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 styles 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 an 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.
“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy-efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:
  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor, the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor, the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in the winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

  • Vinyl windows are energy-efficient replacement windows that come in a variety of styles (double-hung, venting, sliders, etc.) to suit your home and budget.
  • Window Nation’s wood windows are pleasing to look at, energy-efficient, and easy to clean.

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement windows is a key factor in their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy-efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.
When the freezing Hartford winter weather hits, many homeowners fantasize about being able to put their home in a perfect, warm little bubble. Imagine being able to heat your house — and it staying a little summer-y microcosm, while the snow drifts outside. Keeping heat inside your house and the cold winter wind outside is not only about comfort, but it’s also about keeping your wallet as happy as it can be between Sox games. Keeping the house comfortable and heating bills as low as possible is first and foremost on every Hartford homeowner’s mind. When we have heat loss in our homes, it means that some of the precious warm air that we’ve collected is escaping to the outdoors. Reducing the amount of heat loss in your house is the best way to save on utility costs this winter. So if you’re looking to throw your wallet a bone, or just save more money for steamed cheeseburger night, here are five quick and easy ways to make your home more heat efficient.

Insulate the attic.

Is there insulation in your attic? If so, how much? The amount of insulation that’s there is crucial to your home’s ability to hold in the ever-rising warm air. If checking your attic insulation status is not something that you can easily do, contact a local contractor or insulation installer for an in-home evaluation. Hopefully, they have a degree from UConn, so you know you can trust them.

Insulate your walls.

Some older homes have very little insulation in their walls. The minimum that is usually suggested for exterior walls is six inches thick. But some historic homes may have only four inches or so. Removing your walls to add more fiberglass insulation is as impossible as the Hartford Whalers coming back, and it can be a very involved home repair. Blown-in insulation is an easier and more efficient option. The amount of insulation in your walls can be increased quickly and easily by using it. If you think that some of your home’s heat loss could be attributed to the lack of insulation in your walls, then consider adding some blown-in insulation. Here’s a tip: if you can hear the sounds of the agonizing Hartford traffic outside of your home, you could probably use more insulation.

Replacement windows.

Ill-fitting, warped old windows can certainly be a contributing factor to your heat loss. Old wooden windows frames with single-pane glass are a far cry from the efficient double-pane insulated glass windows of today. Vinyl replacement windows are the solution. They can be custom-made to fit your oddly-shaped antique windows, and they’re composed of the highest quality vinyl. These windows will add beauty to your Hartford home while making it more energy-efficient.

Replace your doors.

Entry doors can be a great focus for the exterior of your home. Much like the beautiful flowers in Elizabeth Park, they can easily add character, color, and style to set your house apart. Unfortunately, if these doors are old, they’re likely allowing cold air into your home and hot air out. Replacing your older door with a new replacement fiberglass or steel door can stop this unwanted air exchange.

Sealing other miscellaneous areas.

Hot and cold air can move through extremely small cracks and spaces. It doesn’t take a trip to the Connecticut Science Center to learn how to stop air from escaping through these holes in the wall. Check around your chimney, sink pipes, and appliance ducts for areas that could be re-sealed or caulked to prevent air movement. Inspect your basement utility door for any leaks or areas that are failing, and repair or replace as necessary. Another unlikely culprit? Outlets and switch covers. Use a gasket for a simple fix. Stopping heat loss is as simple as keeping as much hot air in your home as possible. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to put your Hartford home in a space-age bubble any time soon. But until you can, do your best to seal up your house by using these five simple steps to keep your home and wallet comfortable. To learn more about how Window Nation replacement windows and doors can help you save on energy bills while helping to increase your home value, schedule your free in-home estimate today!
Did you do a Zoom holiday last year? We’ve all probably had the experience of walking around the house, balancing a laptop in one hand while looking for decent lighting and an interesting backdrop. When holiday parties moved online, all you had to do was slide that stack of papers under the table and move the mugs out of camera view. You could rock a fancy shirt on top with sweatpants hiding underneath. It was party-planning for the digital age! This year, however, many of us are re-opening our homes and starting to host again — and our guests are going to see everything. So dust off those extra placemats, because holiday home improvement trends this year are all about welcoming loved ones back to our homes. Let’s spruce the place up and deck the halls!

Get ready for company

That guest room did yeoman’s work last year. It became the home office, the schoolroom, and the meditation retreat. You can bring it back to its former function, or give it a stylish upgrade and make your guests feel extra welcome. Swap out your old college futon for a brass daybed that has the look of a deep cozy sofa. Repeat that trendy brass look with some adjustable brass reading sconces to get the lighting right. When the guests leave, your updated space becomes the perfect spot to curl up with a book and take a long winter nap. We’re seeing designers using dark moody colors and wallpapers this year. Panetone’s just named “Very Peri” its 2022 Color of the Year. Pick up hints of this deep purple in patterned wallpaper, or go bold and paint the whole room. If you got handy with the jigsaw during last year’s DIY craze, you may want to consider a wall installation. The shiplap trend is still going strong, but big statement walls with wainscotting or paneling are starting to gain prominence. Some guest rooms are going so far as to mimic executive hotel suites. Your (cleaned-off!) desk can have a little coffee station on a tray and a mini-fridge nearby. The upside of this upgrade? In the middle of the night, you won’t have to encounter guests digging around the kitchen looking for snacks.

Make room for the Christmas Tree

Living rooms see lots of action this time of year. Before you set up your Christmas tree, take a good look at your flooring. Pull up that old carpeting already, and install some hardwood. Sweeping pine needles is a lot easier than vacuuming! Hardwood floors never go out of style and are a great long-term investment. If you hopped on the bandwagon and got a dog last year, you’ll understand firsthand why installing hardwoods is a home upgrade that pays for itself. The holidays are a perfect time to upgrade your television as well. In December it seems that every store runs a special on TVs. Consider a television that mimics the appearance of a piece of art— perhaps one you can cleverly integrate into a gallery picture wall. Sure, you marathon-binged a few weeks of your life away last year, but that can be our little secret.

Take it Outside

We all got really good at entertaining outdoors in 2021, and that trend isn’t going away any time soon. Learning how to have fun year-round in our backyards was an epiphany. If you walked into this trend piecemeal, it’s time to commit. Don’t just get a warmer jacket and a camping heater. Call a stonemason and have them build you a proper fire ring. You’ll make great memories with the kids this winter toasting ‘smores and singing carols around the fire. In the summer, you’ll get just as much mileage out of that fire ring when you roast hot dogs and set up your tents for a backyard camp-out.

Let the light in

The shorter days and longer nights take their toll on folks with Seasonal Affective Disorder this time of year, but there’s something you can do about it. We’re seeing lots of homeowners investigating ways to maximize their lighting. You can look at installing full-spectrum light bulbs in your existing fixtures or picking up a specialized sunlight therapy lamp. Most importantly, it may be time to upgrade your home’s windows. Consider enlarging your windows to really let the light in. Large picture-frame installations, like Bay and Bow windows, can make a huge difference in lighting your public spaces — plus they’ll improve your view. Home Window replacement has one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project out there. It’s a great present to give yourself. Schedule a free estimate today, and Window Nation can help you visualize what new windows can do for your home.

Condensation covering your windows is more than just an inconvenience; you could be risking serious damage to your Kansas City home. With the weather being so unpredictable, you could be facing rot, mold, and mildew at any time of the year. So what to do? Knowing how to get rid of condensation inside windows is as important as burnt ends on ribs. 

While condensation on the window pane can be wiped away, you might be wondering how to absorb condensation from windows when it happens between panes of glass. Check out our recommendations on tackling condensation inside windows to clear up your view and safeguard your K.C. home.

Causes of Window Condensation

 

Excess humidity is the main cause of condensation on windows. So as a simple solution, dehumidifiers take the moist Kansas City air out of the environment, keeping as much water off of your windows as possible. Alternatively, you may try a moisture eliminator, which draws excess moisture out of the air. Some moisture-eliminating products contain scents, so you might want to put them away if you’re planning a classic Cowtown BBQ—they might just overpower the food.

If you’re looking for solutions for how to deal with window condensation in the bathroom, you may need a stronger bathroom fan. If you tend to take hot showers, you could be clogging up your bathroom with as much moisture as the Arabia steamboat in its heyday. By running the bathroom fan when you’re taking a shower or bath, you can draw moisture out of the bathroom and vent it away from your windows before the moisture can do damage.

If you take these steps to deal with window condensation and you still notice your windows have condensation between the panes, it could be a different issue.

Why Windows Get Condensation Inside

 

Condensation happens when water vapor hits a cool surface and condenses, due to the natural temperature difference. For water vapor to condense in between window panes, either the seal on double-hung windows has broken, or the desiccant, which absorbs moisture in between the panes of a double-hung window, can no longer keep up with the excess moisture. Another downside is that there’s less of a sound barrier between you and the aggravating K.C. traffic that might go on outside your window.

While you can troubleshoot the causes of window condensation and fix the problem when the panes have moisture, there’s no simple solution for how to get rid of condensation inside windows. 

If the windows in your home are older, their seals are likely held in place with caulk. Due to the daily shifts in the K.C. weather, the caulk can weaken over time, which may lead the seals to fail.

Newer windows most frequently use a glazing bead spacer to hold the glass in place, and seals on these windows can fail due to age.

How to Stop Window Condensation on the Inside

 

If you have older windows, where the seals are held in place with caulk, you may be able to replace the caulk and bolster the seal. This is usually a short-term fix because the window technician who repairs the seal can’t refill the gas that escaped from the window. Your windows will be drafty without the gas fill since the gas blocks air transfer, and your utility bills may increase as well.

Caulking seals won’t stop window condensation long term either. Most of the time, your best bet is to replace your old windows with efficient replacement windows with a seal tighter than the Chiefs’ defensive line. But when you replace the windows, you remove the problem entirely, which means the condensation should stop.

If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of condensation inside windows, take action to replace failed seals before the excess moisture damages your home. Reach out today to get a quote for replacement windows, or to learn more about options for financing window replacement so you can safeguard your Kansas City home without going over budget.

Do you know those soda commercials that make you thirsty? It’s a hot day on some tropical island, and an ice-cold can is cracked open. It’s covered with droplets of condensation, and nothing is going to refresh you more. 

 

Back here in reality, if you take those same droplets and discover them on your windows, it’s not at all relaxing. Discovering expensive water damage anywhere in your home can feel like a crisis. But before you panic, let’s look at what condensation is, why it shows up, and where it should and shouldn’t be. 

 

Condensation: a brief science lesson

 

Condensation occurs when water vapor becomes water droplets. There are two reasons this happens, and you probably experience them on the regular. 

 

The first is when the air becomes so saturated with water and it can’t hold anymore. Little droplets start to gather. This is the foggy-mirror-after-you-shower version of condensation. If you flip the switch on your bathroom fan, in a few minutes you’re back to normal.  

 

The second version of condensation happens the moment water vapor encounters a big difference in temperature and is cooled to its dew point. This is our cold soda example.  Moist air gathers and clings to a cold soda can. Or think about getting into your car on a cold morning: you crank the heat and the windshield fogs up. 

 

Windows are prime targets for condensation because they’re usually the coldest surface nearby. That moist air gathers into droplets, and suddenly the view is foggy. 

 

If you’re experiencing condensation on the outside of your windows, don’t sweat it. Exterior condensation is the sign of a good airtight window. A little sunlight and fogginess will disappear like morning dew. 

 

Interior condensation is different and deserves a closer look. 

 

Is there condensation on every single window?

 

Having condensation all over the place tells you something about the air in your home. Your windows are working like a little army, guarding the border between cold and hot. With widespread interior condensation, you’ve got humidity issues in the home. 

 

This isn’t hard to remedy, but you’ll want to address it quickly. High humidity can lead to mold, which can seriously affect your family’s health. If that moisture hangs around long enough, the mold can lead to rotting and rusting. 

 

To address interior humidity, ensure you’re running your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when appropriate. When you’re cooking, cover your pans with a lid. If you have a working fireplace (lucky you!) store your wood outdoors. You may also consider thinning out your collection of beloved houseplants. 

 

Lastly, you can always run a dehumidifier, which should lower the humidity in the home. Your foggy windows will clear up in no time!

 

Do just a few windows have condensation?

 

The plot thickens! If just a few windows are fogging up, then you have a draft. Moist air is rushing in near some part of the window, and collecting on the inside. The window’s seal is shot and it’s time to call in a pro. Have them evaluate the draft. Sometimes it’s possible to have the window resealed, but if not, then you’ll need to replace it. 

 

What should I do if there’s condensation inside the windows themselves?

 

This scenario is super frustrating for the average homeowner. If you have double or triple-paned glass, that moisture just sits there, completely inaccessible, thumbing its nose at you. 

 

If moisture is between the panes, then the seals of the windows are no longer doing their job. Originally, there was probably argon gas in there, giving you a sweet layer of money-saving insulation. If you’re seeing moisture inside the window, that argon is long gone and the window is leaking. 

 

Results? If the moisture hangs out too long, then the frame and sash of the window will start to break down and decay. Next, the moisture will get into the walls. How do you prevent this nasty chain of events?

 

You’re smart to investigate the source of your foggy windows. Water in any form is no joke inside your home—over time interior condensation can affect the integrity of the home and the health of your family. 

 

If you’ve noticed excess condensation inside your windows, it’s time to consult the experts. Don’t ignore insidious water damage in your home. Schedule a free estimate from Window Nation today, and they’ll evaluate the state of your windows and help you with the next steps.

One of the most cost-effective ways to increase the value of a home is to add a new entry door. This value can be figured out on a calculator, almost to the dollar. It takes into account the materials used, the cost of labor, the savings on energy bills, and other quantifiable factors. But installing new French doors on your Maryland home will increase its value in a way that is much more subtle. There are some things, like the first snow of a Maryland winter, or a freshly fried crab cake,  you just can’t put a price on.

Light.

Do you have a living room that could use some light? How about a bedroom with a tiny window that looks out onto your porch? How about that perfect view of the Baltimore skyline? Most homes have a room that could use more light, and adding light to a room is one of the ways French doors really shine. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that isn’t entirely true. Dim light can make any room look dreary. Light makes colors pop. It adds as much vibrancy and life as a can of Old Bay. When you have new French doors installed, you’re going to notice all that extra light almost immediately. And anyone looking to buy your home in the future will notice it too.

Access.

French doors excel at providing access. Not only are they the perfect enhancement to a bedroom you’d like to have opened up to your outside deck or balcony, but they’re also the right choice when you need to add a ground floor entry that allows you to easily bring large items into your home. If you’ve ever tried to stuff a big couch through a standard-sized front door, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Having French doors is like having an Ocean City Boardwalk going into your home. This is a great selling feature.

Style.

Every home is more beautiful with French doors. This entry choice adds almost as much style and elegance as our state flag, and you just can’t put a price on that. There are so many subtle ways new French doors can add to the value of your home. Whether it is the way they create warm shadows on the ceramic tiles in your kitchen when you’re making homemade snowballs. Or how they open your living room up to give access to the outside pool area during family gatherings. French doors are an investment you’ll be glad you made, especially when it comes time to sell your home. Make new French doors for your next project, and get the team here at Window Nation to take care of all the details for you. We have over 150 styles to choose from, and we’re the best installers in the business. Give us a call and set up a free in-home estimate for your Maryland home today.

Secure Your Home and Windows for the winter

It starts with just one leaf catching your eye when you’re out walking the dog. In a few short weeks that leaf turns into piles crunching underfoot. Before you know it, you’ll be bundling up in your winter coat and everything will be covered with a blanket of snow.   Some animal parts of our brains can feel winter coming right from the first fallen leaf. It’s time to get ready. In winter, our houses become our whole world. Time spent now on making your burrow warm and secure will pay off through all those chilly winter evenings. 

Stock up on emergency supplies

Weather predictions are always anyone’s best guess. You’d be wise to expect the best and prepare for the worst. Stock up now, and you’ll be ready for everything from the lightest sprinkling of snow to the heaviest surprise dump.  So what do you need? You know there’s going to be a mad rush on milk and bread, but go a level deeper. Do you have the supplies to deal with a power outage? Where do you keep the candles, and when was the last time you checked those flashlight batteries? A hand-crank radio and a juiced-up phone recharging station could be a real lifesaver.   It’s smart to use this time of year to check out all of your snow removal equipment. Make sure everything is in proper working order. After all, there’s no running out to the store for a bag of salt and a shovel when your car is snowed in. Get ahead of the problem now. 

Keep Santa’s chimney clean

Pick up the phone and schedule a chimney cleaning. Seriously, go and do it right now. This is their busy season, and for good reason. Over time your chimney builds up layers of highly flammable creosote. There are over 25,000 chimney fires per year, with a corresponding cost of approximately $125 million in property damage.   A blocked flue or chimney can also lead to carbon monoxide in the home. Check the batteries on all of your carbon monoxide detectors, and while you‘re at it, check the smoke detectors as well.  If you have a non-working fireplace in your home, make sure that the flue is closed. You may also want to consider investing in a chimney balloon to prevent heat escape during the coldest months. 

Time for tree maintenance

Now that the trees have given up their leaves, take a good look at the branches. When the rain turns to snow and the snow turns to ice, those branches get mighty heavy. Are there branches that could cause damage if they fell? Have a tree service come out and give your trees a prune. They will look so much nicer once they are covered with Christmas lights.  When you take out the ladder to hang the lights, give another look to your gutters. You may have already done a leaf clean out earlier in the season, but double-check to make sure water flows out and away from the home. Ice buildup in the gutters and on the roof will start an expensive chain reaction of repairs. Give them one last inspection to be safe.

Get ready to get cozy

Getting cozy may mean throwing on a pair of wool socks or piling on an extra blanket at night. But eventually, you’ll be relying on your thermostat. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is a big job. Make sure that your home’s heating system has gotten the maintenance it needs, including changing out the filters periodically. It’s time to swap out your home's door and window screens. When you are installing your storm windows, take a look at the overall condition of your windows. If you have windows that frost up or fog, then you’ve got a window with a broken seal. Homes lose 25-30% of their energy usage through windows. That’s a lot of heat loss! The older your windows, the higher that percentage. A drafty home costs you comfort — not to mention potentially hundreds of dollars in utility bills. It’s time to stop taping plastic over drafty, single-pane windows in the winter. Upgrade to energy star-rated, energy efficient windows, and you’ll save tons of money on utility costs, not to mention enjoying your cozy and pleasant home all winter long. Give Window Nation a call to get a free window quote and upgrade your windows today.
As an Indianapolis homeowner, you may be wondering which type of bay window is right for your Indianapolis Home? Bay windows offer many benefits to Indianapolis homeowners by opening up your home with natural light (for those three months in the Indianapolis summers you can find it) while providing a practical space for you to use to create a window seat, garden ledge, or multi-use area. What many Hoosiers don’t realize is that there are several types of bay windows, not just one kind. Explore the different types of bay windows so you can pick the right kind of window to open up your Indianapolis home.

Different Types of Bay Windows

When you’re looking into bay windows in Indianapolis, here are the types of windows you’ll find.

Canted Bay Window

The canted bay window is the classic shape that most Indianapolis homeowners imagine when they think of a bay window. The front pane of the window is flat, parallel to the home exterior, and the sides slant out. Canted bay windows have at least three (and often four) individual windows. Canted bay windows are frequently found on Victorian homes, as building codes changed in the 1890’s so that windows no longer needed to be flush with the home exterior. But, with the classic styles of Indianapolis homes, you might just be the proud owner of these types of windows.

Bay Window Oriel

Oriel is related to the Latin word for porch, and once you know this you’ll always remember what sets a bay window oriel apart. These windows are typically found over the entrance to a building—basically where the porch would be, but they’re not connected to the ground. These windows lend a Gothic-style appeal, so they may be appropriate for a classic family-style Indianapolis home. Oriel bay windows are unique among other types of bay windows for almost always being on the second story. If you have a narrow, dark hallway on the second floor, a bay window oriel could open up the sense of space and add much-needed natural light. This is a nice place to put a reading nook by adding custom cushions to the interior of the bay window, and maybe a Hoosier sandwich to snack on while you’re bundled up.

Box Bay Window

Box-style bay windows are popular among homeowners who want to install a bay window but don’t want to mess about with the positioning of the walls. Box bay windows have a boxy shape: they look like three windowpanes with a small roof overhang. You’ll often see these windows in front of a sink, to let in some natural light while you’re cooking up a country-fried steak. When seen from the home exterior, box bay windows are flat. The effect is as if the home siding were bumped out to accommodate the bay window. However, these are flexible types of bay windows that can go just about anywhere in your home. Since you won’t need to move the walls, box bay windows are less expensive to install than larger bay windows.

Bow Bay Window

The name of this window suggests the shape. Bow bay windows have curves as gentle as the turns on the tracks of the Indy 500. Bow bay windows consist of four or more casement windows gently curved to create an arch shape. These tend to be larger than box-style bay windows, which means more space on the interior, and about as much natural light as you’ll find in the Garage Food Hall. You’ll also enjoy a more noticeable footprint from the home’s exterior. Bow bay windows are great for any purpose that you might use a linear bay window for, so you’ll have quite a few options for your Indianapolis home.

Get a Custom Bay Window

With any of these styles, custom bay windows can match the size of your existing windows or run floor to ceiling for a dramatic visual effect. Talk over your needs with our service team in our Indianapolis showroom to learn more about custom bay windows.
If you haven’t done a major binge of HGTV’s show Good Bones, you’re in for a treat.  Allow us to introduce you to the show’s star, Mina Starsiak Hawk. She was just a self-taught DIY-er flipping homes in Indianapolis when HGTV came knocking. Her incredible creative vision has caught on with audiences and inspired loads of homeowners. Don’t worry, you won’t have to don steel-toed boots or crawl through the windows of abandoned homes to get her trademark flair. We’ve distilled it down to some key points.

Get your story straight.

For every home that Mina buys, she starts with a story. How does this home want to feel? Look to create one unified story for your whole house. Would you like to feel energized and creative? Or does the idea of a calming oasis appeal? Step back, take a look at the big picture and distill the story of your home down to a phrase.

Open it up.

The homes that Mina fixes up are never very large— in fact, most are under 2,000 square feet. She takes those old “starter-homes” and makes them luxurious by maximizing the space. This isn’t the mania of knocking out every non-load-bearing wall. No—the key here is light. Mina is into big windows. A dark room can feel like a small room. Don’t be afraid to change the size of your window, and feel free to play with different styles of window openings. Consider swapping out the traditional double-hung window for a casement window. Remember if you’ve got a door, a closet, and a window then it’s a bedroom— something to keep in mind if you’re considering putting your house on the market someday. Adding a bedroom can attract more buyers.

Add pizazz by getting the details right.

Mina always keeps her eyes on the budget. If your kitchen is perfectly functional, perhaps all you’d need is a new tile backsplash to liven things up. Details like a great new fixture in the dining room and a fresh coat of paint is a shortcut to a major remodel. Even a simple detail like putting your chandelier on a dimmer, and lighting taper candles on your table gives a home personality.

Be strategic with trends.

Mina isn’t afraid to welcome bold touches to a room, but they have to play well with others. Big splashy trends don’t always age well. One trend we’ve noticed in her embrace is black window frames.  These are some of the most pinned images out there, but it’s not a trend that shouts. Those sleek black window frames allow you to forgo heavy window treatments, and they set off an outdoor view nicely.

Take care of the bones.

They don’t call her show Good Bones for anything. The first thing Mina does with her crew is to assess the status of the major components of the house—the foundation, the insulation, the windows. There’s plenty of home rehabbers out there that plant flowers, freshen the paint and never look back. Not Mina. She’s investing in the neighborhood. Honestly, the only time Mina keeps an old window is when she’s going to make some kind of craft project with it. She knows that windows are a major player in a home’s energy efficiency. As a mom, she wants to make sure that the home is able to keep a consistent comfortable temperature throughout the year.  She knows it’s a smart move to invest in energy-efficient high-quality windows that will last you for a good long time.

Keep it local.

One of the joys of watching Good Bones is the rapport she has with her crew. She’s got her ride-or-die crew on speed dial. When it comes to home remodeling, that’s the secret weapon. Window Nation has the expertise and deep knowledge of your community that you want. They’ll know just what to expect with the seasons, and they know the kind of homes they’re working in. When you’re ready to take on a fall home window remodeling project, be sure to give them a call.  Take care of the Good Bones of your home, and you’ll have a showplace Mina Starsiak Hawk would applaud.

Wouldn’t it be great if houses came with owner’s manuals? The learning curve on being a good homeowner can be a sharp one—and an expensive one, too. 

Get yourself on a regular routine of home maintenance, and you can avoid catastrophes. After all, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Bang out these ten fall maintenance projects, and you’ll earn your adulting merit badge. 

#10 Drain your outdoor faucets.

Water expands when it freezes and frozen water leads to burst pipes. Take the time to turn off all of your outdoor faucets. Drain, disconnect and coil up your garden hoses. If you’re lucky enough to have a lawn irrigation system, the same goes. 

#9 Clean out the gutters and eyeball the roof.

Once the leaves have fallen, clean out your gutters. While you’re up on the ladder, tighten up your gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Eyeball the roof for loose or damaged shingles and get them replaced immediately. 

#8 Change the direction of your ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans aren’t just for hot summer nights. Switch up the direction of your ceiling fan and you’ll create an upward draft that sends the warm air back down to where you want it. 

#7  Make sure your fireplace is safe. 

Before Santa travels down your chimney, it’s a smart move to send a licensed chimney sweep in there. Fireplaces buildup layers of creosote over time. Creosote is highly flammable and needs clearing away to avoid a chimney fire. 

#6 Have the furnace serviced.

Your furnace is about to get a workout. Schedule a little spa day tune-up for the coming heating season. 

Many heating companies offer an annual maintenance contract program that’ll do this check-up automatically, give you a discount for services, and offer priority scheduling if you run into trouble. It might be smart to invest in this kind of relationship—especially if you have an older system. 

By the way, every two months your furnace filter is supposed to be changed. You’re doing that, right?

#5 Test out your winter equipment.

Got a snow shovel? Do you want to try to buy one when your car is snowed in, and every other person in town is also trying to buy one? 

If you have a snowblower, you absolutely want to take care of that puppy. Do some TLC now, and you’ll be the big hero when that first storm comes. 

At the very least, put a bag of rock salt by the door.

#4 Check the batteries on your smoke detector.

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Check that no one in the house disconnected them the last time they burned dinner. Just saying. 

While you’re at it, take a look at those flashlights in the junk drawer. In fact, while you are at it, take a look at that junk drawer!

#3 Store away your summer gear.

Outdoor furniture doesn’t last forever. Get a few more seasons out of your set by bringing it inside, washing the covers, and tightening up the screws. If space is at a premium, invest in waterproof furniture covers. You can pick up a cover for your grill, too. 

#2 Put your storm windows back in.

It’s time to get ready for colder temperatures. When you take out your screen windows and doors, inspect for repairs. Give your window screens a good cleaning and spray them with a protective coating before storing them away in a dry part of the basement or garage. 

#1 Install the most energy-efficient windows possible

While you’re changing out those screens, take a good critical look at the condition of your windows. The US Department of Energy says heat loss through windows is responsible for 25-30% of home energy use

Don’t spend another expensive year limping along with inefficient windows. Don’t recaulk, and certainly don’t try some internet workaround that involves plastic wrap (we’ve seen it all).

Fall is a great time to take on that window replacement job. A new set of windows on your home will bring you many years of beauty, comfort, and lower energy bills.

Window Nation has highly trained crews at the ready. Give us a call. We’ll get you ready for whatever the winter season brings.