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How Long Do Windows Last?

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

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

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

Builders Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

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

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

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

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


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

 


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

How to Tell Your Windows Need Replacement

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

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

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

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

Why Window Replacement Is a Worthy Investment

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

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

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

Why Weather Tight Windows Are Different

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Advantages of Full Frame Window Replacement

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

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

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

 

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

Two Different Window Installation Techniques

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

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

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

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

Advantages of Choosing Full Frame Window Replacement

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


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

 


Full frame window installation before and after replacement

1. Gain Glass Space

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

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

2. Beautiful Customization

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

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

3. Check the Insulation

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

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

4. Detect Any Hidden Issues

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

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

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

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

 

Let Us Help You Match Replacement Window Trim to Your Home

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

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

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

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

Do You Need Replacement Window Trim?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 


Is it Difficult to Replace Window Trim When Replacing Windows?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 35 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Double Hung Windows

The Importance of Window Locking Systems

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

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

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

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


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

 


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

Window Locking Systems for Double-Hung & Slider Windows

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

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

Other Window Locking Systems in Double-Hung Windows

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

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

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

Casement & Awning Window Locking Systems

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

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

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

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

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.

 

 

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!

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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!