When the weather gets warm, you gotta start gathering your summer gear. To take maximum advantage of the season, make sure you have a good cooler, a fresh pair of flip-flops and an unexpired bottle of sunscreen.
There may be one key piece of summer equipment you’re forgetting— a patio door.
With all of the coming and going this time of year, a brand new patio door is going to be key.
You could use some vitamin sunshine
After this past winter, we’re all a little starved for sunlight. A new patio door lets that summer sunlight pour into your home. If you never got around to spring cleaning, that’s fine. When your home is full of natural light, suddenly those rooms don’t seem quite so gloomy anymore.
When you opt for low-e glass in that new patio door, you can let in all the light without baking your interiors. Low-E glass is like sunscreen for your windows- it cuts down on the amount of ultraviolet light and makes it easier to regulate your home’s interior temperature. The sunlight streams through, but low-e glass takes the edge off.
Consider the dog days of summer
Take a good hard look at your old patio door’s locking mechanism. You’re probably planning on taking some nice long out of town vacations this summer— are you really comfortable leaving that old rusty lock protecting things? A new patio door will seal up tight.
That seal will not only protect your home, it’ll protect your wallet. An old leaky door could be costing you money— especially on those dog days when the A/C is working really hard. The energy efficiency on new patio doors makes this an upgrade that pays for itself over time.
If you’re one of those folks who likes to delay switching on the A/C, then a patio door with a screen will be a godsend. You can crack those patio doors and catch a breeze. The bugs stay out, but the cool breezes come in.
Get outside already
Summer is the time for outdoor living. A new patio door will help you blur the lines between indoors and out. You’ll be running outside to check on the kids, running back in to get another popsicle. Back and forth you go. That patio door gets a workout.
Perhaps you’re planning on hosting the neighborhood barbeque this summer. A new patio door is an excellent way to up your entertainment game. We don’t always think about how the back of our house looks, but when you’re sitting on the porch with every single one of your neighbors you’ll be glad your house looks so handsome.
Here’s a thought— if your house has a downstairs master bedroom, what if you added on a patio door and a small deck area? You could build your own little vacation suite off the bedroom—a spot for a quiet cup of coffee in the mornings before the craziness of the day sets in. It will be like extending your summer vacation into the rest of the year.
Swinging or sliding?
So the next question is, do you want to swing or slide? No, it’s not this summer’s latest top 40 hit. You’ve got options when it comes to this patio door.
A sliding glass patio door can provide you with unobstructed views of the outdoors. It’s easy to arrange your furniture with a sliding door- you don’t have to worry about where the door swings. They are great for tight little spaces like off of a breakfast nook. They play well with almost any style home and are low maintenance.
But perhaps you love the drama of swinging open French doors? You can open one or two sides into your house or out onto a deck, providing a sense of flow to your property. Hinged Patio doors, as you may also hear them called, give you the look of a window and the function of a door.
Give us a call at Window Nation. If you’re wondering about, “patio doors near me”, or who has the best patio doors for sale, Window Nation is the answer. Summer is an excellent time to coordinate an installation. There’s less worry about weather and cold drafts in the summer months, and we’ve got teams of trusted installers at the ready.
What does a ballpark have to do with your windows? You’re about to find out and it’s probably not exactly what you had in mind! Elephant in the room: we are not selling Dunkin’ Donuts Park, but one of the first questions most potential customers ask when shopping for replacement windows is what does the ballpark cost?
Here at Window Nation, we understand that when it comes to the quality of the products you put in your home, Nutmeggers want the very best. Knowing that we can provide that at a price that won’t break the bank is important to us. That being said, we will do our very best to give you a basic pricing outline. But the answer to the “ballpark” question is somewhat difficult to explain. Think about the last big purchase you made, a potential lifetime investment. For example your Hartford home.
Do Your Research
Usually, the first step is researching the features and style you want and compiling a list. Some items on the list may be negotiable such as room for a garden in the back yard. Others might be “must-haves”, such as the number of bedrooms or a two-car garage. With so many different styles and options to choose from, prices often vary. Replacement windows and doors are no exception.
Choose The Right Windows For Your Home
But the truth is, whether we’re talking about your home or your windows these are tough choices you’re going to have to live with. Choices like living in Hartford and supporting the Yankees over the Sox. We’ll forgive you, but you’re on thin ice. So wouldn’t you prefer to do it right the first time AND get all the qualities you’re looking for? At Window Nation, we take pride in our ability to provide every homeowner what we like to call a “good”, “better”, “best” in terms of budget.
We offer a wide variety of options to choose from, over 1500. This allows us to provide windows to meet your needs and your budget without sacrificing quality because every Window Nation window is custom-made just for your Hartford home.
So whether you’re looking for the best money can buy or something a little simpler, we’ve got you covered. You may be thinking “they’re just windows, what’s the big deal?” (If you are, careful, your inner T-Town is showing). But when it comes to the windows in your home, they’re just as unique as you are. Understanding that you’ll be looking out of your windows and unlocking your door quite regularly is important. And not just any old window or door will do. The one you choose will be essential to your overall satisfaction with our products.
We want to ensure maximum satisfaction with minimal maintenance over the lifetime of the product. Windows are typically a one-time investment and there are many factors to take into account when researching and purchasing your windows such as glass options, safety features, durability against reckless Hartford drivers on their phones, and operational mechanisms. Unfortunately, many first-time shoppers focus solely on the initial cost of their home remodeling project and fail to realize the long-term consequences of finding the “cheapest” estimate.
Cost vs. Value
When buying new windows it’s important to remember the difference between value and cost. For example, UConn is arguably the better value, where UConn Stamford has a much more realistic cost. In many cases, a lower price tag compromises things like the warranty, quality, aesthetic appeal, and lower maintenance. When it comes to pricing a window here are a few items that it’s almost impossible to provide a substantiated estimate without:
- Window Style
- Window Interior/Exterior Color
- Size of the Window
- Material of the Frame
- Customizations & Add-Ons
- Labor Required
- Existing Window Conditions
How Do I Get My Quote?
We provide in-home estimates at no cost to every Nutmegger for exactly this reason. Just like a mechanic cannot confidently diagnose a car problem without first looking at the car, as window experts we typically like to come out to the home, sit down with our customers and take a look at the project before determining the cost. Of course, there is no obligation to buy at the time of the appointment and once the Window Nation design specialist gives you an estimate in writing, it’s good for 60 days.
As you can see, we like to be extremely thorough and it certainly reflects in the quality of work we produce. Like the difference between pizza and apizza in Connecticut (it’s so much more than just the “a”). We want to be sure that our customers are educated on the relevance of each detail leading to the overall success of their project. And if you need to buy high quality windows for your Hartford home, contact Window Nation today to get a free quote.
Windows are a crucial part of our home. They let light in, and they keep your home airy and bright with their natural warmth. You can view the beautiful outdoors through their crystal-clear glass. You can even open them up to bring in some fresh air when it comes around once or twice a year in Dayton. Windows are certainly an intricate part of our homes and our lives.
Are you enjoying your windows to their fullest extent? Because if there’s moisture, water (or in our case, frost) between your window panes, odds are, you aren’t getting the most out of your windows.
Moisture between your window panes is a sure sign that the seal on your window glass has failed you as hard as the Bengals fail us on a regular basis. Window glass is sealed into the frame of your window. If this seal gets punctured then moisture will creep. And if your windows are made of a material that will expand and contract to the unpredictable Dayton weather changes, then this movement can also be the access point for moisture to enter your windows.
If your windows are having issues with moisture between the glass, then there’s no getting around it, it’s time to replace them. Though, if you’re lucky, you might just be able to replace the panes instead of the whole window. It’s like using chunky peanut butter for your buckeyes when you run out of creamy peanut butter.
If you think that replacing your window panes might be an option, and contact your window manufacturer immediately so you can discuss some options for your specific windows. But if you can’t replace your panes, then it’s time to put down your Skyline chili and find some replacement windows. And once you give our new vinyl replacement windows a try, you’ll be happy you did.
Here at Window Nation, we install windows for families in Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, and we’re ready to help you replace yours. With all of the styles and colors of windows that we offer there is sure to be one that will fit your home beautifully. We walk you through every step of the process and make sure that your installation is exactly what you need for your Dayton home. If your windows are not performing to their fullest extent, then it’s definitely time to contact us.
There’s no bad weather. There’s only bad gear.
Perhaps you’ve heard this expression? Hopefully you didn’t hear it while freezing on the ski slopes, or soaked to the bone on a camping trip. If only you’d brought along that perfect raincoat, if only you’d sprung for the proper snow boots… you get the idea.
Knowing where you live — what style house, and what kind of climate — is going to make all the difference.
Let’s get out the map and take a little tour.
Double pane windows can be helpful when dealing with the rough winters and hot summers. Low-E glass will allow the light to come in, but keep the cold out.
Porches are a big deal south of the Mason Dixon line — a rocking chair, a glass of sweet tea, and you’re all set up to enjoy the cooling breezes of a summer evening. Houses want to breathe down south, and double hung windows are just the thing to take advantage of the cross breezes.
Vinyl sash material works well down here, and you want to look for glass that takes the edge off of the solar heat gain inside the house. Low-E glass can reduce solar heat gain by as much as 70%. You don’t need to draw the curtains during the dog days — you can enjoy the light in your home on even the hottest days.
All across the vast Midwest
Those amber waves of grain are gorgeous to gaze out on. From across the wide vistas you can watch approaching rainstorms, and sometimes even tornadoes.
Casement windows are a great option. They seal them up tight when you see something coming, and you can wind them open when the windy breezes are welcome.
You’ll stay comfortable from planting season to harvest to fallow times.
Down in the Southwest
The Southwest was settled in a hurry — our grade school history books tell us so, and so do the more recent building booms. This has resulted in some builder-grade window choices that just aren’t smart.
If your home features single pane windows, it’s time to upgrade. You want double pane or triple pane windows with good solar heat resistant glass. You’ll be very pleased with the impact on your monthly energy bills.
Up in the Pacific Northwest
The views in the Pacific Northwest are magnificent. It’s no wonder that architects in this region often choose big dramatic bay and bow windows. Sliding glass doors are another popular option — they let you step outside whenever you’d like and blur the lines between indoors and out.
Most folks in this region keep a raincoat near the door. Wet, cool weather is almost a constant, and a house that is properly dressed is a happy house. Vinyl replacement windows hold up well to the moisture and Low-E glass will insulate you from the worst of the chill.
From sea to shining sea
We are a big country, and there are lots of options out there for windows.
Let the experts at Window Nation walk you through the whole process. We’re a national company who knows your community inside and out.
You know that old expression, “Measure twice, cut once”? When it comes to measuring out basement windows, you can’t afford to get this one wrong.
The simplest way to replace your basement windows is to do a pocket installation—swapping out the old worn-out windows for the same size and type. If you are rethinking the size of your window, you’ll be cutting into your walls.
Leave that one to the pros.
A little window anatomy lesson.
Most windows are defined by the way they open. The two most common types of basement windows are slider windows that slide open and awning or vent windows that swing out. You may also hear folks call these hopper windows.
You’re going to be measuring from jamb to jamb (the jamb is the side of the window), so ignore any of the parts that deal with opening and closing, and ignore the trim of the window, too.
You’ll want to start by removing any interior trim so you can see the real size of this window. Take care removing this trim, as you’re going to reinstall it with your new window.
At this stage, you can get a sense of the condition of your walls surrounding the window. If those are looking rough, you’re probably looking at a bigger job.
Get out your tape measure.
To keep things straight, it’s a good idea to assign a name to each window you’re replacing. For example: “Southwest front corner window: slider”. Record all your measurements in one location. The back of that takeout napkin might get lost. Just saying.
Your first step is to make sure that the windows are square. Yup, you’re making sure your rectangle windows are square. All this really means is checking that the window corners haven’t shifted out of a 90 degree angle over time.
Stretching your tape measure tight, reach from the inside of the upper left hand corner of the window to the inside of the lower right hand corner. Place that tape measure right where the horizontal and vertical trim boards meet. Do the same measurement for top right to lower left. If those two measurements are within a quarter inch of each other, then your window is square.
If not—time to call in the pros.
Now measure the size of the openings. You won’t ever have to measure for depth— replacement windows come with a standard depth of 3.25 inches. Height and width are the measurements you need.
Start with the width of the window. From jamb to jamb, you’ll want to take a measurement at the bottom, the middle, and the top. The smallest of these three measurements is your width.
For height, it’s the same idea. Pulling your tape measure taut, start on the left measuring from jamb to jamb. You’ll measure the left, middle and then right side of the window. Your smallest number is your height.
Plumb, level and square.
Before you call in your order for your new replacement windows, consider rounding down your window measurement by an eighth of an inch. You want this new window to fit precisely, but a window that’s installed too tightly might become damaged — and that may mean that your window won’t open.
Your installer will work with shims and foam to get the windows plumb, level and square. An eighth of an inch gives them some play to get the windows in just right.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! If you’re overwhelmed — don’t fret. In almost all cases, it’s just so much easier (and less risky) to have a professional do the measuring for you.
Window Nation is more than happy to take this work off of your hands. Let us send one of our trained technicians to do the measuring.
The experts we send have installed over one million windows, and they use our 18-point checklist for taking your measurements. You’ll get peace of mind knowing that your job will be done right the first time.
In-home estimates are always free with Window Nation. So set down the tape measure, and pick up the phone.
When it comes to home improvement projects, the list can seem endless. While some more accessible and DIY projects add curb appeal, smart Philadelphia homeowners know that the return on investment matters when it comes to more extensive and costly projects. Knowing which projects are going to pay off on the Pennsylvania resale market can be a significant consideration when prioritizing home improvements.
What Can Replacement Windows Do For Your Home?
Replacement windows offer homeowners the chance to update the look of their home. Consider investing in some custom window shapes to add architectural interest or (since it’s always sunny) amp up the natural light in your home. Expand that gorgeous backyard view with a bay or bow window, add a casement style window above your kitchen sink, or just find a window that’s perfect for hanging your green and silver drapes. The options and ability to customize with replacement windows are endless.
Why not make your life easier while you are making improvements? Double hung window styles are ridiculously easy to clean. Just tilt in, and boom, both your interior and exterior windows are sparkling.
And although we’ve already mentioned it, you can increase your overall energy efficiency. From Low-E glass to UV and solar blockers, window technology is continuously evolving to make our homes look good while saving on energy costs.
When you add in all the reasons that replacing your windows benefits your comfort, your wallet, and the environment, it’s a no-brainer.
If you’re thinking of selling your home in a few years, replacing the windows can help your home stand out in a crowded market. Philadelphia buyers love buying houses that are not only move-in ready but updated with modern (and Eagles-themed) amenities. So new windows have the potential to improve your home’s marketability and help you command a higher selling price.
What Are the Benefits of Replacement Windows?
Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home today, replacement windows can help save you money now. We mentioned that replacement windows could slash your energy bills, giving you some extra spending money at Reading Terminal on your next visit. New windows create a tight seal with your home so that no air can leak out. Drafts are the primary cause of wasted energy. When you eliminate leaks by replacing inefficient windows, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling your house. This means that the only disappointing draft you’ll experience in your home is when the Eagles start their next season.
You might be surprised to learn that home heating and cooling costs eat up over 40 percent of the yearly energy budget. While an expense at the outset, replacement windows slash this budget item, giving you more money for all of the cheesesteaks you want.
You’ll save even more when you select Energy Star windows. For every single pane window you replace with an Energy Star window; you’ll save an estimated $101 to $583 per year. If you replace a double pane window with an Energy Star model, you’ll save anywhere from $27 to $197 per year. You’ll also do your part to protect the climate by curbing carbon dioxide emissions – anywhere from 26 to 6,205 pounds worth.
So, Do Replacement Windows Add Value to Your Home?
In short, yes. Replacing old windows boosts your Philadelphia home’s value tremendously.
In fact, window replacement is consistently listed as a top ten home improvement project that increases home resale value.
If you spend $15,000 to replace your home’s windows, your home could rise in value by roughly $11,000. That’s a 74% return on your investment and enough for a lifetime supply of Scrapple!
Replacement Windows from Window Nation
Now that you understand the many ways that replacement windows can add value to your home and quality of life take the next step. Being the home of the Liberty Bell, we know how much Philly homeowners love it when things are free. This is why, at Window Nation, we offer free estimates for replacement window installation. Find out how cost-effectively you could upgrade your home’s windows by calling us (877) 659-4491 today.
Are you thinking it’s time to add a beautiful bay window to your home? Well, we’d like to help. At Window Nation, we know all about replacement windows. Here are some quick pros and cons that will help you make the right choice for your Columbus home.
Before we get to the pros and cons, it’s important to make sure we’re talking about the same window. Some Ohio folks get bays and bows mixed up. Not you. We’re talking about those other people. You know, Steelers fans. The big difference is that bay windows are a unit that comes with three windows, bow windows are usually four or more windows that are installed in an arc.
Pros of Bay Windows
Since bay windows create more space inside your home, you can do fun stuff with that space. Some people like to make a space where you can grab a cup of hot cocoa and watch the mesmerizing Columbus snow for five months out of the year.
It’s the perfect place to put a soft cushion. You can even store your books in shelving underneath. Some people adorn these areas with plants, OSU banners, and other ornamentals. The overcast Ohio sky is the limit.
Small rooms can feel as cramped as an early COTA bus, but when you add a bay window to a small room, it can really open it up.
There are few upgrades that will give you as much curb appeal as a new bay window. These are not windows that blend in. They stand out in a beautiful way. When you go to sell your home, potential buyers are sure to notice.
Bay windows allow more natural light into your interior spaces. Give your house more of a Franklin Park Conservatory feeling, because more windows equal more light. Right?
More light without compromising on interior comfort. Bay windows have side windows that can open up and allow cool air to come in. Window Nation bay windows also come with the most advanced Energy Star features available. You’ll be comfortable after your trip to Easton Town Center when you open up a pack of buckeyes because this will let the light in and keep unwanted heat out.
Cons of Bay Windows
When installed improperly, bay windows can develop structural issues over time. That’s why it’s vital to have them installed by a professional. But not all professionals provide the same level of installation. It’s like when a pizzeria tries to serve you something that doesn’t have 12-pounds of pepperoni on it. At Window Nation, our installers use materials that won’t fail over time. So you’re going to have strong, sealed windows for years to come.
If you’re ready to make the leap and add a bay window to your home, let us know. We would love to take this journey with you, it’s the City of Discovery after all. We’ll make sure you get an upgrade you’ll enjoy living with.
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 Eagles–Steelers 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 Angi 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.