Alternatives to Glass Block Windows & Other Dated Home Features

There are many gorgeous historic homes in Wisconsin. Some are centenarians, while others were built during the 1940s and 1950s during the post-War baby boom. Many of these homes have stunning features—stained glass, built-in cabinetry, rounded doors, and other architectural touches that people adore.

But then there are less-historic but still older homes that might have some not-so-attractive architectural features. There was another housing boom in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly in Wisconsin suburbs. Many folks moved into split levels, ranches, and other dwellings without the craftsman touches.

Yes, we’re talking about features like old aluminum siding, glass block windows, stucco, and cheaper early-vinyl windows and doors.

An outdated glass block window with blue, yellow, and clear glass bricks.

Getting Your Home Up-to-Date on the Outside

Even if you live in one of the beautiful historic homes in Milwaukee or the surrounding area, chances are there are at least a few features that could use some upgrading. Yes, many of these early homes’ Arts & Crafts style features are charming and beautiful, but they show signs of wear and tear after decades of use.

Fortunately, you can make an array of different updates to your home that will complement the style and preserve the period look with added modern convenience.

The first place to consider an update is your home’s exterior finish. If you own a charming older home, chances are, you want to preserve some of that historical appeal and keep your exterior looking as accurate and authentic as possible.

Today’s vinyl siding is an absolutely stunning choice for improving and updating your home’s curb appeal. The vinyl siding is made to last a lifetime, resist fading, and hold up to any of our Wisconsin weather. The siding comes in 6-inch, 7-inch, and Dutch lap styles to complement the look of almost any home. In addition, there are plenty of color choices, trim options, and even stone add-ons to help preserve the look and charm of your home’s best features while mitigating any concerns related to aging.

Updating Old Windows, Like Those Glass Block Windows

Years ago, many homes featured windows set in wooden frames. Unfortunately, the wood degrades as the years go by, and the seal around the window loses strength. Eventually, you’re left with drafty windows that rattle and shake in the weather. Yes, the wooden trim matches your home, but there are plenty of options that can preserve the look without sacrificing comfort.

Older homes often featured smaller windows. Many times, in the back of the house, glass block windows were a cheap option for homebuilders who wanted to let in light but maintain privacy (or didn’t have enough to spend on windows). Glass block windows were commonly used in basements and sometimes throughout the home.

Besides looking dated and blocking out light, glass block windows can also leak and become less stable over time. While we might not always be able to make basement window openings larger, we may be able to update your basement windows to simple, modern vinyl windows that can do a lot to improve the comfort and quality of your home.

If you have glass block windows throughout your home, you’ll be amazed at what other options can do to improve the light and function of your windows. Glass block windows don’t open, and they don’t offer ventilation. Most modern windows can be opened up to let in a breeze and closed tight in the winter (no need to get out the tape and plastic to “insulate”).

Considering Replacement Windows?

If you’re ready to ditch your aging windows and explore your choices, we offer an array of replacement options that can give your whole house a facelift. We have full-frame replacement options that can provide larger viewing areas and increase your window space by up to 30%.

Our replacement windows are available with different trim and styles to suit a quaint country cottage or a mid-century modern masterpiece. We can help you find windows to seamlessly blend the original look of your house with the convenience and beauty of vinyl.

We often see homeowners who have replaced windows in the past but skip replacing the casings. Unfortunately, this can lead to a mismatched look, where windows, trim, and casings don’t quite go together. Even though replacing window casings can add some cost, it’s well worth the investment, especially if you’re concerned about preserving the historic style of your home.

As you’ll see in this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video, casings make a big difference when upgrading or replacing your windows:

What about security? One of the biggest problems with older home features like windows and doors is that as these areas age, they become less secure. Locks get loser, seals shrink, and wood degrades over time. Our windows are secure, with easy-to-use locks. Homeowners are often amazed at how much easier and more convenient their new windows are to open, maintain, and lock.

Preserve the Beauty and Charm of Your Home

A window update shouldn’t detract from your home’s original beauty and authenticity. With today’s materials, there are plenty of ways you can lose some of the less-charming, dated features (like those glass block windows or that dented aluminum siding) while still preserving the style and personality of your home.

We work on any age home, whether it was built at the turn of this century or the last. Unfortunately, even some very new homes are built by contractors who cut corners on the windows and exterior finish. Sometimes the old houses are in even better shape than the newer homes built in the last ten or twenty years!

You know your house best, and if there’s an area that you feel needs an update, we’re here to help. We can explore your options for replacement windows, siding, trim, roofing, and more. We’ll help you keep the aspects of your home you love while updating the comfort, increasing the value, and improving your curb appeal! Reach out today!


How Long Do Windows Last?

Lately, we’ve heard from many homebuyers who are surprised that their builder-installed windows are starting to have issues early on. Some homes are less than a decade old! So one of the most common questions we get is how long do windows last?

Well, with Weather Tight, our answer is a lifetime. Our windows are backed with a lifetime warranty—and if you sell your home, the new homeowner is covered, too. Here’s what you should expect from quality windows and how to tell if your windows were built to last.

How long should windows last? When you choose Weather Tight, you get a lifetime warranty on your new replacement windows.

Builders Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Let’s be honest—many builders are trying to get developments up quickly. They want the homes to look nice to attract buyers, and then they move on. They’re not concerned about the long-term comfort and craftsmanship of your new home.

Many developers and contractors are also trying to save on building costs. As a result, they might buy mass quantities of windows, doors, and other building supplies, without considering the custom installation requirements and slight variances in the product. As a result, many new homes feature cheap, lower-quality windows that might look good but aren’t built to last.

Sometimes the contractor has skimped on the insulation around the window (or skipped the insulation altogether). Sometimes the window frame isn’t well-tucked or finished. Other times cheap windows can stick, be hard to open and close, or experience seal failure. Homeowners might see moisture in between the glass panes or feel air leaking in around their windows.

We see homes built in the nineties, early aughts, and even within the last decade that already need replacement windows. In contrast, we’ve worked on 100-year-old bungalows with windows that have aged relatively well and are just now starting to wear out. See why one homeowner decided to replace below.

Don’t wait to replace your windows. In this episode of Home Improvement Tips with Tod and Todd, see why one homeowner wishes she would have made the decision to invest in replacement windows sooner:


So how long do windows last? It’s not about the age of the windows or the home; it’s about the quality of the windows, the dedication of the installer, and customization to ensure the window fits the space.

How to Tell Your Windows Need Replacement

There are many signs that it’s time to replace your windows. The biggest is your comfort. If you reach for a sweater, slip on socks, or constantly adjust the thermostat, you may be experiencing air infiltration from your windows. Dampen your hand with some water and feel the air around the edge of your windows—do you feel a cool draft? That’s a sign that air is getting in your home (and you’re paying higher energy bills to compensate).

Another sign that your window needs to be replaced is the appearance. If your window gets foggy between the panes of glass, the seal has failed. All windows get some condensation (especially if you cook, shower, or run a humidifier in the winter), but the condensation shouldn’t be in-between the glass.

Look at the window trim and frame. If it’s cracked, bubbling, or mildewing, that’s another sign that the window needs replacement. Older windows will naturally get loose as the seal starts to degrade. If your house rattles in the wind or your window frames look shabby, it’s time to consider window replacement.

You shouldn’t have to think about your windows most of the time. You shouldn’t lose sleep over the safety of your windows. You shouldn’t have to wrestle to get them open or closed, climb a ladder to clean them or fight with locks to ensure their security. Windows should never slam down like guillotines or present a hazard to children and pets.

Why Window Replacement Is a Worthy Investment

As a homeowner, you probably keep an eye on the costs of care and maintenance of your home. If you’re living in a newer home, chances are you assume that the house shouldn’t require any replacements for a while—most buyers expect that the windows, doors, roofs, and other components will be durable. But as mentioned above, unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

If you have an older home, you’re probably concerned with costs too. After all, older homes can seem like there’s always something to fix or update. Replacement windows are an essential investment to consider because they offer a significant impact and can save you considerable money down the road. They’ll increase the value of your home, the curb appeal, and efficiency—making them well worth the effort.

If you’re considering replacement, you may base your choice only on the cheapest offer or even consider a DIY window replacement. Unfortunately, many of these cheaper options are pennywise and pound foolish. You may save money at first, but your windows will not include a lifetime guarantee. Many installation companies turn over quickly. Very few have been around for 35 years, like Weather Tight. Without professional, reliable installation, you may run into the same issues (or worse) quickly.

Why Weather Tight Windows Are Different

At Weather Tight, our windows are custom-built to fit the exact space. Each home is slightly different. There will be variations, even in standard builds, condos, and large developments. Houses can settle over time, and there may be subtle differences. Windows aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

What’s more, each homeowner is different too. Some homeowners may have a distinct style, want something that matches their interior trim, or compliments the exterior of their home. For example, you may want to change out a double-hung window for a bay window in the living room or even make a sliding window larger for a more expansive view.

When you select replacement windows from Weather Tight, we’ll help you find the perfect window that compliments your style, meets your needs, and beautifies your home. We have many different trim options and colors available. Durable vinyl frames are maintenance-free and will look new for many years to come.

Our triple-pane windows are filled with inert argon gas that acts as an insulator, helping you keep your indoor temperatures steady and comfortable. As a result, many of our customers are surprised at the difference in their energy bills and comfort levels inside their homes. One of the most common things we hear is, “I wish I’d done this sooner!”

So if you’re considering replacement windows, don’t wait. If you’re wondering how long windows last or how long windows SHOULD last, chances are you’re experiencing dissatisfaction with the windows in your home now. Window replacement is an excellent investment in your long-term satisfaction and happiness with your home.

Reach out today to find out more about the Weather Tight installation process. We’ll show you how affordable and simple it can be to get windows you love—windows that will last a lifetime. Contact us today!

The Advantages of Full Frame Window Replacement

Are you thinking about window replacement? Maybe you’d like more light in that back bedroom, or you’ve converted a home office and the windows no longer fit the bill.

If you’re considering window replacement, full-frame window replacement offers some unique advantages compared to traditional installation. It’s important to consider both options and explore the benefits of each approach before you make a choice.

In some cases, a traditional window replacement might serve your needs. It can help you save money, and either way, replacement windows will help your home become more energy-efficient. You’ll cut back on lost heat and keep your home comfortable. Reach out to Weather Tight today to discuss the possibilities. We can help you decide which type of window replacement is right for your situation. In the meantime, here are the advantages of choosing a full-frame replacement.


Full frame window replacement windows in a bright, sun-filled living room

Two Different Window Installation Techniques

There are two different window installation techniques that we use. In the traditional method, we remove your existing windows, sash, and tracks but leave the jamb in place. Your new window is custom-made to fit right in the jamb.

During a traditional window installation, we’ll slide your new customized window right in place in a new mainframe that fits within the existing frame and jamb of the window. The advantage of this type of installation is that it goes fast. In addition, because there’s less to change out, it’s generally less expensive. A main disadvantage is that you will lose some window space because of the frame.

The other option is what we call full-frame window replacement. During a full-frame replacement, we remove the existing window, tracks, sash, and casings and remove the entire jamb. This allows us to have a full view of what went on in the previous window installation.

When a window is installed correctly, there should be a nice insulation layer between the jamb and the house’s studs. This helps prevent air infiltration and keeps your home energy efficient and safe. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for us to remove the jamb and discover that the original installer skimped on the insulation (or omitted it entirely).

Advantages of Choosing Full Frame Window Replacement

There are several advantages to full-frame window replacement. It’s important to explore them rather than going with price and convenience alone. It’s especially critical if you’re planning on being in the house for several years. Here’s what you need to know about the advantages of full-frame window replacement.

What are the advantages of a full-frame window replacement vs. pocket installation? Tod and Todd explain in this Home Improvement Tips video!


Full frame window installation before and after replacement

1. Gain Glass Space

When you choose a full-frame window replacement, you’ll gain at least an inch of glass space in your window. During traditional window replacement, we’re installing a frame within a frame. In full-frame replacement, we’re able to install the window right into the jamb, allowing for a larger window.

This approach to window installation also allows you to change the size of your window in many cases. If you would like to install a larger window or a different type of window, a full-frame installation gives you flexibility because you aren’t working within the confines of the original window hole.

2. Beautiful Customization

With a full-frame window replacement, you have many options for customization.  For example, the factory can make a beautiful brickmould to go around the window. These moulds often have contoured lines and other subtle features that can beautify and finish your home. You can choose the trim colors for your window, so there are many options available for your home’s new look.

When you contact your Weather Tight specialist, they can review all the window frames and trim options. Rest assured that you can match or complement almost any interior and exterior look. With full-frame window replacement, there are fewer limitations on your choices and available modifications.

3. Check the Insulation

One of the top advantages of choosing a full-frame window replacement is that it allows you to see what’s really going on inside the window frame. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, many original installers may take shortcuts when it comes to insulation around windows.

During a full-frame replacement, we make sure that the window is thoroughly insulated and that it’s sealed tight against the studs of your home. You’ll get better protection against air leaks, water leaks, and even sound with stronger insulation.

4. Detect Any Hidden Issues

Of course, every homeowner hopes they don’t discover any hidden issues when removing the windows from their home, but it occasionally happens. Choosing a full-frame replacement is crucial when the window isn’t level or square (as seen in some older homes) or not up to code. During replacement, we can make sure there aren’t any leaks, pests, or mildew problems in the walls surrounding your window.

A homeowner may be unaware that wood around their window has degraded and rotted over time. When we do a full-frame window replacement, we can help you discover any concerns to ensure that your home will be beautiful and protected for years to come.

New windows are maintenance-free, with no painting or touch-up required. You’ll no longer need to deal with deteriorated wood along your window frames. Instead, you’ll have a clean, beautiful window that looks great and improves the comfort of your home.

If you’re ready to explore your options for window replacement, reach out today. We have some fantastic deals, especially for homeowners who are hoping to replace multiple windows. Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion. We’re ready to help you love the look and feel of your home.


Let Us Help You Match Replacement Window Trim to Your Home

If you’re considering replacement windows, you probably have a lot on your mind—the size, the shape, the features, and more. It’s also important to consider how to match windows to the interior trim of your home.

Replacement window trim is a great way to update the look of your home’s interior. If you’re only replacing a few windows, you may want to match the existing interior window trim and style of your home (something that’s easy to do in most cases). If you’re replacing all the windows in your house, then why not consider a new look!

At Weather Tight, we have an array of window trim options to help you match any style or décor. If you’re considering replacement windows, we’ll help you match windows to your interior trim for a look you’ll love. Here’s what you need to know about window trim options.

This Diamond Kote French gray replacement window trip was hand-picked by the customer to match the style of their home's exterior.

Do You Need Replacement Window Trim?

When homeowners consider replacement windows, they often wonder if they can keep the existing trim. Usually, this happens when they’re replacing only a few windows in their home, and they want to be sure that the trim on the new window matches their look.

Fortunately, with the many options for replacement window trim available, we can match almost any look to get something that aligns with the look and style of your home. When we assess your windows for replacement, we’ll look at the window casing and the trim to see what you need.

Many homeowners seek window replacement because the seal on a window has failed. This can lead to cloudiness between the panes and cracked or bubbling paint around the trim and windowsill. What you’re not seeing is that moisture can get beneath the window trim and into the window casing. Ultimately, this leads to a much bigger problem.

If you notice wood rotting on the window trim, then the trim should certainly be part of the replacement. There’s no reason to invest in beautiful new replacement windows, only to surround them with rotting wood trim.

Often you’ll see rotting wood trim on the exterior of the home, but when we remove the window, as we do in a pocket replacement, there may also be wood rot on the interior trim. One of the reasons we typically recommend a full-frame window replacement rather than a pocket replacement is because you’re eliminating any problem with the window casing (rather than covering it up).

As Tod & Todd explain in the video below, you can think of it as a cavity in a tooth. You wouldn’t cover a rotting tooth without addressing the cavity. The tooth would continue to rot away under the cover, and eventually, it would need to be extracted.  You shouldn’t cover up a window frame with moisture damage or rot without really assessing the problem.

In this Tod & Todd Home Improvement Tips video, Tod & Todd walk us through how to spot wood rot in this replacement wood trim.


Is it Difficult to Replace Window Trim When Replacing Windows?

We’ve seen many homes where homeowners have had multiple window replacements and renovations, only to be left with mismatched interior trim. Some homeowners call a carpenter to create wooden window casings that match the original woodwork in many older homes in Wisconsin.

What happens is that the carpenter has to set up shop for several days. Windows are measured, and dust is tracked in and out of the house. Custom cuts and stain are required, and if the final product isn’t what you want, then you’re stuck. Throughout the process, life is disrupted for the homeowner—not to mention dealing with the cost—and many are left wondering why they decided to replace the windows interior trim in the first place!

When you’re replacing windows, anyway, replacing the interior trim is very simple. Our window casings are typically custom-made in an environmentally controlled factory. The window is pre-made and stained to closely match the interior trim finish that the homeowner desires.

In the factory, the replacement window casing is put together extremely tightly. The corners are fitted tight and square. The piece is quality inspected before it goes in, eliminating many of the uncertainties and hassles that you run into with a finish carpenter. Better still, it saves about a day and a half of on-site labor, cutting out the stress of window installation.

As for replacement window trim options, there are so many choices available. You can select from beautiful realistic-looking woodgrain that will match almost any finish. Alternatively, we have solid colors, like white, tan, or black. Choose to have windows with grid patterns or without for new windows you love that will compliment your home décor.

Replacement windows are an excellent investment in the look, style, and feel of your home. If you’re considering window replacement, new window trim is an integral part of the process. Choose from an array of beautiful trims and finishes. Contact Weather Tight today to learn how replacement windows and new interior trim will elevate your living space.

Enlarge Your Windows for More Natural Light

If you’ve been spending more time at home lately, chances are you’ve noticed the need for more light throughout your house. When we’re working, learning, and relaxing from home, we all start to see areas where our home could use some improvement.

So, can you enlarge your windows? How do you change your windows to let in more light?

You might worry that enlarging your windows is a big undertaking, but let us assure you that it’s possible and affordable! With beautiful Weather Tight replacement windows, you’ll easily update the look and feel of your home, increase the value, and get more sunshine. Here’s why you should consider upgrading and enlarging your windows today.

Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home

Enlarging your windows can provide more natural light in your living room

By enlarging your windows, you’ll enjoy more natural light in your home in a short time. For those working from home, full or part-time, more natural light has some great benefits that can make your job much more pleasant. According to a Cornell University research study, working in natural light can result in:

  • Improved mood
  • Better health and wellness
  • Greater focus
  • 51% drop in eyestrain
  • 63% reduction in headaches
  • 56% decrease in drowsiness

More natural light has long been viewed as a perk of working from the “corner office” in your building. Now, as the workplace has become more mobile, that corner office might be in a dark corner of your house. If you’re currently working from home in a poorly lit guest room or a converted closet, chances are you’re missing the light. Replacement windows can help you get more out of your workday.

Of course, working from home isn’t the only reason for adding more natural light to your space. Even if you don’t work from home, there are plenty of benefits to increasing natural lighting with larger windows. For example, when you have natural lighting in your bedroom, it can help your circadian rhythm, resulting in better and more restful sleep.

In the kitchen, more light can create a pleasant work environment for cooking. Living spaces feel more inviting and open. That small bedroom or bathroom will feel much larger with replacement windows, especially if you choose some of the newer full-frame options. Throughout your house, more window space will make rooms feel open and more expansive. You’ll see better and feel better with more natural light.

As an added benefit, when you enlarge your windows, you’ll save money and lower your energy bill thanks to better insulation and performance. You’ll also reduce your energy consumption because you’ll need to use fewer overhead lights to see. You’ll increase the ventilation in your home, especially in the summer, and replacement windows will keep your home warmer in the winter. It’s no wonder why people get excited about the benefits of bigger windows.

Is it Hard to Swap Out Window Sizes?

The ability to change and enlarge your windows depends on several factors, including your preferences and the placement of your existing windows. In most cases, though, replacing your existing windows for larger, brighter windows isn’t difficult, and our trained technicians can complete the job professionally and quickly. With full-frame windows, we can get you up to 25% more glass space, resulting in more light.

When you replace your windows, you aren’t limited to the window size or design you had before. You can change small windows for bay or bow windows. Put in a garden window to brighten your kitchen, or swap a window with a patio door. If you want a more subtle change, you can swap out casements and double-hung windows for a large picture window. The options are endless—you’ll be amazed at all the ways you can enlarge your windows.

In some cases, customers may even request we adjust the size of windows that are too low or narrow, so they can better accommodate their furniture. With replacement windows, the customization and options are vast. We can find plenty of options that will work for your situation.

When we replace windows, we always assess the existing structure of the window area. Because our technicians are highly trained and experienced, they’ll ensure the surrounding structure of your home will support the new, enlarged window and that the window will remain beautiful and weather-tight for years to come.

We’ll also work with you to select a trim to compliment your exterior finish, so your house looks great on the inside and out. The low-maintenance trim options ensure that your window looks brand new for years. We want you to feel proud of your home’s style and curb appeal. With an array of custom trims, colors, and finishes, we will help you find the perfect window for brightening any space.

Even if your windows are not showing signs of failure or rot, increasing natural light has been a hot trend in 2020 and for 2021, as new home buyers are looking for more open concept, natural lighted homes. The resale value may even allow you to get reimbursed for your investment!

If you want a style upgrade and more natural light in your home, contact us today. We’ll explore your options so you can live happier and healthier in your home with more natural light!


Window Seal Failure is More Common than You Think

For a window to work properly, it should have a tight seal. The window should easily open and close. When shut, there shouldn’t be air seeping through, but homeowners are often surprised to learn that window seal failure is all too common.

In Wisconsin, getting out the tape and plastic is a needless, but “time-honored tradition.” Many Midwesterners worry that without the extra insulation, cold weather will leak into their homes. The truth is, if you have reliable, working windows, they should be free from leaks—there’s no need to get out the tape and plastic come October.

Another common sign that you’re experiencing window seal failure is to monitor how consistent the temperature stays in your home. Do you need to wear socks? A sweater? If you’re living in a drafty house, there’s no reason to settle. Learn the signs of window seal failure in case it’s time to consider replacement windows for your home.

Window Seals Can Fail at Any Age

We’ve seen window seal failure in homes that are less than ten-years-old! It’s always sad when this happens because homeowners don’t expect it. When they buy a newly built home, they think it will last for years before needing repairs.

Unfortunately, contractors often cut corners and choose cheaper windows when they do a major development. They may even get a special deal on bottom-of-the-line windows. At Weather Tight, we’ve noticed that when one home in the subdivision experiences window seal failure, it seems to start an unfortunate trend.

Of course, window seal failure is a common problem amongst older homes as well. As windows age, the wooden frame can expand and contract. Glass can become loose; water, sun, and temperature changes can damage the seal over time. Eventually, even the sturdiest homes will start to see drafts no matter the type of windows.

But when someone buys an older home, the state of the windows is often a consideration. Homebuyers expect that an older home will need a few updates and renovations. It’s the brand new or recently built homes where window seal failure comes as a shock.

Check out this video below from Tod & Todd that shows seal failure in a 10-year-old home.


Window seal failure is much more common than you would think. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the signs, so you know what to watch for in your windows.

Learn the 5 Signs of Window Seal Failure to Watch For

Wondering if window replacement is in your near future? There are a few signs of window seal failure that you should keep an eye on.

1. Foggy Windows

Foggy windows aren’t to be confused with normal window condensation. Every home has fluctuating humidity. Even newer homes with special HVAC measures in place may still experience regular moisture changes due to the temperature difference between indoors and out. When we shower, workout, or cook in our home, we might see even more window condensation. Pets, plants, and people can also contribute to this normal issue.

Window condensation isn’t a sign of window seal failure, but foggy moisture in-between glass panes, on the other hand, indicates a problem. When seals are working correctly, the inert gas acting as insulation in most modern windows stays inside. The window appears clear. When the seal is broken, moisture gets trapped between the panes. Windows appear foggy, cloudy, or impossible to clean. The answer to foggy window repair is usually replacement.

2. Drafts Around the Windows

Another simple way to see if your window seal has failed is to try the wet hand test around the window. A window with a working seal shouldn’t give off any drafty air. When holding your dampened hand up to the windowpane, you shouldn’t feel cold air drafting in. Even when the weather outside is frightful, your windows should be keeping the indoors warm (and delightful).

You also shouldn’t see ice or frost on the inside of your windows. Hardware may get very cold; often made of metal, it conducts temperature. However, glass windowpanes and the surrounding frames should stay frost-free, and even if they feel cold, they shouldn’t get icy indoors.

Don't let your winter mornings be ruined by cold drafts and window seal failure

3. Irregular Temperatures

Another sign that you should consider window replacement is to consider the ambient temperature of your home. Do you get so cold indoors that you need to put on extra socks, a sweater, or wear a hat? Does your home get so cold that it feels uncomfortable? Is your home energy efficient, or do you feel like you’re heating bills increase each month?

You should always feel just right inside your home—not too cold and not too hot. When you set your thermostat, you should get consistency throughout the building. If your home is adequately ventilated and has good insulation, temperatures shouldn’t fluctuate. If they do, it could be a sign that your windows aren’t doing their job very well. Many homeowners can’t believe the way energy-efficient replacement windows improve their comfort.

4. Damaged Window Frames

Take a look at the frame and caulking around your window. Is it black from mold or mildew? Is the paint bubbled, chipped, or peeling? Do you see signs of weather damage from the sun or rain? Window frames often show their age and are among the first ways to spot damage from window seal failure.

When we assess your windows for replacement, we’ll look at the window frame and the surrounding hardware. Depending on the condition of the area surrounding your window, we may recommend a full-frame replacement versus a pocket replacement. To get the best seal possible, you may also have to replace the frame. When we do a full-frame replacement, we can pinpoint any other issues like pests or water damage.

5. Windows that Are Hard to Open and Close

Finally, properly working windows shouldn’t be challenging to open or close. They should be secure, but when you unlock the window, you should open it with ease. You should never have to dangerously “prop” a window open or jam it closed with a broom handle for security. Windows that are hard to open and close can be a safety hazard for anyone, including children and pets.

Replacement windows from Weather Tight are easy to open and close and lock securely. You can open the window indoors for easy cleaning. When you close the window and easily push the lock closed, your window will be sealed tightly and safely!

Windows keep your home comfortable and beautiful, connecting you to the outside world. Brighten up your home and eliminate drafts with beautiful replacement windows from Weather Tight. No matter your home’s age, if you suspect window seal failure, contact us today for an assessment. Let us show you how affordable and comfortable new windows can be!

When is it Time to Stop Fighting those Hard-to-Open Windows?

Are you tired of tolerating hard-to-open windows? The concept seems simple enough—windows should open easily and close securely. Your windows should never slam down or require brute force to close.

Yet, many homeowners seem to find themselves in a constant battle with hard-to-open windows. They put up with stuck sliding windows; they try hacks (like using broom-handles to prop windows open or keep them shut). Opening the window becomes a task relegated to the strongest member of the household. They have to watch children near the windows so little fingers don’t get hurt.

If you’re fighting hard-to-open windows, it’s time to consider the risks of putting off replacement windows. The truth is, when windows are sticky (or loose), they aren’t functioning correctly. You’re likely experiencing other issues as well.

Casement Windows

Hard-to-Open Windows Put Your Children and Pets at Risk

One customer who recently replaced her 1982 wooden-framed windows realized she needed to call us when her windows became dangerous. She had to remind children and grandchildren to stay away from the “guillotine window,” which could slam down at any time.

The window was hard to open. Once it opened, it had to go up all the way or it would slam down dangerously. Sometimes it would still fall when the wind blew or a truck drove by. You can see the window in the Home Improvement Tips from Tod & Todd video below:

When you notice a window having problems opening or staying open, it’s a sign that the window is failing. When we looked at our customer’s window, we could see glazing oozing out of the sides and around the edges. Condensation damage was around the sash frame, and the sun had faded the polyurethane stain finish. The locks were no longer functioning properly because the window no longer sat securely and balanced in the frame.

Older windows are often held in place with spring-loaded jambs. When the springs start to wear out, there’s not enough pressure on the sash. As the situation gets worse, elements fail. The windows become dangerous. Imagine a sleeping pet in the window or a child playing nearby!

Aside from the obvious security issues of a window that won’t close properly, there’s a significant safety concern as well. If you’re putting up with guillotine windows or you’ve given up on opening your windows at all, it’s time for replacement.

Stuck Sliding Windows are the Sign of a Bigger Problem

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Windows help your house ventilate properly. In the summer, you want to easily open your windows to get a gentle cross breeze. In the winter, you want windows that keep your house warm by blocking air infiltration. If you find yourself pulling out the plastic to cover the windows or if you need an extra pair of socks indoors, your windows aren’t working.

When windows fail, the first consequence is air infiltration. You won’t see the airflow in or out, but you will feel it. Air infiltration will also appear on your energy bill. In the summer, cool air will escape your house. In the winter, warm air goes out and cold air comes in. Homeowners are often surprised at how much replacement windows increase their comfort level in their homes.

So, if you’re struggling with hard-to-open windows, it’s a sign that the window has deteriorated. It’s not just a matter of convenience, but it’s costing you money and putting you in danger.  It’s time to consider upgrading to beautiful, maintenance-free replacement windows.

Our windows aren’t held in place with springs, but instead, use a unique balancing system that keeps them in place for decades. The windows tilt in for easy cleaning and they’re custom-made to fit the opening in your house. The vinyl frame mimics the look of woodgrain but requires no staining or varnishing. The windows hold up to rain, sun, and frequent opening and closing.

Better still, replacement windows are secure. When locked, they stay tightly in place, ensuring nothing can get in (not even draughts). Secure windows also open with ease; once the windows are open, they stay put without slamming down or falling.

There are many great options to choose the look and trim of the window you want. Lighten up a dark room with a big picture window and white trim. No matter the style of your home—from modern to rustic—we can help you select windows that will compliment your look and increase your curb appeal. When curb appeal goes up, so does your property value!

If you’re done tolerating those unsafe hard-to-open windows, it’s time to start considering replacement windows. Contact a Weather Tight representative to learn how affordable replacement windows can be. With our free in-home estimate, we’ll help you explore your replacement window options. Make a sound investment in the safety and beauty of your home that will last for years to come.



Get a Style Upgrade with New Windows for Your House

New windows offer the opportunity to update the comfort and safety of your house. One added benefit is that new windows also give you a chance to update your home’s style.

Now many homeowners may not realize quite the impact that new windows can have on the look and style of your house. At first, you may think windows are windows. Without significant reconstruction, can you really change the style of your home’s windows?

Well, many people are surprised to find out just how many options there are when it comes to replacement windows. You can update the trim, choose a window that opens differently (vertical versus up-and-down, for example), or even select a different style of window altogether. Updated windows offer a new look, and with increased glass space, allow for more (or less) natural sunlight in any room of your house.

Updating Your House with New Windows

New full frame windows for your house upgrade the style and curb appeal

As your windows age, you may notice some features are no longer very aesthetically pleasing. Trim may start to age, weather, fade, and decline. Older windows can be challenging to open and especially hard to clean. You may also notice cracking and rotting of the seals around the window. The locks may become difficult to maneuver and easy to break.

While these signs of an aging window detract from the beauty of your home, they also indicate that the window is no longer functioning correctly. Air infiltration can become a major concern when windows age. If your house is cold in the winter and hot in the summer, it’s often a sign that your windows aren’t doing their job. In fact, they may even cost you money. The Department of Energy says windows are responsible for 25%-30% of heating and cooling energy use. Over time, new windows can save you plenty of money and hassle.

A functioning window should be:

  • Easy to open and clean
  • Simple to close and safe to lock
  • Airtight and free of infiltration
  • Beautiful and complementary to the style of your home

Are you settling for windows that aren’t meeting expectations? Do you wear socks all winter long (or worse, get out the plastic to “protect” your home from drafts)? Do your windows embarrass you? Do you hide them behind window treatments because you can’t get them clean? Worst of all, do you worry your windows aren’t safe?

Many homeowners are hesitant to replace their windows; they may fear a long, arduous process, or they think new windows won’t make a significant difference. Life may get in the way, and it’s another task on the home improvement list that never gets done. Almost all our customers are shocked at how easy and stress-free window replacement can be!

In fact, one of the most common statements we get from homeowners after a window replacement is, “Why didn’t I replace these windows sooner?!”

Homeowners often can’t believe how much new windows change the look, comfort, safety, and style of their house. Window replacement is like a facelift for your home and brightens up the entire appearance.

See the video below from Tod & Todd for an example of one homeowner who was shocked by the difference the new windows made for her home.


Changing Window Styles to Suit Your Look

When you decide it’s time for a window update, the array of style options will amaze you. You can add trim, like a grid. You can select different frames, interior casings, and hardware options to meet your needs and flatter the style of your house.

Some homeowners even decide to change the type of window completely. We’ve had many customers who convert a large window (or two side-by-side double-hung windows) into a stunning bay window.

Bay windows are one of our most popular style changes. The glass extends out from the house and creates the illusion of a larger, brighter room. You get a lot of light from a bay window, and with the operating windows on either side of the bay, you can open them up for a wonderful cross-breeze.

We’ve had customers share that the new bay windows are their favorite spot for reading a book or relaxing. Holiday decorations look stunning framed inside a beautiful bay window. Kids love playing in the bright light under the window, and pets (especially cats) adore the bay window as a prime spot for catching a nap in the sun.

Change Your Home with a Style Upgrade

Oriel Style Double Hung Window Exterior View

Replacement windows are a simple way to change the look and feel of your home. You may select a more efficient style or an option that better fits your home’s aesthetic.

With newer windows, the hardware is often sleek and minimized. Trims are lighter and designed with your view in mind. When you see older homes, you might see heavy, dark window trims that actually block the view and detract from the look of the window.

We see many customers who change sliding and side-by-side windows to double-hung or casement windows. Depending on the state of their older windows, this vastly increases the efficiency.

Front windows and windows in the main living area are often focal points of the space, making them popular choices for changing styles. With these main windows, you get a noticeable change without major construction. Kitchen and garden windows are another popular choice, as people are often looking for more light and brightness in their kitchen. There’s nothing quite as charming as a kitchen window with some cheerful plants.

When you replace your windows from Weather Tight, we’ll make sure your new windows are the right style for your house. We’ll help you select windows that open up space and bring light and beauty to each room.

Your Weather Tight expert will work with you to decide which windows need replacement and offer friendly recommendations if you are conflicted. We’ll help you explore the many options in trim, style, and type, so you’ll be proud and pleased by the final result.

If you’re considering replacement windows, it’s a great time to explore your options. Let us give you a FREE in-home assessment and no-hassle quote. You’ll discover how affordable it is to replace your windows and increase your curb appeal. Replacement windows are an excellent investment in the long-term value and comfort of your house.


Secure Window Locking Systems: What You Need to Know for Safety

No one likes to think about a break-in. We want to keep the outside out, and our valuables that are inside—well IN. But of course, windows provide an opening to your home. Like a door or any other opening, this allows movement in and out of your house.

As a homeowner, it’s essential to understand window locking systems, especially if you’re considering replacement windows to update your house. We often think of the locks on our doors as being a critical component, but windows that close correctly and securely are equally as important.

With Weather Tight windows, you can rest assured your replacement windows are as secure as possible. Let’s explore Weather Tights’ window locking systems and safety features to help improve your peace of mind.

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The Importance of Window Locking Systems

The truth is, windows are glass and with enough force, glass breaks. No window is 100% secure.

While this fact may make you feel a bit wary, there’s no reason to fret. Statistics tell us most break-ins are crimes of opportunity. Most break-ins happen because someone didn’t lock a door or window (or the window is simply left open). Most criminals are lazy, and if the window is closed and secure, they move on to the next target.

For this reason, having a window locking system in place helps you stay safe. Even a window that properly closes and features a simple locking system will deter most crime.

The other protection window locking systems offer is a tight seal. For example, the dual lock clasp system in our double-hung replacement windows pulls the sashes together tightly, sealing out drafts and preventing air infiltration. This window locking system offers additional protection to your home from leaks, drafts, and temperature fluctuations (which, in most cases, are your most significant danger and concern). We don’t want those Wisconsin winters to steal from our pocketbooks when it comes to our heating bills, either.

For more on the improvements manufacturers are making to stop air infiltration, check out this video from Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips:


At Weather Tight, we offer beautiful windows with great security features. It’s essential to explore your options, especially if you’re considering window replacement.

Window Locking Systems for Double-Hung & Slider Windows

Our double-hung and slider replacement windows with the night latch feature are a great, secure choice. The night latch feature’s lock cab allows you to open the window a few inches for ventilation but keeps the window from being pushed fully open. The night latch feature ensures no one can open the window far enough to cut or push in the screen and enter (or exit in the case of children and pets).

Not only is this feature nice for security and peace of mind, but it’s perfect for warmer months when you need to keep the window slightly ajar. You can open the window for kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom ventilation or a little fresh air and still feel safe.

Other Window Locking Systems in Double-Hung Windows

We also offer double hung replacement windows with the dual lock clasp system. In addition to providing security and peace of mind, the dual lock clasp system keeps your windows weather resistant. The clasp pulls the sashes together tightly, helping to seal out air infiltration,

This extra-tight seal keeps the temperature in your house consistent. You’ll block out moisture and drafts, especially in the cold months. As homeowners in Wisconsin know, those cold months are brutal when it comes to keeping your home comfortable and warm. Good windows make a huge difference.

Better yet is the ease-of-use when it comes to securing the window. These window locking systems are smooth and easy to operate. Unlike locks that require extra strength, cranking, or risk of pinching your fingers, these locks are simple enough for everyone to operate.

Casement & Awning Window Locking Systems

Weather Tight’s replacement casement and awning windows feature a lock bar system. This system pulls the sash into the frame, securing it tightly. Weather Tight uses metal, not plastic components for all our windows, making them reliable and durable.

Casement windows feature a very low-profile full-flip nesting handle that controls the optional three-point locking system. Not only is it very secure and simple to operate, but it really looks great. You don’t need to worry about an unsightly locking system marring your view. It’s there when you need it, but never in the way.

Proper closing and locking systems, combined with our triple pane glass, ensure all Weather Tight replacement windows offer safety and security. If your current windows don’t close or lock properly (or it’s a struggle to adjust them), consider a replacement. At the end of the day, you want something long-lasting that beautifies your home and keeps you safe from the worries of bad weather (and anything else outside).

Your Weather Tight expert will walk you through all the features of each of our replacement windows, helping you select a look that’s right for your house. Replacement windows offer an instant update in terms of comfort, safety, and curb appeal. If you’ve been considering your options, there are many outstanding choices. Give us a call today for a free quote and assessment.

5 Early Signs of Leaking Windows You Need to Address

Drip. Drip. Drip. There’s nothing more frustrating hearing a dripping noise and realizing it’s one of the signs of a leaking window.

You get out a towel, put a container under the window, and wait for the rain to stop. Perhaps you use a DIY solution like adding sealant or caulk around the broken seal in a futile attempt to fix the problem.

Unfortunately, with leaking windows, these “hacks” don’t usually work. Many times, they leave you with a bigger problem down the road, like water trapped around your windowpanes that will rot your walls causing mold, mildew, and extensive damage. If you have a leaking window, it’s crucial to figure out the problem at the core, then find a long-term solution.

But sometimes the signs of leaking windows aren’t as apparent as a steady drip. Here’s what you need to know about the early signs of leaking windows.

1. Rotten Wood on the Exterior

One of the telltale early signs of a leaking window, or potentially leaking window is wood rot around the exterior of the window. Wood rot can appear as cracking around the windowsill. It’s also indicated by off-kilter joints when the pieces of the windowsill don’t properly meet or seem slightly misshapen.

At first, this problem seems like no big deal. Your windows may seem to function correctly, even if you notice outside damage. In time, however, wood rot will lead to seal failure and more significant problems down the road. Wood rot is a sign water is running toward your home instead of away; this could be due to gutter issues, roof issues, or another problem.

Homeowners should learn the signs of wood rot and address them ASAP. Often, a leaking window signifies the problem has escalated out of hand. The window will typically need replacement, and there may be additional concerns as well. Don’t wait for the window to drip. Call Weather Tight today!

2. Cloudy Windows

Another sign of window seal failure is cloudiness between the panes of glass. Newer thermal windows don’t have big spaces between the panes of glass like older (non-thermal) storm windows do. Thermal windows contain insulating noble Argon gas to keep temperatures steady. In newer and older windows, the space between the panes should never be cloudy or wet.

Should the seal around the window fail, moisture accumulates between the panes of glass. To the homeowner, this usually looks like cloudiness or dirtiness that you can’t get clean. You may also see moisture that’s built up between the panes of glass (different from condensation, which is a normal phenomenon and a sign your window is working correctly).

While your window might not be leaking (yet), cloudiness is a big sign your window’s seal has failed. Eventually, the window will start to leak and could cause damage to the wall, floor, and surrounding areas of your home. At the first sign of cloudiness, give Weather Tight a call!

To see an example of seal failure and this type of cloudiness, please see the video below from Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips:



3. Drafty Closed Windows

Window drafts are another big sign you should consider replacement windows. While we may not think of air as a conventional sign of a leaking window, the truth is air leaks make your home just as uncomfortable as water.

Take a look at your window when it’s closed on a very windy day. Does the curtain, blind, or shade move with the breeze? A simple damp hand test will also help you detect window leaks. Wet your hand and run it slowly around the window—do you feel cold air? That’s a big sign of your window leaking air.

If you get out double-sided tape and shrink-wrap every autumn to “seal” your windows, you already know the inconvenience and frustration from having drafty windows. Plastic on the windows isn’t something you simply need to accept because you live in a colder climate like Wisconsin. With proper replacement windows, you’ll no longer get drafts; you can put the plastic away and enjoy the comfort of your home. Better yet, you’ll also see savings on your energy bill!

4. Black Fuzz and Dampness

As we mentioned above, condensation isn’t a sign of a window leak (or an indication your window isn’t working properly). In fact, condensation is a positive sign that your window is airtight. When a window’s seal is broken, you won’t see condensation. Dry air will dissipate the moisture before it shows up on the window.

It’s important to understand the difference between condensation and window leaks. The dampness from a window leak will often show up in one specific spot or as a puddle near the window. You may see black fuzz, mildew, or mold building up in an area on the window frame inside or outside your home. You may also see moisture between the panes of glass, cracking and bubbling paint, or warping of the window components.

Anytime you see black and soft or spongey wood anywhere around your window, address it right away. See the video below from Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips for an example of a window with this type of seal failure:



5. Dripping (The Obvious Sign of Leaking Windows)

Obviously, if it’s raining INSIDE your home when it’s raining outside, it’s a clear sign your window is leaking. If it’s sudden, make one small check before you worry—make sure you’ve fully engaged the lock on your window for an extra tight seal. This is a commonly seen concern when homeowners forget to lock their windows, adding an extra snug closure.

If your window is still leaking, it’s time to call a professional. Unfortunately, window leaks can cause significant damage to your home and your belongings. It’s crucial you don’t wait to address the problem. Get it taken care of right away.

Fortunately, there are many options available for beautiful replacement windows that will perform and protect your home for years to come. A Weather Tight professional will be happy to assess your home’s windows and help you find the perfect solution.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate. Leaking windows aren’t a problem you need to live with! Keep your home comfortable and worry-free with beautiful replacement windows you can rely on.