Major home remodeling projects come with major price tags and majorly disrupt your life. But you don’t have to tear your house down to the studs to make an impact.

Enter the mini-renovation. 

Smaller renovations are easier to budget, can be done on a tighter time frame, and are usually less nerve-wracking. And even small projects have the potential to take a good home and make it great. 

Consider these glow-ups for small improvements with big impacts. 

 

#6 Enlist everyone’s favorite: Paint

Paint is easy enough to tackle yourself, but even if you enlist professional help, you’re still not paying much out of pocket. 

You’re going to need to take down all of your art and move all your furniture out of the way, so take the opportunity to rethink how you use whatever room you’re repainting. Often, simply rearranging furniture and updating artwork can give stale rooms a new lease on life.

The magic of paint extends to your exterior as well. A fresh coat of exterior paint on your siding can make your home stand out from the neighbors and increase curb appeal (with an ROI of 107%). It’s a surprisingly affordable re-do. 

 

#5 Install a patio

Building a deck or screened-in porch will cost you some coin, but pouring a patio pad is an affordable and practical option. Consider going with pavers, brick, stone, or concrete. 

Take the opportunity to spruce up your landscaping, buy a few new pieces of outdoor furniture or a new grill, and install a patio door off of the kitchen. Projects that increase your home’s functional space tend to have the highest return on investment, and with a new patio you’ve got a whole new outdoor room. 

 

#4 Give your kitchen a facelift

Kitchens may sell homes, but kitchen renovations are expensive. To avoid a hefty price tag (and probably a few months of washing dishes in your bathroom), it’s smart to step back and look at your kitchen with fresh eyes.

If you can pinpoint exactly what makes your kitchen look dated, you can choose the mini-remodel project that is right for you. Say you have a dated backsplash—get that redone! Those orangey wood cabinets could get refaced with a more timeless white cabinet. Upgrade your cabinet hardware while you’re at it. Cash in on the big box store’s yearly appliance sale and install a new suite of appliances. 

Plus, mid-range kitchen remodels have a higher ROI than fancier ones. It pays to pick your battles.

 

#3 Update your flooring

Wall-to-wall carpeting always seems to come with an expiration date—even if you enforce a strict no-shoes policy. You can shampoo those carpets and baby them as much as you want, but they’ll eventually look dingy. 

Upgrade once and upgrade well by installing classic hardwood floors. While laminates get better every year, if you are considering selling down the line, buyers love hardwood floors. They’re easy to take care of, gorgeous, and will never go out of style.

 

#2 Rethink your home’s lighting

Small outdated lighting fixtures make a home look small and…well, outdated

You don’t have to have advanced DIY skills for this one. If you know where your home’s breakers are and can commit to watching a few online tutorials, you can swap out your outdated overhead light. Install a dimmer while you are at it for more pizzazz. 

Lighting fixtures are the jewelry of the room. Time for some new jewelry. 

 

#1 Upgrade your windows

While lighting fixtures are fun to upgrade, it’s natural lighting that makes a home feel rich and spacious. If you can’t afford to knock out a wall, let in the light and add a window. 

Installing bigger windows will open up your views, make your home seem larger, and even improve your mood. Home window replacement is an easy job to break into smaller steps. If you can’t afford to replace all your windows at once, it’s simple to address those drafty downstairs windows first, and the next year take on the upstairs. If you’re looking for a big curb appeal boost, do the front of your home first. 

Reach out to Window Nation today and request a free quote for an affordable home upgrade with major impact. 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. And in the Twin Cities, it’s never the cold that’s the problem — it’s the wind chill and the heavy snow that damage your home’s exterior. This winter wear and tear can lead to costly repairs or replacements in the spring. 

You might experience broken siding panels due to high winds, or condensation between your window panes. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to prepare your home Minnesota home for the colder months. Window Nation home improvement experts are here to share their best tips for preparing your home for harsh winter weather.

Seal Cracks and Air Leaks

Keep the cold winter air outside by repairing any cracks or drafts you notice in your home. Take a look at your windows and doors and inspect any areas that feel like they may be letting in air from outside, then seal the areas with caulk or weatherstripping.

Some Twin City homeowners even put plastic wrap around their windows as a temporary solution while they make a plan to replace their windows. That way, they can keep the harsh cold from being too costly. 

Upgrade Your Windows

While caulk might serve as a quick fix, it’s important to note that caulk does not adhere well in cold temperatures. For a long-term solution, it’s smarter to replace your windows and doors with energy-efficient upgrades. 

Energy loss from older windows can be responsible for 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, the least energy-efficient windows on the market. To put that into context, according to ENERGY STAR, if you replace your older single-pane windows with more energy-efficient models in an average home, you could save between $101 and $583 per year on your energy bill

If your windows look old enough to be featured in the Guthrie Theater, it’s time for a replacement. Consider replacing your windows with double or triple pane windows for an energy efficiency boost you’ll enjoy year-round. Our windows will help your HVAC system work smarter, not harder, to keep your energy bills low during the blistering cold of winter in the Twin Cities.

Upgrade Your Siding

Cold temperatures, high winds, and ice wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. So unless you’re planning on playing ice hockey along the walls, inspect your siding for any cracked panels or discoloration. 

If you notice any areas of concern, it might be time to upgrade your siding. Vinyl siding from Window Nation is built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long. Our siding is also durable, built to withstand the harshest of weather conditions. 

Purchase a Generator

There’s nothing worse than losing power during a major winter storm. Inclement weather could keep Xcel Energy from restoring power for hours, or even days.

Keep your home protected from power outages by purchasing a generator to serve as a backup power source. You might need to do some research—it’s not something you want to casually pick up at the Mall of America. But generators are particularly important if you or someone you live with is part of a vulnerable population, or if you live in a cold climate like the Twin Cities where the risk of hypothermia is increased.

Want to Winterize Your Home?

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 for your Twin Cities home. Schedule your in-home estimate today to save money and keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

Kitchen remodels are undeniably high stakes. And when you’ve been scouring Pinterest for months searching for dreamy kitchen renovation inspiration, it can be nearly impossible to settle on just one design. You may have chosen the perfect stain for your cabinets months ago, but there’s one renovation choice that will make all the difference to the way your kitchen looks and feels.

We’re (of course) talking about your windows.

Windows in any room have an enormous influence on the lighting, openness, and general feel of a space. But kitchens are unique—and their windows need to be both functional and beautiful. So before you make your final decision, let’s explore the most popular kitchen window styles, and why they are uniquely suited to the culinary heart of your home.

 

Garden Style Awning

Garden windows are a classic in the kitchen for a reason. This style of window juts out past the walls of your home, creating a little mini-greenhouse for small plants. In a charming little box made of glass, you’ll have plenty of space to grow fresh herbs or flowers while providing them (and you) more sunlight than you would normally be able to.

Even for those without a green thumb, garden-style windows are both beautiful and functional. Installed behind the sink, they create extra space to display knick-knacks or decorative pottery. And since awning windows hinge open at the top of the frame and swing outward, they create easy ventilation in the kitchen in the unlikely event somebody burns dinner. 

This is a style that is lovely for kitchens, and it works wonderfully with traditional homes.

 

Slider Windows

Slider windows function as double-hung windows turned on their sides, so if you’re looking for ease of opening, these take the cake. They’re especially handy when you have one hand covered in cookie dough and want to let in some fresh air! 

Slider windows allow you to maximize the view from your kitchen—whether that’s out into a green backyard or overlooking a city vista. These windows provide uninterrupted landscapes, unimpeded by muntin bars. 

If you have a window opening that’s wider than it is tall, slider windows are natural contenders. Plus, they work well with all different styles of architecture—especially more modern looks.

 

Casement Windows

For an open look with even more ventilation, you may consider opting for casement windows. Casements are perennially popular in the kitchen because they are easy to open and close, even in tight or awkward spaces (like above the kitchen sink). 

Casement windows allow you to enjoy that wide view of the backyard, but instead of requiring brute force to open and close, they use a small crank. Your glass will open into the backyard at an angle, allowing you to funnel fresh breezes quickly into the kitchen. These are a sleek, timeless, beautiful option for your new kitchen. 

 

Double Hung Windows

Ah, the classics. Double-hung windows are one of the most popular windows on the market. Chances are, you already have this style in other rooms in your home. You can open a double-hung window from either the bottom or the top. Traditionally, they feature a white checkerboard of panes of glass on both the bottom and the top, but you can play around with the panes or the sash material. 

These popular windows are nearly fool-proof. If you have them throughout your home, they may tie the whole space together.  However, if your new kitchen features deep counters, these might not be right for you. Double-hung windows need two hands to open, and can be a challenge to maneuver when reaching across your sink, especially if you keep your windows locked at the center. 

If you want to picture these options in more detail, head on over to Window Nation’s Home Improvement Visualizer. You can upload pictures of your kitchen and get an idea for how each window style will work. When you’ve made up your mind, request a free quote from Window Nation to turn your dream kitchen into reality.

It’s no secret that new bay or bow windows can make a dramatic improvement to the interior and exterior aesthetics of your home. These windows are beautiful on the inside and outside, and they add charm wherever they are installed. 

On the outside, they increase your home’s curb appeal, and on the inside, they create a showplace for plants or other accents. But which is right for you? Below, we cover the four primary differences between the two and illuminate the top factors to consider when deciding between bay windows and bow windows.

1. Cost of Bay vs Bow Windows

The main difference between bays and bows is how many windows you’ll need to install. And that, of course, influences the cost of your renovation. 

There are many types of bay windows, but they each come with three windows: one picture window in front and two double-hung, casement, or fixed light windows on the sides. 

Bow windows are made up of multiple windows that create an arc, or bow shape on the exterior. Normally, these windows will be smaller than the ones used for bay windows, meaning there will be more windows required to cover the same space. 

We recommend that you get a professional estimate for each window style to understand the respective costs. There are many factors beyond just the quantity of windows and the installation that can affect the overall cost of your window project. Accurate measurement is one of the most important factors and, you really want a professional measure to inform that estimate. 

2. Interior Lighting

Both windows are going to bring more light into your home than a flat window, but bow windows offer more angles for light to enter. This means that you can enjoy more direct sunlight compared to the flat designs of bay windows.

Bow windows are also closer to the edge of your home. Bay windows have an outward frame with a roof that can keep sunlight away from your interior. Meanwhile, bow windows extend less, meaning you can enjoy the sunlight for more hours in the middle of the day.

3. Space

Both windows are great for creating an interior space that can be used as shelf space for plants and decorations or as a sitting area. But there are key differences in how they add space to your home.

Bay windows tend to create more room simply because of their basic configuration. Since bay windows jut out more from the home, they create more extra shelf space. Bow windows can create quite a bit of space, depending on the number of windows used, but they typically can’t compete with the space that bay windows create.

4. Air Flow

Bow windows allow for a gentle flow of air that can move freely through the windows and around the room, which creates refreshing air circulation in your space. Bay windows offer good circulation as well, but it’s much harder for air to move freely around flat surfaces compared to the smooth arc that bow windows have. If the airflow is what you’re looking for, then bow windows are the superior option.

Bay and Bow Windows from Window Nation

No matter what you decide, you can trust Window Nation to offer a wide selection of high-quality options to make that new window purchase fit perfectly into your budget. We have low-cost, high-quality vinyl windows that will give you all of the style and features you’re looking for, with a gentler hit to your wallet. 

Or, if you’re looking to add more beauty to your home, you can choose elegant, handcrafted wood seat boards and trim to make those new windows really stand out. 

Either way, we offer you the highest quality of artistry, one of the most comprehensive guarantees in the industry, and certified installation experts who will get the job done right. Request a free estimate and get started today!

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!” or, “Windows have an unbeatable return on investment!”

Let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. Your windows act as shields for your home. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer, they keep the cold in. But how do they do it? And why might one type of window be better at regulating your indoor temperature than another?

Let’s talk about heat transfer.

You may have fallen asleep in science class the day thermodynamics came up, but we all know that our hot coffee is eventually going to drop to room temperature. This phenomenon is called heat transfer.

A well-made window acts like a thermos. It keeps the heat exactly where it’s supposed to be by cutting down on heat transfer from the outside to the inside of your home.

Windows have two important parts— the glass and the frame. Since the glass takes up most 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 allows 85%-90% of the heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up on the glass, only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. Beyond that, however, the window gets too heavy to be manageable. Triple-pane glass is the most that most companies will offer. So then how to reduce heat transfer even more?

The glass itself can be engineered to be more reflective. Glass with a small amount of tin or silver oxide baked in will keep your home more comfortable since metal reflects solar energy. At the high end, if you get triple silver Low-E reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. That is truly impressive.

But glass isn’t the only factor.

Your frame and sash material matter.

How about the material that holds the glass in place?

If you have the choice between sitting on a wooden bench or a metal bench on a hot day, the answer is clear. Metal conducts more heat, making the wooden bench a safer option. Likewise, metal makes for a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy-efficient.

But wood frames still aren’t the best material.

That superlative goes to vinyl. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather-stripping can be built right into the vinyl, which means there’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time.

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

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 the 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 how many panes of glass you’ll need to best insulate your home in your climate.

Don’t let your windows leak.

Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? Even the best thermos in the world won’t do you any good if the lid is loose. If you throw that thermos in a backpack, you shouldn’t be surprised when you open it up and there’s coffee everywhere.

In the same vein, the best window in the world can still leak without the right installation. So, partnering with a pro for installation is a must. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory-trained. We specialize in window replacement, and we’ve installed over one million windows since 2006.

We’ll ensure the most energy-efficient windows are the windows proudly hanging in your home. Get a free quote from Window Nation today and see how much of a difference the right installation makes.

 

When it comes to home renovation, not all projects are created equal. Pink and lime green bedroom walls in a chevron pattern? No thanks. A new outdoor pool in Minnesota? Probably not smart. The financially-savvy homeowner, when considering remodels or renovations, is probably asking a few pointed questions:

  • Will this renovation increase my home’s resale value?
  • Will this renovation save me money in the short term?
  • Will this renovation improve my quality of life?

If the answer to all three is a resounding yes, then you’ve probably hit upon the home renovation jackpot.

So how does home window replacement measure up? With more than a dozen things you could invest in around the house, is it a good financial move to replace your home windows?

 

When replacing windows, expect a handsome return on your investment.

According to Architectural Digest, that swoon-worthy magazine of celebrity house tours, replacing older windows with new ones (even if they’re not top of the line), can actually make you money. According to their calculations, you’ll get $1.15 back for every dollar you invest in this type of project.

And leading trade publication Remodeling Magazine agrees that home window replacement is one of the top return-on-investment projects in its 2021 trend report.

Window replacement follows the multi-year trend of exterior improvement projects. These curb appeal updates make the whole block look better, and raise the value of your home for potential buyers.

Replacing your windows gives your home a makeover that the whole neighborhood will notice. You’ll be sure to get a higher selling price if you decide to put your home on the market. New windows announce to the world that your home is handsome and well-maintained.

 

New windows will save you money every month.

Planning to stay put for a while? When you invest in home window replacement, you’ll see immense benefits in the short and long term. Think about the bills you get every month for your home energy usage. What if there was a coupon that gave you a discount every month?

Installing new windows can give you that price break on heating and cooling costs. Old windows are often drafty or leaky, meaning your heating efforts in the winter and cooling efforts in the summer are less effective. New windows come with tight seals, and you can even invest further by upgrading to double or triple-paned glass.

By making your home more energy-efficient, you’ll save money on utility bills every month and make your home more comfortable throughout the seasons. Home window replacement is good for the family budget and good for the environment.

 

Replacing old windows can transform your house into a home.

Can you really put a price on loving your home? If you’re stuck with leaky, unappealing single-pane windows from decades ago, window replacement will not only save you money — it can transform your living space.

Lacking morning light in your kitchen or a view from your living room? Consider switching from double-hung windows to a casement window for uninterrupted landscapes. How about that dark corner of the bedroom? Once you install a new specialty window, all you’ll need is a comfy chair and you have a new reading nook.

Not only that, but window replacement lets you bring your own style and personality to your space. Whether vast, open-concept picture-frame windows, or cute farmhouse-style crisscrossing white frames, replacing your windows makes your home yours.

We know there are always plenty of home renovation projects you could take on. But home window replacement checks all the boxes — it’s a great way to increase your home’s future selling price, it will lower your monthly home energy bills, and it can add life and pizzazz to your day-to-day enjoyment of your home.

 

You’ve got options when it comes to how your windows open and what material they are made of. Window Nation has a great online tool that allows you to upload pictures of your home and visualize this upgrade for yourself. The Home Visualizer Tool is a great way to daydream your way into a profitable and picturesque home renovation.

Request a free Window Nation quote today, and see for yourself how financially savvy home window replacement truly is.

How did vinyl become the most popular choice for replacement windows?

Vinyl windows have actually been with us since the late 1950s. When a post-war Germany was looking to rebuild, vinyl answered the call for reliable, inexpensive building material. State-side, vinyl windows caught on during the big housing boom of the 1990s. Now it’s one of the most popular options out there.

 

Here’s why:

#1 Vinyl replacement windows are durable.

Simply put, vinyl windows withstand the test of time and climate/weather better than other options. While wood windows can rot, aluminum windows can oxidize, and fiberglass tends to come apart in the corners, vinyl windows can endure all kinds of weather. It’s the clear winner — vinyl is heat, water, and UV resistant.

#2 Vinyl windows are energy efficient.

If you’ve got older windows, you could be losing as much as 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs to drafts. When you upgrade to vinyl, you’ll save money every month on your bills.

Vinyl is a terrific insulator and prevents extreme outdoor temperatures from affecting your indoor temperatures. If you go a step further and combine vinyl with Low-E coated double- or triple-pane glass options, you’re looking at windows that will keep your monthly energy bills low and your family comfortable year-round.

#3 Vinyl windows help with soundproofing.

Vinyl doesn’t just insulate temperature — it insulates sound. If you live in a loud neighborhood or along a major road, you’ll be thankful for the sound-reducing capabilities that vinyl offers. Reducing noise pollution indoors is often the key to real peace of mind and can significantly improve the tranquility of your home.

#4 Vinyl windows offer great options for customization.

Designers and architects love the flexibility that vinyl allows. You can leave your frame the traditional white or look at a wide range of color options. And if you absolutely love the look of wooden windows, consider texturized vinyl windows instead. They’re an excellent low-price dupe that offers greater durability than wood.

#5 Vinyl windows are cost-efficient.

If you’re a business-minded homeowner who’s eager to get out the calculator and crunch numbers on ROI, then you’ll quickly figure out that window replacement is one of the smartest home investments you can make. Because vinyl windows cost less to manufacture, they’re generally the most budget-friendly option as far as up-front costs go— not to mention those home energy savings in the long term!

#6 Vinyl windows are the low-maintenance option.

When you choose vinyl, you can basically forget about your windows for the next twenty years. Unlike other window materials, vinyl doesn’t require repainting. Additionally, since vinyl is the same color from surface to interior, it won’t show scratches and nicks. You’ve got enough to do around your house — go low maintenance with vinyl windows.

#7 Window Nation’s vinyl windows come with unbeatable warranties.

All Window Nation windows come with excellent warranties. Depending on the window you choose, we cover both the labor of installation and the window itself. Your warranty is also transferable if you sell the home, which is a great perk for buyers if you are thinking of putting your home on the market. Renovating your home is stressful enough — you deserve to partner with a company that’s got your back.

Request a free Window Nation quote today, and see what kind of benefits you’ll get from installing new vinyl windows.

If you’ve made the smart move to replace your windows, you’re already well aware that you’ll get a boost to your curb appeal while increasing the value and functionality of your home. After all, window replacement has one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project.

But which type of window is best for your purposes? If you’re looking to save money on heating and cooling bills, your window choice is important: according to the US Department of Energy, 25%-30% of home energy usage is lost through windows. While replacing your old single-pane windows will assuredly knock that number lower, some windows are more efficient than others.

Enter our two competitors: Double-hung windows and casement windows. In a head-to-head competition, which is going to save you the most money every month on your home heating and cooling costs?

 

Round One: Ventilation

You know that glorious moment between seasons when it’s not quite time for A/C and you don’t really need to turn on the heat? The longer that season lasts, the better. It may sound simple, but opening a window is one of the most energy-efficient choices you can make. Even the CDC recommends airing out your home regularly.

And when it comes to ventilation, our winner is…casement windows. When you turn the crank to open your casement window, it swings outward, allowing you to funnel the breezes right into your home. If you have a room with multiple casement windows, you can get an excellent cross-ventilation effect.

That said, it’s a close competition. If your room features double-hung windows you can still get fresh air, especially if your home has ceiling fans. Opening a double-hung window from the top and turning on a fan is an excellent way to freshen your home’s air.

Round Two: Seals

When it comes to closing up nice and tight, casement windows take the prize for energy efficiency. Casement windows seal on all four sides tightly against their frame. When they are cranked shut, you can feel the airtight seal locking into place. It’s also easier to close and seal them — a simple crank vs. hoisting your windows open and closed.

While you may not feel that extra little tightening when you close a double-hung window, you can still maximize your energy efficiency by locking your windows. Make sure your sashes are kept free of dirt and debris to get the best seal possible.

Round Three: Glass

When looking at the energy efficiency of your new windows, don’t forget to factor in the glass. Choosing to invest in double- or triple-paned glass will lower your monthly energy bills and keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather.

In our window face-off battle, this round is a draw. Both of our competitors come with the option for double or triple-pane glass. If you combine multiple panes with a Low-E coating, you are looking at a very savvy long-term investment in your home’s energy efficiency.

Round Four: Wild Card

Though you may care about energy efficiency, that’s not the only reason to pick one window over another. A casement window or double-hung window may just make more sense in one room, whether because of aesthetics or ease of use.

For example, a double-hung window installed over the kitchen sink may be difficult to open and close in a bent-over position. On the other hand, since casement windows open outwards, they may not be the best choice if they open onto a deck or walkway and obstruct the space.

What about cleaning? Both styles of windows have features that make them easy to clean, and the maintenance is minimal.

And the winner is…

The winner of the energy efficiency face-off (drumroll, please) is casement windows. Their ability to help you ventilate your home on mild days, and the tight seal they provide on the days you can’t, make them a clear winner.

But it’s important to note that any home window replacement project is going to increase your energy efficiency. A brand-new double-hung window is sure to be more efficient than a worn-out older model. You’ll walk away a winner no matter which way you choose.

If you are ready to daydream in a bit more detail, take a look at our Home Improvement Visualizer tool. You can upload pictures of your home and see for yourself which options work best.

Request a free Window Nation quote today, and we’ll help you find the best combination of windows that work for your home.

While specific DIY projects add curb appeal, savvy Minneapolis homeowners know that the return on investment matters to more extensive and costly projects. Knowing which projects will pay off on the Minnesota resale market is always a significant consideration when prioritizing home improvements. But equally important are the shorter-term impacts of that home improvement. 

What Can Replacement Windows Do for Your Twin Cities Home?

Replacement windows can update the look of a home and improve curb appeal, but it’s all about energy efficiency in the Twin Cities. Replacing your windows will significantly impact home energy efficiency, in some cases reducing heating loss by 40%. Below-freezing temperatures characterize winter in Minnesota, so preventing heat loss is a significant consideration. 

From Low-E glass to UV and solar blockers, window technology continuously evolves to make homes look great while working hard to save on energy costs

Another feature of consideration is the Window material. For example, Vinyl windows are effortless to clean and can stand up to weather extremes, like those bone-chilling Minnesota winters. Come Spring, tilt in, do a quick wipe down, and boom, your interior, and exterior windows are sparkling.

And, let’s face it, windows are the light-bringers. Struggling through the harsh Minneapolis winter can be easier with ample natural light. Harness those lake views with a big bay window, get a full view of falling snow in your backyard with a bow window, add a garden-style window above your kitchen sink. The options and ability to customize and add light to your Twin City home with replacement windows are endless.   

Do Replacement Windows Add Value to Your Home?  

A resounding, yes. Replacing old windows boosts your Minneapolis home’s value tremendously.  

If you spend $15,000 to replace your home’s windows, your home could rise by roughly $11,000. That’s a 74% return on your investment…and enough for a new kayak to paddle the Boundary Waters!

If you’re thinking of selling your home in a few years, replacing the windows can help your home stand out in a crowded market. Minnesota buyers love houses that are not only move-in ready but updated with modern amenities. New windows can improve your home’s marketability and add instant curb appeal, which will help you command a higher selling price. 

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home today, replacement windows can help save you money now

New windows and double-pane windows create a tighter seal with less heat leakage. Drafts are the primary cause of wasted energy during cold Minneapolis winters. 

Bottom line? When you eliminate leaks by replacing inefficient windows, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling your house. The only disappointing draft you’ll experience in your home is when the Vikings start their next season.

And you’ll save even more when you select Energy Star windows. For every single pane window you replace with an Energy Star window, you’ll save an estimated $101 to $583 per year. If you replace a double pane window with an Energy Star model, you’ll save anywhere from $27 to $197 per year. You’ll also do your part to protect the climate by curbing carbon dioxide emissions – anywhere from 26 to 6,205 pounds worth. That’ll help show St. Paul who’s the better twin, huh? 

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

It’s a no-brainer when you add in all the reasons that replacing your windows benefits your comfort, your wallet, and the environment. 

Now that you understand how replacement windows can add value to your Minneapolis home and quality of life, it’s time to take the next step. At Window Nation, we offer free estimates for replacement window installation. Find out how to cost-effectively upgrade your windows by requesting a free quote today!

Some 2.5 million burglaries occur every year in the United Statesthat’s about three home invasions every minute. And those are just the robberies that are reported to the police! These criminals walk away with jewelry, cash, electronics, and most importantly, they can steal your family’s sense of security. 

Though the majority of robbers walk right in through unlocked doors, nearly a quarter of break-ins happen through ground-floor windows.

So how can you ensure your windows won’t be a point of entry for a criminal? How can you keep your home and possessions safe? 

Follow our crucial tips below to keep your family secure and your home burglar-proof.

#1 Make sure your windows are in good working order

Keeping up on your home maintenance is always a smart move. Inspect your windows to see if the sashes are in good shape. A window frame that is cracked and worn out is not only costing you by increasing home energy bills: it could easily tempt a thief. Worn-out windows are easy to pry open with a crowbar. 

 

#2 Pay attention to the areas around your windows

Overgrown trees and shrubs provide an excellent hiding place for would-be thieves. Keep up on your home’s landscaping and cut back your bushes annually. You might even want to consider replanting with thorny shrubs.  

Motion sensor lights are another excellent first line of defense. Lots of folks only point them at driveways and front walks. Think like a thief—they won’t necessarily be taking the same path you do. Point those lights towards the backyard and the darker corners of your exterior. 

 

#3 Upgrade your window locks (and use them)

Home break-ins are often a crime of opportunity. Surprisingly, only 12% of home robberies are planned in advance. That downstairs window you cracked open the other day is now a flashing welcome sign to an intruder. 

Get into the practice of not only closing your windows but making sure they are locked. Are your locks in good working order? If not, it’s time to upgrade. 

 

#4 Make sure your windows talk to your security system

Only 17% percent of US homes have a security system. Can you guess which homes are the most vulnerable to home invasion? Bingo. 

Be a cautious homeowner, and prioritize protecting your assets. Prominently display your home security lawn sign and consider installing window sensors as a part of your system. Smart homes and integrated technology are becoming more and more common—with certain apps, windows can easily be wired to send an alert when they’re opened. 

 

#5 Invest in better glass

The best burglar-proof windows have one thing in common: they feature shatter-proof glass. The double- or triple-paned glass will not only prevent you from a smash and grab situation, but it will give your home a major energy-efficiency boost. It’s the smart choice. Invest in better glass to keep your interiors UV-free, lower your utility bills, and keep your home safe from a thief’s baseball bat. 

 

#6 Don’t overlook your basement windows

Basements deserve special attention. While you may only keep laundry and storage down there, basement windows are often dark enough and far enough away from bedrooms to obscure evidence of a break-in. Worn-out basement windows are a cinch to kick in, and you’d be surprised how small an opening a thief is willing to crawl through. With all this in mind, ensure basement windows are always sealed up tight and kept locked. 

You don’t have to install ugly metal bars over your windows to keep your family safe.  Window Nation features a wide range of options that provide curb appeal, energy efficiency, and safety for your home. Request a free quote today, and prioritize protecting your possessions and loved ones.