“Our team recognizes the strong value Charlotte residents put on investing in their homes,” explains Aaron Magden, co-owner and president. “They’re consistently putting dollars behind home replacement initiatives, making The Queen City an extremely attractive and viable market for us. These homeowners appreciate the cutting-edge products and innovative home solutions that we bring to the table.”Although new to Charlotte, the Window Nation team currently services 12 other locations throughout the U.S. and brings decades of home remodeling experience to residents. Co-founders and brothers Harley and Aaron Magden grew up in the business as third-generation window replacement experts before starting the company in 2006. Additionally, Charlotte’s Sales Manager has over 10 years of personal experience providing home improvement solutions to various customers. 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 exceptional 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. “We’re very excited to enter our first market in the South, and strongly believe our company’s principals and products will be a perfect fit for the amazing people of Charlotte, says Magden. “I’m a big fan of the city and look forward to getting to know homeowners on a personal level, while helping them save money on new windows and energy bills.”
Rick and his special guest, Kevin Lustgarten, used our Window Nation windows to demonstrate a few of their signature impossible trick shots. Our slider window was put up to the task when they threw a ball through its pane without breaking the glass in the Magician’s Window challenge. While we don’t recommend trying this at home, Rick and Kevin made it look easy – even we were baffled! While we were busy making magic happen with our windows, Rick was busy making actual magic happen. He began his career in magic at seven years old and started card-throwing in college. Based in Cleveland, Rick performs over 600 shows each year in addition to filming YouTube videos for over 300,000 followers. If you’re in the market for new windows, check out Rick’s video above to see how our glass stands up to the test. If you like what you see, schedule an in-home consultation with our exterior design consultants to receiving pricing and more information about your windows.
There is no accounting for taste. One person might think the "Mona Lisa" is the most beautiful work of art ever created, while another sees it simply as a painting of a semi-attractive woman in a sensible dress. That is why buying anything that requires you to gauge the artistic taste or fashion sense of another person should never be attempted. Even if you know that the person you're buying for absolutely adores a good scarf, your chances of finding the right colors and the right patterns on the right scarf are almost impossible.
As of 2014, consumers were purchasing more than $31 billion in new windows and doors. Enticing these consumers to replace old windows were tax credits for qualified windows, increased energy efficiency in the home, and a boost to home values that positively affected home sale prices. While there are many reasons to replace old windows, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to shopping for replacement windows. Find out the questions to ask when buying replacement windows to get the right windows for your home and avoid top window buying mistakes.
MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN SHOPPING FOR REPLACEMENT WINDOWS
BUYING REPLACEMENT WINDOWS BASED ON COST ALONE
The most costly mistake with replacement windows is shopping based on cost alone. At Window Nation, we believe that no one should need to replace their replacement windows. Yet all too often, consumers who buy bottom-line windows wind up doing just that — and far before the quoted lifespan of the replacement windows! Remember that you get what you pay for with windows, so buy the best you can afford. It’s an investment in your home.
RESTRICTING YOUR CHOICES TO YOUR CURRENT WINDOWS
There are more choices for windows now than when your home was built, and you’ve got far more choices than wood vs. vinyl. Rather than replace windows with the same type, learn about advances in windows and decide what’s right for you.
NOT HIRING THE RIGHT WINDOW INSTALLER
Some handy people think they can install their own windows. In reality, only a few people can do this the right way. Many who try the DIY route wind up hiring a window installer to fix things.
TOP QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING REPLACEMENT WINDOWS
Once you’ve chosen the right windows, ask questions to ensure that the window installer you’re thinking of hiring has the right experience for the job. We recommend you ask the following questions:
ARE YOU LICENSED, INSURED, AND CERTIFIED?
If your new windows are not installed properly, they will fail sooner rather than later. Many window companies will not honor their warranties if a contractor erred in the installation, which leaves you on the hook for repair.
For your own protection, you must hire a contractor who is licensed, insured, and certified. If a contractor is injured installing your windows and they don’t have insurance, you may be liable to pay their medical bills.
Certification provides third-party proof that an installer has been trained in how to install doors and windows to the manufacturer’s specifications.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE AND CAN YOU PROVIDE REFERENCES?
It’s worth it to pay a little more for a window installer with a proven track record in the business. Find out how much experience a window installer has. Don’t take a window installer at their word; ask them to provide references. Then call the references or check consumer review sites to see how satisfied customers are with their windows.
WHAT IS THE COST AND WHAT DOES THAT COVER?
Window installers set their own costs. Some charge for estimates, while others provide free estimates. Finish work, which includes interior and exterior trim, may not be included. So you can compare estimates accurately and budget for the windows you need, you must ask about costs when planning for replacement windows.
For more tips for buying replacement windows or more information on replacement windows in general check out our blog. Our window replacement experts are always available to help you make the right choice for your home, contact us or schedule your free in-home estimatetoday to get started.
Are you wondering if it’s time to replace those old wood windows? Find out what you need to know before you start the process of replacing old wood windows to make the best choice for your home.
WHEN TO REPLACE OLD WINDOWS
When your old wood windows are failing to protect your home, it’s time to replace them. So what does this mean? Signs it is time to replace old wood windows include:
- Windows have gaps that let in drafts or insects
- Windows do not provide soundproofing
- Window frames are rotting
- Window sashes are stuck
- Windows are broken
- Desire for energy efficient windows
PROS AND CONS OF WOOD WINDOWS
There are pros and cons of wood windows; review these before you start shopping for wood windows.
- Maintaining Wood Windows: Wood windows do require regular painting, something vinyl windows don’t need. While painting windows is expensive and time-consuming, paint helps the windows last longer than vinyl replacement windows.
- Cost: The main drawback you’ll hear is the cost of wood replacement windows; they are more expensive than vinyl replacement windows. However, that’s not all bad. For the higher price point, you will get windows with more longevity (provided you do the maintenance) and better performance in heat and humidity. The specific cost of wood windows depends on the characteristics you choose in a window, so ask your window installer for a quote to compare the numbers.
- Curb Appeal: For historic homes, wood windows are the only choice that maintains the home’s character and value. If you replace original wood windows with vinyl windows that are not the right style and fit, expect to see your home value and curb appeal dip. Wood windows have a classic look and feel. Many window shoppers prefer them to vinyl for this reason. Aside from style, there are other reasons to choose wood windows.
- Boosts Home Value: Wood replacement windows tend to boost home value which means you’ll get back a portion of what you spent when you go to sell the home.
- Environmentally Friendly: Wood windows are the more environmental choice, so if sustainability is something that’s important to you, choose wood.
WOOD WINDOWS FROM WINDOW NATION
You know your windows need to be replaced and you feel confident in choosing wood windows, so what’s next?
Determine what you want in a window, get estimates, and hire a window installer to replace your old windows.
At Window Nation, we create wood windows in a range of popular styles from picture windows to casement and double hung windows. We can also create wood windows in custom shapes. High-quality wood windows start with the right materials. We use Ponderosa pine, a pine species renowned for its durability and rot resistance.
Our wood windows are crafted to Energy Star guidelines and come with weather stripping on both sides to stop drafts from passing through the window. Our wood windows are also coated with water-repellent preservative, which protects the wood from mildew, splitting, and warping that could impact performance. Just like our vinyl replacement windows, our wood windows tilt in for easy cleaning.
Browse our wood window styles today to find your perfect fit in windows, or reach out to speak to our experts about any questions you have on replacing old wood windows and when you’re ready, easily schedule a free in-home estimate for your wood replacement windows.
Are you on the edge of making one of the smartest upgrades you’ve ever done for your home? When it comes to getting a return on investment, replacement windows are hard to beat. But picking out new windows isn’t as simple as pointing at a picture in a catalog. There are a lot of details to consider. After all, you’re going to have those windows for a really long time. You don’t want to be stuck with a purchase you’re not completely happy with.
At Window Nation, customer satisfaction is our top priority. When you’re happy, everybody wins. That’s why we’ve put together this list of top considerations when choosing new windows. Take a quick peek and see if you’ve thought of everything.
WHAT FEATURES MATTER MOST TO YOU?
New windows come with new features. It is important to take a few moments to think about what features matter most to you. Some windows can be opened and will allow air to flow in. Some windows do not open and are meant to let the light in. Garden windows will give you three angles of light that will not only add ambiance to the interior of your home, it will make things a lot brighter. Bow and bay windows can give you an area to put a place to sit and enjoy a good book or a spot to place plants and decorations that sparkle in the sunlight. Double hung windows are great for letting a little light in, but where they shine is in how easy they are to clean.
WHAT WINDOWS WILL FIT THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME?
If aesthetics are important to you, you’re going to want to take into consideration the style of windows you’ll be putting in. Grid windows may be perfect for a Colonial or Cape Cod style home, but you might want to go with a double hung if you have a cottage style home. Round portholes may be perfect for a Victorian or Neo-Victorian home, but a modern home will look better with a picture window. It also matters where you place the window. Even if the window style complements the style of your home it can look out of place if it is put in the wrong spot.
SHOULD YOU GO WITH WOOD, FIBERGLASS, OR VINYL?
When it comes to cost vs. performance, nothing can touch vinyl. It is the perfect choice if you want inexpensive windows that look beautiful and last a long time. The only big drawback to vinyl is that you’re stuck with the color. Vinyl isn’t going to take a coat of paint. But, for some people, this is a small price to pay for the convenience and functionality of vinyl.
If the aesthetic of wood is important to you, and you’re not content with the wood-like appearance of vinyl and fiberglass, you’ll have to pay extra for those windows. You’ll also have to pay extra to maintain those windows. Wood needs to be stained and painted for preservation. And wood will offer less protection against insects.
Fiberglass is a good common ground between vinyl and fiberglass. It costs more than vinyl, but it is more durable and has the ability to take a coat of paint. But, unlike painting wood windows, adding a new color to fiberglass window frames is not a necessity. It is just a nicety.
WHAT COMPANY IS THE RIGHT COMPANY?
All window companies aren’t created equal. It is important to pick a company that has good reviews, a solid warranty, and excellence in installation. You can have the best windows in the world, but if those windows are installed incorrectly, you could be dealing with water damage, heat loss, bug infestations, air flow issues, and a general loss of comfort throughout your home. You may also be stuck paying out big money when something goes wrong.
At Window Nation, we offer one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, so you can be sure that you’re protected if anything ever goes wrong. Our installation teams are led by experienced and certified professionals who will make sure you windows fit perfectly and, most importantly, seal perfectly. And we are an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, so you can trust that we’ll treat you right.
There are a lot of details when it comes to choosing replacement windows. Let us walk you through the process from start to finish. Click on our online agent to get started today.
If you’re looking for an article on how to get the exact measurements for your new windows to achieve a perfect fit, you’ve come to the right place. But, you won’t find any detailed self-help information here, or a manufacturer’s “guide” to replacement window measuring. At Window Nation, we take the guess work out of measuring new windows–and we do it for free. How cool is that?
You don’t have to read a long do-it-yourself list of instructions, and you don’t have to wonder if you’ve done everything right. The best way to measure for replacement windows is to have a certified professional do it. And it is even better when that certified professional works for the company that is installing your windows. If any mistakes happen, you’re not going to be left eating the cost.
When you have a Window Nation technician do your measurements, you don’t have to know whether or not you have 2×4 or 2×6 studs. You don’t have to account for the materials your walls are made of, based on the age of the home. You don’t have to be familiar with what windows you currently have and how they differ from the windows you want to replace them with. You don’t have to know that accounting for the insulation in the trim of your new windows is vital in getting an accurate measurement. Your technician will worry about all the details.
It is also important to understand that we don’t send a salesperson to your home when you request a free in-home estimate. We send a technician with the experience needed to make sure you’re going to get the right window measurements for the new windows you’re getting. Our measure technicians average 80,000 windows measured. That is why 99.5% of the windows we install fit perfectly the first time!
You can also count on your Window Nation Measure Tech to measure down to 3 mm, ensuring a precise and tight seal. We don’t want you to lose any of the energy benefits of your new windows. Because, when you feel the difference your new window make to the internal comfort level of your home, you’re going to tell people about it. We’re counting on that.
We also want to make sure your new windows keep the moisture out. The last thing you need is to find out your walls have mold in them. It doesn’t matter if you did the measurements or we did the measurements when you find mold. You’re not going to be happy about it, and we are not in the business of making unhappy customers.
Through the years, we have installed a lot of windows, and we have learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things we’ve learned is that, no matter how much experience and education a technician has, mistakes can still happen. That is why we require our measure techs to measure each opening three times. They also follow an 18-point checklist, which includes a step-by-step review process to make sure we’ve done everything possible to make the replacement window installment a joy.
At the end of the day, what matters most to us is that we have met, or exceeded, your expectations. We want to know that you’re happy with your purchase and the service you’ve received. We want you to tell others about how impressed you were with how knowledgeable and friendly your technicians were. We want you to tell everyone how much you love your new windows. We want you to tell the world! Sure, it is a little selfish on our part. After all, your happiness helps our bottom line. But, this is a kind of selfishness we can live with.
So, put down that tape measure. Relax. We’ve got you covered. You can trust the experienced and knowledgeable technicians here at Window Nation to measure those replacement windows, and get you ready for your new replacement windows.
Call today for a free in-home estimate, and leave the rest to us.
There is no doubt that vinyl siding is a fantastic upgrade for any building. This low-cost siding comes in many colors, textures, and styles, and is practically maintenance free, resistant to moisture, strong enough to last for decades, and awesome at cutting energy bills down to size. But, vinyl isn’t perfect. Nothing ever is. The wrong replacement siding can have you dealing with frustrating issues like fading, buckling, yellowing, and rainwater getting in behind the siding. While these problems can be fixed, they are a headache you don’t have to live with. When you choose reinforced siding, you’ll get all of the benefits of vinyl, plus a whole lot more.
STRONGER THAN VINYL
When you look at a sheet of reinforced siding, the first thing you will notice is that it is much more rigid than standard vinyl siding. Our reinforced siding gets its rigidity from a tri-beam construction that promotes strength through the entire product. On your home, that extra strength will help to prevent uneven walls and buckling. It is also 5 times more impact resistant than traditional siding. You’re not going to have to worry about hail, sleet, and strong winds damaging this siding!
BETTER THAN WOOD
If you want the look of real wood cedar siding, without all of the drawbacks that come with it, like splitting, peeling, or wood rot, than you’re going to love reinforced vinyl siding. And, unlike wood, you’re not going to have to paint this siding every time you turn around. The color process used to make our reinforced siding goes right through the panels and keeps it looking beautiful.
KEEPS HEAT IN
Reinforced siding comes with superior insulating qualities. The contouring foam on the back of each panel has graphite particles that help slow down the transfer of heat. That means your energy bills are going to be lower, and your home is going to be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
KEEPS WATER OUT
The reinforced siding our certified installers apply is 500% more breathable than other insulating systems and is built to prevent moisture retention. This will protect your home from all of the issues that moisture can cause, like fungal decay, cracking edges, buckling panels, and more. When the heavy winds rip across your exterior walls and the rain beats against them, you won’t have to worry with this siding option.
BUILT TO HOLD ON TIGHT
It is amazing what mother nature can do to vinyl siding when the right conditions occur. High winds, sleet, ice, snow, hail, and heavy rains can do a number on vinyl siding. That’s why we use reinforced siding with a double rolled over nailing hem. This is the most secure method for attaching vinyl panels, and will give your siding what it needs to resist almost anything mother nature will throw at it, including seasonal contraction and expansion.
When choosing new siding, most people don’t think about all of the bugs that will be trying to get in through that siding; but they should. Bugs can destroy the wood of your home and find tiny cracks to get in and build their nests inside your wall voids. The product we use comes with built-in pest control agents that will help your walls stay protected and help you reduce costs for professional pest control.
LOOKS BETTER THAN REGULAR VINYL SIDING
Since this siding has a rich wood look, it seems only fitting that it should be built to show as few seams as possible. You may be able to get a similar wood appearance with standard vinyl siding, but reinforced siding comes in 16-foot lengths, instead of 12-foot lengths, reducing seams by 33%.
GLADIATOR XL REINFORCED VINYL SIDING
At Window Nation, we don’t just sell reinforced vinyl siding; we exclusively sell Gladiator XL siding. We believe that Gladiator XL siding with its custom Fullback® Insulation backing is the best vinyl siding money can buy.
Schedule a free, no obligation, in-home estimate to find out if this is the upgrade for you.
When it comes to choosing new siding for your home, the choices can feel overwhelming. There are a lot of options out there. And siding is going to be an investment; so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. Let’s take a quick look at some of the options you can choose for your home, and see if we can simplify things a bit.
What style of home are you looking to remodel? Do you have a quaint Cape Cod, or is it more of a traditional looking Victorian? Are you updating siding for a rustic Ranch style home, or does your house have more of a French Country style to it? The type of home you have may have a lot to do with what style of siding your choose. Or, you may just decide to do something no one has ever done before.
Clap Board is probably the most recognizable siding in the United States. This is because it isn’t just attractive, it is easy to install and great at keeping water from getting in. If you’re looking for something tried and true, this is definitely the way to go.
Dutch Lap is the perfect choice if you’re looking to give your home a rustic, log home appearance. From a distance, the curved “reveal” on this siding looks a little bit like stacked logs, but this is not log cabin siding. This siding option is going to give a country look with a touch of opulence.
Shingles are considered by many to be uniquely American in their style, since this style was quite popular in New England at the end of the 19th century, and many homes are still adorned with them today. It is also a siding option that says, “rich,” because only families that were well off could afford to have this type of siding.
Scallop siding, also called fish scale, is a great option if you want to add a traditional elegance and a unique originality to your home. This is also a siding style that is often used as an accent for other styles. It is perfect for breaking horizontal patterns and adding character.
Board and Batten is a versatile style that can be used in a modern design or give the look of barn boards to a rustic design. Whether you need something contemporary, or decidedly country, board and batten can get the job done. Use it alone or as an accent for other styles.
Wood is a material option almost everyone loves the look of. It definitely has classic appeal. But it is an option that comes with some drawbacks. It is more susceptible to insect and water damage, requires periodic painting or staining, is not fire resistant, and is not going to do well in a dry climate.
Metal is the material to us if you’re looking for a unique look, fire resistance, mold resistance, low cost, and something that will be fairly low on maintenance. But be aware that aluminum is prone to being dented, and many people associate this material with metal sheds and trailers–and, sadly, that is a hard stereotype to break free of.
Vinyl is the least expensive and most versatile material option available, and it comes in an impressive selection of colors and styles. In fact, all of the styles mentioned above can be purchased in vinyl. It also has the benefit of easy maintenance, insulation, and the ability to look like real wood. It is not without its drawbacks. While the fact that this material doesn’t require re-painting every 5 years, and that is definitely a positive for some people, you’re going to have to live with the color you select for your vinyl siding. Fortunately, there are tons of colors to choose from.
Fiber is the perfect choice if you need durability, fairly low maintenance, and high quality. But, that quality is going to cost you a little extra. You’re also going to have to do some maintenance if you have fiber. Unlike vinyl, the color applied to fiber isn’t through the entire material. So it will require some touch ups now and then. But, on a positive note, you can paint fiber if you feel like switching up the colors on your home.
If you’ve been thinking about a facelift for your home and you’d like more information about siding options and styles, let us know. We’d be happy to schedule a free in-home estimate and get you started on your way to a beautiful new look for your home.
Have you decided to invest in replacement windows? What made you finally decide to take the leap? Was it the incredible energy saving benefits new windows offer? If so, you’re not alone. For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is great way to keep more of that money in your pocket.
Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, “How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on energy bills?” This is a great question, and definitely an important question to address. But, deciding between these two window types isn’t as easy as calculating cost to efficiency. Here’s what you need to know.
WHY DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST
If you break down the math, double pane windows are the best bang for the buck. This is probably why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows, you’re going to notice the difference. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on a sunny day, 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% is going to get in. On a cold winter day, 90% of the heat from your furnace is going to stay inside your home and only 10% is going to leak out. In comparison, a typical triple pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. Since triple pane windows can cost ⅓ more than double pane windows, it makes sense to go with double pane windows if you’re looking for the best deal up front.
Do you like natural light? When you have two panes of glass instead of three, you’re going to have fewer coatings for the sun to get through. That means double pane windows will allow more light into your home. It is a subtle difference, but one to consider.
WHY TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST
Folks who chose triple pane glass windows choose them for the comfort. If you measure the temperature on the inside glass of a double pane window and a triple pane window on a cold winter day, the interior glass of the double pane window is going to be cooler. For this reason, homes that have all triple glass windows are cozier. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperature at any given time. This creates a high level of occupant comfort and reduces convection currents and drafts. If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option.
A reduction in energy bills isn’t the only reason customers choose triple pane glass. Some of our customers are also looking for a reduction in noise. The extra pane of glass makes this window option the number one choice for keeping noise out. If you have noisy neighbors or live near a busy street, triple pane windows can really make a difference.
If noise reduction appeals to you, there is a good chance you’re in a city. That means you’re likely to prefer triple pane glass for the extra security as well. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a baseball bat.
GETTING NEW WINDOWS IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT ON ITS OWN
You’re going to immediately benefit from getting replacement windows no matter what glass option you choose. Window technologies have come a long way, and having windows that make a good seal is just as important as getting modern ENERGY STAR efficiency.
If you’re ready for a quality of life upgrade, reach out to us today and schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. We’ll send a knowledgeable technician to your home to help you figure out what window options will work best for you. Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.