Have you ever heard this? “Hey! You make a better door than a window!” If you’re over the age of 30, you probably have, especially if you’ve ever accidentally stood in front of the television while your dad was trying to watch the EaglesSteelers game. Well, if you have a window that would be much better as a sliding glass door or French door in Harrisburg, it may be time for some remodeling.

The beautiful thing about your home is that it is yours. You can do anything you want with it–well, as long as Tom Lesser at the Harrisburg Code Enforcement Office says it’s okay. And one of the most cost-effective remodeling jobs you can do for your Pennsylvania home is to turn a window into a door.

Doors offer almost everything a window can offer, and more.

  • Unless you’re a certain groundhog, you’re probably desperate to see the Pennsylvania sunlight from time to time. If you need a bit more light in your home, a door can let in much more than a window.
  • If you want to be able to open the house up and let lots of air in, a door wins every time.
  • If you want to have access to an area of your yard, walking out a door is way easier than climbing out the window. Not to mention you look less guilty to the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.
  • If you want to be able to bring large pieces of furniture into your home, new French doors will open up a giant space to move through. Your window can’t compete with that.

But, putting in a door can create some problems if it is not installed professionally.

  • A certified installer will make sure that your new doors will be sealed properly, so that you can take full advantage of the latest in energy efficiency. Especially in Pennsylvania where the winter chill can range from uncomfortable to brutal at the drop of a hat.
  • Unless you’re taking a ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, you really don’t want to feel a lot of moisture when you’re sitting indoors. A professional will make sure everything is plumb and that there is no way for moisture to get in and cause warping or mold.

If you have a window that you think would make a beautiful location for new sliding glass doors or elegant French doors, look no further than Window Nation for help. With our wide selection of options, colors, textures, and features, we’re like the Broad Street Market of doors. Let our Angie’s List Super Service award-winning team walk you through the processes from beginning to end, and help you get the perfect doors for your Harrisburg home.

You will be absolutely amazed at how much of a difference new doors can make for your home in Harrisburg, and we can’t wait to see the smile on your face. Reach out to us today, and let’s start dreaming together.

This last winter was tough. You’ve tried just about everything in the book. You replaced your existing windows with brand new energy-efficient windows and you’ve already turned your heater up to the max. Unfortunately, your once warm and cozy living room is still getting hit with an unbearably cold winter chill. 

So what gives?

Despite how hefty and durable your entry door may seem, it might not be the steadfast barrier against the outside world that you need. The longer a door is sitting on its hinges, the more likely it is to develop issues that can make it obsolete in your home. However, for most homeowners, these issues are not as crystal clear as they should be. 

If you’re wondering whether or not you should replace your doors this spring, here are four questions that you need to ask yourself.

Need to Reduce Your Heating Bills?

A higher-than-normal heating bill is a red flag that some part of your house is not doing its job. (Either that or someone likes to leave the freezer open overnight!) Unless you wake up in the morning and find that icebox wide open, it might be time to replace your door.

Compare your heating bills from last month and the same time last year. If there is a significant increase in the price you’re paying between then and now, then that might mean your door has leakage somewhere. This leads to unwanted drafts in the area surrounding it, especially for a sliding glass door.

Or, if you find that your energy bill is just too high in the first place, you might want to replace your entry door with one that’s more energy efficient to save money in the long run.

Is Your Door Visibly Warped or Damaged?

When was the last time you took a good look at your door? It’s not unreasonable to say that most homeowners don’t take an analytical look at the structural integrity of their door every day. But if you’re thinking of replacing your door this spring, you really should.

Look for any visible cracks or warping around the edges of the door. Not only can these faults be an eyesore for your home, but they can lead to cold drafts or worse, easy break-ins. Very few can kick down a steel door, but criminals might have a better chance at busting down a wooden door with visible damage.

Does Your Door Look Outdated?

Sometimes your door just doesn’t fit into the overall look of your home anymore. Maybe you redecorated your backyard and your sliding glass door doesn’t contribute to your home’s style. Or you decided to re-paint your home’s exterior and your entry door just clashes too much with the new color.

The entry door is the gateway to the rest of the home, and if your door leaves something to be desired, that first impression goes a long way.

Whether you’re looking to re-sell your home in a couple of years, or just looking to dazzle your guests with your home’s beautiful exterior design, replacing your entry door can really make all the difference for your home.

Can’t Wait Until Next Spring?

If you choose to replace your door, spring is the best time to do it. While installing replacement doors in the other seasons is a reasonable option, there are quite a few drawbacks that make the process unfavorable.

For example, the weather is much more temperate in spring than in summer or winter, which means there are less extreme temperatures that might lead to higher heating or A/C bills. There is also much more daylight in the spring compared to the other seasons. This allows installers to spend fewer days on the project, and lets you get your new entry door sooner.

If you think it might be time to switch to a more energy-efficient entry door or sliding glass door, you need to consider if it can wait until next year. Otherwise, it’s just not cost- and time-effective.

Learn More about Replacement Doors from Window Nation

If you said yes to two or three of the above questions, this spring is the best time to replace your doors. And if you said yes to all four of the above questions, you should already be on the phone with Window Nation. Contact us today to get a free quote on an energy-efficient replacement door.

After years of living in your home, you may notice your entry doors are beginning to show signs of wear-and-tear. Left unrepaired, your doors might become drafty or difficult to open and close. You’re then faced with the difficult decision to repair or replace your doors – while it might seem easier to repair the damage yourself, is it really worth it in the long run? The home improvement experts at Window Nation have some tips to help guide your decision:

Should I Repair or Replace My Entry Doors?

It can be difficult to determine whether you should repair or replace your entry door. Some issues, like drafts or leaks, can be easily fixed with weatherstripping and caulk. If your issue is cosmetic, you could simply make a trip to the local home improvement store and add a fresh coat of paint.

However, if you have an old, outdated entry door, it might not be worth repairing. Sure, you might be saving money now by making basic repairs, but are you really saving money in the long run? You’re most likely going to have to make more repairs in the future, costing you hundreds of dollars every year. It might not seem like much money at first, but over time, the costs will add up and you could end up spending hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars to make repairs. Why continue to waste money when you could simply upgrade your old entry door to a modern fiberglass or steel entry door from Window Nation?

Why Choose Entry Doors from Window Nation?

At Window Nation, we offer so much more than replacement windows. We’re proud to offer high quality replacement entry doors to meet your home improvement needs. Choose between fiberglass and steel doors, each available in a variety of style and color options to compliment your home. Each of our doors can be customized with decorative glass options to give your home the curb appeal boost it needs. You’ll also enjoy added security thanks to a multi-point locking system standard on all entry doors.

If your current entry doors are drafty, consider choosing a fiberglass or steel entry door. Each of our doors is engineered to have an airtight seal, virtually eliminating drafts. Our doors are also equipped with a polyurethane core to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. If your door has glass, each pane will be coated in a Low-E glaze to boost your home’s energy efficiency. No matter the door you choose, you can feel comfortable knowing our doors are durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

What About My Patio Doors?

If you notice your patio doors are also looking a little worse-for-wear, we also offer French doors and sliding glass doors to meet your home improvement needs. Our sliding glass doors will enhance your home while keeping maintenance to a minimum. If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, our French doors will do the trick. Available in many style and color combinations, you’ll enjoy the view for years to come.

Ready to Start Your Project?

When you choose Window Nation for your entry door replacement project, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re working with an experienced team who will guide you through the process from start to finish. When you schedule your in-home estimate, our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your options and provide you a quote good for up to six months. We also offer Energy Star certified siding and replacement windows to give your home the energy efficiency boost it needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today!

You made the right call. You’ve decided to get a new patio door installed. Maybe you’re daydreaming about the kids running outside to play, or you want to eat dinner al fresco every once in a while. That garden is starting to look nice, and a new patio door is going to help you enjoy it. 

The question now is, what kind of door?

Well, what are the options? 

It basically comes down to a choice between French doors or sliding glass doors. You’ll sometimes hear people refer to French doors as “hinged doors” for the way the pair of them open on hinges. Sliding glass doors open laterally on an anodized track. You can’t go wrong either way, but you’ll want to take a few different factors into consideration. 

Sliding Doors might be right.

If you’re going into this project wanting to enjoy the view of your backyard, then sliding doors are a good choice. They give you a broad sweeping view of your property that you can enjoy even in the colder months, without worrying about drafts. 

Take a look at your furniture placement. Sliding glass doors give you more freedom on the layout of your space, since you won’t lose any square footage to the swinging open of a door.  

There are also French doors to consider.

French doors are a big dramatic statement, and can really fancy up your curb appeal. If you are looking for access to the front yard, this is the suggested route. Both sliding glass and French doors have excellent locking mechanisms that will keep your family safe, but French doors are the traditional choice for front-of-the-house patio doors.

The old wisdom used to be, that if you want to let more light, choose sliding glass. That’s not so much the case anymore. These days, the options for customization are endless, and the more you play the more light you can let in. It’s really easy to customize French doors with different heights and widths, not to mention the idea of adding a transom window over the new doors, or window panels on either side.  

Give a thought to how you want these doors to open. You can have them set up to swing in, or swing out onto the patio.  Getting your doors to swing out gives you a bit more freedom when it comes to furniture placement, and gives a sense of flow out onto your patio space. 

Does your daydream of patio doors include a lot of big, fancy backyard parties? If you anticipate lots of foot traffic in and out of the house – or carrying furniture in and out – go with French doors that fully open. If you’re thinking these patio doors are for running in to grab another beer, a sliding door will do. 

If you’re still not quite sure whether your house can accommodate a pair of French doors, there are models where one side of the pair is a fixed door, and only the other side swings open. You’ll still get all of the drama of a French door. 

Getting it just right.

Interblinds are a feature you can add to either sliding doors or French doors. These are blinds that live between the double paned window part of your door. There’s no need to take on the decorating challenges of curtains or blinds – these save you a step. They allow you to control the amount of light you let in, adjust for privacy, and never need dusting. 

Whichever way you decide, you’ll next need to choose the type of glass, and the materials that surround it. Each of the options will contribute to your home’s energy efficiency and help you save money in the long-term. The windows that Window Nation sells are backed by warranties, and are expertly measured and installed by a crew of trained professionals. 

If you’re still debating, reach out to Window Nation. They have a program where you can download a picture of your home, and they’ll show you what your new patio door will look like. Their virtual consultants can give a listen as you weigh the options, and perhaps even offer you ideas you didn’t think of. 

Good call.

Can you paint vinyl windows in Chicago, a city known for wild winds and brutal Midwestern winters? There’s some disagreement on this topic, as experts constantly argue about whether painting vinyl windows is cost-effective in the Windy City.

Whether you live along the Red Line or the Blue Line, this article will help you explore the pros and cons of painted vinyl windows in Chicago.

Common Painted Vinyl Windows Problems

Vinyl windows can be painted, but that does not mean they should be painted. Generally, home contractors on the North Side and South Side alike will tell you that painting vinyl windows in Chicago is a viable option, while window manufacturers will contradict them.

The major drawback is that paint does not adhere well to vinyl, particularly during northern Illinois winters. This results in paint flaking off, leaving you with windows that look worse than the Damen Silos.

The color you choose can also be a factor. Darker paint colors attract solar heat, which puts additional heat stress on your window frames (particularly during the summer, when Chicago temperatures can exceed 90 degrees). If your current windows are older, the increased heat could cause warping.

Another important consideration when thinking about painting window frames is your window warranty. Altering the vinyl window frame may void your warranty. Without a valid warranty, most Chicagoland-area manufacturers won’t fix your windows.

Some manufacturers in Illinois will only accept certain colors of vinyl paint – sometimes going so far as to ask you to send in the paint chip for verification! If your windows are under warranty, it’s worth a phone call to find out what colors, if any, don’t void the warranty.

Now you understand the risks if you choose to paint the frames. But we live in the age of Pinterest, where DIY is king. Chicagoans continue to paint vinyl window frames because it’s the cheapest and easiest way to change the color of their frames.

What About Window Replacement?

The other option is window replacement. When you choose to replace your windows, you should work with a company in the Chicagoland area that custom-builds your vinyl replacement windows. Window Nation offers over 1,500 style and color combinations for your windows, including double hung vinyl replacement windows. We have colors to match your specific taste, the style of your home, and even your favorite Chicago sports teams (go Bears!).

Luckily, when you choose vinyl replacement windows from Window Nation, there won’t be a need to paint your vinyl windows. Like our vinyl siding, our vinyl replacement windows are painted with a special fade-resistant formula to keep maintenance to a minimum. The cost to replace windows of this caliber might seem high; however, at Window Nation, our exterior design consultants will work with you to find windows at a price that fits your budget. Should you choose to buy, our team of window replacement experts will handle you project from measurement to installation – there’s no need to learn how to measure replacement windows. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, ensuring your windows will be the perfect fit for your home.

How to Paint Vinyl Window Frames in Chicago

Our window replacement experts provided their best tips for painting vinyl windows should you choose to move forward:

Supply List:

  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Primer specifically made to work on vinyl such as an alkyd- based primer
  • Vinyl safe latex exterior paint
  • Foam paint brushes of varying size
  • Painters tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Warm water and sponge for ‘goofs’

Before you start painting window framesclean the windows to remove any dirt. You never want to paint a dirty window, as that will trap all that Chicago dirt beneath the paint.

You may want to sand the windows using 220-grit sandpaper lightly. Roughing up the frame encourages the primer to bond with the vinyl frames.

Make sure you cover and tape off your window glass and position newspaper (if you still get the Chicago Tribune) or a drop cloth to help manage drips or paint application sprays.

After you’ve completed all the prep work, apply a primer that’s formulated to work with vinyl. Primers can soften vinyl, which can decrease material integrity, so one that’s formulated for vinyl is critical. Using a primer is essential because it prepares the vinyl for paint, increasing the odds that your paint will stick to the windows.

Let the primer dry thoroughly. We recommend exceeding the amount of time directed on the packaging. Once dry, apply a thin coat of paint using a foam paintbrush.

Ideally, you want to apply several thin coats of paint and allow a long time for it to dry between applications. As with the primer, you should choose a paint formula that’s appropriate for vinyl (which will be noted on the label).

While you’re saving up to buy replacement windows for your Chicago home, painting is a solid interim solution.

It’s more important than ever to be cost efficient and save money. The events of the past year have caused financial difficulties for many families, causing homeowners to look for new ways to save money. While some expenses may be out of your control, you can start saving money on your energy bill by making your home more energy efficient. Consider making small changes to your energy consumption to lower your energy bills. Simply unplugging electronics when not in use or replacing your lightbulbs with LED replacements could lower your energy costs. However, for a bigger impact, you might consider upgrading your appliances or your windows for significant savings.

Energy Efficient Windows from Window Nation

Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low. We offer vinyl windows in a variety of styles and colors, so you won’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency. Each of our windows is available in double pane and triple pane glass, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency.

Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows have two panes of energy efficient glass to keep your home comfortable while keeping your energy bills low. Each pane of glass is coated with a Low-E glass coating, reflecting over 80% of the sun’s rays to keep your home from heating. These windows are a popular option for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills without breaking the bank. We recommend double pane windows for homeowners living in moderate climates, like Maryland or Philadelphia.

Triple Pane Windows

Triple pane windows have all the benefits of double pane windows, but with an additional pane of Low-E coated glass for maximum energy efficiency. Window Nation offers two options for those looking for triple pane windows, Ultra Triple Pane and Ultimate Triple Pane. Ultra Triple Pane Windows block nearly 90% of the sun’s UV rays, while Ultimate Triple Pane windows block almost 97%. These windows are best for homeowners living in more extreme climates, like Kansas City.

Each windowpane is glazed with a Low-E glass coating to reduce the amount of sunlight from entering your home, allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder. We also insert Argon gas between each pane of glass to minimize heat transfer in and out of your home. The temperature of your windows will be close to the temperature of your home, making your home feel more comfortable while helping you save money on your energy bills.

Our replacement windows are also installed with an airtight seal to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

What Else Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills?

Replacement windows will help you save money you your energy bills; however, for a bigger impact, consider making additional changes to your home:

  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Purchase Energy Star certified products, including appliances and electronics
  • Turn off electronics, appliances, and lights when not in use
  • Keep your home well insulated, particularly if you live in a colder climate like Boston
  • Weatherize your home before the change of each season
  • Avoid using your appliances in peak times, particularly in the summer
  • Keep your thermostat lower in the cooler months and warmer in the hotter months

Simple changes could help you save big on your energy bills.

Need New Windows?

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

There’s no place like home for the holidays! After a challenging year, it’s more important than ever to get in the holiday spirit. Your celebrations might look different this year but try to make the holiday season feel as normal as possible by adding festive touches to your home. No matter what you celebrate, adding even a few small decorations will make your home feel cozy for a holiday season unlike any other. If you need some last-minute holiday décor inspiration, our home improvement experts are sharing their best tips for decorating your home in a pinch.

Place Candles in the Window

Putting festive candles in your windows is a simple, yet elegant way to decorate your home for the holidays. You can place candles in every window, or you can select a few windows in your living room or front-facing bedrooms. The candles will give your home a warm glow and a festive feel you’ll enjoy all season long.

Display Your Holiday Cards

You get stacks of holiday cards from friends and family every year. Why not display them in your home? Use clothespins to pin them to strips of ribbon and display them in your living room. Your guests will enjoy seeing their cards on display when they come to visit for holiday celebrations!

Decorate Pinecones

Clean up your yard by collecting pinecones to make festive holiday decorations! Pinecones are versatile and can be used to make everything from Christmas ornaments to centerpieces for your holiday parties. Paint them green to make a mini Christmas tree, or paint them gold for an elegant touch – the possibilities are endless! You can even turn them into a special keepsake by having your kids or grandkids make them when they’re off school for winter break.

Create an Ornament Centerpiece

If you have too many ornaments for your Christmas tree, consider using the leftover balls to create a festive and cost-efficient centerpiece. Place color coordinating ornaments (red and green or silver and gold are recommended) in a large bowl or vase to create an eye-catching decoration. Your home will look more festive in just five minutes or less!

Add Festive Lights

Sometimes classic decorations are the best decorations. While you might not have time to string holiday lights outside, consider adding a few strands throughout your home for a festive touch. Wrap them around your bannister or on your mantels to give your home a festive glow. If you’re feeling creative, you can even use them to outline the shape of a Christmas Tree right on your wall!

Spotlight Your Home

You don’t need to cover your home in thousands of twinkle lights like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for it to look festive. You can simply place a wreath on your front door or and use a spotlight to illuminate your home for all to see! Just be careful when using a spotlight: the light can be bright, and you’ll want to make sure it’s not shining directly into your home or a neighbor’s home.

Happy Holidays from Window Nation

Though our celebrations might look different this year, the holiday season is filled with joy and excitement. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer and love through your windows and out into the world.

The holiday season is approaching. All of us at Window Nation enjoy seeing the festive holiday lights and decorations families have put up in their homes. It’s no surprise that our favorite decoration to see are festive candles in the windows, a simple yet elegant way to celebrate the holidays. Most homeowners might not think twice when putting a candle in the window; however, the small gesture has a rich history that spans centuries and cultures. Naturally, as home window experts, we wanted to dig into the history of the tradition to find out where it got its roots.

How Did the Tradition Start?

The tradition of having candles in the window during the holidays is different for each culture. The origins differ based on religious beliefs and even regions. No matter where your family comes from or how they celebrate the holidays, the use of lights has become a tradition used by many to brighten up their home and make it feel festive for the holidays. Here in the United States, the tradition of lighting candles in the windows of homes during the Christmas holidays was brought by the Irish.

From the mid-17th through the late 18th century, the British government created oppressive laws in an attempt to restrict the practice of Catholicism in Ireland. During this time of religious suppression, there were no churches allowed. Catholic Priests were forced to hide out in the wilderness in caves.  

The priests would sneak back into town during the night to have mass with fellow believers in their homes. During Christmastime, Catholic families would leave their doors unlocked and a candle burning in the window to let the priest know he was welcome in their home.  

With the many waves of Irish immigration to America, the tradition took root here and continued to evolve. For example, in colonial times, a lit candle in a window let travelers know they had a safe place to stay. The candle also served as a signal amongst neighbors that the home was open to receive visitors and to light the way for returning family members.  

With the many waves of Irish immigration to America, the tradition took root here and continued to evolve. For example, in colonial times, a lit candle in a window let travelers know they had a safe place to stay. The candle also served as a signal amongst neighbors that the home was open to receive visitors and to light the way for returning family members.   

How Do We Honor the Tradition Today?

In modern times, the custom of the candle in the window may have lost its traditional meaning, but the practice lives on. The reasons might be different, but the candle in the window is still a simple and beautiful way to light up your home and make it festive for the holiday season. Festive candles will add an elegant touch to any window, from double hung windows to picture windows. You can even decorate your window shutters and entry door with eye-catching lights and festive wreaths to transform your home into a winter wonderland! No matter how you celebrate, be sure to enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer through your home windows and out into the world.

Sometimes it feels impossible to save money in the winter. Your holiday shopping list seems never ending, and your energy bills skyrocket as you try to keep your home comfortable despite the cold. While we can’t help you save money on your holiday gifts, we can help you save money on your energy bills. Making small changes, like turning your thermostat down and opening your curtains, could help you save big on your energy bills. For a bigger impact, consider upgrading your windows, doors, and siding with energy efficient replacements from Window Nation. No matter how much you’re looking to save, our home improvement experts have tips on how to keep your home comfortable on a budget this winter.

Upgrade Your Windows

Consider upgrading your old, drafty windows with energy efficient replacement windows from Window Nation. Our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable no matter the season. We offer double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Our windows are also installed with an airtight seal to eliminate drafts and keep your home warm all winter long. The best part? You don’t have to wait until spring to start saving money! Our team is skilled in winter window installations, taking special precautions to keep your home comfortable.

Turn Down Your Thermostat

Much of your energy consumption comes from heating and cooling your home. While cranking your thermostat up will make your home feel nice and toasty, it could cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Save money by turning down your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees while you sleep at night – you could lower your energy bills by nearly 10%! To combat the cold, consider purchasing flannel sheets or adding a few layers to your bed to stay warm while you sleep. You might even consider lowering your thermostat during the day for a bigger impact.

Be Smart About Your Heat Consumption

Understandably, some homeowners might not want to lower the thermostat any more than they already have. For those homeowners, we recommend being smarter about using your heater. Heat only the areas of your home that are used frequently, like your common areas and bedrooms. Be sure all your vents are open and accessible, and shut the doors in your home to trap the heat in the area it belongs. This will reduce the strain on your HVAC system, allowing your heater to work smarter, not harder. For extra savings, consider upgrading your existing thermostat to a smart thermostat for additional control over the temperature of your home.

Insulate Your Home

Nearly one-third of your heating and cooling costs come from energy loss through drafty windows and doors. Take time to inspect your home for drafts and air leaks and seal any drafts you notice with caulk. It’s also important to insulate your home with fiberglass or foam insulation. The biggest culprits for heat loss are in your attic and basement, so take extra care to insulate those areas of your house. You can also keep your floors warm and insulated by adding throw rugs to reduce the number of cold surfaces in your home. You’ll notice an immediate difference in the comfort level of your home!

Interested in Saving Money This Winter?

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

When it comes time to design your replacement windows, you might be surprised by the amount of choices you’ll have. It isn’t as simple as picking one style and color for every window in your home – some areas of your home have might have different needs. You might want to add character to your living room with a bay window, while your kitchen might need a slider window and your bedroom might need double hung windows. Before meeting with an exterior design consultant, it’s important to assess your home’s needs in order to design the best windows for your home. You want your windows to compliment your home – they shouldn’t stand out for the wrong reasons. So how can you design windows that give your home the curb appeal boost it needs? Our team of window replacement experts share their best tips for designing your windows.

Home Décor

While you might like the fun, colorful windows you saw on Pinterest, it’s important to consider if a pop of color is best for your home. If your home décor is mostly neutral, a colorful window could be a fun statement piece for the room. However, if your home is filled with different colors, it might be best to stick to neutral shades to keep your room from looking too busy. You don’t want your brand-new windows to turn your home into an eyesore!

Room Layout

There’s so much more to window replacement than just double hung windows. You can choose between casement windows, slider windows, or even bays and bows to give your existing windows an upgrade. We even offer specialty windows for homeowners looking for a unique window you can’t find anywhere else. However, before choosing a unique window style, consider the area around the window you’re trying to replace. Bay windows, bow windows, and garden windows extend outwards, so it’s important that you have enough space in your yard around the window. You might need to cut down your trees and bushes in order to accommodate the window. Bay and bow windows are also larger than your typical window, requiring ample space in the room you’re looking to install them in.

Return on Investment

Selling your home might not be on the forefront of your mind right now, but it’s important to consider when designing your replacement windows. Replacement windows can offer a big return on investment when it comes time to move – you could recoup over 70% of the cost of the project. However, it’s important that your windows are done correctly, particularly when it comes to style and color as your taste might not match everyone else’s. Consider this: while you might like brightly colored windows, will potential buyers like the windows you chose for your home? While we encourage creativity when it comes to designing your windows, we also advise homeowners think twice about their decisions when making such a large investment.

Energy Efficiency

Choosing energy efficiency features might not be as glamorous as choosing the style and color of your windows, but it might be the most important decision you make. The features you choose for your windows could significantly impact your energy consumption – and your energy bill. Energy efficiency is particularly important if you live in an area with an extreme climate, like Boston or Kansas City, where it might be harder to keep your home comfortable. Luckily, all replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features that you can customize to fit your home’s needs. We offer both double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Your home will enjoy an energy efficiency boost – and you’ll enjoy lower energy bills for years to come.

Want to Learn More about Window Replacement?

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