Some 2.5 million burglaries occur every year in the United Statesthat’s about three home invasions every minute. And those are just the robberies that are reported to the police! These criminals walk away with jewelry, cash, electronics, and most importantly, they can steal your family’s sense of security. 

Though the majority of robbers walk right in through unlocked doors, nearly a quarter of break-ins happen through ground-floor windows.

So how can you ensure your windows won’t be a point of entry for a criminal? How can you keep your home and possessions safe? 

Follow our crucial tips below to keep your family secure and your home burglar-proof.

#1 Make sure your windows are in good working order

Keeping up on your home maintenance is always a smart move. Inspect your windows to see if the sashes are in good shape. A window frame that is cracked and worn out is not only costing you by increasing home energy bills: it could easily tempt a thief. Worn-out windows are easy to pry open with a crowbar. 


#2 Pay attention to the areas around your windows

Overgrown trees and shrubs provide an excellent hiding place for would-be thieves. Keep up on your home’s landscaping and cut back your bushes annually. You might even want to consider replanting with thorny shrubs.  

Motion sensor lights are another excellent first line of defense. Lots of folks only point them at driveways and front walks. Think like a thief—they won’t necessarily be taking the same path you do. Point those lights towards the backyard and the darker corners of your exterior. 


#3 Upgrade your window locks (and use them)

Home break-ins are often a crime of opportunity. Surprisingly, only 12% of home robberies are planned in advance. That downstairs window you cracked open the other day is now a flashing welcome sign to an intruder. 

Get into the practice of not only closing your windows but making sure they are locked. Are your locks in good working order? If not, it’s time to upgrade. 


#4 Make sure your windows talk to your security system

Only 17% percent of US homes have a security system. Can you guess which homes are the most vulnerable to home invasion? Bingo. 

Be a cautious homeowner, and prioritize protecting your assets. Prominently display your home security lawn sign and consider installing window sensors as a part of your system. Smart homes and integrated technology are becoming more and more common—with certain apps, windows can easily be wired to send an alert when they’re opened. 


#5 Invest in better glass

The best burglar-proof windows have one thing in common: they feature shatter-proof glass. The double- or triple-paned glass will not only prevent you from a smash and grab situation, but it will give your home a major energy-efficiency boost. It’s the smart choice. Invest in better glass to keep your interiors UV-free, lower your utility bills, and keep your home safe from a thief’s baseball bat. 


#6 Don’t overlook your basement windows

Basements deserve special attention. While you may only keep laundry and storage down there, basement windows are often dark enough and far enough away from bedrooms to obscure evidence of a break-in. Worn-out basement windows are a cinch to kick in, and you’d be surprised how small an opening a thief is willing to crawl through. With all this in mind, ensure basement windows are always sealed up tight and kept locked. 

You don’t have to install ugly metal bars over your windows to keep your family safe.  Window Nation features a wide range of options that provide curb appeal, energy efficiency, and safety for your home. Request a free quote today, and prioritize protecting your possessions and loved ones.

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

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

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

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

What does this all mean for women?


Why the shift from homemaker to homeowner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s cause for celebration.


Will the pandemic affect homeownership?

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

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

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


What are the challenges of homeownership?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Ways To Tell You Need Replacement Windows

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

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

7 Reasons To Choose Window Nation For Your Replacement Windows

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

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

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

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

Vinyl windows are low maintenance, and with spring just around the corner, anything on the exterior of your home should probably be on your list of things that need a deep clean.

A combination of melting slush, spring rains, and the grime of the changing seasons can leave your windows streaked with dirt and crud. The good news is, replacement windows made with vinyl are easy to maintain and clean. Keep your windows squeaky clean and looking their best, with minimum elbow grease required. 

Here are our best tips for how to clean vinyl window frames and keep them looking fresh this spring.

Vinyl Window Cleaning Tips for the Exterior

Cleaning the outside of vinyl window frames is sure to add curb appeal and impress the early-morning joggers in your neighborhood. Create a simple cleaning solution by mixing 1-1/2 cups of white vinegar with one gallon of warm water, or mix a teaspoon of mild soap in a gallon of warm water. 

Start by rinsing the outside of the windows with water to dislodge any dirt and debris that has built-up sitting around the edges.

Once you rinse off the windows, apply the cleaning solution to the glass and frames. Use can use a sponge or a lint-free cloth to clean your vinyl windows — but, because they are scratch-resistant, you can use an old t-shirt if you prefer. 

If you’re using a soapy solution, rinse the windows again to prevent soap scum from drying on them, then use a lint-free cloth to dry the windows. If you’ve chosen the vinegar solution, dry the windows with a cloth to enjoy fresh-looking windows that will make your house look brand new again.

How to Clean the Inside of Vinyl Windows

Cleaning the inside of your vinyl window frames is even simpler. Here as well, you’ll want to remove all dirt and debris from the frame, tracks, and screen before you deep clean those windows. 

Your vacuum comes in handy to dislodge soil, dirt from the window tracks. 

When it comes to cleaning vinyl window tracks, cleaning wipes work well for getting into the corners. Run wipes up and down along the tracks to pick up dust and dirt. You’ll know you’re done when you can swipe along with the window and your wipe stays the same color.

You may use the same cleaning solution to clean the inside of the window as the exterior — and you won’t have to go outside to do it. Cleaning vinyl window frames inside your home is straightforward. Simply apply your soap or vinegar solution to the window frame, working from the top down. This way, you won’t accidentally drip on areas you’ve already cleaned. 

Putting in a little bit of elbow grease can help you remove dirt and debris from the window without damaging the frames. If you encounter a stubborn stain, scrub the area with a soft-bristled cleaning brush.

Some homeowners like to use a squeegee to remove the cleaning solution without leaving streaks on the window. However, your lint-free cloth will also work to clean and dry the interior of the window frame. Note: avoid using paper towels to clean the window since they will leave lint particles on your glass.

If you have sun exposure, you may notice the window cleaner starts to dry before you’ve finished the job. Another of our top window cleaning tips is to work on an overcast day when you won’t be fighting the sun.

If your windows look cloudy or dirty even after you have cleaned them, it may be time to replace your vinyl windows. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and check out high-quality vinyl windows from Window Nation, and contact us for a free estimate on your replacement windows today.

Winter is that time of year: the season that homeowners with older windows dread. The chilly and unpredictable weather can have a huge impact on your electric bill, and with older windows, keeping the cold out is usually a tough challenge. One popular DIY solution that homeowners use is to shrink-wrap these windows with plastic. You can purchase kits for window plastic coverings at your local hardware stores, and there are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos online to show you where to begin. But unless you like the look of cheap plastic obscuring your view all winter, there’s a much easier option.

What’s the point of using plastic wrap?

Plastic wrap is one solution to save money when you have drafty windows. Plastic does a decent job of keeping heat from escaping if it stays intact. But the problem is, it doesn’t always remain intact. So, either you’re losing money out your windows without realizing it, or you need to rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet. While covering your windows in plastic can be done in a single afternoon and is an inexpensive solution, the best option for dealing with your drafty windows? Replacing them entirely.  

When you replace your windows, you’ll save on heating costs.

If you’re paying that heating bill that is a symptom of drafty windows, odds are, you can afford to replace them. Energy loss from older windows can be responsible for 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. To put that into context, according to ENERGY STAR, if you replace your older single-pane windows with more energy-efficient models in an average home, you could save between $101 and $583 per year on your energy bill. Depending on which older windows you replace in your home, and which type you upgrade to, you could easily end up breaking even within a few years on the energy savings alone! But there are plenty of other great reasons to replace your drafty windows as well.  

You’ll drastically increase your home’s curb appeal.

If you’re a homeowner, it’s important to consider your home’s resale value when updating or remodeling your home. So if you’re thinking of replacing your old, drafty windows, know that new windows will add plenty of curb appeal to your home. For example, if you own an older house, you might have old-fashioned wood windows that have accumulated some wear and tear over the years. If you’re looking to stick with your home’s aesthetic while maxing out your home’s resale value, try energy-efficient wood windows from Window Nation. We have a variety of colors and styles that will compliment your home and save you significant money in the long run.  

You can lower your repair and maintenance costs.

Speaking of wear and tear, if you have older windows, they probably don’t have the structural integrity that they used to have. This means that you’ll need to shell out for repairs and maintenance just to keep them in working order. Window manufacturers today put much more emphasis on sustainable design than they used to. So, when you replace your windows, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t need to get out the caulk gun or the WD-40 for a long time.

Window technology has come a long way since the construction of your home.

Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss, but they are also built to last, especially when you get them from Window Nation. The windows we install are manufactured in the United States. And, when we build windows, we guarantee them to last longer than a lifetime against harsh weather.

Quality replacement window solutions from Window Nation

Say goodbye to viewing the world through shrink wrap. Replacing your old windows with double-hung or casement windows is an investment that will pay off in a variety of ways. Reach out to Window Nation today and start this year with a new outlook. Enjoy a plastic-less view year-round with high-quality replacement 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.

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.

Now you’re looking at a replacement window project, and the choices are staggering.  Choosing the right windows can be like choosing the right gear. 

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. 

The Northeast corner of the map

This corner of the map has some of the oldest architecture in America, and those classic cape cods and colonials often feature double hung wood windows

Our forefathers were smart cookies — wood is one of the least thermally conductive materials out there. A properly cared for wood sash window will last a long time, and is energy efficient.

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. 

Below the Mason-Dixon Line

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. 

Temperatures in this region fluctuate, and the insulation of triple pane glass will cut down on energy bills. 

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.