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Aluminum Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: Which is the Best Choice for Your Home?

Look at your home’s exterior. Is your paint peeling? Do you have old, dated aluminum siding that’s dented and damaged? Is your wood siding rotting? Is your stucco finish chipping and dated?

If it’s time for an exterior update, siding is a wonderful option. But what kind of siding should you choose? Between aluminum siding and vinyl siding, what’s the best choice?”

Years ago, aluminum siding was the gold standard for exterior finishes. In fact, when it first arrived on the scene in the 1940s, homeowners loved the durability and ease of installation. Throughout the next several decades, aluminum siding was favored by homeowners as a great option for updating damaged wood, unsightly plaster, and other aging exterior finishes.

Then in the 1970s, advances were made in manufacturing vinyl. Over the last 40 years, vinyl has become an increasingly popular and superior siding option. Vinyl is as affordable as aluminum siding but offers many distinct advantages. If you’re considering updating the exterior of your home, here’s how to weigh the merits of aluminum siding vs. vinyl siding.

Aluminum Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: The Many Advantages of Vinyl

Vinyl Siding

If your paint is peeling, wood is rotting, or your current siding is damaged, you may be considering the merits of siding replacement. Is it worth the effort to paint over the wood or siding, only to have it crack and peel in a few years? Is it better to take off your exterior finish and start fresh, or install siding over your existing exterior?

When your home’s exterior shows signs of wear and tear, it’s typically best to remove the wood or aluminum siding and start fresh. A lot of times, there may be underlining issues that you may not be aware of, causing the reoccurring challenges to your siding. When Weather Tight replaces siding, we usually advise the homeowner to remove the damage and rot, apply a Tyvek house wrap, and update their home with beautiful new vinyl siding. Removing the old, damaged exterior finish helps us determine any issues such as pests or wood decay, usually from water seeping in, and find solutions to ensure your new home’s exterior is secure and weather tight to the elements.

Why is vinyl siding an ideal choice for most home exteriors? Vinyl siding has many advantages over aluminum and other exterior finishes, beginning with cost-effectiveness. Installation, including removal of the old materials, is typically as affordable as aluminum siding, but vinyl is a superior, longer-lasting choice. Vinyl offers energy-efficiency, durability, and lower maintenance, with a lower total cost of ownership over the years.

Vinyl is four times more energy-efficient than ordinary siding, so you’ll see savings on your energy bills. As you may remember from science class, metal isn’t a good insulator—it’s a conductor. Meaning, aluminum siding conducts heat and cold (right into your home). Vinyl, on the other hand, significantly reduces air infiltration.

When combined with a Dupont Tyvek wrap, vinyl siding is airtight. Tyvek is an innovative product that “breathes” with your home—allowing inside air and moisture to escape but keeping cold, wet air out in the winter and hot temperatures at bay in the summer. We add special weatherproofing tape at the seams and around windows and doors to keep your home extra sound.

Our vinyl siding is foam-backed for even better insulation. Because each piece of vinyl siding is thick and durable, it stands up to the weather and the outdoors. The foam-backing and properties of vinyl also reduce noise by up to 50%. In fact, many homeowners tell us they’re surprised at how much warmer their house feels in the winter and how much quieter it is, even near busy roads!

The other advantage of foam-backing is that the vinyl siding is 400% more impact resistant than ordinary siding. Vinyl siding won’t easily dent and can handle a significant impact—so if you have children who like to play ball in the yard, a stray rock from a lawnmower, hail damage, a pesky bird who maybe wasn’t looking out, or just a little clumsy accident, vinyl can take a bit more of a beating than aluminum. Our vinyl siding has a lifetime warranty protection against hail.

Discover the Convenience and Beauty of Vinyl Siding

As a homeowner, you know that safety, comfort, and protection are essential for your home—but let’s not forget about beauty. After all, new siding can give your home a facelift, increase your value, and improve your curb appeal.

At Weather Tight, our siding isn’t made from “regular every day” vinyl. Our thermal composite material is extremely weather-resistant and exceptionally beautiful. Because color goes through the material, vinyl siding never requires painting or updating. It will look newly installed well into the future.

Vinyl siding won’t fade, even after enduring years of the hot summer sun and cold Wisconsin winters. With 21 color options available, you can select siding that will complement the rest of your exterior. Select your preferred trim and create a look that’s unique and gives you that “new home” feel.

Better still, vinyl siding is resistant to pitting, dents, and ripples that are common with aluminum siding. Over the years, there’s only so much you can do to update and fix aluminum siding—corners pop off and get dented, paint starts to peel, and dents and holes are impossible to cover.

The beauty of vinyl siding will last for decades. The lifetime of aluminum siding is around 30 years (and even less if you’re concerned about those dents and dings). Aluminum siding is pre-painted, and after several years the finish oxidizes and turns powdery. You can see an example in the Home Improvement Tips from Tod & Todd video below.


How do you know when its time to replace your siding? Tod & Todd show you the wear and tear on aluminum siding over the years:


Once the paint on your aluminum siding has oxidized, it will fade and appear chalky. Often you can even wipe it off with your bare hand. It’s possible to paint over the aluminum siding, but it frequently chips and bubbles, meaning you may be painting every few years. Vinyl siding typically lasts 50 years, with no painting or updating needed. It’s a low-maintenance solution.

Vinyl siding is a long-lasting exterior finish that any homeowner will feel proud of. If you’re ready to give your home a needed update to a new look, consider vinyl siding. It’s a truly stunning exterior finish. Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate. Discover the beauty and affordability of vinyl siding from Weather Tight.

Get a Style Upgrade with New Windows for Your House

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

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

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

Updating Your House with New Windows

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

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

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

A functioning window should be:

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

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

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

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

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


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

 


Changing Window Styles to Suit Your Look

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

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

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

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

Change Your Home with a Style Upgrade

Oriel Style Double Hung Window Exterior View

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What You Should Know About Fascia and Soffit Replacement

 

Your fascia and soffit are key components of your home, but many homeowners don’t know what they are or what they do until it’s too late. These little “trim components” play a huge factor in how your home breathes and functions.

Should something go wrong with your soffit and fascia, you can see significant problems like moisture damage, curling shingles, pests, and wood rot. You shouldn’t ignore or overlook these components—they’re critical to your home’s proper ventilation.

So before you look at fascia and soffit replacement, here’s what you need to know about these pieces.

What are Soffit and Fascia?

Soffit & Fascia

These funny words come up frequently when we’re discussing roof replacement, siding replacement, or addressing issues with peeling wood. Many homeowners aren’t very familiar with these terms. Unless you’ve looked at soffit and fascia before (or had a leak issue), you may wonder what the heck soffit and facia are!

The soffit is part of the overhang where your roof meets your siding. When rain or snow hits your roof, it runs down, and the overhang allows the water to flow away from your house. The soffit is underneath the overhang, between the roof’s edge and side of your home—the bottom of the triangle, if you will. Not every home features a soffit (depending on the roof style), but it’s a common component, especially in Wisconsin.

The soffit helps regulate your home’s temperature, allowing your roof to “breathe.” Cool, dry air is drawn into the soffit vent, and hot moist air is forced out of roof exhaust vents.

The fascia is the attractive board along the side of the overhang and the roof that helps your roof appear finished. Your gutter sits atop the facia board. The fascia is also known as a “transition trim” between the home and the roofline. The fascia supports the shingles and helps to keep moisture out.

Your soffit and fascia protect your roof and allow ventilation for your home. These are important components, but they usually don’t get (or require) much attention.

The reason why many homeowners don’t spend time thinking about soffit and fascia is that these components of your home are typically maintenance-free. The trim pieces, especially in a modern home, are often made from the same material as your siding or other trim, like aluminum, wood, or synthetic materials like vinyl and PVC.

In the case of newer homes, especially with synthetic, aluminum-covered soffit and fascia, there is no need to sand, paint, or stain the trim.

When Soffit and Fascia Replacement is Needed

Soffit and fascia are critical for preventing roof and shingle damage, primarily due to winter weather like rain, snow, and ice. Ice damming can seriously damage soffit and fascia. One of the biggest problems we see with soffit and fascia is improper installation, leading to issues with flashing.

Without proper flashing, you may see roof ventilation issues like rotting wood, peeling paint, damaged insulation, and even mold. Because the soffit and fascia are part of your roof’s ventilation system, it’s a crucial component.

How do you know if you need soffit and fascia replacement due to damage?

  • You’ll see rotting wood, or you’ll notice there’s a leak somewhere.
  • The fascia may look like it needs painting.
  • Paint may peel, or the surrounding areas may look discolored.
  • You may even see pests or small animals getting into your home.

In short, soffit and fascia issues are a big problem for the look and comfort of your home. If you’re having your siding replaced or your roof replaced, then it’s a good time to consider also replacing the soffit and fascia.

If you think it’s time to get your soffit and fascia replaced, contact your Weather Tight representative today. It’s important that you work with a company you trust, as many companies cut corners with soffit and fascia. It’s a vital component of roof ventilation and can even damage your warranty if it’s not installed correctly.


Watch this video from Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips showing how important it is to consider fascia when doing a gutter or roof installation.

 

 


Adding to the Beauty of Your Home

You wouldn’t think a small component like soffit and fascia would have such an outsized impact on your curb appeal, but it really does. It’s incredible how much beautiful trim can add to brighten up the exterior of your house.

Color options for soffit and fascia are nearly endless. At Weather Tight, we use Quality Edge materials that come in a wide array of options. The Quality Edge components are some of the best in the industry, highly durable and long-lasting. You can choose colors to match or complement your trim, with plenty of designs and styles to select from, as well.

If you think your home may need soffit and fascia replacement, don’t wait. A problem with the soffit and fascia can quickly lead to more significant damage throughout your entire home. It’s also a good idea to explore soffit and fascia replacement if you’re replacing your roof or siding.

A new or updated soffit and fascia is a small investment in the long life and beauty of your house. Contact us today to explore the many soffit and fascia options available for you to choose from.

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 or a side entry door, 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.

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The Importance of Window Locking Systems

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

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

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

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


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

 


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

Window Locking Systems for Double-Hung & Slider Windows

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

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

Other Window Locking Systems in Double-Hung Windows

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

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

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

Casement & Awning Window Locking Systems

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

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

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

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

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!