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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.

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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!

 

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Replacement Windows

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

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

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

Is It Time for Buying Replacement Windows?

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

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

1. The Windows Themselves

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

2. The Condition of the Pane

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

3. Hardware and Casement

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

4. Air Loss

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

5. Your Heating Bill

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

6. Your In-Home Comfort

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

7. The Curb Appeal of Your Home

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

Ready to Buy Replacement Windows? You Have Plenty of Options

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

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

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

Get to Know Weather Tight Replacement Windows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Windows & Doors: Two of the Best Condo Upgrades

Upgrading a condo isn’t simply about investing in your own home. With condo living, you’ve got the whole neighborhood to consider!

Condo living has many benefits—beauty, simplicity, less maintenance, and great neighbors, to name a few. But when it comes to changing the outer look of your condo, you probably have to follow the rules. Condo upgrades are often subject to CC&R (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) and other association guidelines to help maintain the uniform curb appeal of all the condos in the association.

While you may worry this will stifle your individuality and creativity, never fear! There are plenty of updates you can make to your individual unit without rocking the boat at your next association meeting.

The Top Two Condo Upgrades You Can Make Today

Hands down, two of the best condo upgrades for unit owners are windows and doors. These updates are simple, affordable, and best of all, often don’t require buy-in from your condo board or association!

Before you decide on an upgrade, it’s important to realize updates to an individual unit, such as windows and doors are often the responsibility and at the discretion of the condo owner.  Exterior updates — large-scale projects like roof replacement and exterior finishes–on the other hand, typically affect the entire condo association and require more extensive HOA (Home Owner’s Association) approval.

Check your CC&Rs for guidelines and rules about all updates to your unit, of course. If you’re unsure, you may still need to appeal to your HOA for approval. Getting your neighbors to see the benefits of the improvements is often key to securing consent.

Once you’re ready to move forward, here’s why windows and doors are the best bang for your condo upgrade buck.

 

Best Condo Upgrade #1 — Windows

New White Double Hung Windows

Updating windows is one of the most needed — yet often overlooked — upgrades that offers a big impact to any home, including a condo. Yes, there’s an upfront cost, but the benefits of the investment begin to pay off immediately.

Condo window replacement is a great way to save money. The moment new windows are installed, homeowners start to enjoy savings on energy bills. Modern windows improve ventilation, greatly increase indoor temperature control, and feature updated hardware for better security.  Newer models also fold down easily to make cleaning a breeze!

Updated condo windows improve the curb appeal of the unit, and the new windows look great. They expand and enhance outdoor views. Most windows offer a wide variety of customizable open positions that help control and improve airflow. Open or close your windows to accommodate outdoor temperatures without blocking your line of sight.

Bow and bay windows offer beautiful panoramic views while creating the illusion of a larger room. Garden windows (named after their greenhouse-like qualities) offer plenty of light and create excellent conditions for indoor plants.

The benefits provided by new condo windows improve property values. Updated windows are always an attractive selling point to potential buyers, making condo window replacements one of the best condo upgrades you can invest in. New windows improve the safety, security and beauty of your condo. You’ll lower your energy bill, enhance your view, and see the world in a whole new light!

The Weather Tight Window Guarantee

Weather Tight has some of the most knowledgeable experts in the industry who will help you choose or design the perfect windows. We work hard to guarantee 100 percent satisfaction. Weather Tight commonly serves condo, apartment, and multi-family properties, and has more than 25,000 satisfied customers and an A+ BBB rating. We love working closely with our customers to find the best windows for their home.

 

Best Condo Upgrade #2 — Doors

Entry Door with Sidelights

Door replacement is a relatively painless condominium upgrade that can offer a facelift to the whole unit. Whether you decide on a French door, upgrading your sliding patio door, or adding a transom and sidelights, a door update is a great improvement. Best of all, doors are installed quickly with very little disruption. Updated doors offer significant benefits.

Condo door replacement saves you money almost immediately. Old doors often suffer from many problems, including poor energy efficiency. Doors that don’t fit properly are terrible for indoor temperature regulation, ballooning energy costs while making the indoor environment less comfortable.

Better yet, new doors look great! Let in the light with a beautiful transom and sidelights; put a modern twist on your sliding doors with brand new French doors. Imagine stepping out on your porch or balcony through a gorgeous, easy-to-open, secure patio door. No matter what door you choose, you’ll be happy you made the investment.

One of the most heavily used, and highly visible parts of your condo, doors see a lot of abuse. Entry doors are exposed to the elements and must be well-insulated. They must also be moisture-resistant to maintain energy efficiency while withstanding damage from weather. When exposed to moss and rot, a door becomes unsightly with swelling and delaminating which, if left untreated, severely damages the door. This damage not only compromises aesthetics but it causes air leaks and even security concerns.

The other issue with condo doors is that old doors often sport outdated designs, which instantly make a condo community look old-fashioned and behind on modern trends. New doors instantly improve aesthetic value, offer enhanced security, better energy efficiency, and help to increase in-home comfort with improved temperature control.

A new entry or patio door is a great investment for your condo!

Easy Condo Door Upgrades from Weather Tight

The best part of working with our pros is the Weather Tight experience. We measure everything during the initial consultation, make recommendations, and walk you through the design process from start-to-finish. We work closely with condo owners, managers, and investors to update the appearance while adhering to association guidelines. We have doors in a wide variety of colors, styles, and functions available for entry, storm, and patio doors. We can meet the guidelines set forth by your HOA for a door that will look fantastic.

 

Get the Weather Tight Advantage from The Leaders in Condo Services

We know there’s a lot to think about out there when you’re considering condo updates, repairs, and maintenance. Once you decide on an improvement, working with your HOA to agree upon and approve condo upgrades is often a delicate task.

Fortunately, at Weather Tight, we’re experienced in working with individual unit owners as well as HOAs. We will help you select the best condo upgrades to keep everyone in the association happy and satisfied. We’ll work with you to ensure your updates fit within the CC&Rs, and we’re happy to work with condominium boards and HOAs as well.

At Weather Tight, we focus on recommending the best condo upgrades for your particular situation. Weather Tight has been helping homeowners and condo associations for over thirty years. We stand behind our work on any condo upgrade you choose.

Give us a call or chat here with one of our reps for a free estimate today! If you’re ready to improve the look of your home with some great condo upgrades, we’ve got you covered!

Why is a Gutter Protection System Important?

Foundation work can be expensive. As a homeowner in Wisconsin, you’re likely familiar with our extreme weather patterns, which means you’re probably aware that structural damage — especially to older homes — is common. Foundation damage is a regular issue here in the Midwest, but the best preventative measure is as simple as installing a gutter protection system.  Weather Tight offers gutter protection systems to customers who have Weather Tight gutters installed on their homes.

You can prevent foundation damage by investing in simple, cost-effective, preventative measures. One of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to prevent damage to your foundation is by keeping your gutters flowing and moving running water away from your home.

Winter is inevitable. Water, rain, leaves, and dirt can’t be avoided. That’s why a solid gutter protection system is vital to protecting your home (and for added safety – it keeps you off the ladder, cleaning out gutters).

Get Off the Ladder with a Gutter Protection System

The primary need for a gutter system is to ensure that water properly drains away from the foundation of a building. Gutters work well when they are maintained, properly pitched, and perhaps, most importantly, kept clear of debris. Without proper gutter drainage, water will back up in the gutter and overflow. This excess water creates major structural problems by weakening and eventually destroying the concrete foundation of your home.

If your current gutter system is correctly installed and pitched so that water runoff flows effectively, we’d bet that clearing gutter-clogging build up is responsible for at least one annual headache. Debris, leaves, and dirt collect in your gutters and the inevitable removal process is both time consuming and dangerous. Anyone who’s spent hours on a ladder knows the hazards all too well. Unfortunately, if you ignore clean up, your gutters simply won’t function properly.

Gutter cleanup isn’t a one-time fix, either. This is a dirty job many homeowners must undertake multiple times per year. In the spring, you perch perilously on a ladder as you clear the gutters of winter debris in anticipation of April showers.

In the summer, your backed-up gutters become a breeding ground for mosquitos due to the standing water pooling in the system.

In the fall, you’re facing falling leaves and sticks that must be cleared to prepare for winter precipitation. Clogged gutters in the snowy months lead to excessive water runoff, damage to your roof, icy buildup on sidewalks, and many more hazards. Worst case scenario, improper drainage leads to structural damage.

Without clear gutters, it’s only a matter of time before water damages your house. Save yourself the hazards and the dangerous trips up and down the ladder. Install a proper gutter protection system and you’ll also save money from pesky foundation repairs in the future.

What Are Gutter Protection Systems?

There are a lot of gutter protection options available on the market today, but it’s important to understand, not all gutter protection methods are created equal. Here’s how the different systems measure up (including our recommendation, below).

ALL gutter protection systems must meet certain criteria:

  • Support the weight of ice and snow in the wintertime. Wisconsin winters are particularly harsh, so this is especially important. You don’t want gutters caving-in or breaking due to the weight of ice.
  • Prevent large debris from clogging the flow of water by protecting the top of the gutter. Trees create a lot of falling sticks and leaves that easily collect in your gutters. As the debris builds up, it mildews, molds, and creates an unpleasant sludge–this is often what people think of removing when they’re tasked with cleaning gutters. Yuck!
  • Allow small debris (broken twigs, seeds, etc.) to wash away with water flow and avoid clogs. Small pieces of debris easily build up to create water flow barriers, especially if there are larger sticks and leaves already stuck in the gutters. This results in gutter overflow and water damage to your home.

Gutter Protection System Types

Aluminum Dome System
One of the most common solutions, this gutter protection system clips onto your gutter and gets its name from the screen mesh dome running along the top of your gutter when installed. Available at many local stores and hardware centers, the main issue with this style of gutter protection system is that the holes in the wire mesh easily become clogged.

Because the mesh design captures debris so easily, it builds up over time and blocks the holes. Once these holes are blocked, the gutter protection system no longer works. As a result, you still end up on a ladder, cleaning debris from mesh wire instead of from the gutter itself.

Vinyl Material
Another mesh weave gutter protection system, the vinyl material is easy to install and lays flat over the gutter. This gutter protection system creates the same problem as the aluminum dome system: the small mesh holes are easily clogged with twigs, leaves, and branches.

In addition, these vinyl material inserts don’t stand up well to the bitter cold, wet, and icy Wisconsin winters. They don’t support the weight of ice and snow, and in a few seasons, the vinyl becomes brittle and breaks due to exposure. Once again, you’re on the ladder every year cleaning gutter clogs out of holes — this time in vinyl.

Bullnose (Aluminum)
This is a much better option than the dome or vinyl systems, but the bullnose design is still flawed. The bullnose shape allows water to flow into the gutter while enabling large debris to fall right over the gutter to the ground below.

Nearly every bullnose solution is built with a slotted design. These slots are part of the system support structure, and while able to stand up well to the elements during any season, the slots still become clogged. The smaller the slot, the faster they get clogged.

Like the other solutions mentioned above, rubble, leaves, and sticks build up, block water, and force you to climb back up on the ladder.

The Weather Tight Advantage — Efficiently Clean Gutters!

Gutter Protection Milwaukee, WI
Weather Tight is proud to offer the patented E-Z HydroClean Gutter Protection System to customers who have Weather Tight gutters installed on their home. Our custom bracket system improves upon the classic bullnose design by eliminating the slot entirely.  Weather Tight’s bracket design hooks onto the gutter wall, creating wide gaps for water to flow while providing strong support for the system.

Like the bullnose gutter protection system design, water drains over the top of our system and into the gutter, while large debris falls to the ground below. Because there are no slots in the Weather Tight system, small bits of refuse wash into the gutter and are pushed out with the water flow. This gutter protection system keeps water flowing efficiently inside gutters and away from the foundation of your home.

Installing our Weather Tight gutter protection system is fast and easy too! Our installation specialist first loosens the shingles along the edge of your roof and installs the brackets for the gutter protection system. Then, by sliding the gutter protection panels underneath the loosened shingles, the specialist connects the panels to fit tightly to the new brackets.

Next, the panels of the gutter protection system are screwed down to the roof beneath the shingles. Finally, the panels are screwed down where they overlap with specialized screws — and that’s it! Your new gutter protection system is ready to keep your home safe for years to come.

Learn more by watching our review and install demo on YouTube, here.

 

The Weather Tight E-Z HydroClean Gutter Protection System

  • Compatible with most common gutter sizes (5” or 6”).
  • Available in 13 color combinations to compliment virtually any roof.
  • Protects your foundation from structural damage.
  • Saves you money on expensive future repair work.
  • Prevents the need to clean your gutters (and keeps you off the ladder)!
  • Can only be installed with Weather Tight gutters.

The Weather Tight E-Z HydroClean Gutter Protection System is an elegant solution to gutter protection, preventing gutter blockages while directing water away from your foundation. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to anything Mother Nature throws at it — especially our hard Wisconsin winters.

Here at Weather Tight, we understand the importance of protecting your home. We’ve installed countless gutter systems for over 30 years, and we stand behind our work.

Give us a call or chat here with one of our reps for a free in-home estimate today!

When is the Right Time to Replace Old Windows?

Is it time to replace old windows in your home? Not only do new windows add beauty and value to your home, they also increase safety, security, and energy efficiency. There are few better investments than beautiful new windows for your house. If you’re wondering when to replace old windows, here are some questions to consider:

  • Are your windows stylish, up-to-date, and in excellent condition?
  • Do your windows ventilate air properly (but remain airtight when closed)?
  • Do your windows open and close smoothly, without extra effort?
  • Are your windows accessible and easy to clean?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then chances are you’re not completely satisfied with the current windows in your house. If it’s time to replace old windows, we’re here to help.

With over 30 years of experience in the window business, the window experts at Weather Tight know how to help you through every step of window replacement. Our high-quality products, smooth installation, and phenomenal customer service are guaranteed to make you extremely happy with your decision to upgrade and replace old windows within your home.

 

Time to Replace Old Windows in a West Allis Bungalow

Weather Tight recently worked on a 75-year-old bungalow-style house in West Allis. This was a perfect example of a home desperately in need of brand new windows. Typical of the age and style, the home featured a large picture window with two surrounding double-hung windows. While the look of the windows fit the home, the old windows had presented several issues for the homeowners.

Bay window with prairie grids, golden oak interior stain and laminated seat in Franklin, WI

One of the main issues was air infiltration in the winter from the leaky windows. We all know Wisconsin winters mean drafty windows and cold air leaks. As is often the case, the homeowners saw condensation in between the panes of glass in the windows. This condensation was a sure sign that air and moisture were making their way inside the bungalow.

Like many Wisconsin homeowners, these folks relied on plastic shrink wrap covering their windows, as an attempt to solve their leaky window problem. This temporary winter window fix is common but leaves residents with more disruption than satisfaction. The unsightly plastic wrap on windows is hard to apply and rarely creates a tight seal. The plastic blocks outside views, sun exposure, and warmth.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this annoying eyesore is that the plastic wrap on the windows must be replaced every season (so windows can be cleaned and opened in the summer months). This means more wrestling with a blow dryer and double-sided tape for a winter window solution that’s both ugly and ineffective. Not to mention the damage double-stick tape can do to beautiful woodwork. When we arrived at the bungalow, we could see it was definitely time to replace old windows and improve everyday life for this family.

Weather Tight experts quickly identified ventilation as the biggest issue in this case. As indicated by the moisture in between the panes, as well as the drafts, air was getting in despite the homeowner’s best efforts. The smartest option was to replace the old windows with three beautiful new double-hung windows. The new windows blended perfectly with the historic style of the home, increasing curb appeal and adding value to the property.

Best of all, the new windows allowed the homeowners to better control the temperature of their space all year long. No more drafty Wisconsin winters, plus great cooling airflow during the dog days of summer! Installing windows with double ventilation capabilities, from both the top and bottom, was the best fit for this home and would serve the client for years to come.

With so many window options out there, window selection may seem overwhelming. Trust experts familiar with the unique needs of Wisconsin homeowners so you can find the perfect replacement windows for your house. You want the highest quality windows to beautify and protect your home, but to also fit the look and style of your property.

Protecting Woodwork During Window Installation

With this West Allis home, the right window installation process was particularly important, especially due to the special woodwork surrounding their windows. As is the case with many of the beautiful bungalows, flats, and cottages here in Milwaukee, the craftsmanship is second to none. Preserving woodwork and brickwork is an important part of the window replacement process.

Due to Weather Tight’s experience with the historic and beautiful architecture of Milwaukee homes, we know how to protect craftsman features. We ensure our new windows enhance the look and function of the home rather than detract. The result is seamless, efficient, and a strong improvement that compliments the craftsmanship.

For our West Allis bungalow windows, we decided on a pocket install for the new window installation. Pocket install is a simple process in which the existing window frame is left intact. New windows are measured to fit within the given space perfectly. This procedure leaves the wood trim and features untouched and preserves the finish.

New Windows Vent in the Summer and Stop Drafts in the Winter

Another big concern for our West Allis family was the fact that their old windows didn’t open easily to let in the fresh air.

Older windows become sticky and stubborn. As the seal and pane erode over time, the window shifts and no longer opens with ease. Often the glass either becomes loose in the pane or the window requires brute force to open. The result is a window that’s tough, loud, and frustrating. Wrestling to open the window is more trouble than it’s worth, and of course, windows that won’t open (or feature loose glass) are a major safety concern.

The double hung replacement windows selected for the bungalow open with ease. These new windows feature screens, which provide ventilation from both sides. In the summertime, a natural breeze will easily flow into the house, giving it an open, airy feel. Of course, the screens efficiently block any outside bugs and serve as a protective shield for the room without sacrificing any airflow.

While cool breeze in the summer is important, it’s also important to protect against drafts and heat loss in the winter. After a careful installation and a lot of precision, the new windows are insulated around the edges to ensure all surfaces are airtight. Using the latest in window sealing and insulation technology, Weather Tight windows ensure there’s no cold airflow in the wintertime. Our windows are equipped with a maintenance-free exterior and fuel-efficient glass.

Fuel-efficient glass is important for many different reasons. According to the Department of Energy, it’s imperative to replace old windows with energy efficient glass because of the significant impact on both heat gain and heat loss throughout your home. Windows are accountable for 25% to 30% of the temperature energy. Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient windows with fuel-efficient glass will result in a lower heating and energy bill.

Beautiful Replacement Windows & Happy Customers

The last part of the window replacement process is installing brand new trim on the outside area surrounding the new windows. We take a great deal of pride in the appearance of our windows, always adding top-quality aluminum trim to finish.

Ready to replace old windows? Try a beautiful bay window from Weather Tight!

With the West Allis bungalow project, our team was also installing new siding for the homeowners to complete their full home makeover. The window trim was added as part of the final siding process, giving the home a polished update with plenty of curb appeal!

Maintaining their new, beautiful windows won’t be a problem for this West Allis family. The cleaning process is simple with Weather Tight installations. Keeping your windows sparkling is never a concern for our customers!

Our windows are engineered to tilt inside. This ingenious feature allows homeowners to clean both the inside and out easily (without climbing a ladder)! Simply open the window to the inside and shine them from the comfort of your own home. Cleaning our windows is simple. We keep our customers happy!

Our expertise has made us Wisconsin’s most recommended window installer and remodeler. We’re constantly striving to please our customers and give them the home improvements of their dreams. Windows are a sound investment and an important way to update your home. Now is the perfect time to replace old windows with new and improved windows from Weather Tight.

Window updates are surprisingly affordable. Visit our Weather Tight contact page and fill out the online form to receive a free no-obligation quote. Schedule a free appointment with a windows specialist who will come to your home and assess your needs!

Hear from Tod and Todd

Tod Colbert, President of Weather Tight, and Todd Schulz, Vice President, enjoy giving their customers the best advice on all home improvement aspects including windows, siding, doors, roofing, and gutters.

To learn more about the window improvements made to the West Allis bungalow house, visit Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips and to learn how Weather Tight was able to successfully replace old windows and transform the problematic double-hung picture window into a beautiful three double-hung set.

 

 

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Oh sweet, sweet summer.. slowly turning to fall in its vivid, vibrant glory.

fall-leave-gpxI stand at my kitchen window each morning, overlooking the sprawling old (& messy) locust tree & my barren patio. I slowly sip my coffee & mentally make a note for myself to get out there and start with the transitional work on the yard from summer to fall. Autumn is my favorite season, but I grow nostalgic for my poor hibiscus that is barely able to force out its blooms, for my daisies that stopped reaching up at the sun weeks ago &, well, my tomato plants which have all but shed their very roots.