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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.

 

What You Need to Know About Patio Door Replacement

With summer fast approaching, chances are you’re excited to spend more time out on your patio. You’re probably ready to open up your sliding patio doors and let in that fresh air…

But like many homeowners in Wisconsin, you may discover your patio door isn’t working quite as smoothly as you’d like. You wrestle to slide it open; it goes off track. You worry about the locking mechanism, so you jam a broom handle in the bottom. You notice air seeps in, even in the winter and the seal doesn’t keep out the cold.

Bad patio doors become the bane of a homeowner’s existence. It’s a constant struggle. If this sounds like you, it’s time to consider patio door replacement. Weather Tight is ready to help!

3 Panel Patio Door

5 Signs It’s Time for Patio Door Replacement

The most obvious sign of a patio door problem is one that “jumps the track” every time you slide it open. Generally, the difficulty extends to the screen, too. Screen doors are often the nemesis of a patio door owner. The door may seem to work somewhat properly, but the screen gets stuck, feels flimsy, and is tough to open.

When your patio door is difficult or hard to use, it’s less convenient to enjoy your home. If you need to walk all the way around your house to get to your patio, that’s a major (and annoying) problem. Of course, there are a few other common issues with patio doors, too. Here are 5 signs it’s time to consider a patio door replacement.

1. Your Patio Door Has Fogged Glass

People approach us often saying, “I think my door is fine, but the glass is all fogged up.” Unfortunately, this is often a sign the seal around the door is shot. Fogging is different from normal window condensation; it typically appears (and stays) trapped between panes of glass. Not only is fogged glass unsightly, but it’s a sign moisture is leaking between glass panes. You’re getting heat loss and other issues.

When a Weather Tight expert comes out, they’ll take a look at your door. We’ve seen circumstances where the door is fine and there’s simply a problem with the glass (in which case we’ll refer you to a glass replacement specialist who will fix the glass easily). Most of the time, however, fogged glass is an indicator of bigger issues with the patio door.

2. You See Mildew and Discoloration Around the Patio Door Seal and Floor

Another common concern with patio doors, especially in the spring when warmth and moisture come in, is mildew along the sealing around the glass. Another tale-tale sign is discoloration on the floor near the door. Here in Wisconsin, moisture seepage is a big issue thanks to those icy winters.

Most older patio doors were built with an aluminum track. Unfortunately, this type of track isn’t ideal for cold weather, especially if there’s a patio or deck leading up to the patio door. Snow and ice build right up around the door itself. Aluminum conducts the ice and you’ll see it melt, refreeze, and rot around the door.


How do you know when it’s time to replace your patio door? Learn more about patio door replacement with this Tod & Todd’s home improvement tips video!

 

 


3. Ants are Marching in Your Home

Another (annoying) sign that patio door replacement is needed? Ants marching in your home. Often when the seal around the patio door doesn’t close tightly due to rot (or because you’ve had to force the door open and closed, misshaping it), small spaces form. These spaces are perfect for letting in ants and other pests. Even worse, we’ve seen many situations where we take out a door to discover ants have eaten away the substructure, knee wall, and wall below it. You often can’t see the damage until it’s quite far along.

If ants can get in and out of your home, cold air is getting inside in the winter as well. You’re likely experiencing heat loss around your poorly sealed patio door. While the screen is great for letting in the breeze during the summer months, you may also be overworking your air conditioner when you close the door because the door is no longer airtight.

4. You Need a Broom Handle to “Lock” Your Patio Door

One of the biggest dangers that homeowners face with old patio doors is security. Unfortunately, older doors don’t close or lock properly. Often, when you’ve had to shake and wiggle the door to get it on track, you’ve also made the door looser and easier to jimmy open. If someone wants to get in, they’ll wiggle the door hard enough to free it of the single, short lock.

Many homeowners mitigate this problem by getting out their trusty broom handle. We’ve heard more than one instance of the broom handle falling down in the track accidentally and locking the homeowner out! Intruders, on the other hand, won’t hesitate to use a screwdriver to easily pop up the broom handle/wooden bar and get right in.

Our replacement patio doors feature an ultra-secure three-point locking system. The door locks in three locations along the frame. Instead of using short screws to secure the door, we use longer screws that go all the way into the door frame. This ensures you can put away your broom handle and feel safe because there’s no way to break the door open by wiggling it.

5. Your Door Is Difficult to Open or Has to Be Forced

Again, probably the most common complaint of all is difficulty opening patio doors. What happens when a homeowner can’t open their patio door (especially in the summer months, when it’s being used all the time)? They wiggle it around. They wrestle with the door. They force it open and closed. This means your door gets bent and the frame no longer fits into the track.

There’s no reason to feel bad about forcing your patio door open too many times. The truth is, older patio doors were poorly made. The wheels lock up and they jump off track. The flimsy screens get easily bent and become unusable. It’s a serious pain in the neck.

Replacement patio doors from Weather Tight feature screens hung like barn doors—from the top using a rail. Instead of bearing weight, the screens are suspended from a monorail on the top. They slide easily and more consistently. They don’t get bound up in the track or become misshapen from being wiggled around. Many homeowners can’t believe how much easier it is to slide the new patio doors open and closed, and then securely lock them when needed.

If you’re ready to enjoy summer with a beautiful, easy-to-use, secure patio door, give us a call! Our Weather Tight experts are happy to schedule a consultation to assess your current door and patio door replacement needs. New doors will help you step outside with ease and enjoy the sunshine on your patio. Don’t let another summer go by while you wrestle with your patio door—call today!

 

What You Should Know When Considering Roof Replacement

In the spring, the sun comes out, the snow melts…and many homeowners start to worry about their roof. If winter was unkind to your roof, you may be considering roof replacement.

Roof replacement seems like a big undertaking, but it’s not as bad as you may think. Better yet, roof replacement adds to the look, comfort, and value of your home. It’s an investment, but one that quickly pays for itself in surprising ways. For almost all homeowners, the cost is the biggest concern when considering roof replacement, but the truth is, the benefits of a great roof often outweigh the cost.

Is it time to replace? And if so, what you should expect in the process? Here’s what you need to know about roof replacement.

 

The Number One Reason Roofs Fail

Obviously, the roof on your home is necessary for your protection and to keep out the weather elements, but most homeowners often overlook factors in their roof’s ventilation performance (or the lack thereof). We often forget how important ventilation is in our homes. When you have living, breathing families on the inside, they’re producing heat, moisture, and air. Not only is the roof keeping the air and bad weather out of your home, but it’s also holding in the air and heat.

Often the roofing problems we see come down to ventilation issues. If you think about the function of a roof, the cool air should enter from the eaves into the ventilation (the grids on the underside of your eaves). The air should be exhausted in an equal amount at the ridge of the roof. The hot air should escape from the top. When warm air doesn’t escape and becomes trapped, it gets very hot, causing the shingles to curl and eventually break.

Another indicator of a ventilation problem with your roof is the appearance of icicles underneath the gutter line. This is a sign your attic is too hot. Your home is melting the ice and snow underneath the top, forming an ice dam. That moisture seeps into and under the shingles, causing major problems like leaking, damage to the ceiling or insulation, and mold.

Some companies might simply tell you the problem can be fixed by patching with shingles, but that’s not a sustainable, long-term solution. In the long run, a patch job will end up costing you, the homeowner, a lot more money because it doesn’t address the underlying issue.

Instead, a trained professional should do proper measurements to factor in the amount of exhaust, heat, and ventilation. Not only do these factors contribute to the life of your roof, but they ensure your warranty stays valid as well. Putting new shingles on a damaged roof may invalidate your warranty and cause bigger problems in the future. Think of it as a band-aid to an injury.


 

To learn more about the importance of roofing ventilation, don’t miss our video.

 

 


Is It Time Consider Roof Replacement?

Is it time to start considering roof replacement? While ventilation related concerns aren’t the only area to examine, they’re a big determining factor. Other roofing-related concerns to look at include:

  • Roof staining and discoloration, which indicates water damage.
  • The state of the flashing. Is it loose, detached, or cracking?
  • The state of the gutters. Are they clogged, leading to water seepage and other issues? Are they properly attached and working?
  • The interior ceiling of the home. Look for any water damage, leaking, or signs of roof failure.

When considering roof replacement, it’s easy to focus on price, but it’s also important to ensure your new roof will address ventilation or the root cause of your roofing issues. When our Weather Tight experts assess your roofing needs, they always look at the underlying factors like the ventilation system, the state of the flashing, the gutters, and the interior of your home.

Your free in-home roof assessment and estimate begins with a satellite image of your roof, giving our experts the dimensions, pitches, and protrusions, they need to consider. This helps them to gather exact measurements for their report. Our consultants will go inside your attic, given that they have ample availability to do so, to examine the area that’s supposed to be ventilated. They’ll take a look at the state of your insulation, the ventilation system, and areas like the roof deck for moisture, damage, and breakage.

There are many factors indicating when roof replacement is needed. Your Weather Tight expert will walk you through many of the considerations. If you decide to comparison shop, it’s important that any expert walks you through all your options and explains the process.

A great roof replacement assessment will consider and cover all these factors:

  • Is the old roof being torn off or is the new roof material being layered over the top?
  • What type of underlayment is being used?
  • How is the roof being installed and what is the process?
  • What brand or products are used?
  • How are the nails placed and how many were used?
  • Was the ventilation assessed and how is it being considered in your new roof plan?

Ready for An Update? Should You Choose Metal or Asphalt for Your Roof?

Once you’ve determined you’re ready for a roof replacement or event just considering looking further into it, the fun begins: deciding on the look of your new roof! When deciding on the style of roof, the biggest question is: should I choose metal or asphalt for my roof?

First of all, there’s nothing wrong with an asphalt shingle roof. Good quality shingles will come with a 20-year warranty (bear in mind, it typically doesn’t cover labor). So, do the research on your current roof as well as the new roof material before you begin. Most shingle roofs will last around twenty years maximum.

If you’re looking for a more permanent option, a metal roof is a lifetime solution that can be passed down from generation to generation.

The advantages of metal roofing include:

  • Surprising savings on cost, thanks to energy efficiency.
  • No noisier than asphalt shingles.
  • May improve your home insurance costs.
  • Protects and stands up against heat.
  • Fewer environmental risks than asphalt.
  • Much longer lifespan.
  • Not to mention, they look pretty cool.

If you decide to go with a metal roof, there are so many colors and styles available. While the initial cost of a metal roof is higher than a shingle roof, the lifetime cost is much lower. For these reasons, we’re seeing a growing trend toward metal roofs here in the United States. They’ve already become quite popular in Canada and Europe.

Metal roofing improves the look of your home and provides energy efficient advantages. The roofing has a protective coating that stands up against heat, stays cooler, and works with your air conditioning to keep your home cool in the summer. In the winter, metal roofing prevents snow buildup and stands up to wet winter weather.

Whatever your choice for roof replacement, we’ll help you explore your best options. Our Weather Tight team works carefully to protect your home so replacing your roof is a relatively painless process. There will be some noise, dust, debris, and vibration, particularly in the attic, but most customers report the process was faster and easier than they imagined.

Weather Tight is proud to participate in the Roofs to Roads program. When a roof is replaced, the shingles are recycled and made into roads. This keeps the roof replacement process environmentally-friendly and worry-free.

Our Weather Tight experts are happy to discuss your options and do a free assessment and demonstration on your current roof. If you’re considering roof replacement, let us help improve the look, energy efficiency, and comfort of your home today!

 


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Everything You Need to Know About Buying Replacement Windows

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

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

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

Is It Time for Buying Replacement Windows?

White Double Hung Windows with Grids

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

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

1. The Windows Themselves

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

2. The Condition of the Pane

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

3. Hardware and Casement

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

4. Air Loss

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

5. Your Heating Bill

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

6. Your In-Home Comfort

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

7. The Curb Appeal of Your Home

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

Ready to Buy Replacement Windows? You Have Plenty of Options

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

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

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

Get to Know Weather Tight Replacement Windows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everything You Need to Know About the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program

We’re proud to announce the new and improved Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program!

At Weather Tight, we deeply appreciate the referrals we get from happy customers. There’s no better endorsement than a customer who tells friends about the excellent service, and as Wisconsin’s most recommended home remodeler, we know the importance of a satisfied customer.

Customers who take the time to refer others to Weather Tight for their home remodeling needs deserve recognition for their thoughtful recommendations. That’s why we’ve created our exciting Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program to reward YOU for passing Weather Tight services on to your family and friends.

Want to learn more about the great benefits of the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program? Here are all the details you need to know to reap the benefits of customer referrals.

The Benefits of the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program

We want to give back to our customers by offering you rewards every time you refer someone to Weather Tight and they join our family. In fact, there’s no limit to the number of referrals you can submit!

For every successful customer referral who purchases services from Weather Tight, we’ll give you 10,000 rewards points. The power of praise will put money right into your pocket!

How do you use your Weather Tight Customer Rewards points? There are several ways. Choose from gift cards to over 100 great stores where you regularly shop. Or, if you want to stretch your points even further, swap them for Weather Tight Cash – and your points double so you can use them for money off your next home improvement purchase with Weather Tight.

Your friends won’t be left out of the rewards either! Each friend, neighbor, family member, or coworker you refer to us will receive an instant $200 off their purchase. All they need to do to receive this unbeatable discount is mention your name when scheduling their appointment or better yet, you can submit the referral online and we can call them to schedule their estimate.

It’s easy to get Weather Tight Customer Rewards and there’s an option for everyone to benefit!

How to Get Your Weather Tight Customer Rewards Points

We’ve made it simple for customers to submit referrals and earn Weather Tight Customer Rewards points. The process is easy:

  1. Visit WeatherTightRewards.com
  2. Click on “Submit a Referral.”
  3. Fill out the contact information for your referral and they’ll be contacted by a friendly Weather Tight customer service representative to schedule their FREE in-home consultation.
  4. When your referral’s job clears, you’ll receive an email with your WeatherTightRewards.com login information.
  5. Visit the “My Points Balance” tab and check out the points you’ve acquired!
  6. Visit the “Request Gift Cards” tab and request your cards. Or, double your points by choosing Weather Tight Cash.
  7. Enter your address and submit your request. Your gift cards will arrive in the mail!

It’s that easy to benefit from the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program. There are hundreds of stores to choose from, including many popular online retailers, services, food, and more. There’s a little something for everyone, including you!


Check out this easy-to-follow video, where we walk you through the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program step-by-step and tell you everything you need to know!

 

 


If you haven’t used Weather Tight yet, but are planning to schedule a job in the future, save money on your project by making referrals. Like we said, your Weather Tight Customer Rewards points double as Weather Tight Cash, it’s like putting money in the bank.

If you are a Weather Tight customer, the official Weather Tight referral forms can be found in the post-job folder you’ll receive from our installation team when they complete your project. The referral cards can be mailed in and used toward the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program as well.

Share the Love with Weather Tight

We value our customers at Weather Tight! Because we live right here in the Wisconsin community, we’re your friends, family, and neighbors. We’re an employee-owned company and we’re proud to be part of the community.

We know and love Wisconsin and want to share the love with each of our customers.

If you’re ready to start referring (and reaping the rewards), your own friends, coworkers, and family members are a great place to start. Neighbors are often great referrals too because houses in a neighborhood tend to age at the same rate. Once they see your great improvements, they’ll want to know how they can improve the look of their home too.

If you’re happy with our work, tell your friends and family about your Weather Tight experience. We’ve built our reputation on trust and transparency. We pride ourselves on offering unsurpassed customer service and promise to extend the same great service to each friend you refer!

The Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program is another way we’re proud to serve as Wisconsin’s most referred home remodeler. Start referring and benefit today!

 

How Manufacturers Prevent Air Leaks Around Window Panes

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


Dear Todd & Tod,

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

–Edward


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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Improvement in Modern Window Seals and Design

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

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

Quality Weatherstripping

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

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

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

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

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

Bottom of the Window Sealing

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

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

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

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

Special Tapered Locks

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

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

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

Strong Fiberglass Frames

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

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

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

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

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

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