This year, make the home improvement fixes that you have been putting off years. Start off small by adding simple touches, such as new accent furniture or replacing existing lighting fixtures. If you’re looking to make major changes, consider replacing your old, drafty windows with new windows from Window Nation. No matter the project size, following our tips to give your home a shake-up will make your home feel like new again:

  1. Update Paint – Re-paint the rooms in your house for a quick and easy way to make your home feel new again. Popular colors in 2019 include jewel tones, such as rich greens and golds, and muted colors including dusty pinks and blues. If you’re looking for a subtle change, consider adding an accent wall instead of completely repainting.
  2. Bring in More Light – If your rooms feel dark and dingy, consider purchasing new lighting fixtures to bring in additional light. Look for the Energy Star seal on the products you purchase for maximum energy efficiency. If you’re looking for a bigger change, replace your existing windows with double hung windows, perfect for rooms that face porches or decks.
  3. Add Color – Make old furniture feel like new again by adding accent pillows or blankets to add a pop of color to your rooms. Room accents in bright colors will make a splash in drab rooms. Consider pairing bright room accents with black and white furnishings for an extra pop.
  4. Upgrade your Space – If you’re looking to make big changes to your home in 2019, consider replacing your existing windows with new bay windows from Window Nation. Bay windows can change the look and feel of your rooms, creating an inviting reading nook or a unique look into your backyard.
  5. Add a Backsplash – Your kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in your house, so why not make it fun? Replace old, boring tile with a patterned backsplash for a more modern appearance. Geometric patterns are particularly trendy, adding an interesting pop to your space.

If you feel your home is stuck in a rut, consider making changes to your rooms to make your old home feel like new again. Start off small by adding pops of color and patterns to your existing rooms or make larger changes by replacing your existing windows with bay windows from Window Nation.

If you decide 2019 is the year to replace your windows, our exterior design consultants are here to help with all your window replacement needs. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

 
It is hard to choose the perfect gift. You have to take into account what a person likes, what season you're giving the gift, how long the gift will bring happiness, whether or not the gift will be accepted, and many other subtle variables. Let's take a look at the gift giving process and see if we can determine the perfect Christmas gift, based on the information we currently have, and past Christmas failures.
 
 

There is no accounting for taste. One person might think the "Mona Lisa" is the most beautiful work of art ever created, while another sees it simply as a painting of a semi-attractive woman in a sensible dress. That is why buying anything that requires you to gauge the artistic taste or fashion sense of another person should never be attempted. Even if you know that the person you're buying for absolutely adores a good scarf, your chances of finding the right colors and the right patterns on the right scarf are almost impossible.

 
Oh, the weather outside is frightful. When purchasing the perfect Christmas gift, it is important to take note of what the weather is like outside. No one wants a new boat when the lake is frozen solid and no one wants a skateboard when there is four feet of snow on the sidewalks.

 

 
A victim of too much Christmas cheer: The perfect Christmas gift can't be something that is obsolete soon after it is given. We're not talking about something like an iPhone that will have a slight upgrade in the next 3 months. We're talking about a gift that is seasonal, like a Christmas ornament. It can be the best ornament ever, but you'll probably get a response like, "This is lovely. I'll put this on next year's tree...if I remember."

 

 
Oh, I couldn't possibly! Giving a Big gift can be tricky. Some people don't like you to out-give them. But, more often than not, this kind of gift is greeted with an "I couldn't possibly," but end with a, "This is the most amazing thing anyone has ever given me!"
 
So, our message to you this year is to GIVE BIG! Give a gift that will come in the color and style of the one you're giving it to. One that will be perfect in the bitter cold temperatures of winter or in the boiling temps of a summer heat wave. Buy a gift that will continue to bring joy, happiness, and comfort for years to come. Give the gift of a window replacement package. With new windows from Window Nation, you can't go wrong. Our agents would love to help you get everything ready for Christmas day. Call today and set up a free consultation.
If you've been on the fence for years about doing some improvements to your home because you didn't know which improvements would give you the biggest bang for your buck, we understand. Remodeling isn't just about aesthetics. Sure, it's a lot about aesthetics, but you're also making an investment. You want that home improvement to increase the value of your home. Here are a few facts taken from Remodeling Magazine that should get you on track.

OUTDOOR PROJECTS VS INDOOR PROJECTS

When it comes to increasing the value of a home, outdoor projects continue to outperform indoor projects. Seems upside down, doesn't it? We spend most of our time inside our homes than out in our yards. You would think that adding another bathroom, improving a family room, or adding a master suite would top the list but, according to the data collected by Remodeling Magazine, windows, doors, and siding have a history of generating higher returns on investment than work done inside. They hint that it might be connected to the fact that these projects increase the "curb appeal" of a home, and make it more attractive to both homebuyers and real estate agents.

Top 10 Remodeling Projects Based On Cost Recuperated

  1. Fiberglass Attic Insulation
  2. Entry Door Replacement (steel)
  3. Manufactured Stone Veneer
  4. Garage Door Replacement (upscale project)
  5. Minor Kitchen Remodel
  6. Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass)
  7. Garage Door Replacement (midrange project)
  8. Siding Replacement
  9. Window Replacement (vinyl)
  10. Window Replacement (wood)

PRICE RANGE

Five of the top ten remodeling projects based on ROI, are projects that fall in the less than $5,000 range, and the other five fall into the $5,000-$25,000 range. That puts the entire top 10 list at under $25,000. This is partly because it is harder to place value on things we can't see. It is easy to look at a beautiful entry door and calculate its value. There is nothing hidden. But estimating the value of a remodeled kitchen or master bedroom suite is trickier. There is a lot of "behind the scenes" work required for these projects.

VALUE AT SALE

How good of an investment are doors, windows, and siding replacement? Let's take a look at the percentage of cost recuperated on several projects tracked. This is how much of the cost for these projects was returned at the time of the sale.
  • Master Suite: 59.9%
  • Bathroom Addition : 53.9%
  • Window Replacement (vinyl): 73.9%
  • Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass): 77.8%
  • Siding Replacement: 76.4%
  • Backyard Patio: 54.9%
  • Bathroom Remodel 59.1%
  • Major Kitchen Remodel: 61.9%
  • Two-Story Addition: 71.1%
As you can see, doors, windows, and siding replacements are a great investment. When you replace the windows on your home with new vinyl windows, not only do you get to enjoy all of the benefits those new windows bring, you'll get almost ¾ of your money back if you sell your home. The value goes up even more for siding replacement or new fiberglass entry door. At Window Nation, we offer an incredible selection of entry doors, replacement windows, and siding. If you're ready to do an upgrade that will almost pay for itself, we are ready to walk you through the process, step by step.

There are extra costs to owning your own home. When things break down, you have to fix them. When the lawn needs to be mowed, you have to buy the gas for your lawn mower. If you want to enjoy beautiful annual flowers, you’re going to have to fork over the cash to plant them every spring. If you want to stay cozy warm through the winter, you are going to have to pay to heat your home. You don’t have a landlord to pay for any of these things. Is that why you’re here? Are you feeling the bite of that energy bill?

Are you noticing how much of your monthly income is going out the window–quite literally? Here are a few ways your home can cost you money and some ideas for keeping more of that money in your pocket, where it belongs.

WINDOW EFFICIENCY

If you have old, leaky, drafty windows, you might as well keep those windows wide open. All of that expensive heat you are generating inside your home is going right out those windows. However, it doesn’t have to. Replacing old windows with new double or triple pane windows with Low-E coatings is a cost effective way to upgrade the efficiency of your home. Find out about our energy efficient windows ->

SEALING LEAKS

There are many ways your home can “leak” precious warm (and cold) air. It is vital to do an inspection of your exterior walls and seal any holes or gaps you find. Make sure you look closely around window and door frames, or places where pipes and electrical wires (or other items) pass through your exterior walls.

If you have forced-air heating or cooling ducts in your home, be sure to make certain that these are properly sealed. The EPA asserts that a fifth of the air that flows through ductwork often leaks out. This can cost you money.

SIDING EFFICIENCY

The siding on your home is like a nice, warm blanket. Like a warm blanket, siding is great for keeping heat in your home. Siding has insulation that works to resist heat transfer. If it is warm inside, the warmth is going to stay longer. If it is hot outside, that heat is going to stay out longer. Upgrading the siding on your home is one of the best ways to lower your energy bills. It is also a great way to give your home a face lift and get excited about it again.

DOOR EFFICIENCY

All doors lose heat, but sliding glass doors are especially good at it. Not only can heat escape through old weather stripping and seals, it will also be going right through the glass. While you’ll benefit from replacing any of the doors in your home, replacing old sliding glass doors with doors that take advantage of new heat resistant technology is really going to make a difference.

REPLACE OUT-OF-DATE APPLIANCES

Old heating units and air conditioners can cost you an arm and a leg without you ever realizing it. New infrared heaters are far more energy efficient than those old, coiled heaters. There has been quite a bit of enhancement in air conditioner technology. If your air conditioning unit is older than ten years old, it is definitely time to upgrade it.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Give your home the cool and hot air when it needs it. If you have a programmable thermostat installed in your home, you’re sure to notice a reduction on your energy bills in only a couple of months.

IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE?

While we may not be able to help you with all of the ways you can make your home more energy efficient, we can get you on track with the most advanced door, window, and siding options available. At Window Nation, we have an incredible selection to help you meet your budget and get the most bang for your buck. We can also make sure these products are installed properly to take advantage of their incredible Energy Star efficiency. Reach out to one of our online representatives and let’s set up a free, in-home estimate for you. What do you have to lose–except more money out of the window?