Instantly Upgrade the Look of Your Home In 2023 With New Window Replacement

 

“There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there,” – Robin Williams.

What do health & new windows have in common?

Before we get into how new windows improve the look of your home – what about how new windows improve your health? When you think of becoming healthier, you mostly think of the typical goals of working out more and eating better. And given that it’s the new year, health is a major theme. But have you considered natural light as part of improving your health? Studies show that increasing access to natural light improves your mood and helps reset your circadian rhythm (the natural process regulating the sleep-wake cycle).

Windows create beautiful natural light in your home, help clean the air, make you feel connected to nature; the list of health benefits can go on! Now more than ever, new windows should be a priority for your home and health.

Upgrade the look of your home

Sometimes a little paint, new blinds and curtains could be enough to give your home a facelift. But consider the last time your home has gotten a real window upgrade. If it’s been more than 15 years, it’s definitely time for new ones. Window replacement is one of the most noticeable improvements (from the interior, exterior, and health-wise) you can make to your home. New windows that bring in lots of bright natural light can completely transform a space and give the illusion of your room being bigger than it actually is.

Save money in the long run

Windows are a fantastic investment in making your house look good while decreasing the cost of your energy bills. Energy-efficient windows reduce heat loss and improve the comfort of your home. The US Department of Energy estimates that approximately 30% of energy in the average home is lost due to inefficient windows and doors. Make your home more energy efficient, keep drafts out, and keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Window replacement for Wichita residents

When you turn to us for window replacement, we’ll add beauty, comfort, and value to your home. If you want a specific style or aesthetic for your home, All States Home Improvement has a wide range of stylish options to meet your design needs. Read these tips about shopping for new windows.

You want your new windows to look good and do a good job of keeping outside elements from getting inside. They should be durable and last for years to come. Trust our team of professionals and know that when you work with us, you will get top-of-the-line products and services. 

To learn more about our windows, siding, doors, gutters, decks, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220 for a free estimate. Fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Home Improvement Glossary: Terms You Should Know

If you’re a first-time homeowner or have never had a major update to your home, it can be intimidating on where to even begin when starting a home renovation project. Our expert team is here to help you in any way we can. So, we wanted to round up common terms that are used in the home improvement industry. When looking to upgrade your windows, siding, roof, or bath use this glossary guide to help you gain knowledge about what you’re looking for. Knowing these will have you feeling more confident in your shopping process.

Save this post so you can reference it at a convenient time when you’re ready to start that next project or when you start shopping for new windows, walk-in shower, etc.

Window terms

  • Sash – A window that is made of one or more movable panels, or “sashes”.
  • Vinyl – A windows made from a plastic material, PVC.
  • Single hung – one fixed sash and one that slides up and down.
  • Double hung – a set of vertical sashes that slide both up and down.
  • Casement – These are the perfect windows for increasing ventilation in a living space or smaller room.
  • Picture – Fixed panes that cannot be moved or opened.
  • Siding – like double hung windows but are turned 90 degrees horizontally.
  • Awning – hinged at the top and swing outward from the bottom.
  • Bay – extends outwards from the home.
  • Bow– like bay windows but are mounted on rounded frames.
  • Garden – projects outwards, usually for over a kitchen sink or countertop.
  • Specialty – a custom window fit to your home’s uniquely shaped openings.
  • NFRC – National Fenestration Rating Council – a label for an energy-efficient performance rating.
  • AAMA Gold label – American Architectural Manufacturers Association. This requires companies to pass the required rigorous testing within its quality assurance system.
  • U-Factor – This number indicates how well your new windows will prevent heat transfer. .20-1.20 the lower the numbers the better the u-factor rating.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient – This number measures your window’s ability to resist heat gain on a 0-1 scale. The Lower number indicate better resistance.
  • Visible transmittance – window’s ability to effectively allow daylight into your home.

Siding terms

  • Soffit– This is the material that is used under the eaves or overhangs.
  • Course – A row of panels that runs the length of the house for horizontal siding and top to bottom for vertical siding.
  • Dutchlap or Shiplap– This is a type of siding with a beveled face that provides an attractive and decorative look to the siding.
  • Fascia Board– The board that is attached to the rafters between the roof and soffit and is covered by a fascia cap.
  • Flashing– Sheet metal that is used above windows and doors and under the siding to prevent water infiltration.
  • Weep Hole– A hole in the bottom edge of a siding panel to enable the discharge of condensation.
  • Square – This is a 10 x 10 foot section of the wall that is equal to 100 square feet.
  • Furring Strip– A framing material that can be either wood or metal that is used as a base for nailing.
  • Lap – The overhang of siding or roofing material.
  • Drip Cap– This is set on top of a door casing and allows water to drip off and away from the casing.

Roof terms

  • Shake Shingles – wooden shingle individually applied
  • Asphalt Shingles – A traditional choice for homeowners that come in a wide variety of colors and styles
  • Polymer shingles – shingles that are a mixture of recycled plastics and rubber
  • Slate Roof Tiles – Roofing tiles that are stone slabs made of slate
  • Composition shingles – also known as asphalt shingles or three-tab shingles. They have a coating of granules on the surface.
  • Dimensional Shingles – high end roofing material
  • Haag Certified -An individual who has been trained and certified by Haag Engineering to install roofing systems

Bath terms

  • Shower caddies – seamless blend in additional organization into your shower.
  • Grab bars – Improve the safety of your bathroom with a grab bar.
  • Shaving stands – A foot stand that helps reduce bathroom slips.
  • Wall surrounds – The walls of your showers.

Call All States Home Improvement

If you’re still feeling lost in your home improvement process, our team is here to help you. When you need help with roofing, siding, windows, or bath, contact us. We will guide you through the process to get the best results for your home and for your specific needs. Let our family make your family home more beautiful, comfortable, and valuable.

 

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Our 30th Anniversary Celebration!

We want to say thank you for the past 30 years of support. Over 20,000 customers have trusted us with their home renovation projects. We also want to thank our team of professionals who have been a huge part of this journey. Watch this video as our way of celebrating our 30th anniversary and showcasing our hard-working team members.

30th anniversary offer

There’s a special offer to celebrate! Receive 30% off material and 18 months interest-free or low $98 payments.

Choose All States for your Wichita home improvement projects

To learn more about our windowssiding, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220. Fill out our convenient “request an estimate” form or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Thank you again for all your support and for letting our family work for yours!

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October 19, 2022

 

All States Salutes Our Soldiers 2022

All States Salutes Our Soldiers is looking for local Wichita area veterans that could improve their home life with a bathroom transformation. The All States Home Improvement team will select a nominated veteran for a free, safe, easy access walk-in shower installation with a bench and grab bar.

Nominations for the Shower/Bath Giveaway will be accepted now through Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2022, with the winner announcement to follow on our Facebook page.

To nominate a deserving veteran, go to AllStatesSOS.com, fill out an entry form and submit an essay of 350 words or less telling us about your veteran and how they could benefit from a safer easy-access shower or bath. The winning essay will need to provide proof of service in the armed forces and ownership of the home. Must be 13 or older to nominate. Full written contest rules and entry form online at AllStatesSOS.com.

All States Home Improvement created the All States Salutes Our Soldiers program to find ways to say thank you and respectfully give back to the deserving veterans in our community. The owner of All States Home Improvement, Cris, proudly served in the Marines and is honored to provide this program to Salute Our Soldiers.

Beautify your home with new siding

New siding can make a world of difference

Take your home from zero to hero with new siding! Siding covers almost all of the exterior of your home so replacing it will make your home look brand spankin’ new. New siding also helps keep your family safe and healthy from outside elements, mold and mildew. Another major plus is it saves you money in the long run by cutting the costs of your energy bills, since your home will stay at the temperature you set it at.

See for yourself and check out some of our before and after siding projects we’ve done:

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Vinyl siding for your Wichita, Kansas area home

Choose vinyl siding from All States Home Improvement and you can lower your monthly maintenance and raise the value of your home. Vinyl siding is durable, affordable, and energy-efficient, without sacrificing a vibrant appearance. It’s less likely to crack or rot over time. Once installed, vinyl siding will provide your home with a high strength protective layer.

Vinyl siding requires very little monthly maintenance. If dirt or debris begin to build upon its surface, all it takes is a hose and a damp cloth and your vinyl siding will look factory fresh once again. And unlike wood, which requires constant scraping and painting, vinyl siding features a blended on the color that will not fade or chip through the years. The same vibrant color that you see on the day of installation will be there for years to come.

When installing vinyl siding, precision is key. Any gaps or leaks and the siding won’t function at peak capacity. Here at All States Home Improvement, we’ve been installing vinyl siding on Wichita area homes since we began our work over 25 years ago. Each member of our installation crew has undergone countless hours of training and is deeply experienced in the proper installation of our vinyl siding. To learn more about our siding give us a call or stop by one of our local showroom to see it in action!

A cement option for your new siding

We always consciously choose the best products and installation techniques. That’s why we only install the best fiber cement siding for our customers – James Hardie. James Hardie siding is truly one of the best options available to homeowners, offering numerous appealing benefits.

Benefits of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

Here are some of the ways that James Hardie siding stands out among other lines of home siding:

  • It is exceptionally durable, resisting damage from hailstorms and other inclement weather.
  • It doesn’t crack, rot, grow mold or mildew, or expand or contract during fluctuating temperatures.
  • It is virtually maintenance free and will never need to be scraped or sanded.

James Hardie siding is an overwhelmingly popular choice for homeowners who want a long-lasting siding that will increase their homes’ curb appeal, we can even add decorative trim and accent pieces to your new siding. Essentially, when it comes to siding that offers durability, attractiveness, and minimal maintenance, James Hardie® is the clear choice.

Fiber cement siding provides the look of wood siding, but at a lower cost and without the maintenance that is required to keep wood siding looking great. Fiber cement siding is made from cement, sand, and a cellulose fiber to provide the superior stability and strength that makes this siding so popular. It is an especially good choice for homeowners in Wichita, KS for its ability to withstand the elements, including rain, wind, snow, and ice.

If you are looking for professional contractors in Wichita, KS, or the surrounding areas, please browse our website to learn more about All States Home Improvement and contact us to discover how we can help increase the warmth, safety, and value of your home. Give us a call today for a free estimate.

Why Choose All States Home Improvement

Even the best siding in the world won’t perform if installed improperly, so you’ll want a trained and certified James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor to complete your installation. In the Wichita KS, area, the company to trust is All States Home Improvement. As a James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, we display exemplary knowledge and skills regarding the proper installation of James Hardie® fiber cement siding. When you partner with us, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your new siding will be installed properly by industry experts the very first time.

To learn more about our windowssidingbathroom and roofing services, call us at (316) 444-1220 in Wichita. View our special pricing and fill out the convenient request estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Walk-in Shower

5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Walk-in Shower 

You can’t watch a home renovation show without seeing a walk-in shower feature. They’re modern and add a custom touch to a bathroom, so it’s no surprise that they’re at the top of the renovation list for many homeowners. 

 

The reasons to upgrade your master bath with an elegant walk-in shower are endless, but we’ve rounded up our top five benefits of these luxurious modern home additions. Whether you’re looking for better accessibility in your master bath or a more modern aesthetic in a small guest bath, you can’t go wrong with a custom walk-in shower from All States Home Improvement. Read on to learn more! 

 

  1. Better Accessibility

Bathing is often the most relaxing part of our days. However, it is often less than rejuvenating for those with mobility issues if they are forced to bathe in a shower/tub combo. While many homes are equipped with traditional shower/bath combos because of their versatility, the top of the tub is typically nearly two feet off the ground, making them problematic for people with limited mobility. Difficulty maneuvering in and out of the tub, combined with wet surfaces, can make bathing extremely dangerous for this segment of the population. 

 

The most common update for an accessible bathroom is converting a shower/tub combo to a walk-in shower. These showers are built to be easy to walk or roll into, so the chances for tripping are minimal. Therefore, if you or someone in your home is looking for a more accessible bathroom, a walk-in shower is a good place to start. Read this blog about converting your bathroom for better accessibility for more information on how to improve your bathroom’s accessibility features. 

 

  1. Resale Value

When placed in the right room, a walk-in shower will increase the value of your home. They make smaller bathrooms look bigger and leave room for more features in a small guest bath (see more about that in reason five!). Keep in mind, however, that you may want to keep at least one bathtub in one bathroom in your home to keep resale value high for buyers with children, who will likely want at least one bath for bathing their kiddos.  

 

  1. Appearance

Modern, functional, and versatile are three words that perfectly describe walk-in showers. No matter your design aesthetic, the team at All States Home Improvement will design a beautiful shower to fit your space. Your consultant will share a wide variety of colors and designs to fit your style from traditional, to elegant to farmhouse.  And don’t forget the accessories!  Whether you’re looking for a spa-like rainfall showerhead or something handheld, shelving, benches or even a shaving ledge, we have the expert know-how and experience to guide your decisions and match your unique preferences. 

 

  1. Easier to Clean & Durable

All States bath products are made of non-porous acrylic panels for the most durable and easy to maintain option on the market. No tile or grout to clean or maintain, no mold or mildew and our shower panels have an antimicrobial surface that stops the growth of bacteria. Cleaning your custom walk-in shower will be much quicker and easier. No tile, grout or porous porcelain surfaces that hold in grime and bacteria. Additionally, because our walk-in shower consists of flat surfaces, with reinforced corners – there are fewer nooks and crannies to catch buildup, slashing your cleaning time.  

 

  1. Conserve Space

Walk-in showers are built to fit the room, so you don’t have to work with standard size templates. Therefore, you can add a shower to a room that couldn’t hold a shower/tub combo. Another option is to replace a combo unit with a smaller walk-in shower to create space for a nice vanity area in your bathroom!  Completing your new walk-in shower with a frameless shower door or an elegant glass wall will make the room appear larger than it is, adding value to your home.  

 

Turn to All States Home Improvement to Upgrade Your Bathroom 

Are you ready to update your bathroom with a walk-in shower? Contact us today for more information! Since 1992, our family-owned and -operated business has served homeowners with premium products, specialized installations, and unmatched customer service. Our bathroom systems are installed in as little as 2 days, by specialists who have perfected their craft, so you can trust that every technician who works on your home is trained in the best installation techniques for the specific products you select. 

 

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Invest Your Tax Refund in Home Improvements!

With tax season around the corner, it’s common to daydream of the many ways you might use your tax return this year. Some may use it for a family vacation, while others plan to put it away for a rainy day. If you’re like many other Americans, you’re looking to invest your tax refund in your home. At All States Home Improvement, we’ve narrowed down some of the top returns on your investment for maximizing your tax refund.

  1. Replace Your Siding

If your home’s exterior is looking a little rundown, new siding might be a great place to invest your tax return. With a high return on investment and a significant visual impact, a siding makeover will dramatically increase your home’s value. We install beautiful vinyl and fiber cement siding on homes with the precision only a factory-trained expert can achieve. Not sure which siding material is best for you? Below are a few of the top benefits of each to weigh against your unique preferences and priorities.

Benefits of Vinyl Siding Include:

  • Most popular option in America today
  • Affordable and low maintenance
  • Does not require painting
  • Simple cleanup with a garden hose

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding Include:

  • Resists cracks and warping
  • Equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice
  • Built to last around 50 years
  • Impervious to insects and rot

Read: Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Which is Best for You?

  1. Update Your Master Bath

There’s no better time than now to transform your bathroom into an oasis! Not only will it be a wonderful place to retreat each evening, but it’s also a great room to see a return on your investment. Depending on the size of your bathroom remodel, you can expect to see a return of 50 percent to 100 percent or more for your investment in bathroom updates. 

One of the most impactful upgrades for a master bath is converting a standard bath and shower combo to a custom walk-in shower. It is more visually appealing, and custom touches will make it unique and enjoyable. We also offer a wide range of features to improve bathroom accessibility. From walk-in tubs to grab bars and shower benches, we can convert your bathroom for all levels of mobility.

Not sure if your tax refund will be enough to cover your bathroom remodel? The price of your project will vary greatly depending on what your objective is. Investing in a walk-in tub carries a different price tag than converting your shower and tub combo to a modern walk-in shower. The best way to answer this question is to contact us for a consultation. Our team will go over your options and offer solutions to fit your needs.

  1. Replace Your Windows

Though we are beginning to leave the frosty winter months behind us, the memory of cold drafts in your home may still be vivid in your memory. If that’s the case, this might be the year you need to invest in new windows. Improved energy efficiency, lower monthly utility bills, and better climate control in your home are just a few reasons to apply your tax refund to your windows this spring.

Not sure if you need new windows? Here’s a quick guide to help you determine whether you’re due for a replacement.

  • Your energy bills have steadily increased. Dig out your past electricity and gas bills, and compare them year over year. Do you notice an incremental increase each summer or winter? That’s a telltale sign your home is losing heating and cooling, likely through your windows.
  • You notice a draft when you walk by your windows. You might have felt warm air rushing through your window this summer on a windy Kansas day, or perhaps you recall cold gusts last winter on a snowy January night. Either way, drafty windows are a clear sign you’re due for an upgrade. 
  • There is condensation buildup between your window panes. This is a sign that the seal within your window has broken down, and it’s time to give us a call to schedule a consultation.
  • There are signs of damaged or rotten window panes. Take a look around the windows on your home’s exterior. If the area is soft or decaying, don’t wait to replace your windows, as this damage could lead to additional problems down the line.

For more detailed information about how to tell when you need new windows, check out these Six Reasons You Should Replace Your Windows.

  1. Replace Your Front Door

Are you expecting a smaller tax return this year? A quality new front door is the most affordable home improvement project with the highest return on investment. In fact, Remodeling Magazine rated a new front door with a nearly 95% return on the investment. That percentage increases depending on the type of door you select. So, if you’re looking for a simple way to give your home a quick, affordable makeover, your front door is the first place to look! Whether you’re in the market for an ornate wood door or a modern, colorful option, we provide a wide selection of entry doors to upgrade your home’s safety and appearance. 

Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Home Improvement Projects

With nearly 30 years of experience and a 4.8-star rating on Google, homeowners can trust the experts at All States Home Improvement for stress-free home improvements. We are fully insured and licensed, and we will be a reliable partner for your next home renovation. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, quality siding options, and roofing replacements, call us at (316) 444-1220, fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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4 Resolutions for Your Home this Year

If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that we can expect to spend a fair bit of time in our homes for the foreseeable future. There’s never been a better time to give your home a little extra TLC to improve your comfort level this year. From big renovations to luxurious upgrades, these home resolutions will get you ready to enjoy your abode for years to come!

  1. Finally take on one major update.

Maybe you’ve been putting off replacing your dilapidated roof, or you’ve been ignoring rotting siding. Whatever it may be, this is the year to tackle a big project. Rather than waiting for major issues to arise, commit to these renovations when you’re able to budget and plan for them. 

A couple of the more costly (and sometimes less glamorous) home updates include a new roof and replacing windows. Though these home improvement projects may not always make the most significant visual impact, they’ll undoubtedly have a positive effect on your bank account in the long run! Whether you have costly water damage from a leaking roof or rotting around your windows, the longer you wait to fix problems, the more expensive the repairs will be. Not sure if your roof needs to be replaced? Read this blog post to learn what to look for.

  1. Improve your home’s energy efficiency.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you lose 30% of your heating and cooling through your windows. Consider on top of that, old, damaged, or improperly installed windows, and that percentage skyrockets. What’s more, energy.gov states, “of the $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.” Though replacing your windows is a more costly project to take on, the cost of energy-efficient windows will ultimately pay for themselves in the form of reduced energy bills each month. Additionally, those new windows will increase the overall value of your home and result in a higher resale price point.

At All States Home Improvement, we install Elements windows by SoftLite. Due to their high standards for energy efficiency, air and water penetration, and durability, they are the highest-performing window in the industry. Whatever windows you choose, the important thing is to check for industry certifications to ensure their energy-efficiency level.

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  1. Invest in a spa-worthy master bathroom.

With more time being spent at home, we’re all longing for the comfort of a luxury hotel bathroom.  A gorgeous walk-in shower, hardware upgrades, and updated color schemes make a world of difference in making your bathing experience more enjoyable. The good news is, with the help of All States Home Improvement, you can transform your bathroom into an oasis this year! Whether you want to upgrade your master bath for more time at home or convert it for better accessibility, we have you covered.

  1. Give your home character with charming curb appeal.

An attractive exterior makes coming home that much more enjoyable. Improving your home’s curb appeal with new siding, a colorful front door, and a little landscaping can increase your home’s value by up to 15%, according to Better Home and Gardens Magazine. 

Whether you choose a bold red door or a sophisticated door with intricate carvings, your front door is the ultimate greeting for your guests. Not only will a new door say “welcome” to visitors, but it will also improve your home’s energy efficiency. For more excuses to update your front door, read these 7 Reasons to Replace Your Front Entry Door.

When it comes to siding, there are many reasons to invest in new, quality vinyl or fiber cement options. In a few short days, you can transform a rundown exterior into a home with an entirely different personality. If you aren’t sure how to choose between the many siding colors and substrates available, read these two blog posts:

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Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Home Improvement Projects

With nearly 30 years of experience and a 4.8-star rating on Google, homeowners can trust the experts at All States Home Improvement for stress-free home improvements. We are fully insured and licensed, and we will be a reliable partner for your next home renovation. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, quality siding options, and roofing replacements, call us at (316) 444-1220, fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Which is Best for You?

Your siding is the first thing people notice when looking at your home. It’s like clothes for your house. In an instant, it communicates personality and style. From the color you choose to the material it’s made from, the possibilities are endless. The process of selecting your new siding can be overwhelming, and that’s where we come in! We have been installing vinyl and fiber cement siding in Kansas for more than 25 years, and we have solutions to fit every budget and aesthetic.

At All States Home Improvement, we wrap Kansas homes in vinyl or James Hardie fiber cement siding. Both options have their own unique set of benefits and price points. Before deciding which option is best for your individual circumstances, let’s first go over the similarities and differences between vinyl and fiber cement siding.

Vinyl Siding

Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, vinyl siding is the most popular option used to adorn homes in America today. Its affordable price point and low maintenance level make it highly accessible for any homeowner. 

A primary advantage of vinyl siding is its color longevity. Unlike other siding options that are painted, the color in vinyl siding is baked in. This means the color runs through the entire piece of siding and cannot be scratched off. Therefore, vinyl siding does not have to be painted.

Affordability is another leading benefit of vinyl siding. Product costs alone make vinyl the least expensive siding option. Additionally, labor costs are lower because vinyl is quick to install.

Durability and simple upkeep round out the list of pros for vinyl. Because PVC plastic is relatively flexible, it resists cracks and chips where other, more rigid options might fall short. And since the vinyl siding surface is slick and smooth, virtually any dirt or grime buildup can be cleaned away with a simple garden hose.

The most important factor when considering vinyl siding is ensuring proper installation. Inexperienced contractors will diminish your vinyl siding’s longevity if they attach it too tightly, resulting in cracks and bulges. Our siding experts have trained for years to guarantee quality installation. All States also offers composite siding with contour foam for an insulated vinyl siding option.

Fiber Cement Siding

Manufactured with a mix of cellulose fiber, cement, and sand, fiber cement siding resists cracks and warping, and it is equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice. While fiber cement products and installation come with a higher price tag, they are built to last around 50 years. Fiber cement siding is impervious to insects and rot, and while requiring painting, most homes can make it 20 years before needing a new paint job.

There are many benefits to fiber cement siding. One reason to choose fiber cement over vinyl is its appearance. Because fiber cement siding is more than five times thicker than vinyl, it has deeper grooves, which gives it a more authentic wood-grain look. Therefore, if you have an older, traditional home with unique details, fiber cement siding would better match your chosen aesthetic. Additionally, fiber cement siding is more flame resistant than vinyl. Because vinyl is essentially plastic, it will melt in a fire, while fiber cement siding is non-combustible and ultimately better at withstanding damage.

We install the highest quality fiber cement siding available: James Hardie siding. James Hardie engineers products for different climates across the country. This innovative technology is called The HardieZone System. Why is it ideal to have siding designed for the Kansas climate? HardieZone means your home will be equipped with HZ5 siding that withstands freezing temperatures and extreme seasonal temperature variations, which we know sums Kansas weather up to a tee! Additionally, HZ5 siding has a unique surface that guarantees superior paint adhesion and improved water management. And James Hardie comes with a 30 year NON prorated warranty!

So which siding option is best for you?

Well, as you might have guessed, that’s ultimately dependent on your preferences and budget. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our design consultants. We will sit down with you and go over your individual circumstances and help you assess the options that match your budget. Stop by our local showroom to see our siding in action!

Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Siding Installation

For over 25 years, we’ve been working with Kansas homeowners to choose a siding color and style that best suits their home. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time.

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7 Reasons to Replace Your Front Entry Door

It’s the place your eye automatically lands when looking at a house. It communicates the personality of your home, and it’s the entry point for most guests. So why is it that the front entry door is often overlooked?

The fact is, side and garage doors are often the primary doors used by a home’s inhabitants, so front entry doors tend to be forgotten. Many homeowners wait until they are putting their home on the market before exploring the costs and benefits of replacing their front entry door. A new door will be more appealing to potential buyers, so why not make that small but impactful improvement to welcome you home each day?

With many overwhelmingly positive benefits and a relatively low price point for installation, front entry doors should be one of the first places homeowners look when searching for a high-impact home improvement project. Not quite convinced? Take a look at these seven reasons you should consider replacing your front entry door.

  1. Curb Appeal

One of the most obvious reasons to replace your front door is the curb appeal a new door contributes to the overall look of your home. There are endless combinations when it comes to the style and color of your door, so the front door is a great way to bring a pop of color to your home’s facade. We even researched 8 popular front door colors and their meanings.

  1. Energy Savings

Is your door drafty? Do you shove a towel under the bottom of the door to keep warm air in and cold air out? These are clear signs you are losing money through your door. Installing a new front door will reduce your monthly energy bills and keep your home comfortable year-round.

  1. A Cleaner Home

If air is making its way through your closed door, you can bet that Kansas dirt and allergens are flying into your home as well. Save yourself the headache of daily dusting by investing in a new entry door.

  1. Visible Damage

Dents, scratches, or other unsightly marks are an undeniable reason to upgrade your door, as it will quickly improve the visual appearance of your home as a whole. Additionally, if your door has glass features, condensation between the window panes is a sign of damage to the seal. Because this damage could allow additional moisture into your home, you should quickly replace any foggy windows or doors.

  1. Improve the Safety of Your Home

An old, damaged, or unlevel door is an easy target for home burglaries. Additionally, when a door is unlevel, it may be difficult or impossible to lock the door properly. A new, sturdy door will keep your mind at ease and keep uninvited visitors out.

  1. Ease of Use

Spoiler alert: you shouldn’t have to tackle your entry door like a linebacker to open it or throw your weight behind it to get it shut! If your door isn’t hanging level on its hinges, it will stick on the door frame and be difficult to open or close. Make it easy on yourself and replace that door.

  1. Return on Investment

A quality new front door is the most affordable home improvement project with the highest return on investment. In fact, Remodeling Magazine rated a new front door with a nearly 95% return on the investment. That percentage increases depending on the type of door you select. So, if you’re looking for a simple way to give your home a quick, affordable makeover, the front door is the first place to look!

Upgrading your front entry door is an exciting way to give your home a whole new appearance. From traditional carved wood doors to a vibrant pop of color, a new door is one of the best inexpensive home renovations with a high return on investment. Increased safety and lower energy costs make installing a new entry door a no-brainer. So don’t wait until you are selling your home to invest a little time and energy into yours!

We provide a wide selection of entry doors to upgrade your home’s safety and appearance. Contact us today to learn more about entry door installation or request a free estimate.

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