windows for a bow or bay window really open up your space and can change the overall look of your home. Your representative will talk you through the many available options and features.

Another factor affecting replacement windows cost is the installation technique. There are many factors that go into deciding on the installation method, including the age of the window, insulation condition, and issues like rot, insect infestations, and other concerns.

A pocket installation means we remove only the operational parts of the window (and then order a replacement window to fit into the pocket). It’s fast and one of the least expensive methods, but it’s not always the right choice.

On the other hand, there’s the full-frame installation—in this process, the entire window is removed, and the opening is set to a “start from scratch” basis. We completely insulate around the window, install brand new woodwork, casings, and trim. Although a full-frame installation can be more expensive in the short term, the cost is easily offset by the long-term reliability and durability of the new windows. Window and installation pricing vary so much, you need a professional consultant to visit and assess your needs before a price is determined.

Saving with Style

Windows are a key feature of your house. New windows instantly brighten up your home from inside and out. They give your home a facelift and an update to increase the home value and curb appeal. The cost of replacement windows is easily justified thanks to the long-term value, improved looks, energy efficiency, and comfort they offer.

We find when customers look through the many styles and updates available in replacement windows, they often decide to change a window style. We have casement, sliding, garden windows, and more. Some styles provide more glass space (with a better view) and more ventilation. Other types are more airtight and energy-efficient. It all depends on your needs and the results you’re seeking. This is why Weather Tight works so closely with our customers on the selection process—we want you to feel 100% satisfied with your window choice.


Want to know more about your options when considering replacement windows? Check out this video from Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips!

 

 


How New Windows Help You SAVE A Bundle

Replacement windows also save you money by protecting against heat loss, air infiltration, leaks, and insect invasions. They also ensure the security of your home. With easy and safe locking mechanisms, your windows will securely close with little effort. You will rest easy knowing your home is safe. Security and peace of mind are a big benefit of replacing your windows.

Many customers ask if it’s less expensive to replace just one window or a few windows at a time. While a single window replacement is occasionally the best method in certain situations (such as when one window is broken), we typically see more savings when customers choose to do a full replacement of all windows in their home.

Not only does a full window replacement mean saving by scheduling installers only once, but full window replacement offers cost benefits from the day the window replacement is finished. These benefits eventually offset the cost of the windows themselves. After all, if you replace only half the windows in your home, you could still see energy loss.

Think of it like a leaky bucket. If your bucket has 15 holes and you only pick 7 holes to plug up, will the water stop leaking? A partial window replacement doesn’t offer the value in terms of home resale, nor does it offer the same energy savings of a full window replacement. Yet some replaced is better than none.

Here in Wisconsin, we see many homeowners who are frustrated with cold weather issues. Drafts, high heating bills, high levels of condensation, and difficult outside maintenance. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about the weather, but we will help you choose the best replacement windows to combat anything a Midwestern winter sends your way.

Many of our customers are shocked at how much their replacement windows improve the comfort of their homes. We hear time and time again, “I can’t believe how long I dealt with drafts,” or, “I thought everyone had to wear socks and sweaters indoors!” We also hear customers who can’t believe the decrease in their energy bills thanks to energy-efficient Weather Tight windows.

Windows are an investment, not an area to skimp on. The wrong windows (or a careless installation) may result in future expenses. You’ll save more in the long run by choosing wisely today.

Contact Weather Tight today for a free in-home estimate. We’ll assess how much replacement windows would cost for your unique home. We’ll walk you through the options and give you a no-hassle quote to help you decide if now’s the time to invest in the future comfort, security, and beauty of your house.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Replacement Windows

Are you looking at your home’s windows and asking the age-old question: to replace or not to replace? If you’re considering buying replacement windows for your home, you may have a lot of questions.

While buying replacement windows may seem like a large investment up front, it’s often a wise decision that saves you money in the long run. Buying replacement windows is a purchase that quickly pays you back by increasing your home’s value as well as your comfort and the quality of life inside your home, not to mention the savings on your energy bill.

If you’re considering buying replacement windows, here’s what you need to know to determine if the time is right. When you’re ready, Weather Tight’s friendly product experts will help you choose the best replacement windows to suit the look of your home (as well as your budget).

Is It Time for Buying Replacement Windows?

White Double Hung Windows with Grids

There are a few areas to consider if you’re thinking of buying replacement windows for your home. The first step is to check out the condition of your current windows.

To assess the condition of your windows, take a look at the following:

1. The Windows Themselves

First and foremost, look at the windows in your home. Are there cracks? Do they leak? Does a great deal of moisture accumulate in between the panes (different from the natural phenomenon of window condensation, which is generally harmless)? If your windows are broken, very old, in poor condition, or the glass is damaged, it’s definitely time to invest in replacement windows. New windows will improve the value, livability, and look of your home.

2. The Condition of the Pane

Next, examine the window pane. Is the paint on the window sill flaking off? Does the wood appear cracked? Has the stain faded? These are telltale signs your windows are no longer properly keeping heat inside your home in the winter and outside your home in the summer. While cracking wood and paint is often seen in older homes, it’s not uncommon to see poor window pane conditions in houses built in the last 20 years. Why? Because the materials used in many mass construction projects and planned communities are often not the highest quality.

3. Hardware and Casement

The next area of your window to examine is the inside casement and hardware. Is the window difficult to open? Does it stick or does it feature a crank that’s challenging to maneuver? Not only are hardware and casement issues frustrating to deal with, but they contribute to safety and security issues as well. It’s important windows open and close easily to let in fresh air and for ease of cleaning. It’s also imperative windows lock tightly when you need them to.

4. Air Loss

Do you have air leaks around your window? Use a simple damp hand test around the window to see if you’re getting air loss. Simply wet your hand and hold it near the perimeter of the window. If you feel any cool air, it’s a big sign you’re experiencing air infiltration and air leakage.

5. Your Heating Bill

Another sign of faulty windows is a high energy bill. It’s difficult to tell if your bill has simply slowly risen over the years due to increasing energy costs or if it’s related to air leakage, but when you invest in quality replacement windows, your energy bill will almost certainly go down.

6. Your In-Home Comfort

Do you wear socks in your home all the time? Do you put plastic on your windows in the winter? Do you need a blanket whenever you’re enjoying movies on the couch? These little inconveniences may seem small, but they add up to less satisfaction and comfort in your home. Your home should be a place you relax and feel comfortable without reaching for a sweater.

7. The Curb Appeal of Your Home

Does the look of your windows enhance your home’s curb appeal? Even if you don’t plan to sell your home or move, new windows are an excellent investment to increase the value and look of your house. Nothing brightens up a house like fresh, new windows, especially when Weather Tight will ensure your replacement windows blend seamlessly with your home.

Ready to Buy Replacement Windows? You Have Plenty of Options

There are many replacement window options out there, but it’s Weather Tights’ dedication to customer service and the Wisconsin community that’s made us Wisconsin’s Most Recommended Home Remodeler. Our replacement windows are backed by a lifetime transferable warranty to give you peace of mind in your investment.

If you’re ready to replace your windows and give your home a facelift, Weather Tight is ready to help. We offer a free in-home assessment where we’ll look at the performance of your current windows and discuss the possibilities as well as options, so you can make an educated decision regarding this household purchase.

As you look into buying replacement windows, you’ll find you have many choices. With Weather Tight, every window is custom manufactured to fit the look and style of your home. An expert will work with you to come up with a plan for your home and design your windows around your needs.

Get to Know Weather Tight Replacement Windows

At Weather Tight, we offer beautiful energy-efficient replacement windows with endless options for customization to fit the look and style of your home. Using patented designs from Restorations, our replacement windows offer minimal frames to enhance your view by up to 30%!

For durability and reliability, there’s no better window pane material than vinyl. The amazing aspect of vinyl is it’s both strong and flexible. Replacement windows of the past often included heavy, bulky frames to hold the panes of thick glass in place. Now with modern technology, windows are lightweight, and frames no longer need to be bulky. With fusion welding, each piece of vinyl is fused together, creating a frame that won’t leak or wear out. This ensures high performance and reliability for the life of your window.

The frames are also insulated with environmentally-friendly, CFC-free polyurethane, making them the most energy efficient windows on the market. Our airtight windows protect against the worst of weather and keep your home dry, temperature controlled, and comfortable (not to mention the savings on your energy bill).

While function is important, of course, customers are often concerned about the aesthetics of window replacement as well. After all, you want windows to fit the look and feel of your home. If you’re only replacing some of your windows or including exterior updates, you want windows to blend in and match the rest of your home design.

Weather Tight windows are available in a variety of different color combinations and woodgrains to ensure each window matches your homes exterior and blends seamlessly with the look of your house. Choose from window options including double hung, full frame, sliding, casement, bow, and bay windows. We also can work with condo & homeowner associations to color match your window needs.

Thanks to the energy efficient triple-pane glass in our sliding and casement windows, Weather Tight vinyl replacement windows offer the best air infiltration rates available. Our windows offer convenience, easy cleaning, and updated hardware for improved security. Select windows with specialty tempered safety glass or glass to prevent UV rays from fading furniture and carpets. Thermal pane windows are filled with noble argon gas, which improves thermal efficiency and lasts for many years.

Are there windows in your home you’re not so fond of? The options for customization are endless. We can resize your windows, change the type of window, and ensure the trim fits perfectly with the look of your home. There are also many ways to reduce the cost of window replacement. In the long run, it’s a sound investment in the value, security, and enjoyment of your home.

So, if you’re considering buying replacement windows, there’s no better time to explore your options. Reach out to one of our friendly Weather Tight customer service representatives today to schedule your free consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

How Manufacturers Prevent Air Leaks Around Window Panes

We get some wonderful questions from our customers, who often want to know more about the latest improvements in windows and window manufacturing. Recently, we received this great question regarding the steps manufacturers are taking to prevent air leaks around window panes—a common concern for any homeowner.


Dear Todd & Tod,

I know that double hung windows are only as good as the seals around them to prevent drafts and air leaks. What improvements have manufacturers made lately to create better seals and prevent air leaks around window panes?

–Edward


First of all, we want to thank Edward for this excellent question! Here in Wisconsin, air infiltration around windows in your home is a big problem, especially in cold weather.

At Weather Tight, we have over 30 years of experience battling these cold winter months. During that time, we’ve seen many changes and improvements in window manufacturing. Here’s how manufacturers are designing better seals to prevent air leaks around window panes.

 

 

 

What’s So Bad About Air Leaks Around Window Panes?

We all know windows are designed to keep the warm air inside and to keep the cold air out during the winter time. Without proper sealing solutions, the windows become less effective. Cold air seeps into your home and can greatly impact your comfort and wellbeing.

Air leaks are a huge worry and expense for homeowners. Much of the heat loss in your home stems from drafty windows (as well as through a roof that may need a replacement) and as the heat goes out and cold comes in, your energy bill continues to skyrocket. This not only means extra blankets and socks when you’re watching a movie on the couch, but it means spending extra money to heat your home as you turn up the thermostat.

Here in the Midwest, we often see homeowners getting out the plastic and tape to prevent dreaded window drafts in the winter. There are a number of reasons why plastic on the windows isn’t an effective or long-term solution. If you can feel the cold air leaking around your window panes, chances are you need window replacement, not plastic and tape!

Of course, the question on every homeowner’s mind is: are new windows really worth the investment? If manufacturers aren’t taking steps to improve the seals and design of the windows, are you doomed to replace them every decade as the seals wear out?

The good news is that over the last decade, window manufacturers have made huge improvements in airtight features of their windows. Today, windows hold up to cold weather and keep your house safe and comfortable for years to come. Here’s what manufacturers are doing to ensure your new windows will prevent air leaks around window panes.

Improvement in Modern Window Seals and Design

There is a great deal of new technology used in window seals and design. Even in the last 10-15 years, great strides have been made to prevent air loss around window panes. Older homes and even homes built in the last few decades may need window replacement, especially if the original window panes were made with materials like aluminum, wood, or steel.

With these improved window sealing and design features, you can rest assured that your new windows will remain tightly sealed for years and years to come. Here are the best features in new windows to prevent air leaks around window panes.

Quality Weatherstripping

If you’re concerned about air leaks around your current windows, the first step is to check the weather-stripping. The stripping should be in good condition, not folded down or damaged.  Stripping should run all the way around the perimeter of the window, as well as across the center.

Double weatherstripping is the most effective way to keep windows sealed tight

Most weatherstripping features a raised point or “fin” in the middle of the strip. This is called the Mylar fin. It makes the stripping stand up stronger and taller as it compresses against the window frame. This Mylar fin is key in helping to prevent air leaks around window panes, keeping the window airtight.

The mylar fin makes window weatherstripping stronger, ensuring a tighter seal

These days, window manufacturers are using double and even triple weather-stripping for the lowest air infiltration rates. Weather Tight replacement windows, such as our full-frame windows, feature this unsurpassed air leak prevention. The more weather stripping the manufacturers use, the better off your window will be in terms of air leaks and air infiltration.

Bottom of the Window Sealing

If you look along the bottom of most new windows, you’ll see what’s called a bulb seal. This is a rounded rubber seal that keeps the window tightly sealed and prevents air leakage. This seal should also be in excellent condition—free of cracks or damage. If your bulb seal isn’t in good shape, this can often be the source of window air leakage.

Bulb seals help prevent air leakage and should be kept in good condition

Think of the window’s bulb seal as being similar to the seal around your refrigerator and freezer door. It keeps cold air from leaking out of the fridge and ensures your food stays a consistent temperature. Similarly, the bulb seal keeps your home at a consistent temperature and prevents air from getting in and out under the window.

Many new windows now feature a double seal. While one seal is good, two is, of course, better. When you close your window, the cold air is completely sealed out, allowing almost nothing in across the bottom and side of the window. This keeps your home warm and comfortable in the cold months when your windows are closed.

Special Tapered Locks

Older homes may feature windows with simple metal locks and even clamps, screw-in, and squeeze-locks that keep the window shut and locked.

While these locks are an important security feature that prevents the window from being opened from the outside, they don’t effectively seal the window and prevent air leaks around window panes. They can also be difficult to open in an emergency situation (or for simply cleaning the window).

Newer windows, however, feature special tapered locks. When you close the window and lock it, the window sashes are tightly squeezed together. This tight closure holds the weather stripping exactly where it needs to be to stop air leaks and cold air from sneaking through.

Strong Fiberglass Frames

We think of windows as solid structures that don’t move at all. The truth is, when the wind blows hard against window frames, they can bow and move. This is called deflection and it happens in almost all homes.

When this occurs, the movement and pressure alters the window frame, which can eventually become loose. The weather stripping will then no longer create an effective seal against the window and window pane and unfortunately, you will start to see some air infiltration.

Newer replacement windows remedy this problem by using a number of reinforcement materials. Some are made of wood, aluminum, or steel. None of these materials are nearly as effective as fiberglass, which has the tensile strength of steel but is a non-conductive material (which is why fiberglass is also used in home insulation).

With non-conductive fiberglass, the cold won’t seep in through the window frame and get into your home. Fiberglass also prevents the sash from misshaping and stays strong in all types of weather. This is a cutting-edge solution for strong, airtight windows.

So, if you’re experiencing air infiltration with your windows, take the plastic off your winter prep list. Chances are, it’s time to look at installing replacement windows to prevent air leaks around window panes.

If you’re ready to install new windows and improve the comfort, livability, and look of your home, Weather Tight is here to help! Contact us today and we’ll talk you through the process. We’re happy to visit your home and assess the effectiveness of your windows. Call us today to learn how affordable new windows can be. You’ll save the discomfort and high energy bills that come with leaky windows in the winter.

 

 

How To Prevent Window Condensation

Here at Weather Tight, we get a lot of questions about condensation buildup on windows. First of all, it’s important to know: window condensation doesn’t always indicate there’s a problem with the window!

The window can be perfectly installed and sealed tight and window condensation may still occur. It’s a natural phenomenon for windows brought on by cold air from the outside and warm air on the inside of your house (something we all face regularly here in Wisconsin).

But window condensation still becomes a nuisance and can be an eyesore to homeowners. Here’s why window condensation occurs and what you can do to combat the buildup of condensation on your windows.

Window condensation is natural but definitely preventable! Here are some tips on how to keep window condensation at bay

 

Is Window Condensation Normal?

Condensation, or tiny droplets of water, build up on your windows. It’s certainly a bit unnerving when you suddenly notice your window is wet or the windowsill is damp. This leads many people to worry the windows are leaking or not working properly.

First, the good news is, when you see the buildup of condensation on your windows, it’s totally normal. This occurs when a cold surface temperature meets warm air. The glass between the outside and the inside becomes covered in tiny droplets of moisture. The moist air is actually coming from inside the home, not a leak from outside.

Weather forecasters describe the condensation phenomenon as the “dewpoint.” It’s when a cool air mass meets a warm air mass. With the right dewpoint or humidity in the surrounding air, water (or in the case of weather, rain) is going to occur. Window condensation doesn’t necessarily mean your window is broken or defective! In fact, it’s simply a natural occurrence, similar to the mirror in your bathroom fogging up during a shower or the “sweating” you see on glassware filled with an icy beverage.

Even with condensation, the window can still perform as it’s supposed to—bouncing heat off the glass in the wintertime and keeping the heat inside your home. Your home can be stable and warm, and your heating bills low, yet you may still see condensation on your windows. In the summer, your windows keep the warm air outside and the cool air inside, but with a lot of humidity in the home, you may still see window condensation.

Condensation is moisture, however, and moisture can cause problems for your home including (but not limited to):

  • Rot and mildew of the windowsill.
  • Mildew and damage to the window trim and caulk.
  • Moisture damage to the paint and surrounding furniture.

 

Check out our video on window condensation for more information. While window condensation is a natural occurrence, it’s still not ideal. There are factors in your home that may contribute to the condensation. By understanding the cause, you can start to troubleshoot a solution.
 

 


What Causes Condensation Build Up on Windows?

There are many aspects of your home and lifestyle that contribute to window condensation. Often, people notice condensation in the winter months because the house is more closed off, trapping moisture. Over the humid summer, moisture builds up in the house and at the beginning of the heating season, you see more condensation. Homes with recent construction and newer building materials may also contain extra moisture adding to the window condensation, but the moisture will usually dissipate after the first few months of heating.

Homeowners can control or prevent some of the causes of window condensation. Others may require you to work around.

Here are the leading causes of window condensation in your home.

1. Human Beings

Yes, YOU could be a major part of the window condensation issue. Humans are made up of 60% water and exhale approximately a cup of water into the air each day. While a cup seems like a minor amount, a family of four exhales a gallon of water every four days. It’s easy to see how this adds up quickly. However, short of holding our breath, there’s not much we can do about the amount of water we give off.

2. Number of Showers

When you shower, water naturally goes into the air. This is especially true of a hot shower which gives off steam. Lowering the temperature of your shower and running the bathroom fan will make a big difference in dispensing the moisture. Still, if the mirror in the bathroom is fogged after you shower, chances are your windows will show condensation as well.

3. Laundry

Laundry is another source of moisture in the air of your home. If you wash clothes in hot temperatures, steam and hot water will escape into the air. If your washer drains openly into a sink or drain in the floor, even more water is getting into the surrounding atmosphere. This is why laundry rooms and basements often feel damp. Washing your clothing on a lower temperature will eliminate a little of the moisture. Avoid air-drying your clothes indoors, which adds to the moisture too.

4. Kitchen Activity

Cooking, running the dishwasher, and the sink all contribute to window condensation. A boiling pot of water on the stove, a slow cooker, or a rice cooker give off steam, causing moisture buildup on your windows. Running your kitchen fan whenever you’re using the stove or a water-related appliance helps to keeps the air dry. Check all plumbing leaks and take care of them right away.

5. Pets

Just like humans, our furry companions also give off moisture in the air. Additionally, water dishes and fountains are another source of water in your house. Do you own a fish tank? Evaporation from the tank contributes to condensation in the surrounding air as well. This is why fish owners often see condensation on the top of their aquarium.

6. Plants

Plants give off water in a process known as transpiration—essentially, evaporation through the plant leaves. An oak tree gives off an unbelievable 40,000 gallons of water in a year! Now, chances are, you don’t have an oak tree in your living room, but if you own several houseplants, you may see increased window condensation even from smaller greenery.

7. Humidifiers

Often people with health concerns and allergies are told to run a humidifier in their home. Humidifiers are especially effective for those with asthma and respiratory issues. Often, humidifiers are even recommended by doctors. In Wisconsin, our average outdoor humidity is around 72% and stays fairly consistent throughout the year. Inside your home, the relative humidity varies based on temperature and all the factors listed here including, of course, the use of a humidifier. Comfortable home humidity levels are usually around 30-40%.

8. Register Placement

The heat registers in your home also affect the levels of window condensation. Many registers are located right beneath windows in your home. When the furnace kicks on, it’s blowing warm air and moisture right onto the surface of the window above. This creates the window condensation you see on the glass.

9. Age of Your Home

Newer homes built in the last 30 years feature standard six-inch-walls filled with insulation. In newer attics, you’ll see 20-30 inches of insulation. These newer homes were designed to hold in heat and keep temperatures consistent inside. One of the effects of the extra insulation is keeping humidity and moisture inside the home…resulting in window condensation. Older homes may not have the same issues, but older musty basements and other issues also contribute to window condensation.

10. Location and Water Table

Depending on where you live and the water table you live on, you may also experience water coming up from the ground and pressing on your foundation. If your basement has a sump pump, for example, or simply feels “damp,” it may add to the moisture in the air of your home. If you’re close to a body of water, you may see more water in the air as well.

How to Prevent Window Condensation

Now, the above factors all play a role in the window condensation of your home, but for most of us it’s impractical to rearrange the heat registers, throw out our plants, or give up showering and cooking. Window condensation is a result of living comfortably in our homes.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to combat window condensation easily.

Turn on ceiling fans to circulate air

If you own a ceiling fan, turning it on will keep the air circulating and reduce condensation buildup on your windows. In the winter, reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to run clockwise on a lower speed. This will draw cool air up and push warm down.

Turn on kitchen and bath fans

When you’re cooking up a storm or taking a hot shower after a long day, run your ventilation fans. Check the crawl space in your attic to ensure your fan is ventilating properly. If the moist air is blowing into your attic, you will run into other problems. On warmer days, you may also want to keep a window cracked in those rooms while you’re showering or cooking.

Opening your blinds, drapes, and curtains

Blinds, drapes, and curtains trap moist air close to your window and increase the buildup of window condensation. By keeping your window coverings open as much as possible, you’ll increase the air circulating around your windows.

Lowering the humidity control on your thermostat

Check the thermostat in your home and turn down the humidity control level. Many newer digital thermostats, like the Aprilaire offer a humidity control feature. Many homeowners overlook this easy ability to control the humidity in their home. If you haven’t checked your humidity levels recently, but notice window condensation, turning them down is an easy way to counteract moisture.

Install a dehumidifier

Lastly, if humidity and window condensation continue to be an issue in your home, you may want to purchase a dehumidifier. These units aren’t too expensive and really help decrease the moisture in your air before it becomes a further problem in your home.

Window condensation isn’t indicative of a window problem but it can become a nuisance. Use these tips to cut back on the extra moisture in your home and keep your windows dry all season long!


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‘Tis the Season for Drafty Windows

Get out the roll of tape, the hairdryer, and the shrink wrap. Is it time to wrap presents for the holidays? Nope! If you live in the Midwest, chances are you’re trying to fight drafty windows.

Many of our customers resort to the “tape and plastic” method when they attempt to stave off the blustery Wisconsin winter cold. Unfortunately, plastic and tape isn’t the best solution for drafty windows. It’s unsightly, renders your windows unopenable, and well, frankly it’s a big pain for a solution that’s not so effective. If you’re feeling the chill, here’s why you should consider window replacement to fix your drafty windows.

‘Tis The Season: Signs of Drafty Windows

How do you know if your windows are drafty? Besides the obvious “feel” of drafty windows, another sign that the seals are no longer working is the appearance of condensation in between the panes. Windows, being made of glass, are heat (and cold) conductors. Just because you don’t feel a strong draft from the window doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t an energy suck.

Do you need to put on an extra pair of socks when you’re watching a movie on the couch? Do you haul out your supply of blankets when the weather turns cold outside? Remember heat rises and cold air drops to the floor. If your feet are cold, that’s a good sign your windows aren’t working as well as they should.


For more signs of drafty windows, like sun damage, sealant and glazing changes, and faded trim, see our video below.

 


Drafty windows aren’t a problem limited to older homes. In fact, many homes built in the last few decades need window replacement as well. It’s not uncommon to see better windows in older homes because, well, frankly the craftsmanship was better. Nowadays we often see windows that need replacement after 10, and sometimes even 5 years!

With Weather Tight, you’ll rest easy after investing in new, energy efficient windows. Windows are an instant facelift for your home. Not only will you add curb appeal and improve the look of your house, but you’ll save money on energy bills and heating costs too. We stand behind our work, so there are no worries with Weather Tight.

Our replacement windows come with a non-prorated warranty for as long as you live in your home. We also offer a lifetime service guarantee while you own your house. Our unparalleled warranty protects your investment for years to come. No more drafty windows and high heating bills—just beautiful, easy-to-open, draft-free windows for your house or condo.

Does Putting Plastic on Your Windows Work?

The tried and true solution of putting sheets of plastic on your windows isn’t always the best answer to combat drafty windows. Even in the best of conditions, the plastic doesn’t seal airtight. The tape doesn’t stick well to the panes and may even damage your trim and sealant.

We mentioned the obvious drawbacks of plastic—which, all in all—makes plastic on your windows a solution that won’t combat drafts efficiently. Hauling out space heaters and piling on the blankets is no way to live. In fact, space heaters can even be dangerous! And cranking up the thermostat is simply costing you more money and not getting to the root of the problem.

Efficient thermal pane windows are a much better problem-solver when it comes to cold air in your home. Thermal pane windows don’t have large spaces between the panes like non-thermal older storm windows do. There’s no moisture build up between the panes and they won’t suck energy and heat out of your room. The most efficient windows are also filled with insulating Argon gas, which is 40% denser than air and keeps temperatures steady. Weather Tight windows are coated with up to eight layers of microscopic metals. This greatly helps with the regulation of temperature and makes the windows extremely efficient.

We recommend Weather Tight triple pane windows to most Wisconsin homeowners because they are the best suited for our climate. With multiple pieces of glass, these windows are highly efficient. They keep the heat in and the cold out all winter long. Our windows can be customized to fit and enhance the look of your home. Windows are also only as good as their install. With our installation team that is fully trained, we trust that your windows will be installed with no gaps, spaces, or places to allow that drafty breeze to come through.

Not to mention that new windows are beautiful. They’re easy to open and clean. When spring comes, you’ll be ready to let in the fresh air right away. You won’t need to spend another precious Saturday pulling the plastic back down and scraping tape off the trim.

Is Winter a Bad Time to Replace Windows?

Don't wait until winter hits to get those drafty windows replaces - the sooner, the better

Typically, when drafty windows are too much to bear, customers give us a call. But with unpredictable Wisconsin winter weather, the best time to call is long before you can see your breath in your living room. Unfortunately, we all procrastinate, so chances are when the weather was warm, you may have forgotten how much drafty windows affect your quality of life in the winter.

Not to worry though, window replacement can be done any time of year! Weather Tight installation techs work year-round to replace your windows. In fact, the process is relatively painless and is done quickly, room by room. You won’t end up with a hole in the wall overnight, waiting for the installer to come back tomorrow. We take every precaution, such as shutting doors and working on one window at a time, to ensure the process is painless and simple.

If you’re putting off window replacement, don’t wait! The best time for window replacement is now. You’ll add value to your home and start saving money on your energy bills right away—something everyone appreciates in the winter.

Drafty windows lower the temperature in your house significantly and raise your heating bill in the winter months.  Every degree you turn down on your thermostat in the winter can save you 1% on your energy bill. That adds up quickly in the cold months, especially when drafty windows have you turning up the thermostat. By replacing drafty windows you’ll see real savings, fast.

Time and time again we’re told by homeowners how much new windows improve their quality of life, comfort, and happiness in their home. Windows are a great investment to increase your curb appeal, lower your energy bill, and make life easier (and warmer).

If you’re hauling blankets out of the closet, grabbing those extra socks, and wrestling with the plastic and tape, it’s time to give us a call! We’ll help you decide on a window replacement plan that fits your needs and your budget. We service residential and light commercial customers in 10 counties throughout Southern Wisconsin. If your windows are giving you a chill, we’ll help you find the best solution.

Call us today to learn more about how replacement windows will solve your draft issues and improve your quality of life.


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When is the Right Time to Replace Old Windows?

Is it time to replace old windows in your home? Not only do new windows add beauty and value to your home, they also increase safety, security, and energy efficiency. There are few better investments than beautiful new windows for your house. If you’re wondering when to replace old windows, here are some questions to consider:

  • Are your windows stylish, up-to-date, and in excellent condition?
  • Do your windows ventilate air properly (but remain airtight when closed)?
  • Do your windows open and close smoothly, without extra effort?
  • Are your windows accessible and easy to clean?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then chances are you’re not completely satisfied with the current windows in your house. If it’s time to replace old windows, we’re here to help.

With over 30 years of experience in the window business, the window experts at Weather Tight know how to help you through every step of window replacement. Our high-quality products, smooth installation, and phenomenal customer service are guaranteed to make you extremely happy with your decision to upgrade and replace old windows within your home.

 

Time to Replace Old Windows in a West Allis Bungalow

Weather Tight recently worked on a 75-year-old bungalow-style house in West Allis. This was a perfect example of a home desperately in need of brand new windows. Typical of the age and style, the home featured a large picture window with two surrounding double-hung windows. While the look of the windows fit the home, the old windows had presented several issues for the homeowners.

Bay window with prairie grids, golden oak interior stain and laminated seat in Franklin, WI

One of the main issues was air infiltration in the winter from the leaky windows. We all know Wisconsin winters mean drafty windows and cold air leaks. As is often the case, the homeowners saw condensation in between the panes of glass in the windows. This condensation was a sure sign that air and moisture were making their way inside the bungalow.

Like many Wisconsin homeowners, these folks relied on plastic shrink wrap covering their windows, as an attempt to solve their leaky window problem. This temporary winter window fix is common but leaves residents with more disruption than satisfaction. The unsightly plastic wrap on windows is hard to apply and rarely creates a tight seal. The plastic blocks outside views, sun exposure, and warmth.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this annoying eyesore is that the plastic wrap on the windows must be replaced every season (so windows can be cleaned and opened in the summer months). This means more wrestling with a blow dryer and double-sided tape for a winter window solution that’s both ugly and ineffective. Not to mention the damage double-stick tape can do to beautiful woodwork. When we arrived at the bungalow, we could see it was definitely time to replace old windows and improve everyday life for this family.

Weather Tight experts quickly identified ventilation as the biggest issue in this case. As indicated by the moisture in between the panes, as well as the drafts, air was getting in despite the homeowner’s best efforts. The smartest option was to replace the old windows with three beautiful new double-hung windows. The new windows blended perfectly with the historic style of the home, increasing curb appeal and adding value to the property.

Best of all, the new windows allowed the homeowners to better control the temperature of their space all year long. No more drafty Wisconsin winters, plus great cooling airflow during the dog days of summer! Installing windows with double ventilation capabilities, from both the top and bottom, was the best fit for this home and would serve the client for years to come.

With so many window options out there, window selection may seem overwhelming. Trust experts familiar with the unique needs of Wisconsin homeowners so you can find the perfect replacement windows for your house. You want the highest quality windows to beautify and protect your home, but to also fit the look and style of your property.

Protecting Woodwork During Window Installation

With this West Allis home, the right window installation process was particularly important, especially due to the special woodwork surrounding their windows. As is the case with many of the beautiful bungalows, flats, and cottages here in Milwaukee, the craftsmanship is second to none. Preserving woodwork and brickwork is an important part of the window replacement process.

Due to Weather Tight’s experience with the historic and beautiful architecture of Milwaukee homes, we know how to protect craftsman features. We ensure our new windows enhance the look and function of the home rather than detract. The result is seamless, efficient, and a strong improvement that compliments the craftsmanship.

For our West Allis bungalow windows, we decided on a pocket install for the new window installation. Pocket install is a simple process in which the existing window frame is left intact. New windows are measured to fit within the given space perfectly. This procedure leaves the wood trim and features untouched and preserves the finish.

New Windows Vent in the Summer and Stop Drafts in the Winter

Another big concern for our West Allis family was the fact that their old windows didn’t open easily to let in the fresh air.

Older windows become sticky and stubborn. As the seal and pane erode over time, the window shifts and no longer opens with ease. Often the glass either becomes loose in the pane or the window requires brute force to open. The result is a window that’s tough, loud, and frustrating. Wrestling to open the window is more trouble than it’s worth, and of course, windows that won’t open (or feature loose glass) are a major safety concern.

The double hung replacement windows selected for the bungalow open with ease. These new windows feature screens, which provide ventilation from both sides. In the summertime, a natural breeze will easily flow into the house, giving it an open, airy feel. Of course, the screens efficiently block any outside bugs and serve as a protective shield for the room without sacrificing any airflow.

While cool breeze in the summer is important, it’s also important to protect against drafts and heat loss in the winter. After a careful installation and a lot of precision, the new windows are insulated around the edges to ensure all surfaces are airtight. Using the latest in window sealing and insulation technology, Weather Tight windows ensure there’s no cold airflow in the wintertime. Our windows are equipped with a maintenance-free exterior and fuel-efficient glass.

Fuel-efficient glass is important for many different reasons. According to the Department of Energy, it’s imperative to replace old windows with energy efficient glass because of the significant impact on both heat gain and heat loss throughout your home. Windows are accountable for 25% to 30% of the temperature energy. Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient windows with fuel-efficient glass will result in a lower heating and energy bill.

Beautiful Replacement Windows & Happy Customers

The last part of the window replacement process is installing brand new trim on the outside area surrounding the new windows. We take a great deal of pride in the appearance of our windows, always adding top-quality aluminum trim to finish.

Ready to replace old windows? Try a beautiful bay window from Weather Tight!

With the West Allis bungalow project, our team was also installing new siding for the homeowners to complete their full home makeover. The window trim was added as part of the final siding process, giving the home a polished update with plenty of curb appeal!

Maintaining their new, beautiful windows won’t be a problem for this West Allis family. The cleaning process is simple with Weather Tight installations. Keeping your windows sparkling is never a concern for our customers!

Our windows are engineered to tilt inside. This ingenious feature allows homeowners to clean both the inside and out easily (without climbing a ladder)! Simply open the window to the inside and shine them from the comfort of your own home. Cleaning our windows is simple. We keep our customers happy!

Our expertise has made us Wisconsin’s most recommended window installer and remodeler. We’re constantly striving to please our customers and give them the home improvements of their dreams. Windows are a sound investment and an important way to update your home. Now is the perfect time to replace old windows with new and improved windows from Weather Tight.

Window updates are surprisingly affordable. Visit our Weather Tight contact page and fill out the online form to receive a free no-obligation quote. Schedule a free appointment with a windows specialist who will come to your home and assess your needs!

Hear from Tod and Todd

Tod Colbert, President of Weather Tight, and Todd Schulz, Vice President, enjoy giving their customers the best advice on all home improvement aspects including windows, siding, doors, roofing, and gutters.

To learn more about the window improvements made to the West Allis bungalow house, visit Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips and to learn how Weather Tight was able to successfully replace old windows and transform the problematic double-hung picture window into a beautiful three double-hung set.

 

 

Everyone Loves a Good BOGO!

More for less? Yes, PLEASE! When you find those really sweet deals that you just can’t say no to, it’s a no brainer! For instance, a deal like Buy One Get One at your favorite shoe store or your favorite locale burrito joint is something none of us would pass up, am I right?
I don’t know about you – but I very rarely can pass up a BOGO deal… on well, anything really (unless it’s a head ache)! BOGO is a deal that really gets you more bang for your buck- & that is why here, at Weather Tight, we BOGO with the best of them!

6 Signs it is Time to Replace your Entry Door

An entry door on our home acts as the first line of defense for safety, privacy, security, efficiency & curb appeal! But just how efficient is the current entry door on our home? If you have ever found yourself uncertain about ‘if’ & ‘when’ you should replace it, look no further! Not knowing what signs to look for can be a costly oversight for a homeowner. There are many important factors to consider when looking to replace our old entry door with a new one.

Planning for Your Next Home Remodel…

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Come January- it is normal for the cost of home remodel materials to…..