The history of St. Louis is written in its architecture. Originally part of the Louisiana Territory, the modern city was settled first by French immigrants. This shows in the area’s oldest homes, from the massive French Colonial houses of the early wealthy to the vertical-log homes of the working classes.

As the population grew and urbanization took root, townhomes and Federal Style houses became common, while the suburbs were home to the Arts and Crafts building movement, with its emphasis on rustic design details as a reaction against industrialization.

All these styles in one city mean St. Louis homeowners have immense creative opportunity. The area is simply less uniform, less cut-and-paste, than many younger American cities, allowing neighbors to express themselves through the appearance of their home and still fit in neatly with the design aesthetic of their neighborhood.

Where, in many cities, curb appeal means conforming to a local standard, in St. Louis, homeowners can boost the curb appeal of their homes in countless ways. Here are a few of our favorites.

Refresh Your Siding

The most straightforward way to boost your home’s curb appeal is to work on the thing that covers most of its surface – the siding. If your home is in need of a major update, a refresh with new vinyl siding can be transformative. It’s also low maintenance, giving the warm, quality appearance of wood without the expensive upkeep, or the risk of peeling and rot.

For those in need of a less intensive refresh, Trimworks® decorative accents offer a touch of that Arts and Crafts detail with the durability of vinyl.

And, if your siding is in reasonably good shape, a simple power washing can make it look new.

Spend the Weekend on Landscaping

While the thought of boosting curb appeal brings to mind renovations to your home’s structure, there are cheaper and simpler approaches that can do a lot to make your home stand out. A weekend spent on the landscaping is both a nice diversion from the weekday grind, and a way to make your home look more beautiful.

Simply weeding beds and flowerboxes goes a long way. Building a few new ones – like a nice flower bed around the mailbox, or window boxes with seasonal flowers – can make the home visually appealing without costing you much.

Update Your Windows

Home window replacement is a more dramatic operation, but brings dramatic results. It offers a high return on investment in the form of lower heating and cooling bills, and substantially improves your home’s appearance.

Whether you’re looking to replace all of your windows for a major boost to your home’s value, or simply refresh the façade with one prominent statement window, Window Nation can offer you a number of custom options, scaled to your budget.

Refresh Your Driveway and Walkways

Changing seasons and weather take a toll on concrete and asphalt, which often means your yard’s hard surfaces show their age even when the lawn is lush and well cared for.

A renewed driveway and walkways can be a large or small weekend project, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it. A simple deep cleaning can renew the look of cement, like a resurfacing does for asphalt. For a more dramatic step, you may want to cover over old concrete surfaces with stone tile that gives a more rustic and welcoming look.

Replace the Front Door

Your home’s entrance does more to welcome visitors than any other single aspect of the building, and offers a wonderful opportunity to give your house an identity that stands out from the neighborhood.

Window Nation offers an unsurpassed selection of steel and fiberglass entry doors – more than 75 door styles and 35 decorative glass options – allowing you to select an energy-efficient piece more unique than anything found at a home improvement store.

Clean the Roof

Algae, grime, moss, and soot accumulate on shingles. Even in a best-case scenario, they discolor your roof and make it show its age. In a worst-case scenario, they can lead to costly water damage.

Properly cared for, a roof doesn’t need full replacement to look new. A simple power washing can boost your home’s curb appeal for much less than the cost of replacement – though this isn’t a DIY job. For safety reasons, it makes sense to use an insured contractor even for a simple cleaning.

In these uncertain times, it’s difficult to prepare for the next day, let alone the next few months. While this summer might look different than years past, it’s important to prepare your home as usual, cleaning the house and performing any necessary maintenance before temperatures rise. As we spend more time in our homes, consider starting the following projects to prepare your home for the summer months.

Inspect the Home’s Exterior

The cold months are hard on your home. Harsh weather conditions can damage your home’s exterior, particularly your roof and siding. It’s important to thoroughly inspect your home to get an in-depth look at any areas that require maintenance. Check your roof for signs of damage, including missing or cracked shingles. Consider having a professional inspect your roof for further damage – if left unrepaired, it may need to be replaced.

When inspecting your siding, watch for areas of buckling, bubbling, or cracking – all signs that your siding needs to be replaced. Cracked siding is particularly problematic, as it allows water to reach the surface of your home. Left unrepaired, this could cause significant damage to your home.

In addition, be sure to look for any changes to the color of your siding. If your siding is stained or discolored, you could repaint or power wash it for a quick fix; however, you may want to consider replacing it with new vinyl siding in the future.

Inspect Your Home’s Interior

Your home undergoes significant wear-and-tear in the cooler months. Before the temperatures heat up, inspect your windows and doors for signs of wear. Damaged seals and poor caulking are some of the most common issues homeowners will face. In most cases, these issues can be easily be fixed with seals and weather stripping. However, keep an eye on these issues – what seems like a small problem now could be a big problem in the future.

It may seem simple, but make sure to open the windows in your home and make note of the ones that are difficult to open or close. It’s important to repair or replace these windows as soon as possible, as this poses a risk to the safety of those living in your home.     

It’s also important to take note of any drafts you feel from your windows.  Drafty windows could let the cool air from your air conditioning escape while letting hot, humid air in causing your energy bills to skyrocket. If you notice drafts coming through your windows, we recommend replacing them with new, energy efficient windows before the temperatures get too hot.

Deep Clean Your Home

Keeping your home clean has been especially important the past few months. While it’s important to keep commonly used surfaces sanitized, be sure to clean other areas of your home, like your windows and underneath furniture.

We recommend cleaning your windows with a water and vinegar-based solution. Begin with the outside of the window and work your way inwards, making sure to clean the sill and the frame. You may find your windows look cloudy even after being cleaned – in some cases, it may be time to replace them.

Be sure to also clean under furniture, including couches, tables, and entertainment centers. If you notice any signs of fading or discoloration from the sun, consider purchasing new window treatments to block out the sun. If your windows are old, it may be time to replace them. Replacement windows are equipped with modern window class that allows sunlight into your home while blocking damaging UV rays.

When cleaning, be sure to keep the windows open for increased ventilation. Circulating fresh air throughout your home will remove pollutants that have been trapped inside including germs and allergens like dust and pet dander.

Ready to Get to Work?

If you found issues with your windows, doors, or siding when completing your home assessment, Window Nation is here to help. Our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your project and provide you a quote good for up to six months. For more information, visit WindowNation.com.

These are challenging and unprecedented times, and we understand you may be feeling anxious about letting people into your most precious asset – your home. It’s more important now than ever to follow CDC guidelines by cleaning and sanitizing your home to prevent the spread of illness. Homeowners are encouraged to wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their faces, taking extra precautions if someone with an increased risk of contracting the virus also lives in the home. Opening windows for added ventilation is also recommended – but how does this help?

Opening your windows will allow fresh air in while letting air that’s been circulating throughout your home for days or even weeks out. As we spend more time in our homes, the air inside is becoming stale quicker than usual. No matter how strictly you practice social distancing, airborne germs could still spread throughout your home if nothing is being done to air your home out. This is particularly problematic with COVID-19 because the illness is spread through particles in the air.

Simply opening your windows for a few minutes each day will limit the spread of germs, and potentially COVID-19, within your home.

If your windows are old or difficult to open, it may be time to replace them. However, we understand you may not feel comfortable having guests in your home at this time.

At Window Nation, we’re taking steps to ensure you can still begin your window replacement project while also being mindful of current events. Our team is committed to following guidelines set by the CDC, government agencies, and local health departments. As a result, we have enacted the following procedures:

  • Instituting additional cleaning protocols for all common areas in the workplace, tools, vehicles and equipment
  • Implementing COVID – 19 specific training and communication protocols at each of our locations to keep every employee briefed and up to date on the latest in recommendations and guidance to ensure our teams are doing everything possible to help mitigate the spread of the virus
  • Avoiding any and all direct contact with customers
  • Limiting all unnecessary travel

Additionally, we are offering virtual appointments in place of an in-home estimate for customers looking to take extra precautions against the spread of illness. Our team will meet with you over a videoconferencing app to discuss your project. Simply take a few photos of the outside of your home and an exterior design consultant will discuss your project with you, providing you a quote good for up to 6 months.

We understand these times are difficult and we’re grateful for those doing their part to prevent the spread of illness. As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to unfold, it’s important for all of us to do our part to flatten the curve. Taking simple steps, like opening your windows and getting fresh air, are an important part of stopping the spread of illness. For more information about COVID-19 prevention, visit CDC.gov.

To our valued customers,

Our team members are in hundreds of homes daily educating consumers on our windows, doors, roofing, and siding products, as well as performing measures, installations and service and warranty work.  During these unprecedented times, we remain committed to the health and safety of all our customers, team members, vendors, and communities.  While we always maintain caution and care, during critical public health concerns, such as with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have heightened our protocols and procedures in order to maintain a safe environment including the following procedures:

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation Protocols

Team members will wear face masks and clean/disinfect their hands using hand sanitizer or hand washing prior to entering and exiting any customer’s home.  Additionally, they will wear gloves and booties, when possible, in the customer’s home.  All demonstration and install product surfaces, equipment, and tools will be cleaned at the beginning and at the completion of projects.  Additionally, vehicles and trailers are cleaned and disinfected daily with vehicle exteriors being cleaned weekly.

Practice Social Distancing

Team members will attempt to maintain a social distance of six feet with customers and each other and have been instructed to avoid any direct contact including handshakes, hugging, high fives, fist bumps, etc.  Additionally, guidance is to avoid gatherings in any common areas or large groups.

Personal Hygiene Preparedness:

In addition to the handwashing and disinfecting procedures, team members will be equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), as appropriate.  This may include face masks, booties, gloves, face shields, etc.  Our team members will also have PPE available if a customer should need one during our appointment. 

Keeping Team Members Healthy and Informed

Window Nation closely monitors the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, updating our policies and procedures, as necessary, and communicating with our team members.  All team members have been informed on identifying the potential signs and symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are encouraged to stay home if they exhibit any of them.  If an employee were to demonstrate potential symptoms in the workplace, he/she will be sent home to self-isolate and seek medical attention, if necessary.  Team members are not permitted to return to work until the following CDC guidelines have been met:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

Window Nation is committed to keeping our customers, team members, and community safe.  So, when you contact Window Nation, or if a member of our team is in your home, please share any health concerns you may have. Additionally, if you or anyone you have been in close contact with have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please let us know immediately.  We want to ensure the highest level of customer service while keeping everyone safe.

FAQs

What is Window Nation doing to keep customers and team members safe during in-home visits?

When you schedule a sales demonstration, measure, installation, warranty service with Window Nation, you will be asked to respond to the following questionnaire via telephone:

  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Is there any other reason that we should not enter your home?
  • Does anyone in your home have a fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms?

If you respond ‘yes’ to any question, our representatives will work with you to determine the safest approach to perform the sales demonstration or schedule your service or measure.  For the safety of our team members and communities, we may ask to schedule for a later date or for sales demonstrations, request the appointment be performed virtually.

Prior to coming to your home, our employee will call ahead and ask the same questions, ensuring that nothing has changed since you scheduled the visit.

While in your home, team members will attempt to maintain a social distance of six feet with customers and each other and have been instructed to avoid any direct contact including handshakes, hugging, high fives, fist bumps, etc.  They will also be equipped with personal protective equipment, as appropriate.  This may include face masks, booties, gloves, face shields, etc. 

If I have an install, sales demonstration, measure, or service appointment scheduled, how do I know if you are still coming?

We will always contact you prior to your scheduled appointment if anything were to change.  Unless you have heard from us, you are still on the schedule and we will be coming to you for the appointment.

Do you offer a no-contact sales presentation?

Yes, Window Nation still offers virtual sales demonstrations in conjunction with a 3D design tool to provide you with the best options for your home. We also offer no-contact in-home appointments to fit your needs. To schedule a sales demonstration, please call 877-659-4491.

I already have a scheduled sales demonstration, measure, installation, or warranty service appointment.  Can I reschedule for a later date?

To reschedule a sales demonstration, please call 877.659.4491

To reschedule a measure, installation or warranty service, please call 866.217.9582

If you have a customer service question, please email cs@windownation.com

How is Window Nation keeping team members safe in the prevention and spread of COVID-19?

In the vast majority of our markets, Window Nation is categorized as essential services and has successfully and safely provided services to our customers through the implementation of new protocols and increased safety and cleanliness measures.

At the start of the pandemic, Window Nation prioritized safety through the acquisition and distribution of PPE to all of our team members; the utilization video sales demonstrations; creating a questionnaire prior to any in-home visit protecting our team members and customers; encouraging sick employees to stay home; observing social distancing for essential employees; restricting access to all offices; and implementing flexible schedule and work-from-home policies.  Window Nation has also designated a COVID Compliance Officer at each of our locations to ensure that all safety measures are observed, and PPE needs are met.

All of our team members continue to keep safety as the top priority.  Prior to any in-home appointment, we will ask you a few questions around health-related concerns to ensure our safety, and our employees are required to complete a self-questionnaire daily prior to the beginning of each workday.

In the home, our team members are equipped with additional PPE including face masks, booties, gloves, etc. and are trained on proper handwashing and disinfecting protocol.  All install product surfaces, equipment, and tools will be cleaned at the beginning and at the completion of projects.  Additionally, vehicles and trailers are cleaned and disinfected daily with vehicle exteriors being cleaned weekly.     

If you have concerns about one of our team members or would like more information about our COVID-19 response, please contact COVID@windownation.com where your inquiry will be expedited to our dedicated COVID response team.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Please visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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Increase ventilation by opening windows! 

According to the World Health Organization, poorly ventilated buildings can increase the risk of disease transmission. 

And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that workplaces, schools, households, and restaurants “increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning” to decrease the spread of coronavirus.

WINDOW NATION NOW SERVICING ST. LOUIS

Marks the first Missouri location and 11th market opening for one of the country’s leading window replacement companies.

ST. LOUIS (March 1, 2020) – Window Nation, one of the country’s largest window replacement companies, opened a new showroom this month in St. Louis at 1913 Belt Way Drive, Overland MO, 63114, introducing new job opportunities and in-demand home solutions to the area. Although the company is new to the market, it is not new to the industry – it’s the 5th largest replacement contractor in the U.S. and has been in the business for more than 14 years, installing over 500,000 windows.  

The new showroom sells replacement windows to fit every style, as well as budget, and has experts on hand to walk customers through the seemingly daunting task of window replacement, including vinyl and wood options, colors, sizes, styles and more.  

The company selected St. Louis to house its newest showroom because residents are passionate about planting roots and continue to invest more in their homes, steadily increasing the overall value of the city’s housing market. Home values throughout the city have increased by nearly 2 percent over the last year and are projected to grow by another 1.7 percent by Spring 2020, according to Zillow. Additionally, St. Louis’ diverse demographics and psychographics align with those in other cities where Window Nation continues to cultivate successful customer relationships.   

“St. Louis is fantastic city filled with family-centric, hardworking and friendly individuals,” explains Harley Magden, CEO, who co-founded Window Nation with this brother Aaron. “It’s got that quintessential Midwest character, much like where we grew up in Cleveland. It’s exciting to expand our Midwest roots in an area where we can provide value to every type of homeowner.”

This past year, Window Nation was named the 5th largest replacement contractor in the U.S. by Remodeling Magazine and the second largest non-franchise window retailer, marking the third year in a row Window Nation was recognized as being in the top five. The magazine looks at nearly 100,000 home remodeling companies in the country and makes its decision based on revenue, growth, surveys, customer input and more. Qualified Remodeler Magazine also ranked Window Nation as the seventh largest remodeling firm in the U.S. for its total gross sales, remodeling gross sales and the number of remodeling jobs completed annually. 

Beyond providing superior home expertise and customer service, the company plans to have an active presence in the local community to support and foster relationships with new customers.

“With every market opening, we look at how we can best support our new city’s needs – from both home improvement and personal perspectives,” says Magden. “We care deeply about our customers and their well-being. As such, we have plan to participate in various customer-centric, goodwill initiatives to drive success in neighborhoods across St. Louis.”   

Additionally, Window Nation will be the official window replacement company of the St. Louis Cardinals. The partnership incorporates customer appreciation, as well as corporate messaging.

Throughout the season, new Window Nation customers will be gifted a pair of tickets to games, plus they’ll be entered to win a monthly VIP gameday experience, which includes two all-inclusive tickets and the opportunity to watch batting practice right on the field.

Window Nation will continue to rapidly expand by opening another new showroom in Boston this month, as well as Kansas City in June. 

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 500,000 windows in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Columbus and northeast Ohio. Learn more here.

A historic harbor town, Boston, is synonymous with the weather. In this town, the weather is particularly “wicked. From wicked heat in the summer to wicked cold in the winter, Boston residents have plenty to talk about year-round 

With extreme weather comes excessive wear and tear on homes. Home exteriors bear the brunt of weather extremes. Siding and windows often suffer the impact, particularly older windows. 

Why Energy Efficiency Matters 

Inevitably, older windows mean you have drafty windowsThis also means you are likely paying higher energy costs to heat and cool your home. With frigid winters and hot summers, Boston residents could benefit from the stabilization of heating and cooling costs.  

Window replacement is one of the top ways to make a dent in energy bills.  

Windows are responsible for 25-30% of residential heat gain and lossAdvancements in window replacement technology have resulted in substantial cost-saving opportunities. There are now double, and triple-pane windows with an argon gas fillwhich means you can double and even triple the protection of your home. 

Other advancements include an optional Low-E glass coating. Low-E coating protectagainst solar heat by deflecting the sun's rays from your home. Reduced UV rays filtering into your home also protect your art and furniture from fading and keep your home comfortable year-round. 

Yes, Energy Efficient Windows Are Worth It 

Energy Star windows are up to three times more energy-efficient than windows manufactured just ten years ago. How old are your windows?  

With 25-30% loss of heating and cooling efficiency, some quick math can be a real eye-opener for most homeowners. Which means the time is ripe to replace your existing windows. 

While the most significant win with window replacement is curbing energy consumption, you will enjoy plenty of additional benefits when you pot for a window upgrade: 

  • Improve curb appeal. New windows mean new options for colors and even style of windows 
  • Double-hung windows make window cleaning a cinch, just tilt and boom, you’ve cleaned the inside and the outside window 
  • Improve home safety. Replacement window glass is stronger and better protects your home from break-ins and even that stray neighborhood baseball 
  • Boost home resale value. Energy-efficient upgrades remain the top desired renovations by homebuyers, which means investing in energy-efficient windows improves your home's potential resale value. 

The most energy-efficient double-hung windows come with the Energy Star certification. By choosing these windows, you may be eligible for a tax credit, another perk of making the switch! 

The Window Replacement experts at Window Nation carry top of the line window styles with cutting edge innovations to boost energy efficiency for homeowners. Contact Window Nation for a free in-home estimate and learn how we can help you with your next home improvement project.  

Window Nation named Official Window Replacement Company of the NHL team.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 27, 2020) – Washington, D.C., is home to some of the most enthusiastic, die-hard hockey fans around, and the Window Nation team is no exception when it comes to this strong Caps pride.

Window Nation, one of the largest window replacement companies in the country that serves the greater Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia areas, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Washington Capitals and their Stanley Cup champion right winger Tom Wilson as the company’s local spokesperson. 

“What intrigued me the most about working with the Window Nation team is their commitment to our community and fans,” says Wilson. “They have some really exciting plans that I am looking forward to being part of.”

The partnership, which launched at the beginning of this month, incorporates community goodwill and customer appreciation, as well as corporate messaging. Window Nation will support Wilson’s ‘Forty Three Friends’ program, which gives children from Make-A-Wish and the United Heroes League (UHL) the ultimate gameday experiences. Recipients are provided free tickets to games and exclusive access to hang out with Wilson in the Caps locker room.

Throughout the season, new Window Nation customers will also be gifted a pair of tickets to Capitals games, plus they’ll be entered to win suite tickets, all courtesy of Window Nation. The company will randomly select customers each month for a chance to win the special suite experience.  

“Tom is not only a star on the ice but also an extremely generous philanthropist and role model to others,” explains Harley Magden, CEO, who co-founded Window Nation with his brother Aaron over 10 years ago. “The entire Caps organization aligns with our team’s mission. They want to do things the right way by helping others, treating their fans to unforgettable experiences, but also delivering results and making their community proud. We have the same goals and values here at Window Nation.”

In the coming months, Window Nation plans to announce fan-centric activities, plus philanthropic endeavors in association with the team.

 

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 500,000 windows in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Columbus and northeast Ohio. In March, the company will open two new showrooms in Boston and St. Louis, as well as Kansas City in June. Learn more here.

Growing up, my handy parents would dedicate an entire weekend to preparing our older, "historic" home for the winter. Our quaint yet endlessly drafty house was transformed into a charming and cozy home in just two days. There is even an official name for this process, "winterizing."    

You winterize your home to help keep the cold and chill out and the warm and toasty inside. Not only is it more comfortable for everyone, it's also a great way to save on energy costs.  

Getting your home ready for winter isn't just for older homes, newer homes can benefit too. And, you don't have to be home improvement aficionados either. Most of these steps are low budget and easy to do.   

Let's do this, weekend warriors!   

Outside:  

Clean your gutters. Breaking out the tall ladder isn't the most convenient thing, but it beats melting snow and ice overflowing from your clogged gutters down the sides of your home. Better yet, install gutter guardsso, you don't have to break out that ladder again.   

Clean and store your yard tools for the winter. Do yourself a favor and take care of your tools. You will save yourself a lot of money by not having to replace them every year. Gardening tools, hoses, and lawnmowers will all benefit from a good wipe down before winter storage. You will help to prevent rust and ensure your tools are safely stored away from the elements. Bonus tip, if you have a gas propelled mower, be sure to drain the gas out before storing it.   

Install storm windows. If you have an older home, this can be a bit of work. But, ultimately, worth it. It's another barrier between your home and the cold air outside. Bonus if you have newer or replacement windows, which don't require much to prepare for winter.  

Eventually, replacing older windows and doors will make this one less winterizing task for the future. Adding double or triple pane windowsinsulated doors, and insulated garage doors will significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home.   

Fill exterior holes. Take a walk around the perimeter of your house. You will notice quite a few openings and areas where things inside your home connect to the outside. Consider your faucets, vents, seams, and cracks around window or door frames. These gaps, cracks, and crevice's can quickly be filled in with a spray foam insulation. The process takes just minutes. Not only will it help with insulation, but it will help keep the creepy crawlers outside where they belong.   

If you have older windows and notice cracks around the frames, you can use putty caulk to seal the entire window. Any crack, even a tiny one, can benefit from the caulk.   

Inside:  

Set your ceiling fans to go in a clockwise direction. Look for a switch right on your fan unit by the motor. Clockwise airflow will ensure the hot air is pushed down where it's needed.   

Plug up the fireplace. If you're not using your fireplace, consider plugging it up with a chimney balloon. These ingenious devices are just more durable balloons that expand to fill in the chamber of your chimney, keeping out drafts and cold air. Just be sure to remove it if you decide you want to use your fireplace.   

Keep your thermostat at is 68ºF. Why 68ºF? It's warm enough to be comfortable, and it won't freeze the pipes. It's also an excellent steady-state temperature. Contrary to popular thought, dropping the thermostat down while you're at work isn't going to help with energy efficiency. Maintaining is better for your system.   

Change your furnace filters. Dirty filters make your system work harder. Aim to change your filters every 6-8 weeks over the winter. While you're at it, have your furnace serviced before winter weather hits to make sure it's ready for the season.   

Pay attention to your water heater. Like your thermostat, there is an optimal temperature for your water heater. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends 120 degrees for most units.    

While you're down there, if your unit is close to an exterior wall, wrap a blanket around it. This extra layer will help your water heater keep the water hot at a tough time of year for heat.   

Door snake your exterior doors. Doors that lead outside are forever drafty and cold areas in our homes. Amp up the seal with a door snake. These genius contraptions slide onto the bottom of your door and help to seal off that under the door cold zone. You can find them at most home improvement stores.   

Winter windows. Check your window locks. It sounds simple, but it's surprising how often we leave a window unlocked. Making sure everything is securely locked also means it's safely sealed and ready to keep that cold air out. Your final step; trade out those gauzy sheers for a more substantial and insulated curtain. Heavier lined fabrics are beneficial in keeping the area around your windows insulated.    

And just like that, you've winterized your home. Reap the rewards with a cup of hot cocoa.

"How do I clean a double hung window" is a very common question we receive at Window Nation. Double hung windows open at both the top and the bottom. The newer double hung models are designed to make them easier to clean both sides from inside your home. For this reason they are a very popular option when choosing windows. We are here to help you keep your windows looking beautiful. 

Steps for Cleaning Double Hung Windows:

  1. Completely unlock your windows by moving the latches on the bottom sash inwards.
  2. Raise the bottom sash up six to eight inches.
  3. Locate the tilt hatches on the window’s bottom sash and pull inwards, as though the hatches are meeting in the middle.
  4. Slowly tilt the window forward towards the interior of the home. The window should be almost flat at a 90-degree angle; however, be sure not to tilt the window too far. Complete this step slowly to avoid damaging the window.
  5. Slide the top sash down six to eight inches.
  6. Locate the tilt hatches on the window’s top sash and pull inwards, as though the hatches are meeting in the middle.
  7. Slowly tilt the window forward towards the interior of the home. The window should be almost flat at a 90-degree angle; however, be sure not to tilt the window too far. Complete this step slowly as not to cause damage.
  8. Start with the top sash and clean the interior of the window first.
  9. Slide the top sash back into the frame and clean the exterior of the window.
  10. Clean the bottom sash, starting with the interior of the window.
  11. Slide the bottom sash back into place and clean the exterior of the window.
  12. Put the sash back in frame.
  13. Put the sash back in the lift rail to close the window. Be sure not to close the window from the top, as your window could be damaged as a result.
Best Window Cleaning Supplies

Use standard window cleaners, such as Windex, to clean the glass panes on your windows. To clean the window’s frame, we recommend using magic erasers for vinyl windows and dust cloths and wood polish for your wooden windows.

Upgrading to Double Hung Windows

If you’re looking to upgrade your existing windows to double hung windows from Window Nation, skip the showroom and have our exterior design consultants come to your home to discuss the best options for your needs. We offer eight types of windows in a variety of materials to best suit your project’s needs. For more information about replacing your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with an exterior design consultant today.

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Winter is here and you just can’t seem to keep the cold drafts or condensation away. You’re thinking of weighing your options by using a window replacement company, but you start out by checking home improvement supply companies instead. Here are three hardware companies that can get the job done:

Lowe’s:

Did you know that Lowe’s has project specialists who can assist you with consultation? They go through the sale process much like us: schedule an online consultation, have a project specialist go over your options, and then time for install! One of the cons is a much shorter warranty--we offer a lifetime warranty at Window Nation while Lowe’s guarantees a 1-year minimum. Options are available for longer warranties, but they might cost you more.

Home Depot:

79% of Home Depot customers recommend their window and installation services. It doesn’t beat our 97% customer satisfaction rate, but it’s a resource available if you’re still uncertain about a professional window installation company. In comparison to Lowe’s, they offer a lifetime craftmanship warranty and double-lifetime warranties on window hardware and screens. Worried about price? Home Depot offers their own consumer credit card and “The Home Depot Project Loan."

Sears:

They stand by their “Satisfaction Guarantee” policy, which includes limited labor and product warranties and Sears also provide estimates over the phone. Virtual estimates can be convenient with a busy schedule, but sizing windows that you can’t physically see is tricky. At Window Nation, we rely on face to face estimates to provide the most window accurate measurements and suggestions for each customer. Sears will ask you to measure the windows and provide them with the estimate, but with us you just need an open ear to our recommendations.

Hardware stores are a fair option to replace your windows. However, if you want stronger warranty offers, less worry on measuring, and overall guaranteed window experts, Window Nation is here for you.