Businesses across the world have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, Window Nation is no exception. When many businesses were forced to temporarily closed, we were fortunate to be deemed essential in many states, which allowed us to operate during the stay-at-home-order. We also modified our practices to fit the needs of homeowners in these unprecedented times. In-home estimates were replaced with virtual consultations, and special precautions were adopted to prevent the spread of illness in our showrooms. We continue to follow CDC guidelines by sanitizing our offices daily, enforcing mask-wearing, and allowing our teams to work from home whenever possible.

Now, six months after the start of the pandemic, we face a new challenge: customers are facing delays caused by COVID-19. We understand you might have questions about the status of your project, and our team of home improvement experts is here to help.

What’s Going On?

As we quarantined in our homes this spring, many homeowners started home improvement projects at an unprecedented pace. According to a study found in BusinessWire, nearly 57% of homeowners started a home improvement project during the first three months of COVID-19. DIY projects grew in popularity, with many home improvement box stores recording record sales at the height of quarantine. According to Remodeling Magazine, Home Depot recorded 7.1% sales growth year-over-year, while Tractor Supply saw stock increase 69%.

The spike in demand coupled with restrictions from the pandemic caused supply and raw material shortages for many home improvement companies. According to Remodeling Magazine, nearly half of builders reported supply disruptions, while 80% of business believed supply challenges could impact their plans for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. Demand for appliances including air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines saw significant growth year-over-year. The flooring industry was also impacted, with many customers being forced to choose between putting the project on hold or choosing a back-up flooring option. The pandemic also caused labor shortages, with nearly 52% of construction firms reporting issues finding skilled labor due to fears of contracting COVID-19, according to The Construction Association.

What Does this Mean for Window Nation?

Our team hasn’t been spared from the challenges our peers face in the home improvement industry. Our customers may be experiencing delays in the ordering and installation in their project. We want to provide our customers with custom, top-of-the-line windows that are made with the highest quality materials, which could result in manufacturing delays. We understand this is frustrating, and you can feel comfortable knowing our team is working round-the-clock to resolve delays stemming from COVID-19.

Fortunately, our team is well-equipped to handle the surge in demand. We understand the installation is just as important of the quality of the window itself, and we pride ourselves on getting it right the first time. Our installers receive an average of 23 hours of continuous training on window installation, so you can trust you’re working with some of the best installers in the industry.

If your installation has been delayed until late fall or early winter, we understand you might be concerned about inclement weather. Rest assured that our teams have more than 16 years of experience installing windows in all weather conditions and our team will take steps to keep your home as comfortable as possible in any type of climate. Our team has installed over one million windows in all types of weather conditions, so you can feel comfortable knowing your windows will be installed properly no matter the season.

Is Home Improvement the Only Industry Affected?

Unfortunately, delays caused by COVID-19 are a widespread issue. One of the industries most impacted by COVID-19 is e-commerce as a result of brick-and-mortar stores being forced to shut down. Online shopping traffic increased 55% year-over-year in March and April when states were under strict stay-at-home orders. Many businesses reported shipments being delayed by almost two days, while larger orders like furniture were delayed almost three days. Companies from American Eagle Outfitters to Amazon reported shipment delays due to additional safety precautions taken in distribution centers. According to DigitalCommerce360, major shipping carriers also experienced shipping delays, with most delivering packages on time just 85% of the time.

What Happens Now?

With COVID-19 cases increasing every day, life as we know it won’t be returning to normal any time soon. Our team continues to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes caused by the pandemic. Our team is taking additional measures to communicate with customers to ensure all parties have clear, up-to-date information about their project. Our customers are our priority, and you can feel comfortable knowing we’re working to ensure your project is completed as quickly as possible.

Fall is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement project you’ve been putting off. The temperatures are mild, and the weather is ideal for spending time outdoors. You might have an idea of the home improvement project you’d like to start – maybe your garden is overgrown, or you need to repair the shingles on your roof before winter arrives. However, the decision might not be as easy for some homeowners. You might be looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency or give your home a curb appeal boost, but you don’t know where to start. If you need a little more inspiration, our home improvement experts shared their recommendations for Fall home improvement projects.

Window Replacement

Fall is one of the best times of year to replace your windows. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your house, and your installation won’t get delayed due to inclement weather. Mild temperatures are also ideal for window installation – the caulk that seals your windows adheres best in cooler temperatures.

Replacement windows will give your home an energy efficiency boost just in time for winter – our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable no matter the season. You might even see savings on your energy bills just in time for the holiday shopping season! When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you’ll also enjoy a curb appeal boost – all our windows are custom-made to meet your home’s needs. Choose from a variety of style and color options to find the perfect fit for your home.

Furnace Upgrades

The last thing you’ll want during the biggest snowstorm of the year is for your furnace to go out. Before the temperatures drop, consider contacting a HVAC maintenance professional to inspect your furnace. They can perform routine maintenance and make repairs if necessary. However, if your furnace is more than 10 years old, they might recommend upgrading it with a modern, more energy efficient HVAC system. Though the cost might seem steep, you’ll enjoy the comfort of knowing you won’t have to make any upgrades or repairs for years to come. When choosing a new furnace, consider purchasing an Energy Star certified system – you could save money on your energy bills.

Siding Replacement

Siding is one of the most overlooked parts of your home, but it’s important to keep it well maintained. If your siding is looking worse-for-wear, you might consider replacing it with modern vinyl siding from Window Nation. Our siding is available in a variety of colors, giving your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. You won’t have to worry about your siding cracking or fading due to inclement weather – our siding is durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Vinyl siding will also improve your home’s insulation, keeping your home comfortable all winter long.

Upgrade Insulation

Your home should feel cozy and comfortable in the Fall, not drafty and chilly. Improve your home’s comfort this Fall by upgrading your home’s insulation. We recommend hiring an expert to conduct a home energy audit to determine the places where you’re losing the most energy. Your attic is one of the biggest culprits due to poor insulation – we recommend upgrading your home’s insulation with fiberglass or foam insulation to keep the chilly air outside. It’s also important to seal any cracks you might find, particularly around your windows and doors, to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

Door Replacement

Nearly one-third of residential heating and cooling costs are attributed to energy loss through windows and doors. Why continue to waste money on your energy bills month over month? Consider upgrading your doors to replacement doors from Window Nation. We offer entry doors, French doors, and sliding doors, each custom-made to fit your home’s needs. Our doors are available in fiberglass and steel options, so you can choose the best style for your home. You’ll enjoy a curb appeal boost and added security – all Window Nation doors come standard with a multi-point locking system to make your home more secure.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.

“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:

  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement window is a key factor to their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.

Indianapolis homeowners know there’s no better time than Fall to start a home improvement project. The hot, humid days of summer are over and comfortable, mild temperatures have arrived – ideal conditions for making upgrades to your home. If you’re looking to start a home improvement project, consider upgrading your old, outdated windows with modern replacement windows. Our windows are custom-built to meet your Indianapolis home’s needs. We offer a variety of styles each built with premium energy efficiency features, so you won’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency. If you’re an Indianapolis homeowner looking to begin a home improvement project, learn more about why you should consider replacing your windows this Fall.

Ideal Temperatures

The leaves are turning, fall festivals are happening, and the Colts are back: there’s no better time than Fall in central Indiana. The crisp temperatures are ideal for spending time outdoors, particularly if you’re looking to begin a home improvement project. Cool fall temperatures are ideal for window replacement, making your project quick and easy. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in a snowstorm on their way to your appointment, and your installation won’t be delayed due to inclement weather. In fact, Indianapolis weather is ideal for installation: caulk adheres better in warmer temperatures, allowing for a smooth installation.

Energy Efficiency Boost

Indianapolis homeowners often spend more money on their energy bills in the winter. Your old, drafty windows aren’t helping – nearly one-third of your heating and cooling costs can be attributed to energy loss through windows. Why continue to waste money year after year? Upgrade your windows to modern replacement windows to give your home an energy efficiency boost before winter. Replacement windows from Window Nation in Indianapolis are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Our windows are available in double and triple pane glass options, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Our windows are well-insulated to eliminate drafts and keep the comfortable air inside your home.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

It’s no secret that Indianapolis winters are harsh. Is your home prepared? Before the temperatures drop, take time to prepare your home – and your windows – for the months ahead. Inspect your home and make note of any areas where you feel drafts. Consider upgrading your windows to keep the warm, comfortable air inside your home.

Replacement windows from Window Nation will also give your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. Our windows are available in a variety of style and color options, custom-built to meet your home’s needs. We offer wood and vinyl windows in a variety of styles, so you can find the perfect fit for your home. If you have a home in one of Indianapolis’ historic districts, we have replacement windows that will give your home a modern upgrade while maintaining your home’s character and charm. Your windows will look brand-new just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

Need New Windows in Indianapolis?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com. 

The autumnal equinox is behind us. In the east, leaves are turning bright colors and beginning to fall. In the southwest, people leave the house in the morning prepared for huge temperature swings during the day. And the further north you travel, the more people are preparing for bitter cold, snow, and the urge to cuddle and make thick, warming stews.

The seasons bring rhythm to our lives. But they take their toll on our homes. 

As the neighbors start to set out pumpkins, and you find yourself reaching for the long sleeves and warm socks, there are steps you should take to prepare your house for the arrival of the cold.  They vary slightly on latitude and climate, though what works in New England can be useful in the piedmont as well.  Here are a few regional home care tips for fall.

 In the Southeast

Repair window screens – Lovely fall temperatures will tempt you to open the windows.  And you should. But that risks letting in insects, which haven’t gone anywhere just yet. So, inspect your window screens, and repair or replace any that have taken damage from summer storms. If a close inspection of your windows reveals problems with more than just the screens, consider a free consultation on replacement.

Drain the sprinklers – Maintaining a lush lawn is hard enough in southern heat that many homeowners turn to sprinkler systems. In autumn and winter, it’s easy enough to turn them off and forget they’re there, but that risks a major expense – if the ground freezes with water in the pipes, they can rupture. Draining the system can prevent expensive repairs or unexpected water bills.

Cover or bring in outdoor furniture – You won’t be sitting outside much longer. When the days get cooler and the urge to enjoy evenings on the deck or patio fades, ensure that your outdoor furniture lasts by storing it away from the weather, or covering it for the season.

Reverse ceiling fans – The same fans that cooled you through the summer months can help keep you warm on cooler days.  Flipping the switch on the side of the unit will reverse the blades, helping to circulate warm air around the room.  Just be sure to dust the blades before you do this, or they’ll spray dust everywhere when they first reverse.

Store the lawn equipment properly – If you want your lawn mower to last, you’ll need to drain the last of the gasoline out, clean the air filter, and clean or sharpen the blade before you put it away for a few months.

In the Southwest

Clear fire hazards – An unfortunate reality of climate change is that fire season now begins earlier and ends later than ever before.  While the arrival of fall cold fronts, precipitation should begin to reduce fire risk. But it isn’t gone. Particularly in California’s State Responsibility Areas, homeowners should clear brush within 100 feet of structures, to eliminate possible fuel for fires.

Mulch flowerbeds – A layer of hardwood mulch now will help your plants survive the low-water months, trapping moisture closer to the soil in arid climates.

Inspect the roof – Dry summers mean many in the southwest may have put off repairing small defects in the roof…but it’s not going to be dry forever. This month is a great time to inspect the roof for any damage that will become much more expensive to fix when late fall precipitation arrives.

In the Northwest

Clean your gutters. Again. – Light summer rains are about to turn into heavier fall rains. And if last year is any guide, they’re only growing more persistent. It’s best to check on your home’s gutters before the heaviest stuff arrives. If your system is in need of a professional update, our RainPro gutters retain the beauty of your home while permitting maximum water flow.

Check the yard’s drainage – Soggy wet spots in the lawn can keep you from enjoying the beautiful lot you paid for. Close to the foundation, they can be an expensive source of decay. But drainage problems aren’t as challenging to fix as you might think. Ponding can often be fixed with simple splash blocks to route water away from trouble spots. More severe drainage problems can be an invitation to build a lovely rain garden.

Remove damaged limbs – Those autumn storms don’t just bring more rain. They also carry winds we haven’t seen all summer. Removing damaged tree limbs now can keep them from becoming hazardous.

In the Northeast

Drain outdoor faucets – Frozen pipes are an expensive shock in deep northeastern winters.  Prevent them now by draining your outdoor faucets – as simple a matter as shutting off outdoor faucets at the valve (usually in the basement or crawlspace), then running the faucet to drain its pipe, and turning it back off.

Stock up on heating fuel – If you use a woodburning stove, stock up on firewood now, before the price goes up any further. If you have old-fashioned oil heat, refill before demand is high.

Have chimneys and furnaces inspected – Chimneys and furnaces that haven’t been in use all summer may need inspection and cleaning before being brought back into service. Better to do that now than to need it in December’s cold.

Ready the winter equipment – Does your snowblower start? Wouldn’t you rather find out now than on a day it makes you late for work? Check the condition of shovels, and stock up on ice melter now, to prevent an unpleasant surprise with the first snow of the season.

The weather has turned suddenly across much of the United States. Not all of us saw the 55 degree drop that hit parts of the Rockies in a single day this month, but summer has come to an end and fall is taking over nearly everywhere.

It’s a welcome relief, in many ways. In this year so unlike any other, a break from high temperatures and a return to school for the kids, even if it’s virtual in many places, brings something like normalcy. But it also brings drafts from the windows clogged gutters, and expanding cracks in our sidewalks.

One good weekend of outdoor work in lovely weather can get your home ready for the lower temperatures we know are coming. Here are twelve easy ways to prepare your home for autumn.

Fertilize the Lawn

A brown lawn in spring is caused by neglect in fall. A lush, green lawn in spring is caused by a single hour of effort now. Fertilizing in fall fortifies your lawn’s root system for the winter, so it’s ready to grow come spring’s thaw. The ideal time, experts say, is 3 weeks before the first frost. For most of the country, that means early-to-mid October

Plant Bulbs and Winter Vegetables

While you’re working on beautifying the lawn, why not plant some color that will surprise you in the spring? Bulbs go into the ground in September or October in order to bloom in spring, and there are few more rewarding signs that the cold of winter has faded than the first folds of new lilies and tulips coming through the mulch.

This year, with more Americans stuck at home than ever before, gardening has made a long-delayed comeback. But the wilting of your summer tomato plants doesn’t mean your days of eating what you grow are over. Winter-hardy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and English peas can tolerate even a hard frost. October is the best time to put them in the ground.

Clean the Gutters

When autumn leaves start falling, gutters start clogging. To avoid water damage from overflowing gutters, and even worse, winter ice dams that can damage your roof, you’ll need to clean the gutters now.

Wash Windows and Repair Screens

Summer rains and splatter have probably left your windows less than clear. This is the perfect time to clean them, while being outside is still so pleasant.

And while you’re working on them, take note of any tears in the screens. Replacing screening material is surprisingly cheap and easy to do, so why let insects into your home when you open the windows to let the glorious early fall air in?

If you’re considering window replacement, autumn is an ideal time – easier than opening the envelope of your home to winter’s cold (though a good window replacement expert can safely do that, as well).

Inspect Siding for Flaws

Speaking of the envelope of your home, you’ll want it to be tight and secure when winter’s cold comes. One of these beautiful fall days is the perfect opportunity to walk around and do a thorough inspection of your siding. Small cracks or displacements can be repaired, or replaced if necessary, to ensure insulation before it’s needed.

Seal Cracks Around Doors and Windows

The second step of weatherproofing your home’s exterior is to reseal around doors and windows. Caulking small openings, or replacing worn weatherstripping, can eliminate drafts that cost you comfort and raise your heating bill.

Clean and Reverse Ceiling Fans

Another way to minimize your heating bill is to ensure that warm air circulates properly around your home. The same ceiling fans that helped cool you in summer can help warm you in winter – reversing the motion of the blades will circulate warm air around the room without producing a downdraft that makes you feel colder. But you’ll want to clean dust from the blades before you do it.

Seal Driveway and Sidewalk Cracks

The repeated heating and cooling of seasonal temperature changes inevitably creates cracks in asphalt and concrete. They’ll expand this fall, as the material cools from a hot summer of expansion. Before neighborhood kids tromp up to your door in costume this October, take a day to fill in the cracks.

Change Furnace Filters

If you have an old-fashioned furnace, you’re probably already changing the filters monthly. But many newer units have annual filters, or other long-life air filtration systems that only need cleaning once a season or so. Since winter will tax the furnace to its fullest, cleaning or changing filters now is essential to keeping your system in shape.

Change Smoke Detector Batteries

While you’re busy doing these home maintenance chores you don’t have to revisit monthly, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, just to be safe.

Check on Your Winter Equipment

The worst time to find out that your snow shovel has cracked is just after the first snow falls. Before the cold gets here, start the snowblower (if you live where you need one) to ensure it functions after three seasons of rest, check your shovels to make sure they’ll work, and stock up on ice melter before the first forecast snow of the season drives the price up.

Clean Storage Areas

Finally, recognize that we all tend to acquire stuff when we’re stuck inside all winter. Be ready for it by giving away some old stuff. Fall is a great time to sort through your closets and make space.

There’s no sugarcoating it: home improvement projects can be costly. For some homeowners, it might require months of budgeting and saving for their project to turn their house into the home of their dreams. Before starting your project, consider what you’re looking to get out of the project. Are you looking for a small upgrade to give your home a quick refresh, or are you looking to make a major change to your home’s layout? No matter the project you choose, it’s important to be aware of the potential cost of your project to ensure the price is within your budget. So how should you create the budget for your project? Our home improvement experts are here to help.

Determine Your Goals

Before creating a budget, it’s important to consider your goals for your project: are you looking to boost your home’s curb appeal? Lower your energy bills? Expand your living space? Keep in mind the larger the goal, the higher the cost. Some projects may seem small on paper, but they could require major changes to your home’s layout that increase the costs. For example, you might want to knock down a wall in your kitchen to open your living space, but that could require changes to your plumbing and electric.

To keep costs low, consider smaller renovation projects instead of major remodeling projects. Upgrading your tub or kitchen appliances might be better than remodeling your entire bathroom or kitchen. You might also consider breaking up your projects into smaller, more manageable projects – for example, if you’re looking to replace your windows, consider replacing a few at a time instead of replacing all the windows in your home at once. You’ll ease the burden on your wallet while still achieving your home improvement goals.

Do Your Research

Materials

Research is key before starting your project. Be sure to consider all options for your project before making any final decisions. Keep an open mind when looking at all the options for your project: while you might love the look of wood windows, you might find vinyl windows are a better fit for your home. Some materials are also more expensive than others. If you’re looking to keep costs low, consider using cost-efficient materials instead of high-end materials that will cause the price of your project to increase.

Return on Investment

Return on investment, or ROI, is key to the decision-making process. Be sure to look at the potential return for all the projects you’re considering, particularly if you’re looking to put your home on the market. While the cost of your project might seem high, you may be able to recoup some of the money you spent when it comes time to sell your home. Garage door replacement, vinyl window replacement, and vinyl siding replacement offer some of the highest return on investment at 94%, 72%, and 75% respectively. Most remodels, however, offer significantly lower returns, averaging just 55% return on investment.

Get Quotes

Once you’ve identified the best project for your home, it’s important to get quotes from licensed contractors get an idea of how much your project will cost. Experts recommend getting three quotes for your project to get an idea of how much you will be spending. While the cost may seem high at first, many companies offer attractive promotions and financing offers to help lower the cost of your project. In order to get the best deal, we recommend starting your project during an off-peak time, as many companies offer major deals to generate more business. For most companies, summer and winter are the best times to buy, as demand increases in the spring and fall.

When collecting quotes, it’s important to note that the company with lowest price might not be the best fit for your project. Though the price might be a better fit for your budget, it might result in a lower quality product, poor installation, or spotty customer service.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.

Home improvement projects are a great way to give your old house new life. Before starting a project, it’s important to consider your home’s needs. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of building your dream kitchen or upgrading your bathroom, but are they really the best projects for your home? Be sure to research the projects you’re considering to learn more about the scope of the project, the costs, and the time it could take to finish the project. It’s also important to identify whether you’re looking to renovate or remodel your home. Though they’re often used interchangeably, renovations and remodels are two different types of projects, and it’s important to distinguish between the two before starting your project.

Renovations

Home renovation projects restore your home to its previous state. These projects are often smaller, like adding a fresh coat of paint or updating your light fixtures. Because renovations are often smaller in scale, these projects are typically less costly, offering a better value than larger remodeling projects. Renovations often offer a higher return on investment when it comes time to sell your home. As a result, these projects are often recommended for those looking to make upgrades before putting their home on the market.

When researching renovations for your home, it’s important to look at the cost of the project compared to the value added to your home. If you’re looking for projects that offer the best value, consider replacing your garage door or upgrading your windows. Garage door replacement offers one of the best returns on investment at almost 95%. Window replacement also offers a high return on investment – choose between vinyl windows, offering a 72% ROI or wood windows, offering a 69% return on investment. No matter the style you choose, replacement windows will add curb appeal and lower your energy bills, making them a smart choice for any homeowner.

Remodeling

Unlike home renovations, which make smaller changes to your home, remodeling projects will alter the shape and structure of your home. These projects can be as small as knocking down a wall in your kitchen to or as big as adding an in-law suite onto your home. These projects are often more expensive than renovations, and as a result, often don’t offer the same return on investment. A midrange bathroom remodel, for example, has just a 64% return on investment compared to vinyl siding replacement at 74%. A master suite addition has the lowest return of all projects at just 51%.

Remodeling projects are not recommended if you’re looking to move, as you may not be able to recoup the money you spent on the project when it comes time to sell your home. Remodeling projects are also difficult, if not impossible, to re-do, potentially turning off some buyers. Nevertheless, if you know your house is your forever home, remodeling projects can be a great way to transform your space into the home of your dreams.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.

A cliché is often a true statement we’re so accustomed to that we miss its wisdom.

For instance, your home is your biggest investment. We know this, and if we forget, there are six million ads from contractors to remind us. And, yet, we can launch into home improvement projects without giving them the preparation time and attention due to the single most significant thing we own, and the biggest chunk of our finances.

Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a pro, there are preparation steps you must take in advance of any major home improvement project.

Doing It Yourself

Working on your own home comes with a deep sense of satisfaction, which you understand best when watching your children come running down stairs you refinished, to eat breakfast at a vintage table you restored under a light fixture you wired yourself.

But getting there? That can be perilous. Before starting any do-it-yourself home improvement project, there are some vital steps you must take:

Know the Value

If your home is your biggest investment, then spending money on it is buying more stock. You wouldn’t do that without researching the company you’re buying into, and having some reasonable predictions about likely returns. So, don’t go into a home improvement project with no idea what it will do to your home’s resale value. (New windows, for instance, recover about three-quarters of the investment instantly, and can add more value over time as they reduce your energy costs).

Build an Itemized Budget

Yes, refacing your kitchen cabinets can be a cheap way of updating their look, and you can look up the cost of new doors and varnish. But have you checked on the orbital sander in the shed to see if it’s still working? You may need to replace it. Are you factoring in drop cloths for the mess? And takeout for a couple of nights in case this goes slower than expected? A rough budget estimate is just a hope. A line-item budget estimate helps you see what you’re actually in for.

Budget Your Time

The cost of a home improvement project goes up, and the quality of your work goes down, as the frustration builds. You’ll do a better job if you’ve built in buffer time for steps of the project that take longer than anticipated. You won’t be tempted by shortcuts if you have a realistic schedule and can see that you’re on it. Plan out the time each step should take, and build in a buffer of 20 percent for unforeseen challenges.

Know the Weather

Outdoor projects, or projects that involve opening the envelope of your home, can only go forward when the weather is right. It’s best to plan some flexibility into the schedule, and track weather forecasts, so you don’t lose a fixed date to an unplanned storm.

Plan for the Mess

Sure, you budgeted for the materials you’ll need and the time it will take to paint the living room. But did you allow time and money for the recovery? To avoid going over both your schedule and your itemized budget, remember the rags, vacuum bags, bulk trash pickups, and touch-up paint you’ll need for after you’re “finished.”

Get to Know Your Local Tool Rental Options

One of the best ways to save on home repairs is to rent, rather than buy, rarely used tools. You’ll get the benefit of working with professional-grade tools rather than buying their flimsier homeowner-grade versions, and you won’t have to store them afterward. Most big box home improvement stores have a small rental operation, and most towns have a rental shop that offers heavy-duty equipment to construction sites and smaller, but robustly built options for homeowners for a surprisingly low fee.

Using a Contractor

Get Three Estimates

It can be tempting to listen to the first expert you consult, but there’s always a benefit to getting a second and third opinion. Even when you’ve used a contractor before, and trust their work, their competitors may know of new techniques and products they’re unfamiliar with, or be in a financial position to offer you a better deal.

Check References

A contractor’s pitch to you is just the start of the process of getting to know their work. Ask for references you can call or email, who will tell you details about working with your likely options that they may not have known to give, or, worse, warn you against mistakes they made.

In the era of COVID-19, it can feel nerve-wracking to ask several contractors to come into your home and brief you on their approach to your project. But it’s worth the time, and a good contractor should be well-prepared to work in this environment.

Window Nation’s experts can give virtual or in-person consultations free of charge for window replacement, door installation, siding updates, and more – all done with social distancing and proper personal protective equipment to keep both you and our professionals safe.

Get the Blueprints

Most contractors can work without the original blueprints of your home, but will be far more efficient, and give you a more accurate estimate, if you can hand them the drawings of what’s behind the walls. If you don’t have them, check with your city or county to see if they’re available, and provide them to prospective contractors if you can.

Bring a Healthy Skepticism to Proposals

Contractors are businesspeople, and it benefits them to be realistic and honest in their appraisals. But it also benefits them to upsell you. Be prepared to question the value of suggested products, and think very long-term in your planning – a technological improvement like wiring for speakers, for instance, may have made sense several years ago, but the creation of Bluetooth immediately rendered it worthless, and something buyers won’t care about when it’s time to sell. Make sure your investments are in the timeless, structural and tactile elements of a home that everyone loves.

FULTON, MD – (August 20, 2020) – Window Nation, one of the country’s leading home remodeling companies, has once again earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list for 2020. Each year, Inc. Magazine honors the top private companies in the U.S. according to percentage of revenue growth. In addition, the company, owned by brothers Harley and Aaron Magden, was named the 7th largest company in the country in the replacement/home improvement category and the 4th largest for replacement windows, according to Qualified Remodeler.

This marks the fourth year Window Nation was included on the Inc. Magazine list, first making it in 2014. Qualified Remodeler Magazine ranked Window Nation based on its gross sales, remodeling gross sales and the number of remodeling jobs completed annually.  

The Window Nation team currently services 12 markets throughout the U.S. and brings decades of home remodeling experience to its customers. The co-founders and brothers grew up in the business as third-generation window replacement experts, learning first-hand from their father and grandfather, before starting their own company in 2006.    

“This isn’t the year any of us wanted, but it’s the year we got,” said Aaron Magden, co-owner and president. “To say we are proud of how our team rallied, supported customers – and each other – would be an understatement. We are once again recognized by these publications fully because of our dedicated staff and loyal customers. We are in awe of their passion, creativity and determination, this year especially. And are thrilled to celebrate this good news with them.”

2020 was a banner year for Window Nation, who celebrated their one millionth window installation. The company also expanded into the Boston market, servicing cities between New Hampshire and Rhode Island, St. Louis and Kansas City.

About Window Nation: Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who literally grew up in the window business, learning about home improvement, customer care and the difference a quality window can make. The company provides an unsurpassed selection of premium windows, doors and siding installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 1,000,000 windows in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Charlotte, St. Louis, Kansas City, Boston, Columbus and northeast Ohio. Learn more here.

Choosing replacement windows for your home can be daunting. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which is best for your home? It’s important to know your home’s needs before starting your project. Consider what you’re looking to get out of your window replacement project, then choose the windows to help you achieve your goal. While you might want a bay window, is it really the best fit for your home?

If you want to lower your energy bills, consider replacing your windows with vinyl windows equipped with energy efficient double pane and triple pane glass. If a curb appeal boost is what you need, consider adding a statement window in a unique color. It’s also important to take note of your home’s layout and the size of the window openings you’re looking to fill. If you’re looking to replace a window that’s wider than it is tall, it might be best to go with a slider window or a casement window. If you’re looking to add character and charm, consider a bay or a bow window.

No matter what you’re looking for, our team of replacement window experts at Window Nation will be here to guide you through the process and help you choose the best options for your home. We offer a variety of window styles to meet your home improvement needs. Our replacement window guide will help guide your decision-making process.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are our most popular window style for a reason. They’re low maintenance, easy-to-use, and stylish – the perfect fit for your home. These windows open by sliding up and down in their frame, easily fitting in most window openings. Double hung windows from Window Nation can be customized in a variety of colors and materials, so you can find the perfect fit for your home. Our double hung windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features, like double pane and triple pane glass, to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round.

Casement Windows

Casement windows from Window Nation are best in openings that are wider than they are tall. These windows open left-to-right using a crank, adding a unique touch to any room. Because they don’t have a center post, casement windows offer an unobstructed view, perfect if you’re looking to replace the windows facing a backyard or a garden. These windows are also some of the most energy efficient windows available thanks to their airtight seal. Like double hung windows, casement windows from Window Nation are also equipped with premium energy efficiency features to help keep your energy costs low.

Slider Windows

Like casement windows, slider windows are open left-to-right; however, instead of using a crank, these windows are opened by being slid across a track. Slider windows from Window Nation come equipped with a state-of-the-art track that allows for easy use. Because of their unique sliding capabilities, slider windows are best if you’re looking for maximum ventilation. These windows are best suited for rooms with only one window, as they certainly make a statement! Consider these windows when replacing the windows facing a backyard or a garden – not only will you receive more fresh air, but you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view thanks to its sleek, low-profile frame. 

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are best when you’re looking to make a statement in your home. These windows are formed with three windows, a large picture window in the center surrounded by two double hung or casement windows on either side. Bow windows have a rounded, curve-like appearance, while bay windows are more square. These windows can add character to your home; however, it’s important to know that these windows will dramatically alter the layout of your room so be sure you have the proper space needed.

Garden Windows

Garden windows project outwards and are best for replacing windows with plenty of outdoor space. These windows are commonly used to replace windows over a sink and can serve as a unique display area for plants or photographs. Garden windows can function as greenhouses for plants and are best in areas with direct sunlight.

Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are the most unique replacement windows we offer because they can be any shape! If you need a window for a unique opening, like a round window or a triangular window, our team at Window Nation can create it. Our specialty windows are available in a variety of shapes, including full circles, half-circles, hexagons and more. Our specialty windows are available in wood and vinyl styles with the same energy efficiency features as standard windows.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.