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

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

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

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

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

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

Vinyl Siding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover the Convenience and Beauty of Vinyl Siding

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Benefits of the Weather Tight Customer Rewards Program

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

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

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

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

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

How to Get Your Weather Tight Customer Rewards Points

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

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

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


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

 

 


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

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

Share the Love with Weather Tight

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

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

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

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

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

 

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!

Weather Tight: Official Home Remodeler of the Milwaukee Bucks

Weather Tight is proud to be the Official Home Remodeler of the Milwaukee Bucks. We can’t wait to cheer on the Bucks as they play their inaugural season in the new Fiserv Forum.

Weather Tight has been part of the Milwaukee community for over 30 years. This means that, like you, we love to root for our home team heroes.

This year, as the Official Home Remodeler of the Milwaukee Bucks, we’re planning amazing giveaways and events! We can’t wait for you to stop by our booth during many of the home games at the Fiserv Forum.

Milwaukee Bucks Logo

Visit the Weather Tight Booth During Select Home Games

We recently had a chance to tour the beautiful new arena in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Let’s just say, fans of the Bucks are in for a real treat this year. This stadium is state-of-the-art, with spectacular architectural touches like the arched roof, zinc shingles and the stunning wall of glass, letting you see the events happening inside.

And oh, the events! Not only does the Fiserv Forum host the best NBA team in the Midwest, the Milwaukee Bucks, but our favorite college team, Marquette University’s own Golden Eagles are also playing in the arena. As the Official Home Remodeler of the Milwaukee Bucks, we were able to secure prime MU tickets as well! We look forward to offering MU fans a chance to win tickets to see the Golden Eagles play in the new Fiserv Forum.

Watch our website and Facebook page for fun giveaways and chances to score tickets to Bucks and MU home games this season!

We’ll also offer chances to win tickets to fun events and outings at our showroom, so stay tuned.

When you go to the Fiserv Forum to cheer for the Bucks, you may see Weather Tight, as we will be at select home games. Be sure to stop by our booth and enter for a chance to win our $25,000 Home Makeover Sweepstakes.  You could win a home makeover this year or one of our monthly drawings for $1,000 in Weather Tight Cash to be used for Weather Tight home improvement projects. Our friendly staff will be there to answer questions and help your home remodeling dreams come true.

At our booth during select Bucks home games, we’ll also feature exciting activities and prizes to help you get into the spirit of the basketball season. Please stop by and say hello–we can’t wait to meet you!

Weather Tight & the Milwaukee Bucks: We LOVE Milwaukee!

At Weather Tight, we stand behind our quality. We’re Wisconsin’s Most Recommended Remodeler for over 30 years. We’re owned and operated in Milwaukee and we love our southeastern Wisconsin friends, neighbors and community! We’re also big fans of the Milwaukee Bucks, of course. In fact, we’ve got a few die-hard fans on our Weather Tight team who are very excited about this partnership. We can’t think of a better fit! Go Bucks!

Weather Tight $25k Home Makeover Sweepstakes- A Winner Every Month!

But did you know that in addition to entering our yearly sweepstakes – you are also signed up to be in the running to be selected as a monthly winner? Well, just in case you didn’t, let me tell you how it works!

Diamond Kote Siding – Upgrade Your Home Today!

Diamond Kote offers a wood option to our customers, with the benefit of superior durability, as it is treated wood with an innovative pre-finish for exterior siding. The color selection is diverse, using natural occurring colorants extracted from raw materials. Natural pigments don’t fade over time, ensuring a fade free home!

Planning for Your Next Home Remodel…

Holiday season sees one of the highest peaks in travel across the country. The supply & demand spikes like clock-work during the holidays. Major petroleum companies are keen to this spike & tend to inflate gas prices during this time. This isn’t a matter of being willing to pay higher prices, but having to pay for their demand of its supply. It works the same way in the remodeling world.
Come January- it is normal for the cost of home remodel materials to…..

Customization is the key.

I can’t think of a singular reason in the world that the products you put in or on your home- should be any LESS customizable to our lives than the clothes we wear. Your roof should complement your home like your hairstyle compliments the shape of your face. Your siding should fit like a good pair of worn in shoes. We seek the things that have duality, things that work in more ways than one while still providing a security within ourselves to feel confident about it.

Should you invest in Diamond Kote® siding? Indubitably! Let us tell you why.

It is spring in Wisconsin.. well.. sort of. I am starting to think Mother Nature went AWOL. However- we know that in due time the grass will start to brighten, displaying lush hues of striking emerald. We will find ourselves able to enjoy those lazy sun-drenched afternoons – accompanied by the unambiguous aroma of a charcoal barbecue. Everything that winter left barren & achromatic will come alive & I think we all deserve to catch up on our depleted levels of vitamin D! :)

Matterhorn Metal Roofing- The experts on top!

Metal roofing has taken the exterior remodeling world by storm. This relatively new product is one that is innovative, eco-friendly, & reliable, while offering appreciable versatility. Now, if you are like me, I am a little tight on the checkbook. Sometimes I need a little (ok a lot) of convincing to justify spending a pretty penny on anything. I know, I know- talking about purchasing a new roof for our home can trigger a slight panic where our brain starts rapid firing S.O.S distress signals! On the contrary- a metal roof will not only provide you an unmatched appeal, it also won’t cost you a fortune!