Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. Bitter temperatures, heavy snow, and whipping winds can damage your home’s exterior, leading to costly repairs or replacements in the spring. You might experience broken siding panels due to high winds, or you might notice condensation between your windowpanes. Fortunately, there’s still time to take steps to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Our home improvement experts are here to share their best tips for preparing your home for harsh winter weather.

Protect Your Pipes

New England homeowners know all too well the damage a burst pipe can have on your home. The first deep freeze could result in your pipes freezing and bursting if they aren’t well-insulated. Before winter arrives, take time to wrap your pipes in insulation to protect them from the cold air outside. You might even consider opening cabinet doors to keep warm air circulating around the pipes. Simply taking an hour or two to insulate the pipes in your home could save you thousands of dollars in flood damage.

Seal Cracks and Air Leaks

Nearly one-third of heating and cooling costs comes from energy loss from drafty windows and doors. Why continue to waste money year-after-year? Keep the cold winter air outside by sealing any cracks and air leaks you notice in your home. Take time to inspect your windows and doors and take note of any areas you feel the air from outside, then seal the areas with caulk or weatherstripping. Your home will be draft-free in no time!

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 fix, you might consider replacing your windows and doors with energy efficient upgrades. Our windows and doors are installed with an airtight seal to virtually eliminate drafts, keeping your home comfortable no matter the season.

It’s also important to upgrade your windows if your existing windows are original to your home. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, the least energy efficient windows on the market. 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 all winter long.

Upgrade Your Siding

Cold temperatures, high winds, and ice wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Can your siding handle another winter? Before the temperatures drop, 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. Your home will be protected no matter the weather in your area.

Purchase a Generator

There’s nothing worse than losing power during a major winter storm. Inclement weather could keep the power company from restoring power for hours, or even days. Keep your home protected from power outages by purchasing a generator to serve as a back-up power source. 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 Boston 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 home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.  

Harrisburg homeowners know the importance of maintaining an energy efficient home. Located in the heart of central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has one of the most unique climates in the state. The winters are cold and snowy much like their neighbors in western Pennsylvania; however, the summers are hot and humid, much like their neighbors to the east in Philadelphia.

The region’s diverse weather conditions create the perfect storm for homeowners looking to keep their home comfortable, and your old, drafty windows aren’t helping. Your windows could be letting the comfortable air inside escape, causing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain your home’s temperature. Don’t spend another season with old, drafty windows – upgrade your windows to energy efficient replacement windows from Window Nation. Our window replacement experts in Harrisburg share why you should consider upgrading your windows.

Energy Savings

Replacement windows are a smart choice for homeowners looking to save money on their energy bills.  Nearly one-third of heating and cooling costs can be attributed to energy loss through old and drafty windows. Our windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter the season. We offer double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Double pane windows have two panes of energy efficient glass, reflecting 90% of sunlight to keep your home protected from damaging UV rays. Triple pane windows, however, have an additional pane of glass to reflect 97% of sunlight. Each pane of glass has a Low-E glass coating for top-of-the-line energy efficiency. Your Harrisburg home will feel more comfortable, as your HVAC system will be able to work more efficiently.

Weather-Proof Your Home

Winters in Harrisburg aren’t easy, particularly if you live the areas north or west of the city in the Susquehanna Valley. Before the temperatures drop, take time to prepare your home – and your windows – for the months ahead. Inspect your home and make note of any areas where you feel drafts. Consider upgrading your windows to energy efficient replacement windows to keep the warm, comfortable air inside your home. Our windows are installed with an airtight seal by our certified master installers, virtually eliminating drafts. You’ll also enjoy energy savings in the summer, reducing the strain on your air conditioner. Your Harrisburg home will feel comfortable all year long!

Energy Efficiency Boost on Historic Homes

Many of the homes in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York are historic, dating back to the early 1900s. While these homes are great for homeowners looking for a house with character and charm, they might not be the most energy efficient. Many older homes have single pane windows, the least energy efficient option available. Some homes might even have wood or metal windows, offering no insulation from the air outside. If the windows on your Harrisburg home are over fifteen years old, or even original to your home, we recommend upgrading them to modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our team of Susquehanna Valley window replacement experts are specially trained to maintain your home’s historic charm while giving it the upgrade it needs. You’ll enjoy an energy efficiency boost while keeping the character you love in your Lancaster home – a win-win!

Need New Windows in the Susquehanna Valley?

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

The replacement window glass you choose is just as important as the window itself. However, most homeowners know very little about the glass options available to them, let alone which is best for their home. You might be familiar with single pane, double pane, and triple pane windows, but how do you know which option to choose? Our window replacement experts explain the difference between each option so you can find the best window to meet your home’s needs.

Panes of Glass

Single Pane

Single pane windows have just one pane of glass, making them the least energy efficient option available. If your windows are more than fifteen years old or original to your home, you might have single pane windows. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, as they are often the cheapest option available. While these windows are serviceable for a few years, we recommend upgrading them to double or triple pane windows for a long-term solution.

Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are best for homeowners looking for energy efficiency at a value. These windows have two panes of energy efficient glass to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Our windowpanes are coated in a Low-E glass coating, reflecting 80% of sunlight to keep your home protected from damaging UV rays. These windows are a popular choice for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills without breaking the bank.

Triple Pane Windows

If you’re looking for a major energy efficiency boost, consider upgrading your windows to triple pane windows. These windows offer the same benefits as double pane windows, but with an additional pane of glass for maximum energy efficiency. Triple pane windows from Window Nation reflect 90% of sunlight, allowing your heating and cooling systems to work smarter, not harder. You’ll enjoy lower energy bills year-round!

Glass Coatings

Replacement windows from Window Nation have a Low-E glass coating for top-of-the-line energy efficiency. Low-E stands for Low Emissivity, which involves the ability of an object to radiate heat. What does that mean for your windows? Low-E means a “low” amount of radiation and heat from the sun will be entering your home. Your home will feel more comfortable, as your HVAC system will be able to work more efficiently.

Modern replacement windows also come standard with a metallic oxide coating to help reflect heat. The more precious the metal, the more effective it is at reflecting heat. Most builder-grade windows use tin, a lower-grade metal that does a serviceable job reflecting sunlight. However, at Window Nation, our windows are coated with silver oxide, a cost-effective option that will prevent harmful UV rays from entering your home.

Window Gas

You might not know that a special gas is inserted between your windowpanes to boost your windows’ energy efficiency. At Window Nation, we insert Argon gas between each pane to minimize heat transfer, keeping the temperature of your window close to the temperature in your home. The amount of gas between the panes depends on the style of window you choose. If you have double pane windows, your windows will be filled with 98.8% Argon gas, while triple pane windows will be filled with 99% Argon gas for maximum energy efficiency.

Spacer Systems

Window spacers play a critical role in keeping your home comfortable. Spacers separate the glass panes, playing an important role in determining how much heat or cold can pass through the windowpanes. Replacement windows from Window Nation use top-of-the-line Super Spacer technology, reducing the rate of heat loss through your windows.

Need New Windows?

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

As colder weather approaches, homeowners become aware of drafts. One familiar cold spot in the house is exterior doors. It is noticeably cooler around exterior facing doors this time of year. 

While energy efficiency is typically a big piece of the decision, when considering replacing your front door, looks are equally important. Replacing your home's entry door accomplishes more than just creating a cozier interior.   

Your entryway is a big part of your home's curb appeal.   

Not only does the entryway make an impression on you, but a good-looking front door can also do wonders for your home's resale value. With so many door styles available, choosing a new entry door for your home can feel like a daunting decision.   

Not only is there an incredible selection of door styles to choose from, but you also must take into consideration the material of the door.   

For a long time, wood has been the material of choice for many homeowners. Its beauty and durability made this material ideal. But, with advancements in science and fabrication, wood is no longer the best choice.   

When it comes time to replace a door, most people turn to fiberglass and steel to safeguard their investment.   

Fiberglass and steel are both more resistant to the elements, easier on maintenance requirements, better on energy efficiency, and often a less expensive option than wood. But how do they compare to each other? And what are the accompanying features?   

Let's break it down:  

STEEL DOORS  

If you're looking to have new doors installed on your home, you can't go wrong with steel. It is a versatile material that comes with a lot of options. Some may even surprise you!  

  • When you think of a steel door, do you picture an old rusting door on the back of a building that only gives access to an alleyway? While a reinforced steel door is excellent for rear door security, you can get a whole lot more style and elegance from steel than this. But, it is essential to note that when it comes to home security, steel might give a hair more protection than fiberglass.  
  • Steel doors can come with a woodgrain. It's true! At Window Nation, our exclusive accent finishing technique creates a finish that gives our steel doors the appearance of real wood if you want a door that looks like a fine oak door but has the durability and low cost of steel, no problem! While the wood finish on a steel door can't thoroughly compare to the same look with fiberglass, it is worth taking a look at, especially for the cost.  
  • Do you want windows in your new doors? There is a wide selection of glass options available for steel doors. You don't have to worry about fiberglass beating out steel in this department.  
  • While steel is strong and durable, it is more prone to scratching and denting than fiberglass. Though it is possible to fix dents with an auto-body repair kit, and cover scratches with putty and paint, this is something to consider when getting steel.  
  • Steel can become hot to the touch on a warm sunny day, but that heat isn't going to get through the insulation that comes with these doors easily. You're not going to lose any energy-saving benefits by choosing steel.  

FIBERGLASS DOORS  

Some in the industry advertise that fiberglass comes with all the benefits of steel, without any of its limitations. This is only partly true.  

In almost every way, fiberglass doors are slightly better than steel. But, this material will crack if struck hard. Steel will not.  

Here are some other things you may want to know about fiberglass.  

  • There are many styles, colors, and grains to choose from when selecting fiberglass as the material for your new doors. If you're looking for doors that will closely approximate the look of real wood, this is the best option.  
  • With fiberglass, you don't even have to think about rust. While it is relatively easy to keep a steel door rust-free, some homeowners prefer not to have to worry about it. If that sounds like you, fiberglass is the way to go.  
  • Fiberglass isn't as heavy as steel, but that doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice having that satisfying "thunk" sound when you close your fiberglass doors. At Window Nation, we manufacture the internal structure of these doors to simulate the same weight of wood. You'll be happy with the sturdy sound you'll get with this option.  
  • Exposure to heat over time can cause doors to crack, swell, and warp, which can harm the frame and seal of an entry door. While steel and fiberglass are more resistant to this than wood, fiberglass is slightly better. The material will hold up against extreme temperature fluctuations and keep its shape for a long, long time, but you'll have to pay a little more for this added durability.  

When it comes to getting a new door for your home, you can't go wrong with either of these two materials. If you've been thinking about upgrading, let Window Nation help. Schedule your free, no-obligation in-home estimate today, and let's get started! 

Here are the top 3 reasons our doors are a great fit for you:

Security and ease of access

The days of inside-only access to your patio are long gone! Today’s more modern door designs come with top of the line security features including an exterior key lock and a secondary dead bolt. You can enjoy a sliding door which can be accessed from the outside as well as a peace of mind from the extra lock security.

Durability

Our 100% vinyl screen frames are designed to last even in the harsh months of Winter. Much like our vinyl replacement windows, these frames are less susceptible to damage and are designed to move smoother in comparison to standard frames. This offers you a smooth, clean look to your home -- a great bonus to the quality.

Cost efficiency

Saving energy means saving money! Energy.gov shared that a common way air and heat escape the home is through the cracks or openings of windows and doors. Polypropylene is a plastic that is commonly used for microwavable containers and bags made to preserve food. We use the same material in the composition of our doors and Energy Star windows because of its high resistance to heat and moisture. This not only makes our product more robust, but more efficient to keeping moisture and air outside where they belong.

With our sliding, entry, and French doors, you are guaranteed a long-lasting and efficient investment. We offer a lifetime limited warranty should you have any issues with your door, but we are always working to provide the best quality in the market!