Summer always flies by, doesn’t it? Hopefully you made your way through most of your bucket list—a trip to the beach, a night camping under the stars, maybe even planting a garden?

It’s great to start off the season with an ambitious list, but always a little sad to see the things you didn’t get around to doing. 

Don’t worry—you didn’t miss your window. Fall is an excellent time to change out your old windows and give your home an upgrade.

It’s the season for projects

When the dog days of summer are past, it’s a real joy to spend the afternoon outside working on the house. There’s the last of the garden’s bounty to gather up, and you’ll want to turn over the soil and put the garden to rest for the winter. Once the leaves start their changes, it’s time to rake and clean out the gutters. Working outside is part of the natural rhythm of fall. 

Our window installation teams love this time of year, too.

When the crews come out to remove your old windows, there’s less work involved with keeping your interiors a comfortable temperature. They don’t have to close off parts of the house to either the winter winds or blistering heat. There are even some caulks that are used in the installation process that set up better in fall temperatures. 

If you want ease in scheduling your home improvement take a look at the fall months. Coming into the spring months, there’s a mad dash to take on home improvement. On that first lovely spring weekend, you’d be hard pressed to get a parking spot at the home improvement store. 

Come September though, this starts to slow down and it’s much easier to get crews scheduled to come out to do work on the house. It’s a smart move.

It’s almost time to hibernate

Winter is the time when windows do a lot of their heavy lifting. If you spent last winter moving your furniture away from drafty windows, if you noticed your windows frosting up when it snows, or even if you’re tired of paying more for your heat, then you know it’s time to invest in energy efficient windows

Before the temperatures dip, upgrade to vinyl replacement windows. Vinyl is a natural thermal insulator, and transfers much less heat than materials like aluminum. Heat transfer is measured by something called U-value. 

If you look at the U-value and energy star ratings of different types of windows, you’ll see that vinyl replacement windows are a surefire way to lower your heating costs. This affordable, low-maintenance material will be a real blessing in just a few short months. 

Take on that vinyl replacement window project now and you’ll have a very cozy, comfy winter.  

Company is coming.

The fall is just one long ramp of holidays— from back-to-school it’s just a short time until Halloween. Next thing you know, you’re taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven, and suddenly it’s the Christmas season.  

You’re going to need to get the house ready for guests. This fall, go beyond buying a new welcome mat and setting out a pumpkin. Getting new windows installed can give a whole new feeling to your home. New windows will boost your curb appeal—to say nothing of how much it can alter the feeling of the inside of your home. 

Rethinking the layout and size of your windows changes the light inside your home. A new window can make a small, dark room suddenly feel cheerful and spacious. 

Imagine curling up right next to an energy efficient vinyl window this fall, watching the leaves change in your backyard. When the winter days are shortest, the additional light new windows bring will be most welcome.

Window Nation is ready to get you on the schedule. We can walk you through this whole process, help you choose just the right energy efficient vinyl windows for your home, and get them installed just in time for a very cozy winter. 

Most big home improvement projects start with a whim—a little moment of, “Wouldn’t it be nice if…”. 

Sometimes they start with a tiny twinge of envy when you see a breathtaking home in a magazine, or when your neighbors invite you over to see their improvements. 

Many home improvement projects never get past the initial fantasy stage.  After all, the next step is a tricky one: how are you going to pay for it? It’s a challenge to get out the pencil and calculator and figure out if this dream makes financial sense. 

A project that satisfies the wallet and the heart is a rare find. One of the smartest, and most satisfying projects is investing in modern replacement windows

Here’s the math to back it up. 

You’ll get a serious return on investment.

Someday in the future, you may need to put your house on the market. When that day comes, you’ll be forced to do all of those little nagging projects on the list. You’ll be shelling out money to make your house fancy for someone else. 

Why not do the improvements now, and enjoy your own dream house? The crazy thing is, if you are smart about where you spend your improvement dollars, you’ll get much of that money back when your house sells. 

This handy little piece of accounting is called, Return on Investment (or “ROI” for those in-the-know). You aren’t going to get a high ROI if you build a greenhouse for your rare orchid collection, or a music studio for your burgeoning singing career—but everyone loves windows

Window upgrade projects have one of the highest ROI of any home improvement project. Every year, Remodeling Magazine rates home improvement projects for ROI, and window upgrades consistently make the top of their list.  

It seems we all want high-quality, energy-efficient windows

Save a little every month on comfort.

The US Department of Energy calculated that a window’s heat loss or gain is responsible for 25%-30% of residential energy use.  The more worn-out your windows are, the higher the percentage. 

What if this window upgrade project came with a coupon? That coupon saved you money on your air conditioning bills every summer, and on your heating every winter. The coupon never expires, and over time saves you more and more. You’d be clipping that coupon out of the Sunday paper for sure, right? 

Energy Star, the government program designed to help us all cut down our energy usage, reports that upgrading to energy efficient windows will save the average homeowner $125- $340 per year. Definitely worth factoring that into your math. 

Let someone else pick up part of the tab.

Energy efficiency isn’t just a smart move for your comfort, it’s a smart move for our world. It’s in everyone’s best interest to lower energy consumption— so much so, that there are government programs designed to incentivize your window upgrade. 

While Uncle Sam has no interest in your wallpaper choices, he'd really like to lessen the load on the power grid. The Energy Star website has a friendly interface that will walk you through the whole process. 

You might be surprised to learn that your local energy company is also interested in window upgrades. It just takes a quick glance at their website (or actually reading all those flyers that come with the monthly bill….) to learn if your power company wants to help foot the bill. Many energy companies offer rebates or credits on window replacement. 

A wise investment.

If you add up the ROI, factor in the monthly energy savings, minus-out local and national rebates and credits, that fun little fantasy of home window replacement starts to come into focus. This is a very smart way to spend your money, make day-to-day life more comfortable, and give your home a real glow-up. 

Window Nation is ready to walk you through the process. Our website has a feature that’ll show you what those new windows will look like in your home, and we can talk about which windows make the most sense for your climate and budget. 

Window Replacement is a project for the head and heart. Let’s take it on. 

Congratulations on your new home! New construction— that’s a big deal. Nothing beats the feeling of picking out all the little details of a home. 

You're not inheriting anyone’s worn-out choices. You can stand in the middle of your living room, take a big breath and feel good. 

Question though: did you opt for a window upgrade package? If the answer is no, then you’ve got builder-grade windows. And while you may not have inherited anyone else’s out-of-date design decisions, you’ve inherited sub-par windows. Builder-grade windows were chosen with only one thing in mind: your builder’s profit margin. 

How long do builder-grade windows last? 

What’s the big deal? At first glance, your windows seem fine. After all, they’ve got glass and they keep the rain out, right?

Those windows have a clock on them. While a quality window will last thirty years, you’re looking at about five out of builder-grade windows. If you try to stretch it to ten years or beyond you’ll be living with worn-out windows. 

What are the signs of a worn-out window?

The issues with builder-grade windows often start out small. It may be as simple as needing to jiggle the window to open it. If the window feels a bit sticky or you’re showing off your biceps trying to get it open, it’s a sure sign that the frame is starting to go. 

The next thing you know, the locks get a little persnickety, or the window won’t stay open. Faulty locks would make anyone start to get nervous. Now you’ve graduated to a hardware problem. 

Once the frame and hardware start to go, you can be pretty sure that your window’s seal is worn out. The window will always look just a bit foggy or milky, and no amount of scrubbing will get it clean. On humid days, the window will have condensation. When the weather is cold, your windows are covered in frost. On either end of the spectrum, the room is no longer comfortable. The window is not functional.

Why not wait it out?

There are some things that can save you money if you wait. We’ve all been there— you try to stretch the time before your next haircut and wear a baseball cap for a few days. No big deal. 

With builder-grade windows however, once they start to break down you’re throwing good money away. You’ll slowly start adjusting the dials on your thermostat to make your home comfortable. A little more heat or a little more air conditioner and it’s like there’s a builder-grade window tax you’re paying every month. 

The reasons to replace those windows?

If you live on a loud block getting replacement windows can cut down on noise. You’ve heard the saying that “good fences make good neighbors”? Well, replacement windows make quiet neighbors. 

A home that’s able to maintain a consistent temperature is one you can really relax in. It feels good and it makes fiscal sense. Energy efficient windows will lower your monthly bills. If you sit down with your pencil and calculator, you can see just how much of a return on investment this home improvement project is.

Is there one room in your home that is just too dark? Would you like to enjoy more of a view of your backyard? Replacing your builder-grade windows is a great opportunity to rethink what you want out of these windows. You can upgrade your curb appeal, and make your home feel more spacious and light. 

If there’s a folder you keep with all of the paperwork for your house, check to see if your builder grade windows came with any kind of warranty. Most builder grade windows have short warranties compared to quality windows. 

You can always decide to play the warranty game, and keep calling every time these windows break down, but if you’ve got better things to do, get on top of this home window replacement project now.

Trade for a better grade

Window Nation regularly helps homeowners trade builder-grade windows for high-quality windows they’ll really love. Don’t wait on this one. Give us a call, and we’ll walk you through the whole process. 

One of the biggest selling points of brand new windows? Energy efficiency.

You’ve probably heard the claims, “Lower your monthly energy bills and help Mother Earth!” and  “Windows have an awesome return on investment!”

But let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. What do people mean when they say windows are energy efficient? And what’s the supporting science?

Simply put, your windows act as barriers. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer they keep the cold in. 

So what exactly allows them to do that? And why might one type of window be better at it?

Let’s talk about heat transfer

You may have been asleep in science class the day the laws of thermodynamics were explained, but we all know that your hot coffee is eventually going to come to room temperature. On a hot day, the ice cubes in your drink are going to melt. This phenomenon is called heat transfer. 

A well-made window acts like a thermos, and cuts down on heat transfer.

Windows are made up of two parts— the glass and frame. Because the glass takes up the majority of the space, it has a big role to play in heat transfer. 

Scientists have been hard at work on window glass. A simple single-pane glass window will allow 85%-90% of heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up the glass only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. However, you can’t go too crazy here or the window gets too heavy to open. 

How about altering the glass itself? Scientists found that if they baked a little bit of tin or silver oxide into the glass they could keep your home more comfortable. Metal reflects solar energy. The standard is two layers of silver per window, but you can get three if you're really serious. At the high end, if you get triple silver low-e reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. Impressive. 

But let’s think beyond the glass, shall we?

Frame and sash material

How about the material that holds the glass in place?

Imagine it’s a hot day and you see a shiny metal park bench. No way you are sitting on that thing— you’d burn your bottom. Wooden park benches are much more tempting. Metal conducts heat, and is a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy efficient than metal. 

However, wood and metal windows don’t have weather stripping. They still aren’t the best material to surround your glass. Without weather stripping, you’ll have a drafty window. 

Vinyl is the big break-through material. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather stripping can be built right into the vinyl. There’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time. 

Let’s put all that new science vocab into one big show-off sentence: 

The most energy efficient windows cut down on heat transfer and are made with insulated vinyl frame material and glass with silver oxide-based low emissivity coatings.  

Check out the big brain on you. 

Be an Energy Star

The good news is that someone has already done the leg work on energy efficiency. 

Energy Star is a program run by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy that researches energy efficiency. They run independent trials on dishwashers, refrigerators, and yes, windows. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR worked to help Americans save almost $39 billion dollars in energy costs.

If you check out their website, they’ll give you suggestions for windows for your region, and let you know just how heavy duty you need to go for your climate

Don’t let them leak

Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? The best thermos in the world does you no good if you don’t screw the lid on tight. Carelessly throw that thermos in a backpack and you’ve got coffee everywhere. 

The best window in the world will leak if not installed properly. Proper window installation is key. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory trained. We specialize in window replacement— and have installed over one million windows since 2006. 

We’ll make sure the most energy efficient windows are the windows proudly hanging in your home. 

Give us a call. 

If you’ve gone through the whole pro-and-con list of tackling a window replacement project, then energy efficiency was most likely high up in the pro column. The more energy efficient your windows are, the comfier your house will be, and the lower your monthly energy bill will be. 

Pro list: Comfy home, lower monthly bills, high return on investment. Check. 

The next stage is deciding exactly what kind of windows you want. Sure you could just buy the same style your house came with, but where’s the fun in that? Slider windows have a lot going for them. Let’s break it down—

A Slider Window Anatomy Lesson

At the risk of being remedial, slider windows are called sliders...because they slide open. They’re like your sliding glass patio door, but in window form. Your home may currently feature the more common double hung windows that open from the bottom to the top, but slider windows open from side to side. 

Your ardent slider window fans will tell you that they’re easy to open, easy to clean, and give you a nice uninterrupted view of the outdoors. Because the mechanism that slides open is a bit simpler than other types of windows, they can also be a more affordable option. Once you factor in the energy efficiency boost, the price looks even more handsome.

If you really want to know what makes these windows energy efficient, you’ll need to zoom in even closer to look at each part of the window. The details are where these really shine. 

That Glass Works Hard 

The main thing you are combating when it comes to glass is heat transfer. You want that glass to act as a barrier between the weather outside and the temperature you’re paying for indoors. Slider windows get energy efficiency points because the glass is Low-E coated; it reflects the infrared light and cuts down on heat transfer. 

Depending on the climate where you live, you can double—or triple!—the layers of glass on your slider windows. We’ve all heard of double-paned windows. Double-paned glass reflects twice as much heat back into the house on cold winter days, and triple reflects—you guessed it—three times as much. 

If you choose layered glass, they’ll fill the space between the panes with 98.8% Krypton gas. That gas insulates the air between the panes and prevents heat transfer to keep your home even more comfortable. 

As a side bonus, all this hard-working glass will also reduce street noise inside your home. Now that’s certainly a perk—especially if you have particularly rowdy neighbors. 

The Sash Material is Key

The term “sash material” refers to everything surrounding the glass. The overall design of a slider window is pretty straightforward, and with fewer moving parts there are fewer opportunities for air leakage and wallet drainage. But your sash material is also going to help with energy efficiency. 

Window Nation slider window sash materials are made out of heavy-duty vinyl. Each corner is fused together using a four-point welder at high temperatures. Vinyl really blocks out the weather, and holds up in the long term. Our slider vinyl windows are made with an ultra-compression weather seal and have polypropylene poly-fin weatherstripping. They mean business. 

When you close a single hung window from the top, the window just sits on the sash. But if you look at the closing side of a sliding window, you can see that when you shut it, the two sides are intricately fitted to each other. They have a smartly engineered interlock system that seals up the window extra tight—a perk for your energy efficiency as well as home security. 

The fit is everything

Of course, the most energy-efficient windows in the world can’t do their job if they aren't installed correctly. In fact, the warranty on your windows could be null if you don’t get the right team out. Window Nation has installed over one million windows since 2006. Not to brag? But it’s kind of our thing. We factory train every installer, and our professionals have an average of 16 years of experience. 

No matter your priorities, Window Nation has the right windows for you. When you’re juggling your choices in regards to design, cost, and energy efficiency, we’re always happy to talk with you and make sure you understand your options. Give us a call today, and ensure you’re getting the best windows for your home.

You know that list of things you’d like to do to your home? The painting, the landscaping, the new flooring? Perhaps you haven’t really thought about your windows — perhaps the windows your house came with seem “good enough”. 

Builder grade windows are the cheapest windows out there, and they’re made with low grade materials. They were “good enough” to get the house sold, but they aren’t made to last. After all, they were chosen to maximize your contractor’s profit margin! 

You might get a few years out of these inferior windows, but it’s definitely a good idea to get this window replacement project to the top of your home improvement list.  

Here’s why:

7. Get rid of drafts

You might notice this one on a cold winter morning—builder grade windows can leak cold air right into your home. When your old window insulation wears out, and the materials around the glass start to break down, the cold air will cause you to shiver no matter how high you crank the heat. 

Seal up those drafts with an upgraded replacement window. 

6. Let the light shine in

Is there anything more pleasant than staring out your window and daydreaming? If your lovely view of the backyard starts to look a bit hazy, then the window has worn out.

Once the seal around the glass starts to break down, the glass will fog up. While there may be ways to wipe away the condensation, you’ll need to add this task to your regular chore rotation. 

Upgraded windows will stay bright and clear, and they’re designed for easy cleaning

5. Cut down on street noise 

Yes, everyone has heard the classic saying — real estate is all about location, location, location. 

If your neighborhood is louder than you bargained for, you don’t have to pack up and leave. Replacing your windows is a sneaky-good work around. Upgraded windows will come with upgraded glass. 

Thicker, better glass has noise reducing qualities and can lower the volume significantly. 

4. Play decorator 

Builder grade windows are one size fits all. They usually open just from the bottom, and come in just a few standard sizes. 

They probably weren’t your architect’s dream choice, and you may discover they aren’t yours either. Maybe the window over your bathtub wants to slide open from the side, or maybe that dark corner in the living room needs a larger window. 

It’s time to get out of those cookie cutter windows and into something a bit more custom. You know your home well at this point. Upgrading can really liven things up- you’ll boost your curb appeal and change the whole experience of a room. 

3. Enjoy a stronger warranty

A good, dependable warranty is like having health insurance for your windows. You’ll know that for the length of that warranty you have a promise that your windows will be as lovely and dependable as the day they were installed.  

There are plenty of other things to fuss and fix around the house — a warranty on a set of upgraded windows means you won’t have to think about your windows for a good long time. 

2. Increase your home’s resale value

Every real estate posting comes with a list of recent upgrades. 

While installing a stylish new lighting fixture is fun, you know you’re looking at a well-maintained home when you see the windows haven’t been forgotten. 

Because the warranties on replacement windows are nice and long, this is an upgrade that will increase your home’s resale value for a long time. 

1. Lower your Energy bills

You might already be thinking about upgrading, but nervous about the cost. Here’s the thing — you pay for your windows every month when you write that check to the energy company.

Upgrade to energy efficient windows and watch your monthly energy costs go way down.  Energy efficient windows are better for the environment, they make your home more comfortable throughout the year, and pay for themselves over time. Smart.

Give us a call at Window Nation and we’ll talk you through the next steps of this process. Let’s get you out of those builder grade windows, and into some windows you’ll really love.

There’s nothing more crazy-making than wasted money—especially of the ongoing variety. You know: the subscription service that never got cancelled, the gym membership no one uses, the newspaper delivery that goes straight to recycling. It’s a slow financial leak. 

It’s so satisfying to find those leaks and plug them up. 

Here’s a tip: your windows might be costing you money—especially if they’re builder-grade

What do we mean by builder-grade? 

Builder-grade windows are supposed to be the windows you don’t need to think about. After all, when you moved into your home there were plenty of other things going on! So your contractor installed some stripped-down, no-frills, lower-quality windows for you. Thanks a lot. 

Builder-grade windows are usually single pane units that only open from the bottom, and they’re probably standard size. One size fits all. Builders don’t really work for you—after all, it’s a volume business. The more corners a builder can cut, the higher the profit margins. Get that builder-grade window in there and call it a day. 

These builder-grade windows are made to last just long enough that the builders are out of the picture, and they often don’t come with full warranties. Homeowners can maybe look at getting about five years out of these inferior windows—and those are five leaky, drafty years. 

A little backstory on those windows

Let’s take a time machine back to the day those windows were installed. Well, “installed” is probably a generous term. 

In the industry, the slang term for installing windows is “slapping” them in. The slapper, as it were, is the same person who did your framing. Installing windows is not their specialty. 

There are several important steps in the installation of a window—a trained installer will make sure your window is properly leveled, sealed and insulated. This takes time and expertise. 

Most building crews want to work as fast as possible to maximize their profits—a few screws in the flange and it’s good enough for them. It’s not surprising that the work is often sloppy and steps get skipped. 

Be on the lookout for these warning signs

Are there rooms in your house that are never really comfortable? Rooms that are hard to regulate the temperature within? Before you crank up the thermostat again, take a minute to wonder whether it could be that the window isn’t doing its job

Take a close look at your windows—can you see light around the edges of the sashes? Check in the middle where the two panes meet, and in the bottom corners. There’s your leak

Are your windows tough to close? Cheap windows are made with cheap parts. Cheap parts wear out quickly. Once those window mechanisms start to go, you won’t get a good seal anymore, and the cold air will rush in. 

Another big tell is fogging issues. If your glass always looks a little milky or steamy, then you have a window that’s costing you extra money each month. 

Builder-grade windows are made with cheap vinyl. Once the vinyl starts going, the seal around the glass unit fails, and water penetrates the panes. Even if you go down some Google rabbit hole on how to clean foggy windows, you’ll still be left with a drafty room. This isn’t a cleaning issue—this is a failed window. 

It’s time to level up

Windows aren’t just window dressing—they’re your partners in energy efficiency. Once you make the decision to get replacement windows, you’ll get a product that suits your climate, vinyl that won’t break down, and installation you can trust. 

You probably keep a wish list of upgrades for your home. Upgrading your builder-grade windows deserves to be in first place. Think in terms of return on investment. Get those windows upgraded now, and you won’t be throwing good money after bad. Sooner rather than later is a smart move when it comes to window replacement. 

Window Nation will walk you through the whole process. We know which windows are the most energy efficient for your climate, our installation teams are factory trained, and all of our windows and labor come with warranties. 

We’ll make sure the work is done right this time. 

There’s a reason why houses tend to look a certain way in different parts of the country. Picture an old house built with locally quarried stone, or the wisdom of an adobe home in the desert. The use of local materials are what give communities their distinctive local character.  

If you’re any kind of history buff, you know that building traditions take years to develop.  Those historical traditions have a built-in practicality under the initial layer of beauty. Local homebuilding traditions take into account the climate and the lifestyles of the community.  

They give us our sense of place. 

That combo of aesthetic beauty and practicality has not passed— even in our mass market, interconnected society.  Although the world is at your fingertips, it’s worth thinking locally. 

Let’s take a dive into the why. 

Lower your lead times

It can be terribly frustrating to finally find that perfect item for your home, only to be told there’s a six-month backorder. It’ll take a few phone calls and emails to learn that it’s sitting on a boat somewhere, or there are problems with the factory in a country far away. 

When it comes to building materials, even little delays can cause a domino effect. Products need to be installed in a certain order, and when you have to wait on one step, you have to wait on every step.  That costs money.

When you choose locally made products, your order doesn’t have to travel far.  The journey to your home will leave a lighter footprint on our planet. Someone is paying for all those miles your product travels— both economically and ecologically.  

You won’t have to play phone tag

The further away from home you go, the more your wishes and dreams may dilute. It’s like a giant game of phone tag. Buying products from far away, you're left hoping that your wants and needs are enough like everyone else’s. It’s the only way to get those mass market folks interested. 

Local manufacturers are there to listen to the nuances. They’ve got a finer level of control over the product they make, and they’re often governed by standards of quality that are higher than in far-flung places.  

When a local manufacturer gives you a great product, word gets around. Reputation is the name of the game for local businesses. You know they’ll work hard to ensure you’re pleased. 

Keep your dollars in your community 

There’s a hidden double blessing to purchasing locally made products. They not only make your home look good, but they make your community look good.

Local businesses are the ones that sponsor your kid’s softball team. They’re the ones donating their products to the raffle down at the community center. 

Dollars spent locally tend to stay local. 

When you buy from a national big box store, your dollars are like a drop of water in an ocean too large to contemplate. While you may have a lovely conversation with the minimum wage worker who helped you, chances are you’ll never meet the person who really benefited. 

Because locally-produced means regionally-specific

One of the biggest selling points to any window replacement job is the energy efficiency they bring. Energy efficient windows are all about matching the windows to your climate. You want someone who deeply understands the community where you live. They’ll let you know the real deal when it comes to your region’s weather. 

Who is going to understand the difference between double-pane and triple-pane windows better than the company that had to shovel out after that last snowstorm? And who knows better about UV-blocking glass than the company that also survives your sweltering summers

The folks who help you choose these windows won’t let you pick a style they wouldn’t choose for themselves. 

It’s a local call. 

Window Nation has a proven track record of listening and supporting our clients’ visions for window replacement. We’ll help you brainstorm and plan the process. 

We send out the most trained, expert installers out there. Every step of this project you’ll see just how smart it was to choose this locally owned company.

When the weather gets warm, you gotta start gathering your summer gear. To take maximum advantage of the season, make sure you have a good cooler, a fresh pair of flip-flops and an unexpired bottle of sunscreen.

There may be one key piece of summer equipment you’re forgetting— a patio door

With all of the coming and going this time of year, a brand new patio door is going to be key. 

You could use some vitamin sunshine

After this past winter, we’re all a little starved for sunlight. A new patio door lets that summer sunlight pour into your home.  If you never got around to spring cleaning, that’s fine. When your home is full of natural light, suddenly those rooms don’t seem quite so gloomy anymore. 

When you opt for low-e glass in that new patio door, you can let in all the light without baking your interiors. Low-E glass is like sunscreen for your windows- it cuts down on the amount of ultraviolet light and makes it easier to regulate your home’s interior temperature. The sunlight streams through, but low-e glass takes the edge off.  

Consider the dog days of summer

Take a good hard look at your old patio door’s locking mechanism. You’re probably planning on taking some nice long out of town vacations this summer— are you really comfortable leaving that old rusty lock protecting things? A new patio door will seal up tight. 

That seal will not only protect your home, it’ll protect your wallet. An old leaky door could be costing you money— especially on those dog days when the A/C is working really hard. The energy efficiency on new patio doors makes this an upgrade that pays for itself over time. 

If you’re one of those folks who likes to delay switching on the A/C, then a patio door with a screen will be a godsend. You can crack those patio doors and catch a breeze. The bugs stay out, but the cool breezes come in. 

Get outside already

Summer is the time for outdoor living. A new patio door will help you blur the lines between indoors and out. You’ll be running outside to check on the kids, running back in to get another popsicle. Back and forth you go. That patio door gets a workout. 

Perhaps you’re planning on hosting the neighborhood barbeque this summer. A new patio door is an excellent way to up your entertainment game. We don’t always think about how the back of our house looks, but when you’re sitting on the porch with every single one of your neighbors you’ll be glad your house looks so handsome. 

Here’s a thought— if your house has a downstairs master bedroom, what if you added on a patio door and a small deck area? You could build your own little vacation suite off the bedroom—a spot for a quiet cup of coffee in the mornings before the craziness of the day sets in. It will be like extending your summer vacation into the rest of the year. 

Swinging or sliding? 

So the next question is, do you want to swing or slide? No, it’s not this summer’s latest top 40 hit. You’ve got options when it comes to this patio door. 

A sliding glass patio door can provide you with unobstructed views of the outdoors. It’s easy to arrange your furniture with a sliding door- you don’t have to worry about where the door swings. They are great for tight little spaces like off of a breakfast nook. They play well with almost any style home and are low maintenance. 

But perhaps you love the drama of swinging open French doors? You can open one or two sides into your house or out onto a deck, providing a sense of flow to your property. Hinged Patio doors, as you may also hear them called, give you the look of a window and the function of a door. 

Give us a call at Window Nation. If you’re wondering about, “patio doors near me”, or who has the best patio doors for sale, Window Nation is the answer. Summer is an excellent time to coordinate an installation. There’s less worry about weather and cold drafts in the summer months, and we’ve got teams of trusted installers at the ready. 

Getting replacement windows is an upgrade— no doubt. They help with your energy costs, they look good, and they’re a part of being a responsible homeowner. 

But what if you could get an upgrade to this upgrade? Perhaps you want to daydream your way into new windows sizes for your home—and perhaps those new windows will be sliders...

Let’s follow this little fantasy for a bit. 

These are some smart windows.

Sliders open horizontally on a track. They seal up tight, giving them an extra boost of energy efficiency. The mechanisms inside vinyl slider windows are a bit simpler, making these windows a durable, low maintenance and often less expensive option. 

Those are the practical reasons to choose sliders—but now let’s talk about the stuff that makes us fall in love. Sliders are uninterrupted by grid lines, making them function like frames at an art gallery. They highlight the views out onto your property— quite a dramatic feature for a dining room or living room. 

They’re easy to slide open with just one hand, so when the weather is nice you can let the fresh air in quickly. With a sliding window over the bathtub you’ll be relaxing to the sound of birds chirping, and you won’t steam up the mirror. 

Windows are the jewelry of your home

Jewelry can really make an outfit sing, but not all baubles and bangles go with every outfit. You’ll want to take a good studious look at your home’s exterior when considering a new window size and style. 

Sliding glass windows tend to play well with others. The clean lines of a sliding glass window are a mainstay in more modern architecture, but they can also be used to update a more traditional style home. 

Figuring out the scale of your new windows is the challenge. It’s never a bad idea to look for inspiration shots for how homes like yours utilize sliding windows. On those pictures, take note of where your eye first travels. You want the house to stand as a whole. When you see a house whose proportions are off, it’s often the first place your eye will travel. 

When you get into the finer details of size, your home itself is going to have a say in the matter. There are limits to the size of window your load bearing exterior walls will take. You’ll need to work with local building codes, and have a sense for the bones of your house.  

High, Wide and Handsome

Just how wide and just how tall can you get away with here?

First step—take a look at the height of your ceilings. If you have a traditional home you probably have eight foot ceilings, and modern homes usually feature nine to ten feet ceilings.

The space between the top of the window and the ceiling is a matter of taste. You want your windows to be close enough to the ceiling to take maximum advantage of natural light, but also give you enough room for window treatments. 

From the bottom up, the International Residential Code (IRC) wants the sills on your windows to be at least 24 inches from the floor. If you want windows that reach lower, you’ll be limited to options that don’t open, like a picture window

The rules for width are mostly about aesthetics—modern homes can get away with being a bit wider than traditional homes can. Go back to that image library you gathered to see how wide you can go. 

Time to start shopping

So this sliding window daydream is starting to become a reality. 

Window Nation can walk you through this next step. We’ll work with you to figure out the structure of your home, and can make you pictures of how this new window will look (helpful if someone in your home needs to be talked into this project...).

There might even be a combo pack of windows—maybe some smaller windows over your sliders, or perhaps a non-opening window in the middle of two sliders. 

Let us daydream with you, and work up a free estimate.