Do you remember how we all used to draw houses back in grade school? You’d get out the crayons and draw one big rectangle, with another rectangle for the door, and a few rectangle windows. Add a triangle-shaped roof and some music notes flying up in the sky from the Grand Ole Opry, and your picture was ready to be hung on the refrigerator.
How would you draw that same Nashville house today? You’d probably still want that spacious rectangle of living space and the tree out front — maybe add the arch of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in the background. But with a bit of advanced geometry, nowadays there are some truly remarkable custom window shapes you could add to that basic frame.
We here in Nashville know how to take a “tried and true” design and give it modern functionality. We did it for the Parthenon — we can do it with our windows. With customization, the possibilities for window shapes and designs are endless. From full circle and half circle windows to bold shapes like triangles and hexagons, specialty windows can take your home beyond the rectangle.
Add instant character to your home
Whether your home is an eclectic historical home in Germantown or part of a larger planned community in Green Hills, you want to make it feel like your own. If you’d like to take your home beyond the cookie-cutter, examining your window shape is a great way to start.
Look at the houses you love — there’s often one detail that draws the eye in. No, not just the Dolly Parton mural on the front lawn. There’s something a little unexpected, and/or some amount of other visual excitement. When you see one of those homes, you know that the details were well thought out, and there’s something special there.
A specialty window transforms your curb appeal. Maybe you add a gently curved window over your first-floor windows, maybe there’s a triangle window tucked into a corner of the roof. Think of a beautiful oval attic window shining down from up on the third floor. But, if you have concerns for the AT&T Batman Tower too, you can always scrap the “window from the ceiling” idea.
It’s the small details that make a house sing out harder than fresh talent in a bar on Music Row.
Combine shapes to make a focal point
A statement window doesn’t have to be a small one-off. Imagine how these different shapes can play together, and you could create a whole statement wall of windows.
Imagine taking a picture window, and adding two transom windows on either side. Now that picture window can open and let in a breeze on a summer day, and close back up for when the Nashvillians are still out partying at 3 AM.
The best part is, that none of this style comes at the cost of substance. Specialty windows offer the same energy efficiency as traditional windows. When you install quality specialty windows, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort. You can curl up with a book and a playlist of your favorite country singers beside your wall of windows all throughout the year.
Ways to play
Not sure where to start? Window Nation has a wealth of inspiration and information about window styles and products to peruse for your home in Nashville.
If your dream is still coming into focus, you can start with the gallery of inspirational photos. Check out our Pinterest page for some great ideas.
Window Nation is a third-generation window company with an eye for the details. They can work with you to craft a customized window shape or help you to imagine how to use your windows to maximum effect. Request a quote from Window Nation today, and we’ll help you make your Nashville home as unique as you are.
Kitchen remodels are undeniably high stakes. And when you’ve been scouring Pinterest for months searching for dreamy kitchen renovation inspiration, it can be nearly impossible to settle on just one design. You may have chosen the perfect stain for your cabinets months ago, but there’s one renovation choice that will make all the difference to the way your kitchen looks and feels.
We’re (of course) talking about your windows.
Windows in any room have an enormous influence on the lighting, openness, and general feel of a space. But kitchens are unique—and their windows need to be both functional and beautiful. So before you make your final decision, let’s explore the most popular kitchen window styles, and why they are uniquely suited to the culinary heart of your home.
Garden Style Awning
Garden windows are a classic in the kitchen for a reason. This style of window juts out past the walls of your home, creating a little mini-greenhouse for small plants. In a charming little box made of glass, you’ll have plenty of space to grow fresh herbs or flowers while providing them (and you) more sunlight than you would normally be able to.
Even for those without a green thumb, garden-style windows are both beautiful and functional. Installed behind the sink, they create extra space to display knick-knacks or decorative pottery. And since awning windows hinge open at the top of the frame and swing outward, they create easy ventilation in the kitchen in the unlikely event somebody burns dinner.
This is a style that is lovely for kitchens, and it works wonderfully with traditional homes.
Slider windows function as double-hung windows turned on their sides, so if you’re looking for ease of opening, these take the cake. They’re especially handy when you have one hand covered in cookie dough and want to let in some fresh air!
Slider windows allow you to maximize the view from your kitchen—whether that’s out into a green backyard or overlooking a city vista. These windows provide uninterrupted landscapes, unimpeded by muntin bars.
If you have a window opening that’s wider than it is tall, slider windows are natural contenders. Plus, they work well with all different styles of architecture—especially more modern looks.
For an open look with even more ventilation, you may consider opting for casement windows. Casements are perennially popular in the kitchen because they are easy to open and close, even in tight or awkward spaces (like above the kitchen sink).
Casement windows allow you to enjoy that wide view of the backyard, but instead of requiring brute force to open and close, they use a small crank. Your glass will open into the backyard at an angle, allowing you to funnel fresh breezes quickly into the kitchen. These are a sleek, timeless, beautiful option for your new kitchen.
Double Hung Windows
Ah, the classics. Double-hung windows are one of the most popular windows on the market. Chances are, you already have this style in other rooms in your home. You can open a double-hung window from either the bottom or the top. Traditionally, they feature a white checkerboard of panes of glass on both the bottom and the top, but you can play around with the panes or the sash material.
These popular windows are nearly fool-proof. If you have them throughout your home, they may tie the whole space together. However, if your new kitchen features deep counters, these might not be right for you. Double-hung windows need two hands to open, and can be a challenge to maneuver when reaching across your sink, especially if you keep your windows locked at the center.
If you want to picture these options in more detail, head on over to Window Nation’s Home Improvement Visualizer. You can upload pictures of your kitchen and get an idea for how each window style will work. When you’ve made up your mind, request a free quote from Window Nation to turn your dream kitchen into reality.
It’s no secret that new bay or bow windows can make a dramatic improvement to the interior and exterior aesthetics of your home. These windows are beautiful on the inside and outside, and they add charm wherever they are installed.
On the outside, they increase your home’s curb appeal, and on the inside, they create a showplace for plants or other accents. But which is right for you? Below, we cover the four primary differences between the two and illuminate the top factors to consider when deciding between bay windows and bow windows.
1. Cost of Bay vs Bow Windows
The main difference between bays and bows is how many windows you’ll need to install. And that, of course, influences the cost of your renovation.
There are many types of bay windows, but they each come with three windows: one picture window in front and two double-hung, casement, or fixed light windows on the sides.
Bow windows are made up of multiple windows that create an arc, or bow shape on the exterior. Normally, these windows will be smaller than the ones used for bay windows, meaning there will be more windows required to cover the same space.
We recommend that you get a professional estimate for each window style to understand the respective costs. There are many factors beyond just the quantity of windows and the installation that can affect the overall cost of your window project. Accurate measurement is one of the most important factors and, you really want a professional measure to inform that estimate.
2. Interior Lighting
Both windows are going to bring more light into your home than a flat window, but bow windows offer more angles for light to enter. This means that you can enjoy more direct sunlight compared to the flat designs of bay windows.
Bow windows are also closer to the edge of your home. Bay windows have an outward frame with a roof that can keep sunlight away from your interior. Meanwhile, bow windows extend less, meaning you can enjoy the sunlight for more hours in the middle of the day.
Both windows are great for creating an interior space that can be used as shelf space for plants and decorations or as a sitting area. But there are key differences in how they add space to your home.
Bay windows tend to create more room simply because of their basic configuration. Since bay windows jut out more from the home, they create more extra shelf space. Bow windows can create quite a bit of space, depending on the number of windows used, but they typically can’t compete with the space that bay windows create.
4. Air Flow
Bow windows allow for a gentle flow of air that can move freely through the windows and around the room, which creates refreshing air circulation in your space. Bay windows offer good circulation as well, but it’s much harder for air to move freely around flat surfaces compared to the smooth arc that bow windows have. If the airflow is what you’re looking for, then bow windows are the superior option.
Bay and Bow Windows from Window Nation
No matter what you decide, you can trust Window Nation to offer a wide selection of high-quality options to make that new window purchase fit perfectly into your budget. We have low-cost, high-quality vinyl windows that will give you all of the style and features you’re looking for, with a gentler hit to your wallet.
Or, if you’re looking to add more beauty to your home, you can choose elegant, handcrafted wood seat boards and trim to make those new windows really stand out.
Either way, we offer you the highest quality of artistry, one of the most comprehensive guarantees in the industry, and certified installation experts who will get the job done right. Request a free estimate and get started today!
One of the biggest selling points of brand-new windows? Energy efficiency.
You’ve probably heard the claims, “Lower your monthly energy bills and help Mother Earth!” or, “Windows have an unbeatable return on investment!”
Let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. Your windows act as shields for your home. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer, they keep the cold in. But how do they do it? And why might one type of window be better at regulating your indoor temperature than another?
Let’s talk about heat transfer.
You may have fallen asleep in science class the day thermodynamics came up, but we all know that our hot coffee is eventually going to drop to room temperature. This phenomenon is called heat transfer.
A well-made window acts like a thermos. It keeps the heat exactly where it’s supposed to be by cutting down on heat transfer from the outside to the inside of your home.
Windows have two important parts— the glass and the frame. Since the glass takes up most of the space, it has a big role to play in heat transfer.
Scientists have been hard at work on window glass. A simple single-pane glass window allows 85%-90% of the heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up on the glass, only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. Beyond that, however, the window gets too heavy to be manageable. Triple-pane glass is the most that most companies will offer. So then how to reduce heat transfer even more?
The glass itself can be engineered to be more reflective. Glass with a small amount of tin or silver oxide baked in will keep your home more comfortable since metal reflects solar energy. At the high end, if you get triple silver Low-E reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. That is truly impressive.
But glass isn’t the only factor.
Your frame and sash material matter.
How about the material that holds the glass in place?
If you have the choice between sitting on a wooden bench or a metal bench on a hot day, the answer is clear. Metal conducts more heat, making the wooden bench a safer option. Likewise, metal makes for a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy-efficient.
But wood frames still aren’t the best material.
That superlative goes to vinyl. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather-stripping can be built right into the vinyl, which means there’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time.
The most energy-efficient windows use insulated vinyl frame material and glass with silver oxide-based low emissivity coatings to cut down on heat transfer.
Be an Energy Star.
The good news is that someone has already done the leg work on energy efficiency.
Energy Star is a program run by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that researches energy efficiency. They run independent trials on dishwashers, refrigerators, and yes, windows. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR worked to help Americans save almost $39 billion dollars in energy costs.
If you check out their website, they’ll give you suggestions for windows for your region, and let you know how many panes of glass you’ll need to best insulate your home in your climate.
Don’t let your windows leak.
Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? Even the best thermos in the world won’t do you any good if the lid is loose. If you throw that thermos in a backpack, you shouldn’t be surprised when you open it up and there’s coffee everywhere.
In the same vein, the best window in the world can still leak without the right installation. So, partnering with a pro for installation is a must. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory-trained. We specialize in window replacement, and we’ve installed over one million windows since 2006.
We’ll ensure the most energy-efficient windows are the windows proudly hanging in your home. Get a free quote from Window Nation today and see how much of a difference the right installation makes.
How did vinyl become the most popular choice for replacement windows?
Vinyl windows have actually been with us since the late 1950s. When a post-war Germany was looking to rebuild, vinyl answered the call for reliable, inexpensive building material. State-side, vinyl windows caught on during the big housing boom of the 1990s. Now it’s one of the most popular options out there.
#1 Vinyl replacement windows are durable.
Simply put, vinyl windows withstand the test of time and climate/weather better than other options. While wood windows can rot, aluminum windows can oxidize, and fiberglass tends to come apart in the corners, vinyl windows can endure all kinds of weather. It’s the clear winner — vinyl is heat, water, and UV resistant.
#2 Vinyl windows are energy efficient.
If you’ve got older windows, you could be losing as much as 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs to drafts. When you upgrade to vinyl, you’ll save money every month on your bills.
Vinyl is a terrific insulator and prevents extreme outdoor temperatures from affecting your indoor temperatures. If you go a step further and combine vinyl with Low-E coated double- or triple-pane glass options, you’re looking at windows that will keep your monthly energy bills low and your family comfortable year-round.
#3 Vinyl windows help with soundproofing.
Vinyl doesn’t just insulate temperature — it insulates sound. If you live in a loud neighborhood or along a major road, you’ll be thankful for the sound-reducing capabilities that vinyl offers. Reducing noise pollution indoors is often the key to real peace of mind and can significantly improve the tranquility of your home.
#4 Vinyl windows offer great options for customization.
Designers and architects love the flexibility that vinyl allows. You can leave your frame the traditional white or look at a wide range of color options. And if you absolutely love the look of wooden windows, consider texturized vinyl windows instead. They’re an excellent low-price dupe that offers greater durability than wood.
#5 Vinyl windows are cost-efficient.
If you’re a business-minded homeowner who’s eager to get out the calculator and crunch numbers on ROI, then you’ll quickly figure out that window replacement is one of the smartest home investments you can make. Because vinyl windows cost less to manufacture, they’re generally the most budget-friendly option as far as up-front costs go— not to mention those home energy savings in the long term!
#6 Vinyl windows are the low-maintenance option.
When you choose vinyl, you can basically forget about your windows for the next twenty years. Unlike other window materials, vinyl doesn’t require repainting. Additionally, since vinyl is the same color from surface to interior, it won’t show scratches and nicks. You’ve got enough to do around your house — go low maintenance with vinyl windows.
#7 Window Nation’s vinyl windows come with unbeatable warranties.
All Window Nation windows come with excellent warranties. Depending on the window you choose, we cover both the labor of installation and the window itself. Your warranty is also transferable if you sell the home, which is a great perk for buyers if you are thinking of putting your home on the market. Renovating your home is stressful enough — you deserve to partner with a company that’s got your back.
Request a free Window Nation quote today, and see what kind of benefits you’ll get from installing new vinyl windows.
If you’ve made the smart move to replace your windows, you’re already well aware that you’ll get a boost to your curb appeal while increasing the value and functionality of your home. After all, window replacement has one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project.
But which type of window is best for your purposes? If you’re looking to save money on heating and cooling bills, your window choice is important: according to the US Department of Energy, 25%-30% of home energy usage is lost through windows. While replacing your old single-pane windows will assuredly knock that number lower, some windows are more efficient than others.
Enter our two competitors: Double-hung windows and casement windows. In a head-to-head competition, which is going to save you the most money every month on your home heating and cooling costs?
Round One: Ventilation
You know that glorious moment between seasons when it’s not quite time for A/C and you don’t really need to turn on the heat? The longer that season lasts, the better. It may sound simple, but opening a window is one of the most energy-efficient choices you can make. Even the CDC recommends airing out your home regularly.
And when it comes to ventilation, our winner is…casement windows. When you turn the crank to open your casement window, it swings outward, allowing you to funnel the breezes right into your home. If you have a room with multiple casement windows, you can get an excellent cross-ventilation effect.
That said, it’s a close competition. If your room features double-hung windows you can still get fresh air, especially if your home has ceiling fans. Opening a double-hung window from the top and turning on a fan is an excellent way to freshen your home’s air.
Round Two: Seals
When it comes to closing up nice and tight, casement windows take the prize for energy efficiency. Casement windows seal on all four sides tightly against their frame. When they are cranked shut, you can feel the airtight seal locking into place. It’s also easier to close and seal them — a simple crank vs. hoisting your windows open and closed.
While you may not feel that extra little tightening when you close a double-hung window, you can still maximize your energy efficiency by locking your windows. Make sure your sashes are kept free of dirt and debris to get the best seal possible.
Round Three: Glass
When looking at the energy efficiency of your new windows, don’t forget to factor in the glass. Choosing to invest in double- or triple-paned glass will lower your monthly energy bills and keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather.
In our window face-off battle, this round is a draw. Both of our competitors come with the option for double or triple-pane glass. If you combine multiple panes with a Low-E coating, you are looking at a very savvy long-term investment in your home’s energy efficiency.
Round Four: Wild Card
Though you may care about energy efficiency, that’s not the only reason to pick one window over another. A casement window or double-hung window may just make more sense in one room, whether because of aesthetics or ease of use.
For example, a double-hung window installed over the kitchen sink may be difficult to open and close in a bent-over position. On the other hand, since casement windows open outwards, they may not be the best choice if they open onto a deck or walkway and obstruct the space.
What about cleaning? Both styles of windows have features that make them easy to clean, and the maintenance is minimal.
And the winner is…
The winner of the energy efficiency face-off (drumroll, please) is casement windows. Their ability to help you ventilate your home on mild days, and the tight seal they provide on the days you can’t, make them a clear winner.
But it’s important to note that any home window replacement project is going to increase your energy efficiency. A brand-new double-hung window is sure to be more efficient than a worn-out older model. You’ll walk away a winner no matter which way you choose.
If you are ready to daydream in a bit more detail, take a look at our Home Improvement Visualizer tool. You can upload pictures of your home and see for yourself which options work best.
Request a free Window Nation quote today, and we’ll help you find the best combination of windows that work for your home.
Think of that first lovely spring day. The birds are singing, the trees are budding, and we are all suddenly, inexplicably happy. It’s no surprise that the arrival of sunny spring weather often feels like turning a corner: the benefits of natural light are well documented. Sunlight helps ward off depression, alleviates anxiety, boosts vitamin D production, and improves sleep. We blossom in the sunlight.
Natural light has other benefits as well. Homes that are suffused with a light feel more spacious and relaxing. Natural light deters mold and mildew growth and can reduce utility spending on electricity and heating. Homes with better lighting also tend to have better resale value.
So whether you’re getting ready to embrace the changing season, or hoping to spruce up your home to put on the market, here are our top eight tips for how to let more natural light into your home.
#8 Pick a light color palette
A light color palette reflects 80–90% of natural light. Take a look at your ceilings — repainting this forgotten surface can make your space feel taller and brighter. Even the materials around your windows can help bounce light. Window Nation offers multiple options for sash materials on all of our windows. A brightly colored window sash welcomes in the light.
#7 Deep clean your windows
Bust out the vinegar and newspaper — it’s time to give those windows a clean. You’ll be amazed to see the difference made when you clean your windows. Be sure to put this task on the regular rotation. While you’re there, make sure all your windows are in working order.
#6 Decorate with reflective materials
When it’s time to decorate, bring out the bling. Strategically placed mirrors can double up the light in the room, tricking the eye and livening up the home. For kitchens, consider white or chrome appliances instead of black. A few well-placed reflective choices can significantly change the feel of your space.
#5 Swap in lighter window treatments
Get rid of those heavy brocades and dense fabrics. Easy, breezy, and beautiful is the way to go with window treatments. Consider lightly colored linens, loosely woven sheers, or classic lace. As a bonus, lighter fabrics can cut down on the dust in your home — something to consider if you’re dealing with allergies.
#4 Consider a sliding glass door
Why not turn that window into a door? Installing glass doors will not only bring more light into your space. It’ll encourage everyone to get outside. Enjoy your backyard, take your shoes off and put your feet in the grass. A sliding glass door (or a set of French doors) will help your family make the most of your home. You’ll get more light into the house, and you may even start hosting the neighborhood cookout.
#3 Trim back shrubs and trees
Give the shrubs and trees around your windows a haircut. Keeping your greenery trimmed will not only let in light but can also help cut down on the moisture in your home and keep your home’s foundation in good shape. If those trees and bushes get too big, they’ll be expensive to trim later and could damage your home in a storm. Overgrown landscaping could even pose a security risk! Trim them back, and let the sunshine in.
#2 Buy the correct light bulbs
On cloudy days when natural sunshine isn’t available, turn on a light that mimics the effect of natural light. Be sure to seek out sources that feature the full spectrum of light. LED bulbs are energy-efficient and can give a warm glow. Even today’s compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are kinder to our eyes than the old blinking fluorescent tubes. Survey your lightbulbs and consider installing dimmers or smart bulbs for maximum control over your ambiance.
#1 Install larger windows
The best way to flood your home with light is by installing new, larger replacement windows. New windows will increase your home’s curb appeal and make your interior feel spacious and relaxing. Plus, you can quickly reduce your home’s carbon footprint and lower your monthly energy bills by installing energy-efficient windows. A new bay window, a picture window, or even a specialty size can change your day-to-day experience in your home.
Give Window Nation a call to get a free quote and explore new ways to increase your home value, save on utility bills, and transform your house into a refreshing, sunny oasis.
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.
- If you have to use your Minnesota Vikings helmet in the offseason to keep your window open.
- If something hits your window and there’s a crack in it.
- If you have a window that’s painted shut, and there’s just no way to get it open.
- If you have a window that’s extremely hard to slide up, or only goes halfway before it sticks.
- 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!).
- If the latches no longer line up on the top when you close the window.
- If the frame’s breaking off like a layer of ice on your car when you need to get to work.
- 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.
- We are a family-owned and operated company. The Magden brothers are third-generation window replacement experts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each of our installation teams has a lead installer who has installed more than 20,000 Windows & has over 16 Years of experience.
- 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.
- 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.
Does your utility company send you a monthly breakdown of your energy consumption? If you’ve noticed that you’re slowly starting to pay a little more each month, it’s natural to wonder why – and if there’s anything you can do about it.
One of the most common — and insidious — causes of growing energy bills are window leaks. Beyond wasting energy, leaks can also cause mold and mildew to flourish, which may worsen asthma and lead to other health issues. If that leak gets into the walls, your wooden supports can start to rot. Trace this leak a few steps further, and you may even experience foundation problems.
In fact, leaks in your home are such a serious concern that the EPA has its eyes on the issue! You can wait and celebrate their National Fix A Leak Week this March 14-20, but if you suspect you have a leak in your home, it’s time to take action now.
So what are your first steps?
Do your detective work.
It starts with a hunch—you walk past a certain window and get a chill up your spine. Are you feeling a draft? It’s time to inspect your windows for leaks.
There are a few strategies here. The simplest is to conduct a thorough examination of your windows. Are they difficult to close completely? If they jiggle or need extra muscle to close, then you may have a sash that is leaking. Are you seeing any small gaps around the frame? Are there cracks in the glass? Take a look.
If your visual inspection is negative, then it’s on to the
candle test. Seal up your home as tightly as you can — close and lock all your windows and doors, close your vents and dampers and turn off any exhaust fans. Next, light a small candle and take a walk around. If there are leaks or drafts, the candle flame will blow to one side and show you.
Another tell-tale sign is watching your curtain sheers. If you see movement even when the windows are closed, your house isn’t haunted — it’s leaking.
You can make an inspection the next time it rains. Do the seams of your windows feel damp after a storm? Your window has small leaks.
How did the leak get there?
If this were a detective case, then the next stage would be finding a motive. Why are your windows leaking? How did this happen?
Over time, windows wear out. If you have wooden windows, moisture may have caused them to warp. Sealing components play an important part in a window’s function, and those can break down over time. Or, it could simply be that your windows weren’t installed correctly in the first place.
A good window should last a long time, protect you from the elements, and save you money on your home energy bills. But a window that’s leaking isn’t doing its job anymore.
It’s time to take action.
If you suspect that your window sealing components are the cause of your leak, recaulking and weather stripping might be the way to go. This DIY route may not be for beginners, but depending on your skill level, it can buy you a little more time. You can find instructional videos and articles on the internet. Research resealing thoroughly before diving in.
For real peace of mind, don’t go with the band-aid solution. Call the pros. Window Nation is a national leader in home window installation. When you go with certified and experienced window experts, you can trust that your windows will hold up over time and keep your home comfortable no matter the weather. It’s time to plug up those leaks, save money on your energy bills, and avoid future structural problems. Schedule a quick and easy virtual consultation, or contact us for a free in-home consultation and estimate today.