Do you remember how we all used to draw houses back in grade school? You’d get out the crayons and draw one big rectangle, with another rectangle for the door, and a few rectangle windows. Add a triangle-shaped roof and some music notes flying up in the sky from the Grand Ole Opry, and your picture was ready to be hung on the refrigerator.

How would you draw that same Nashville house today? You’d probably still want that spacious rectangle of living space and the tree out front — maybe add the arch of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in the background. But with a bit of advanced geometry, nowadays there are some truly remarkable custom window shapes you could add to that basic frame.

We here in Nashville know how to take a “tried and true” design and give it modern functionality. We did it for the Parthenon — we can do it with our windows. With customization, the possibilities for window shapes and designs are endless. From full circle and half circle windows to bold shapes like triangles and hexagons, specialty windows can take your home beyond the rectangle.

Add instant character to your home

Whether your home is an eclectic historical home in Germantown or part of a larger planned community in Green Hills, you want to make it feel like your own. If you’d like to take your home beyond the cookie-cutter, examining your window shape is a great way to start.

Look at the houses you love — there’s often one detail that draws the eye in. No, not just the Dolly Parton mural on the front lawn. There’s something a little unexpected, and/or some amount of other visual excitement. When you see one of those homes, you know that the details were well thought out, and there’s something special there.

A specialty window transforms your curb appeal. Maybe you add a gently curved window over your first-floor windows, maybe there’s a triangle window tucked into a corner of the roof. Think of a beautiful oval attic window shining down from up on the third floor. But, if you have concerns for the AT&T Batman Tower too, you can always scrap the “window from the ceiling” idea.

It’s the small details that make a house sing out harder than fresh talent in a bar on Music Row.

Combine shapes to make a focal point

A statement window doesn’t have to be a small one-off. Imagine how these different shapes can play together, and you could create a whole statement wall of windows.

Imagine taking a picture window, and adding two transom windows on either side. Now that picture window can open and let in a breeze on a summer day, and close back up for when the Nashvillians are still out partying at 3 AM.

The best part is, that none of this style comes at the cost of substance. Specialty windows offer the same energy efficiency as traditional windows. When you install quality specialty windows, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort. You can curl up with a book and a playlist of your favorite country singers beside your wall of windows all throughout the year.

Ways to play

Not sure where to start?  Window Nation has a wealth of inspiration and information about window styles and products to peruse for your home in Nashville.

If your dream is still coming into focus, you can start with the gallery of inspirational photos. Check out our Pinterest page for some great ideas.

Window Nation is a third-generation window company with an eye for the details.  They can work with you to craft a customized window shape or help you to imagine how to use your windows to maximum effect. Request a quote from Window Nation today, and we’ll help you make your Nashville home as unique as you are.

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!

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.

That old picture of the American Dream — the breadwinner husband who makes the financial decisions, the 2.5 kids, and the white picket fence — is becoming more and more dated. Apart from falling marriage rates and birth rates in the US, the “husband as financial provider” is perhaps the least relevant part of that picture anymore.

Because it turns out that women are buying a lot of homes these days.

According to the National Association of Realtors, in 2021 single women purchased nearly double the number of homes single men did. Women made up 20% of first-time homebuyers, compared to single men with only an 11% share of the market.

This increase in women’s home buying has garnered global attention and is even being celebrated this March 7th as part of the United Nations’ International Women’s Day.

What does this all mean for women?

 

Why the shift from homemaker to homeowner?

 Any time statistics shift, there is an economist somewhere working on a theory.

Some economists will tell you that the reason so many women are buying homes is that women tend to be risk-averse. Maybe we’ll just label it as “security-keen” and leave it at that.

But insight into single women and homeownership is also intrinsically tied to the changing institution of marriage. As people marry later in life, the idea of renting an apartment looks less and less attractive. Entrepreneurial women want to start building equity. Besides, it’s no longer a given that everyone will partner up: marriage rates are dropping. In this financial (and relationship) market, it just makes sense to go it solo.

On the other hand, some single women homeowners have exited their marriages. In divorce proceedings, it’s common to see women leaving in possession of the home.

It’s also worth noting that these gains for women and homeownership come despite a significant pay gap. Women still only earn about 82 cents for every dollar a man earns, and it’s worse for Black and Latinx women.

But that gap is slowly narrowing over time — possibly because of the increased educational gains for women. According to the Brookings Institute, men are now receiving about 74 bachelor’s degrees for every 100 earned by a woman.

The writing’s on the wall — literally. As women get more degrees, close the pay gap, and challenge the traditional marriage timeline, we see more women buying homes.

That’s cause for celebration.

 

Will the pandemic affect homeownership?

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the real estate market, hit the banks, and upended our education system. It remains to be seen if we’ll course-correct back to the way things were, or if the pandemic will set women back long-term.

One thing is clear: the pandemic has disproportionately affected working women. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen large numbers of women dropping out of the workforce to fulfill the increased need for family caregiving. Women also tend to be involved in the industries hardest hit by the pandemic— like the food and hospitality sectors.

All we can do is keep calm and carry on. The pandemic will likely affect female homeownership short term, but it’s unclear what the long-term repercussions will be.

 

What are the challenges of homeownership?

With no stereotypical wrench- or drill-wielding husband to help fix and maintain the home, what should women do when they find themselves in the role of maintenance man? The learning curve for new homeowners is a sharp one and doubly challenging when women are choosing to go it alone.

Right away, new homeowners need to get on a regular system of seasonal home maintenance and get proactive about the small DIY repairs that will save them money in the long term. It’s a good idea to check out energy-efficient windows in order to save money on utility bills. Plus, high-quality windows can help keep homeowners safe from intruders.

Ready to take your investment to the next level? Contact Window Nation today for a free quote on replacement windows with expert installation.

Windows are an incredibly important part of your home. Not only are they an aesthetic element that can significantly increase or reduce your home’s curb appeal, but they impact your energy bills and your safety as well. 

The bad news? Over time, there are lots of things that can go wrong with windows.

So how do you know when to upgrade those old windows with replacement windows, and who in Minneapolis do you trust to do it? 

8 Ways To Tell You Need Replacement Windows

Unlike your plumbing or your oven, windows aren’t an appliance that just stops working one day. Here are eight hints it may be time to replace them.

  1. If you have to use your Minnesota Vikings helmet in the offseason to keep your window open.
  2. If something hits your window and there’s a crack in it.
  3. If you have a window that’s painted shut, and there’s just no way to get it open.
  4. If you have a window that’s extremely hard to slide up, or only goes halfway before it sticks.
  5. If you hold your hand up next to it in the winter and you can feel the icy breeze coming through (even Minneapolitans have their coldness limit!).
  6. If the latches no longer line up on the top when you close the window.
  7. If the frame’s breaking off like a layer of ice on your car when you need to get to work.
  8. If you’ve had your windows for more than ten years. Technology has changed quite a bit in the last decade, and it’s not exactly something you can pick up on a trip to the Mall of America. (You could be losing a lot of heat out of those old windows.)

7 Reasons To Choose Window Nation For Your Replacement Windows

We think Window Nation is the best window replacement and installation company in the area: let us tell you why.

  1. We are a family-owned and operated company. The Magden brothers are third-generation window replacement experts. 
  2. We don’t just give free estimates — we do free in-home estimates. An exterior design consultant will evaluate and measure your windows in person and review the options that are specific to you, without taking away from your Caribou Coffee budget each month.
  3. We have an incredible selection of over 1500 replacement windows styles and colors to ensure you get the custom look you want for your home.
  4. We don’t just offer a warranty — we offer the best warranty. We offer a lifetime plus guarantee that will protect your investment for as long as you own your home.
  5. Each of our installation teams has a lead installer who has installed more than 20,000 Windows & has over 16 Years of experience.
  6. We have a reputation for doing a great job. Just ask all of our happy customers who have taken time out of their busy lives to leave us feedback online. We have a 96% customer satisfaction rating for clean-up and safety and, well over 10,000 positive online reviews. 
  7. Window Nation was recently rated #1 by Forbes for Window Replacement

If you’re ready to lower your energy bills, give your home a facelift, improve your quality of life, and make an investment in your home that will last for years, we’re here to help. Window Nation is # 9 in the top 10 list of largest remodelers in the United States, and we’re right here in Minneapolis. 

When it comes to getting replacement windows, you can trust Window Nation. Contact us today and see how we can upgrade your home in the Twin Cities with high-quality replacement windows.

Does your utility company send you a monthly breakdown of your energy consumption? If you’ve noticed that you’re slowly starting to pay a little more each month, it’s natural to wonder why – and if there’s anything you can do about it.
One of the most common — and insidious — causes of growing energy bills are window leaks. Beyond wasting energy, leaks can also cause mold and mildew to flourish, which may worsen asthma and lead to other health issues. If that leak gets into the walls, your wooden supports can start to rot. Trace this leak a few steps further, and you may even experience foundation problems.   In fact, leaks in your home are such a serious concern that the EPA has its eyes on the issue! You can wait and celebrate their National Fix A Leak Week this March 14-20, but if you suspect you have a leak in your home, it’s time to take action now. So what are your first steps?
 

Do your detective work.

It starts with a hunch—you walk past a certain window and get a chill up your spine. Are you feeling a draft? It’s time to inspect your windows for leaks.  There are a few strategies here. The simplest is to conduct a thorough examination of your windows. Are they difficult to close completely? If they jiggle or need extra muscle to close, then you may have a sash that is leaking. Are you seeing any small gaps around the frame? Are there cracks in the glass? Take a look. If your visual inspection is negative, then it’s on to the candle test. Seal up your home as tightly as you can — close and lock all your windows and doors, close your vents and dampers and turn off any exhaust fans. Next, light a small candle and take a walk around. If there are leaks or drafts, the candle flame will blow to one side and show you. Another tell-tale sign is watching your curtain sheers. If you see movement even when the windows are closed, your house isn’t haunted — it’s leaking.  You can make an inspection the next time it rains. Do the seams of your windows feel damp after a storm? Your window has small leaks. 

How did the leak get there? 

If this were a detective case, then the next stage would be finding a motive. Why are your windows leaking? How did this happen?  Over time, windows wear out. If you have wooden windows, moisture may have caused them to warp. Sealing components play an important part in a window’s function, and those can break down over time. Or, it could simply be that your windows weren’t installed correctly in the first place. A good window should last a long time, protect you from the elements, and save you money on your home energy bills. But a window that’s leaking isn’t doing its job anymore.     

It’s time to take action.

If you suspect that your window sealing components are the cause of your leak, recaulking and weather stripping might be the way to go. This DIY route may not be for beginners, but depending on your skill level, it can buy you a little more time. You can find instructional videos and articles on the internet. Research resealing thoroughly before diving in.  For real peace of mind, don’t go with the band-aid solution. Call the pros. Window Nation is a national leader in home window installation. When you go with certified and experienced window experts, you can trust that your windows will hold up over time and keep your home comfortable no matter the weather. It’s time to plug up those leaks, save money on your energy bills, and avoid future structural problems. Schedule a quick and easy virtual consultation, or contact us for a free in-home consultation and estimate today.

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

Window Replacement

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

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

Furnace Upgrades

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

Siding Replacement

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

Upgrade Insulation

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

Door Replacement

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

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

Valentine’s Day used to mean a fancy date night out — but with COVID-19 still lingering, you may not feel comfortable dining at a busy restaurant. If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day at home this year, surprise your sweetie by freshening up your indoor space!  

 Here are five fun ways to make this Valentine’s Day at home special. 

 1.  Liven up the atmosphere with some flowers.

 Nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than a bouquet of flowers, so if you’re looking to add a touch of romance to your home, flowers are a great way to start. 

 Try setting a vase of roses out on your dinner table, or as a centerpiece on your mantle — and if you’re feeling romantic, scatter a trail of rose petals to set the mood.  

 Don’t be afraid to get creative, either! There are plenty of flowers that will refresh your living space this Valentine’s Day. For example, lilacs can be a great subtle touch for your kitchen, or you can give your loved one an orchid to spruce up your living room year-round. 

 2. Hang your romantic photos.

 Whether it just wasn’t the right time, or you’re still searching for the perfect frame, this is the perfect occasion to put up those romantic photos. 

 Highlight your favorite moments from your vacation or re-live a romantic night out with picture frames that draw your attention (without taking too much focus away from your memories). Give the spotlight to your favorite pictures with fun accent colors perfect for Valentine’s Day.  

 3.  Switch up your decor with something vibrant

 If you’ve been looking at the same color scheme in your home since Christmas, it might be time to do some redecorating. Try a bold color palette to make this Valentine’s Day memorable. 

 Or, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to show off your favorite decor, now’s the time. Dust off your nice china and set out the candles. Or, if you’ve been looking for a reason to buy those heart-themed towels and comforters you found — go all out! 

 4.  Make some new additions to your living space

Don’t like how your favorite chair’s stuck in the corner? Prefer to move your sectional closer to your coffee table? Here’s your chance to do some re-arranging! Try something new and exciting. You could even position your loveseat closer to the fireplace to have a cozy night in. 

 Or, if something’s still missing, consider purchasing a completely new set of furniture! Nothing says “I’m committed” as a serious investment in your interior decorating. Just discuss it with your loved one first — this probably isn’t a gift you would buy on a whim. 

 5.  Have you considered remodeling? How about replacing your windows?

Don’t let your home miss out on the love this season. Old, outdated windows can put a chilly damper on a romantic evening, so if you’ve been putting off replacing your windows, now’s the time to make a change. 

 Bay windows provide the perfect cozy space to eat those leftover chocolates and watch the snowfall outside. Or, if you’re sitting by the fire and pesky drafts are making it difficult to get comfortable, an energy-efficient window replacement could be your best option. 

When you’re ready, give Window Nation a call. Our experienced technicians can help you find options and styles that fit your preferences and budget. Request a quote today, and discover how much replacement windows from Window Nation can liven up your home this Valentine’s Day.