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How a MultiPoint Door Lock System Keeps Your Home Safe & Comfortable

Most of us don’t think about our door locks very often. Typically, at night you might turn the knob, flip the deadbolt, and head to bed. You expect your door to keep your family safe and you can rest peacefully. But is your current door locking system really keeping your home safe and secure?

Of course, it’s nothing any of us like to worry about, but safety is an essential consideration in any entry door. Doors exist to keep us protected in our homes; to keep out bad weather, intruders, and anything else the outside world throws our way.

Whether it’s your front door, a side entry, or a patio, you need to know your locks are working, and your door lock system will keep you, your family, and the contents of your home secure.

So, if you’re considering an update to your exterior doors, here’s why you shouldn’t settle for any other lock system. The exclusive Multipoint Locking System or MPLS from Weather Tight keeps your home safe and provides a surprising additional benefit so you can relax and feel safe in your home.

Entry Door

The Anatomy of a Multipoint Door Lock System

The idea behind the multipoint door lock system is simple but effective. We’ve all seen doors with several locks running up the side—a deadbolt, a chain lock, the lock built into the handle. While these may feel secure, the problem is they all lock in one spot—the center of the door. With pressure or blunt force at the top or bottom of the door, the lock could give way.

With the multipoint locking system, there is one activation for three points. You don’t need to lock your door two or three separate times to know it’s safe and tightly secured. With one easy turn of the lock, you’ve secured your entry door on the top, the bottom, and the middle. It would be extremely difficult to push the door open, even when applying pressure to the top or bottom.


To understand more about how a multipoint door lock system works, watch this demonstration video from Home Improvement Tips with Tod & Todd:

 


Energy Efficiency: The Surprising Benefit of Multipoint Locking Systems

One of the most surprising benefits of the multipoint locking system is an increase in the energy efficiency of your entry door. While most homeowners think of locks as a safety measure, they also help keep your doors closed extra tight.

With the three locking points, your exterior door is held air-tight to the frame against the weather stripping. This secure seal prevents air infiltration. Even with the most secure single-point locks, the top and bottom of the door often lose small amounts of air. A three-point lock keeps the cold air out and the warm air in (and in the summer, it ensures you aren’t cooling the entire outdoors).

The other surprise is that the multipoint locking system is a free upgrade we offer on our entry doors (whenever possible—multipoint locking systems are not available on patio doors through Weather Tight). Occasionally there are steel doors, fire doors with a cement core, and garage doors that aren’t compatible with the three-point door lock system, but in most cases, this upgrade is available on any beautiful Weather Tight exterior door.

This means you can choose from gorgeous exterior doors designed to fit the look, style, and feel of your home. We offer many customizable options and styles, including French doors, in a wide variety of colors, glass options, hardware, and more. Fiberglass provides the look and beauty of wood with woodgrain detail, but with more durability and moisture resistance. You won’t need to paint these maintenance-free doors. They retain their original beauty for years and years with virtually no upkeep at all.

If you’re ready to upgrade the look of your home while ensuring the safety, security, and comfort of your family, a new entry door is a great place to start. With locks at three critical points to enhance security, the multipoint locking system from Weather Tight is one more great reason to consider a new door today.

Give us a call for a free estimate. Our sales representatives will walk you through your options and help you choose a door you’ll love.

 

7 Surprising Advantages of an Asphalt Shingle Roof

So you’re considering a new roof. You may feel overwhelmed by the options out there, but if you’re going to invest in the look and comfort of your home, an asphalt shingle roof from Weather Tight is a solid choice.

There is an array of color selections available for asphalt shingles. Owen’s Corning (Weather Tight’s preferred partner for asphalt shingles) is known for durability and quality. These shingles are a beautiful choice to help you feel proud of the look of your roof and home.

If you’re considering a roof replacement, here are the most surprising advantages of choosing an asphalt shingle roof.

Asphalt Roofing

 

1. Reliable Quality

Like all Weather Tight jobs, we use the top products in the business for asphalt shingle roofing. When it comes to roofing, there’s no brand like Owen’s Corning. It’s one of the best in the industry, requiring no maintenance after installation.

Weather Tight is proud to be a Platinum Preferred Contractor by Owen’s Corning, an honor bestowed upon only 8% of Owen’s Corning vendors. An Owen’s Corning asphalt shingle roof is the highest quality thanks to features like the VentiSure ventilation system and a synthetic underlayment system to add an extra layer of protection between your shingles and roof deck.

2. Roof Assessment is Simple

Once a roof’s shingles start to show damage, fall off, discolor, or begin to curl, you know it’s time for a roof replacement. Of course, a roof replacement is a big worry for a homeowner.

If you think it’s time for a roof replacement, call Weather Tight for a free in-home assessment and estimate. As part of your evaluation, we will use satellite imaging to get the basic roof dimensions. Then our expert staff will send a product expert to verify the measurements, check the decking, and view your attic space, as well as discuss options with you such as colors and looks.

A proper assessment is a critical part of roof replacement to identify any concerns (such as ventilation issues, as seen in the Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video below). Rely on Weather Tight to perform due diligence throughout the installation process and ensure you get an asphalt shingle roof that lasts for years to come.


In this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video, Tod & Todd explain why proper assessment is essential to catching any concerns that should be addressed during replacement, like ventilation issues.

 

 


3. An Asphalt Shingle Roof is Durable

Here in Wisconsin, Mother Nature throws a lot of weather at your roof. An asphalt shingle roof from Owen’s Corning is durable and will hold up to winter weather, snow, and ice as well as the brutal humidity and summer heat.

For winter peace of mind, during the proper installation of a new roof, steps are taken to prevent ice dams (layers of ice at the edge of a roof, preventing snow from adequately draining). These ice dams are often a result of poor ventilation and may lead to a myriad of problems down the road.

Owen’s Corning asphalt shingle roofs are algae resistant. SureNail stripping ensures the asphalt shingles stay in place, delivering 130-MPH wind performance in tests. These shingles have a high impact rating and will hold up to the most severe weather.

4. Choose from a Variety of Colors

One of the benefits of roof replacement is it offers a chance to update and upgrade the look of your home. While curb appeal may seem like a minor concern compared to performance and durability, the truth is, it’s important you feel proud of your home and satisfied with your investment. In this case, looks count and it is an easy way to take your home to a 10!

 

Siding, Windows, & Roofing Before & After

Fortunately, the asphalt roofing line from Owen’s Corning offers a wide variety of color options. You can choose from vivid, bold colors that are fade-resistant, eye-catching, and long-lasting. Pick a roof that accents the look of your home and makes you feel proud. Choose from wood shake appearance, slate shape, and standard shingle options to get the designer look and feel you want.

5. Reasonably Priced

When you invest in a new roof, you want to rest assured you’re getting a reasonable price. This is one of the reasons why Weather Tight works with Owen’s Corning—the product is durable, and the cost is reasonable. It is a sound investment for any homeowner. With the full service that Weather Tight offers and nearly 35 years in the business, Weather Tight is reputable and worth the extra money to have a contractor you trust.

A new roof will increase the value of your home, in addition to increasing your satisfaction. With proper installation, a roof will also increase your comfort and lower your concerns about heat loss, poor ventilation, leaks, and the other stressors caused by roof problems.

6. We Stand Behind Our Products

Weather Tight stands firmly behind our products and installation process. We’ve been in the business for nearly 35 years and we’re there for our homeowners if there is ever an issue or problem or just a general question. Fortunately, with asphalt shingle roofing, you can rest easy.

Owen’s Corning offers an excellent manufacturer’s warranty. Weather Tight will ensure that with the right ventilation and proper installation, your roof will hold up for decades to come. With durable, beautiful shingles, you won’t need to worry about roof replacement again for a long time. Unlike other contractors, Weather Tight also has a full-service in-house customer service team. We are staffed to take your calls and willing to have technicians out in the event you have any questions or concerns.

7. Stress-Free Installation

Many homeowners also worry about the installation process for a new roof. This is a big concern in the fall months, especially. Fortunately, we can install asphalt shingle roofs in most temperatures and year-round. During the installation process, a Weather Tight representative will keep you informed of the timeline and all considerations.

We’re pleased that homeowners frequently report our installation process is surprisingly stress-free. We carefully clean up the job site, and our contractors are bonded and insured for your peace of mind. We stand behind our work with an A+ rating from the BBB.

If it’s time to consider a roof replacement, an asphalt shingle roof is an excellent choice. Contact Weather Tight today for a free assessment and estimate on your roofing project. We’re happy to discuss your options and help you improve the look and comfort of your home!

 

An Exterior Finish You’ll Love: Engineered Wood Siding

Nothing has more of an impact on the look of your home than the exterior finish. It’s a “fashion piece” for your home and can really make or break the curb appeal. There are endless options when it comes to exterior finishes, but almost nothing beats the strong, durable, beautiful look of engineered wood siding.

Now, if you own a home with a wooden exterior, chances are you’re all too familiar with the yearly chore of scraping, painting, and staining your home. If you skip a year or two, your home will start to weather quickly. You’ll notice fading, chipped paint, and uneven discoloration. It really starts to look worse and worse over time. The real problem comes from the issues you might not see with the naked eye. Wood siding can rot, leading to pests or trapped moisture, causing permanent (and expensive) damage to your home.

So, if you’re considering investing in a long-lasting exterior finish solution for your home, here’s why you should consider engineered wood siding. This is an excellent replacement siding option for any homeowner!

6 Benefits of Engineered Wood Siding as an Exterior Finish

If you’re considering replacement siding, chances are you’re weighing out the pros and cons of many different options. There are many benefits to choosing engineered wood siding as the exterior finish option for your home. Whether you currently have aluminum or vinyl siding, wooden clapboard siding, or another finish, engineered wood is a standout choice amongst home siding options. It will upgrade the look and feel of your house.

Here are six benefits of engineered wood siding to consider.

1. Engineered Wood Siding is More Durable than Many Other Exterior Options

One of the most significant benefits of choosing engineered wood siding is performance. Diamond Kote™ (the Weather Tight preferred brand) is exceptionally durable. Customers don’t need to worry about touch-ups, paint, or repair to their siding.

Better yet, Diamond Kote™ comes with a 30-year no-fade warranty, guaranteeing it will stand the test of time. Mineral-based pigments are UV resistant, keeping your siding vibrant. You won’t need to worry about the color of your home changing or dulling over time, like painted clapboard. Unlike aluminum siding, engineered wood siding won’t dent and is highly impact-resistant as well. This is siding that will look as beautiful in a decade as it does on the day of installation.

2. Hate Sanding and Painting? Engineered Wood Siding is Lower Maintenance

With no fading, engineered wood siding eliminates an often dreaded task from your yearly home maintenance routine. There’s no sanding, painting, or staining with engineered wood siding. You still get the stunning, natural beauty of a wooden exterior finish with none of the stress.

Diamond Kote™ uses an eco-friendly low VOC proprietary paint, which produces ultra-pure oxide colorants. The result is a stunning finish that won’t fade, chip, peel, or weather over time. If you want a home siding option you can forget about, then engineered wood siding is perfect. You never need to think about it once installed.

3. You Can’t Beat the Beauty of Engineered Wood Siding

Engineered wood siding offers a gorgeous finish many homeowners prefer. Whether you’re updating a dormer or extension on your home or replacing the current exterior finish completely, engineered wood is a truly stunning choice. This siding option looks very high-end and will do wonders for your curb appeal and the overall resale value of your home, as well.

There’s something about the natural beauty of wood homeowners love, but over time wood can deteriorate and become dull. Paint and maintenance are constantly required to maintain the finish. Other “wood look” products may require less upkeep, but they often look fake due to pattern and texture. The realistic wood-grain texture of the Diamond Kote siding looks far superior to the finish of most fiber cement products on the market. You get all the beauty of a natural wood look without the stress or effort

4. Diamond Kote™ Siding Offered Through Weather Tight Features a Great Warranty

Weather Tight stands firmly behind our work and our products. The Diamond Kote™ engineered wood siding comes with an excellent warranty that’s one of the best in the business. This is an investment in the future of your home that you’ll feel great about.

Not only will the new siding protect your home from harsh elements (hot sun, icy wind, snow, and sleet), but this siding will increase the beauty of your home as well. If you’re hoping to boost the resale value of your home someday, an exterior finish is a wonderful investment and you can easily earn back the money put into the home.

5. Engineered Wood Siding is Rot Resistant

In Wisconsin, the weather throws us a few curve balls now and then. From sleet to snow, to sudden downpours, engineered wood siding holds up to moisture and water damage. Diamond Kote™ is rot resistant. The zinc borate infusion and wax finish resists moisture and ensures your home stays dry and mildew-free.

This siding is a good option for any climate, and there’s literally no place where it isn’t a good choice. That said, here in the Midwest, we often put those types of weathertight claims to the test. This is a product that holds up to anything mother nature dishes out.

6. Customize Your Engineered Wood Siding for a Unique Look

Two photos side by side, left photo is a house with worn, weathered siding. The photo on the right, is the same home after full house installation of Diamond Kote® siding.

One other reason why our customers love engineered wood siding is it comes in a variety of styles and colors to match your home or fit with the updated look homeowners may be looking for. There are over 30 colors with custom options and multiple styles. Whether you like the look of shakes, octagons, scallops, board and batten, or even stucco finish, there’s an engineered wood option for you. Better yet, Weather Tight is familiar with the restrictions from many Home Owner’s Associations, so we will help you find a long-lasting finish option to meet the criteria of your HOA guidelines.

We offer a free, no-obligation estimate, where an expert will visit your home, take measurements, and review color samples and swatches. You can view the different finishes and get an idea of how beautiful engineered wood siding will look on your home.


Learn more about the benefits of engineered wood siding by checking out this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips:

 


If you’re considering replacement siding, it’s a great time to explore your options. Give Weather Tight a call today to view all the siding choices, including engineered wood.

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.

Double Hung Windows

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.

4 Signs That May Indicate You Need a New Roof

Water damage is one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares. It’s essential to know the signs of a faulty roof to detect areas of concern early before they escalate.

The truth is, when water is leaking from the ceiling, it’s already a sign your roof or surrounding areas (like the flashing, soffit, and fascia) are failing. By the time the water penetrates through the attic, insulation, and gets into your home, the chances are high that you’ve got a significant issue to address.

Learning the early signs of needing a new roof will help you head-off concerns; call a professional before your home (and the items under your roof) are damaged. Here are 4 signs that may indicate you need a new roof. If you notice any of them, call a Weather Tight professional for a no-obligation in-home estimate.

 

4 Signs You May Need a New Roof

 

1. Leaking & Water Damage

The most obvious sign of a leaking roof is water damage (or dripping water) on your ceiling or upper walls. If you notice dripping, it’s an indication there’s a big issue. It’s essential to look at the source of the leak. For example, water damage to the lower part of a wall, in the basement, or middle of your home may come from a leaking pipe or another source rather than your roof.

The first step toward addressing a ceiling leak is going into the attic and finding the source of the moisture. This investigation will help you determine if the problem is coming from your roof, gutter, soffit and fascia, or another area of your home.

One thing is for sure—a leak means it’s time to call a professional. Homeowners may attempt DIY measures like patching or caulking to stave off the leak. While DIY efforts are a temporary solution, they ultimately won’t stop the leak if the problem is bigger than patchwork. These DIY hacks can even end up trapping water in your ceiling or in between your wall, leading to even more significant damage down the road. Never use a shortcut to address a leak. If the water is coming from your roof, call someone who will help you find a solution and determine if it’s time for a roof replacement.

2. Bubbling Paint on the Ceiling

Hand-in-hand with water damage is bubbling and cracking ceiling paint. When plaster in the walls becomes damp, the paint on the surface will eventually bubble up and change. You may notice flaking, cracking or discoloration, like black, red, rust, or green spotting. This paint change is usually the first sign of a leaking roof noticed by a homeowner.

Ceiling paint damage should be recognized and addressed quickly. These changes are typically a sign that more considerable damage could come down the road if you ignore the problem. Painting over the damage won’t make the problem go away, either. You need to call a professional to get to the root of the issue.

Again, paint changes don’t always indicate that you need a new roof, but they do show a moisture problem with your home. If there’s water coming in near your chimney or vent, it could mean there’s an issue with the flashing or a compromised seal. While this doesn’t always mean you need a roof replacement, it’s crucial to figure out the source and work on an early solution. If water is getting into your home, the leak has likely been going on for some time. It’s essential to call an expert right away to mitigate the damage!

3. Granules and Shingle Particles in the Gutter

The life of most roofs run about 15-20 years. This lifespan isn’t a hard and fast rule, though, and it certainly depends on many factors including the original materials, weather, ventilation in your home, and more. Even though some roofing materials come with a guarantee, improper installation or ventilation may negate a warranty. This dilemma is another reason why it’s so important to choose a professional roof installer you trust.

Older asphalt shingles (and even some low-quality, newer shingles) start to “shed” or lose particles as they age. If you see roof granules and shingle particles in your gutter or surrounding your home, it’s a sign that the shingles have degraded. Shedding shingles mean it’s time to consider a new roof sooner rather than later.

In Wisconsin, the harsh winters can be tough on roofs. Houses are heated and cooled frequently, which causes shingles to degrade and decline over time. Winter weather, snow, and ice add to the problem. Icicles can damage your roof and gutters (and often mean your home’s ventilation isn’t working correctly). It’s essential to pay attention to any changes you notice in your shingles.

4. Curling or Blistering Shingles

Another sign that shingles are reaching the end of their life is curling and blistering. You may notice your roof no longer looks flat. The edges of shingles start to curl up and appear warped or blistered.


To see an example of curling shingles, take a look at this video from Home Improvement Tips from Tod & Todd:

 


Curling and blistering shingles are especially noticeable in homes without proper ventilation. Because heating and cooling cause expansion and contraction, shingles must be flexible to accommodate these shifts. Eventually, as your roof begins to age, you will notice shingles loosening, curling, and blistering. Your roof may not leak water (yet), but it could mean your roof is damaged and possibly needs replacing.

Curling shingles are a sure sign the roof is beyond its prime and will start to fail over time. You’re better off replacing your roof now before it looks worse or causes further damage to your home. Your Weather Tight professional will address your concerns with the ventilation by using proper soffit and facia, so your new roof will stand the test of time.

These days, there are excellent roofing options built from more durable and longer-lasting materials than the roofing materials 15 or 20 years ago. These roofing materials are flexible enough to stand up to harsh conditions, last, and beautify your home. Many affordable options will look great and protect your home for years to come.

If you see any of these signs of a failing roof, contact your Weather Tight representative for a free no-obligation estimate. We’ll come out, discuss your options, and help you decide on the best solution for your home and situation.

Understanding Roof Replacement: How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

If your roof is leaking, looks dated, or is just worn out, it’s time to consider a roof replacement. Chances are your first question is, “How much does a new roof cost?”

Many factors play into the cost of roof replacement, including a few you may not have considered. Here, we’ll break down the costs associated with roof replacement and help you decide if it’s time to invest in a new roof.

Shake Style Metal Roofing Shown in Weathered Wood

4 Factors that Influence the Cost of a New Roof

Whenever we visit with a customer to assess their home improvement costs, we carefully measure and break down all the factors that influence the price of a new roof.

1. Roof Size

The size of the roof is, of course, one of the most critical factors in determining the cost of roof replacement. A sizeable ranch-style house is going to need more materials to cover a more significant surface area. A small Cape Cod, on the other hand, won’t usually be as large of a job.

Before the consultation, Weather Tight uses drone/satellite technology called RoofSnap to get the preliminary numbers and specs for the roof. Since most of us aren’t getting a bird’s eye view of our rooftop, this technology helps you, the homeowner, see the state of your roof. You may find out there’s damage you didn’t know about, like missing or badly worn shingles.

RoofSnap technology also helps Weather Tight representatives give you an accurate price quote. This quote is customized to your home’s roof and takes into consideration features beyond simple square footage like turns, peaks, and valleys that affect the cost of roof replacement. During your in-home consultation, your Weather Tight representative will walk you through our findings and what it means for the cost of your roof replacement.

2. Replacement Roof Add-Ons

When you start to look closely at your roof, you may be surprised to discover the state of your home’s ventilation system. If you don’t have proper ventilation in your attic, you may see premature shingle and roof damage from the heat in the summer, as well as water and condensation damage in the winter. Replacing a roof without assessing ventilation isn’t a long-term solution. Improper ventilation may void your warranty on your roof replacement.


To see the effects of improper roof ventilation, check out this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video:

 

 


Your Weather Tight representative will assess the state of your home’s ventilation. He or she will discuss soffit and fascia, which affect energy efficiency and long-term heating and cooling costs for your home. Weather Tight uses a scientific calculation to determine exactly how much soffit ventilation you need to balance your home’s ventilation with the size of the roof.

Your representative will also look at your gutters and the drainage for your roof.  Roofs protect our homes from leaks and moisture, so it’s critical they stand up to the weather. Gutters that don’t drain properly lead to water backup and roof damage. Fortunately, gutters are a simple add-on during roof replacement (and much cheaper while you’re replacing the roof).

3. Roofing Materials

Another significant factor in the cost of roof replacement is the materials you choose. Do you prefer a metal or an asphalt roof?

A metal roof is more expensive initially, but it lasts for the lifetime of the home. Metal roofs are also beautiful and compliment the look of your home. The square footage of your home determines the cost of a metal roof. There are many advantages to choosing a metal roof, making it worth considering as an investment.

Asphalt shingles are also a popular replacement roof choice due to the affordable price. There are many options available, enabling you to choose a replacement roof that compliments the color scheme of your house. With various finishes and looks, it’s easy to find a replacement roof with plenty of curb appeal.

A new product we’re excited about is the Owens Corning Duration FLEX. These shingles are stronger than traditional shingles, but they’re also flexible. When there’s wind or frigid temperatures, they’re built to flex rather than tear off. These shingles are built to withstand storm conditions as well. We offer this upgrade option for replacement roofs. We’re a platinum preferred contractor, allowing us to provide additional warranties on Owens Corning roofing materials.

At Weather Tight, we always remove the existing shingles. We’ll never replace a roof over the top of other, old materials. This type of “quick fix” replacement leads to more significant problems down the road, trapping moisture and affecting ventilation.

4. Timeframe

While the timeframe from the initial consultation to the installation of the roof may vary, Weather Tight completes roof replacement throughout the autumn and winter months (unless it’s very snowy or icy, or unsafe cold temperatures for our crews). Weather Tight is one of the few companies who will do a full roof replacement in the winter. We understand there are times when a roof replacement can’t wait.

Typical installations take 2-3 days, depending on the size of the roof, complexity of the pitch of your home, and the full order. Larger installations can take up to 1-2 weeks, but on average, you can expect a 2-3 day installation. We always work with homeowners to ensure you’re happy with the installation process and timeframe. You’ll comfortably stay in your home during the roof replacement. Weather Tight also does what they can to clean up properly to prevent any debris, nails, or materials getting in your lawn or flower beds.

Buying a Replacement Roof from Weather Tight: Peace of Mind

When you decide to invest in a replacement roof, the cost is a significant consideration. But it’s essential you also consider the value of your peace of mind. For a big job like roof replacement, work with an honest company you trust.

One factor that sets Weather Tight apart from the competition is our reputation. We’ve been in business for over 35 years. We hold an A rating with the BBB. We stand behind our work, and you can trust us to do the job right.

We clean up the job site thoroughly. We’re careful with your home. We won’t tear up the lawn or leave nails around the property. The average roof replacement has over 10,000 nails removed—it’s a messy process, but Weather Tight works hard to keep it clean.

Weather Tight contractors are bonded and insured. This means you’ll rest easy when contractors are doing a dangerous job on your property, like roofing. This protection comes at no extra cost to the customer but ensures you greater peace of mind.

Weather Tight also has warranties and in house service department available to assist if any challenges or concerns were to arise.

A roof replacement is an investment in the comfort and look of your home. When you decide to replace your roof, choose a trustworthy company that will be around in the future to stand behind our warranties—Trust Weather Tight for honesty, quality, and reliability.

What You Need to Know About Entry Door Replacement

There’s no denying an entry door replacement instantly upgrades the look of your entire house. Front and center, your entry door is the focal point of your home. When friends, family, and visitors come by, it’s the first thing they see—and it makes a big statement.

Plus, your entry, side, or back door protects you and your family. Doors offer security and safety from outside weather and potential intruders.

So, when it’s time for entry, side, or back door replacement, consider all your options and review all aspects of the process. Choose a door to add to the value, look, and comfort of your house for years to come. Here’s what you need to know about the door replacement process.

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How to Know When it’s Time for a New Entry, Side, or Back Door

There are several visible signs it’s time for a door replacement. The most significant indication is the look of the door itself. If your door’s style looks like it belongs in the last century, chances are it’s time to replace.

Because doors are such a prominent feature of a home, they’re often one of the first areas to look dated. They’re also one of the first spots your home will show wear and tear. Cracked or peeling paint, warping, or staining are significant signs your door needs replacing.

Aside from cosmetic concerns, an older door presents a lot of challenges to the comfort and temperature control of your home as well. You may experience air leaks and drafts with an older door. People even see frost accumulate on the inside hardware of their doors in the winter. Indoor ice is a sure sign your door isn’t doing its job.

Some draft sources are obvious, but rest assured there are easy tests to reveal hidden air leakage around your door. One of our favorites is the dollar bill test. Take a dollar bill and slide it underneath your door. If the bill moves freely, it’s a sure sign air is getting through.


How do you know it’s time to replace your entry door? Tod & Todd have some tips and handy tests you can try in this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips Video!

 

 


Another way to test your door is by taking a small flashlight and running it around your door. Ask a friend to stand on the inside of your home. If they see the light seeping in around the door, you’re getting air loss. In the summer months, hold a fan up to the door and ask someone to stand on the other side with a wet hand. They’ll feel the cold air, indicating if and where you’re getting a draft.

Another big indication that a door replacement may be needed are concerns about the locking mechanisms or the hardware on your door. Securing your door should never be a challenge. If your door doesn’t lock properly (or is difficult to open or close), consider a door replacement soon.

 

What to Look for in a Replacement Entry, Side, or Back Door

The first place you’ll notice the impact of a new door is on your energy bill. There are many components built into modern replacement doors to help you save on energy.

At Weather Tight, we install beautiful Seal-Rite Therma-Tru doors, which feature a sill and bottom sweep with a tight seal to protect against air and moisture infiltration. When combined with the recommended sill pan, the floor and subfloor will withstand moisture and rot. The composite material of the sill stands up to weather, heat, and humidity.

With weather-stripping and corner seal pads, Therma-Tru doors ensure your home stays comfortable all year long. You’ll save on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, thanks to the precise seals that protect against air and moisture infiltration.

Choose from a wide selection of beautiful materials for your door as well. Wood is a classic option, but modern fiberglass features woodgrain and offers five times the insulation value of wood. Our doors don’t scratch, dent, warp, or twist. Plus, we offer an incredible array of customization options, including a variety of colors, glass designs, styles, and hardware. Choose a door to match and compliment the look and style of your home. Choose additional features like kickplates, mail slots, and peep sites, as well as surrounding features like a transom window or sidelights to let in light and give your home that extra designer flair.

It’s also important to consider the locking system of your door. Weather Tight offers a multi-point lock system for extra security. Our multi-point locking system locks in three spots on the door and is a great option to help you rest easy, knowing your home is safe.

Check out the handy custom door designer to see all the ways you can change your home with a replacement door. Print out your design and share it with your Weather Tight representative to ensure you get the door of your dreams.

 

What to Expect During Your Weather Tight Visit

New Entry Door Before & After

If you’re considering a door replacement, give Weather Tight a call to set up a consultation with one of our trusted experts. Our expert will come to your home and assess your door needs. During the visit, he or she will look at your door opening, take measurements, and go through the options to ensure your door perfectly fits the style of your home while offering suggestions that fit with your wants and needs.

We go over all possible looks and provide real before and after pictures of customers who have replaced their doors. We also discuss your needs and what you’re looking for in terms of seals and efficiency. Thanks to the weather here in the Midwest, most of us need to consider the impact of the winter months—especially cold and moisture—on our doors. Wood doors tend to expand and shrink with the weather, whereas fiberglass doors hold up to the harshest conditions.

Your Weather Tight representative will also go over the door replacement process and timeline with you. We usually see an uptick in replacement entry doors in the spring, but summer, fall, and even winter are perfect times to consider a door replacement, so don’t wait! Weather Tight takes steps to ensure your home stays comfortable during construction and installation.

If you’re ready to improve the curb appeal, security, and comfort of your home, a replacement door is the right investment. Give Weather Tight a call today and we’ll discuss the many options for a door you’ll love!

 

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.

 

 

Does Your House Need a Face Lift? It’s Time for Siding Replacement!

Your home is a place you should feel proud to live in. When you view the outside, does the siding look straight, clean, and bright? Or is your home starting to look dated, old, and dilapidated? Is it time for siding replacement?

Most of the time, homeowners approach us for siding replacement due to cosmetic reasons. They want to increase the curb appeal and value of their home, so it needs a little facelift.

And while the look of your home often indicates when it’s time for siding replacement, there are other reasons to replace your siding beyond the aesthetic. Here’s how to tell if it’s time for siding replacement and what the process look likes when you contact Weather Tight.

Wondering if it’s time for siding replacement on your home’s exterior? Here’s how to tell if your house needs a facelift.

How to Know if It’s Time for Siding Replacement

When customers approach us, they’re often hoping for a fresh look for their home. They may have old cedar siding that’s faded or cracked. Their aluminum siding may have dents, bubbling, and chipped paint. In Wisconsin, they may have the old “chalet style” homes with cement board and cedar trim (quite a popular look in the mid-twentieth century).

No matter what the current façade of your home looks like, one universal truth applies: if you’re no longer proud of the way your home looks, it’s probably time to consider new siding.

A facelift in the form of an exterior update restores your pride in your beautiful home. New siding increases your curb appeal and can increase the resale value of your house. Better yet, it’s a lower maintenance solution. Many homeowners are simply tired of the effort and upkeep required to maintain older, deteriorating exterior materials.

Siding replacement also improves the insulation of your home. With breathable Tyvek house wraps installed under the siding, you’ll avoid heat loss and air infiltration. You’ll save energy and keep your home more comfortable with brand new siding.

There are other underlying factors that siding replacement addresses as well. For example, during the replacement process, many homeowners are surprised to discover rotting, mildewed siding or cement board, insect infestations, small birds, and other critters who have built nests in the walls of their homes. With cedar homes, many homeowners complain about the noise from woodpeckers who want to get at the bugs inside the walls. The solution isn’t to deter the noisy birds, but to address the underlying issue of the bugs inside your siding.

We hear many different concerns from homeowners—bugs, birds, cold and uncomfortable rooms. That’s why it’s important to call a professional if you notice any type of concern. Siding that’s falling off, paint that’s bubbling or cracking, and dented or damaged siding all indicate bigger problems.

The good news is, siding replacement is surprisingly affordable. Better yet, it’s an investment in your home, giving it an instant modern update. Siding offers effortless upkeep as well.

When you decide that it’s time for siding replacement, you’re investing in the future resale value of your house. You’re also saving yourself the time, energy, and stress that comes from maintaining older house materials. Replacement siding is an all-around smart investment.

Your Initial Consultation: Deciding on Siding Replacement

When you call Weather Tight to consult about siding replacement, we’ll schedule a visit with an expert representative who will come to your home.

During the initial assessment visit, your Weather Tight representative will ask many questions about your needs, wants, and the desired look for your home exterior. They will walk around with you, inspecting and examining your current exterior finish, and helping to identify any issues like rot, insect infestations, and moisture problems.

Your Weather Tight representative will also take measurements to determine how much siding is needed for your home. They’ll help you decide on the type of siding to best suit your needs and the timeframe for scheduling your replacement. Siding season is year-round, weather permitting.

Spring is often a prime time for siding orders, as homeowners assess damage from the winter months. When we spend time outside, we start to notice areas where our homes could use an update. Fall is another popular time for siding installation. We all nest in the fall as we prepare for wintertime, but it is important to consider any time of year as a time to review your siding.

A siding install from start to finish can usually be completed in about one week (obviously depending on the materials, size of the job, and weather. On average, expect installers to be there for 5-10 days as they complete the job. The only restrictions homeowners may face is where to put the dumpster and occasionally, mother nature brings on a thunderstorm that may cause some delays! You stay in your house and watch the process, so there’s no need to find a place to stay during the installation process.

 

What Type of Home Siding Should I Choose?

Even if your home features an outdated color, peeling, or unattractive paint, it’s a lot of work to update the exterior. If the updates aren’t carried out by a professional, you may also run into issues down the line.

Fortunately, there are different types of maintenance-free siding available to address many of your concerns and beautify your home’s exterior. When you decide it’s time for siding replacement, consider your best options.

Vinyl

Vinyl Siding Before & After

Vinyl siding has the appearance of a real cedar sided home. It’s very beautiful, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. With vinyl, there’s an application of foam backing on each piece, giving it the rigidity and stiffness to protect against warping and waving. The foam backing acts as insulation, adding another blanket of protection for the outside of your home. Vinyl comes with a lifetime warranty as long as you live in your home (and for one more consecutive homeowner if transferred correctly with the manufacturer).

Engineered Wood (Diamond Kote Siding)

Diamond Kote Engineered Siding

Another great option favored by many planned communities and homeowner associations is engineered wood siding. This siding offers a very natural look that meets with HOA guidelines. Painted with a special long-lasting Diamond Kote paint, our engineered wood siding comes with a 30-year warranty against peeling and fading. This looks like real cedar siding and it’s beautiful.


Want to more about the advantages of engineered wood siding? Check out this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video for more!

 

 


 

The Siding Installation Process

Once you’ve decided on the siding that’s right for your home, your siding lead installer and/or project manager will go through the entire process with you to ensure you’re on the same page and you’re satisfied with the product. You’ll get plenty of updates throughout the process—we always keep you in the loop.

To start, our installation team will take off your old siding. A good siding installer will never go over the top of existing siding. Laying siding over the top of your previous exterior finish may seem like a fast solution but it’s really only covering up a problem like a band-aid covers a wound. A reputable installer will find the root of the problem and address it from scratch. This protects your investment and the life of your home.

Once the old siding is removed, they will lay the Tyvek—a protective home wrap that blocks moisture from entering your home. Tyvek is a one-way breathing material that allows vapor from the inside of the house to escape but doesn’t allow moisture to get in. It’s a perfect weather barrier that adds to the insulation (and temperature control) of your home.

When the Tyvek is down, they will start to install the new siding. First, they will install the trim and then lay in the siding, ensuring the finish is waterproof and beautiful.

Your replacement siding process depends on the material you choose, the size of your home, and other factors. Fortunately, the process isn’t disruptive to your day-to-day living. You can live in your home comfortably while the installation is taking place.

If you’re ready to schedule an update to your home, it’s a great time! Call Weather Tight to assess your home’s exterior and help you decide if it’s time for siding replacement.