Businesses across the world have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, Window Nation is no exception. When many businesses were forced to temporarily closed, we were fortunate to be deemed essential in many states, which allowed us to operate during the stay-at-home-order. We also modified our practices to fit the needs of homeowners in these unprecedented times. In-home estimates were replaced with virtual consultations, and special precautions were adopted to prevent the spread of illness in our showrooms. We continue to follow CDC guidelines by sanitizing our offices daily, enforcing mask-wearing, and allowing our teams to work from home whenever possible.

Now, six months after the start of the pandemic, we face a new challenge: customers are facing delays caused by COVID-19. We understand you might have questions about the status of your project, and our team of home improvement experts is here to help.

What’s Going On?

As we quarantined in our homes this spring, many homeowners started home improvement projects at an unprecedented pace. According to a study found in BusinessWire, nearly 57% of homeowners started a home improvement project during the first three months of COVID-19. DIY projects grew in popularity, with many home improvement box stores recording record sales at the height of quarantine. According to Remodeling Magazine, Home Depot recorded 7.1% sales growth year-over-year, while Tractor Supply saw stock increase 69%.

The spike in demand coupled with restrictions from the pandemic caused supply and raw material shortages for many home improvement companies. According to Remodeling Magazine, nearly half of builders reported supply disruptions, while 80% of business believed supply challenges could impact their plans for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. Demand for appliances including air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines saw significant growth year-over-year. The flooring industry was also impacted, with many customers being forced to choose between putting the project on hold or choosing a back-up flooring option. The pandemic also caused labor shortages, with nearly 52% of construction firms reporting issues finding skilled labor due to fears of contracting COVID-19, according to The Construction Association.

What Does this Mean for Window Nation?

Our team hasn’t been spared from the challenges our peers face in the home improvement industry. Our customers may be experiencing delays in the ordering and installation in their project. We want to provide our customers with custom, top-of-the-line windows that are made with the highest quality materials, which could result in manufacturing delays. We understand this is frustrating, and you can feel comfortable knowing our team is working round-the-clock to resolve delays stemming from COVID-19.

Fortunately, our team is well-equipped to handle the surge in demand. We understand the installation is just as important of the quality of the window itself, and we pride ourselves on getting it right the first time. Our installers receive an average of 23 hours of continuous training on window installation, so you can trust you’re working with some of the best installers in the industry.

If your installation has been delayed until late fall or early winter, we understand you might be concerned about inclement weather. Rest assured that our teams have more than 16 years of experience installing windows in all weather conditions and our team will take steps to keep your home as comfortable as possible in any type of climate. Our team has installed over one million windows in all types of weather conditions, so you can feel comfortable knowing your windows will be installed properly no matter the season.

Is Home Improvement the Only Industry Affected?

Unfortunately, delays caused by COVID-19 are a widespread issue. One of the industries most impacted by COVID-19 is e-commerce as a result of brick-and-mortar stores being forced to shut down. Online shopping traffic increased 55% year-over-year in March and April when states were under strict stay-at-home orders. Many businesses reported shipments being delayed by almost two days, while larger orders like furniture were delayed almost three days. Companies from American Eagle Outfitters to Amazon reported shipment delays due to additional safety precautions taken in distribution centers. According to DigitalCommerce360, major shipping carriers also experienced shipping delays, with most delivering packages on time just 85% of the time.

What Happens Now?

With COVID-19 cases increasing every day, life as we know it won’t be returning to normal any time soon. Our team continues to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes caused by the pandemic. Our team is taking additional measures to communicate with customers to ensure all parties have clear, up-to-date information about their project. Our customers are our priority, and you can feel comfortable knowing we’re working to ensure your project is completed as quickly as possible.

Fall is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement project you’ve been putting off. The temperatures are mild, and the weather is ideal for spending time outdoors. You might have an idea of the home improvement project you’d like to start – maybe your garden is overgrown, or you need to repair the shingles on your roof before winter arrives. However, the decision might not be as easy for some homeowners. You might be looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency or give your home a curb appeal boost, but you don’t know where to start. If you need a little more inspiration, our home improvement experts shared their recommendations for Fall home improvement projects.

Window Replacement

Fall is one of the best times of year to replace your windows. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your house, and your installation won’t get delayed due to inclement weather. Mild temperatures are also ideal for window installation – the caulk that seals your windows adheres best in cooler temperatures.

Replacement windows will give your home an energy efficiency boost just in time for winter – our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable no matter the season. You might even see savings on your energy bills just in time for the holiday shopping season! When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you’ll also enjoy a curb appeal boost – all our windows are custom-made to meet your home’s needs. Choose from a variety of style and color options to find the perfect fit for your home.

Furnace Upgrades

The last thing you’ll want during the biggest snowstorm of the year is for your furnace to go out. Before the temperatures drop, consider contacting a HVAC maintenance professional to inspect your furnace. They can perform routine maintenance and make repairs if necessary. However, if your furnace is more than 10 years old, they might recommend upgrading it with a modern, more energy efficient HVAC system. Though the cost might seem steep, you’ll enjoy the comfort of knowing you won’t have to make any upgrades or repairs for years to come. When choosing a new furnace, consider purchasing an Energy Star certified system – you could save money on your energy bills.

Siding Replacement

Siding is one of the most overlooked parts of your home, but it’s important to keep it well maintained. If your siding is looking worse-for-wear, you might consider replacing it with modern vinyl siding from Window Nation. Our siding is available in a variety of colors, giving your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. You won’t have to worry about your siding cracking or fading due to inclement weather – our siding is durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Vinyl siding will also improve your home’s insulation, keeping your home comfortable all winter long.

Upgrade Insulation

Your home should feel cozy and comfortable in the Fall, not drafty and chilly. Improve your home’s comfort this Fall by upgrading your home’s insulation. We recommend hiring an expert to conduct a home energy audit to determine the places where you’re losing the most energy. Your attic is one of the biggest culprits due to poor insulation – we recommend upgrading your home’s insulation with fiberglass or foam insulation to keep the chilly air outside. It’s also important to seal any cracks you might find, particularly around your windows and doors, to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

Door Replacement

Nearly one-third of residential heating and cooling costs are attributed to energy loss through windows and doors. Why continue to waste money on your energy bills month over month? Consider upgrading your doors to replacement doors from Window Nation. We offer entry doors, French doors, and sliding doors, each custom-made to fit your home’s needs. Our doors are available in fiberglass and steel options, so you can choose the best style for your home. You’ll enjoy a curb appeal boost and added security – all Window Nation doors come standard with a multi-point locking system to make your home more secure.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:

  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement window is a key factor to their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.

“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:

  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement window is a key factor to their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.

Indianapolis homeowners know there’s no better time than Fall to start a home improvement project. The hot, humid days of summer are over and comfortable, mild temperatures have arrived – ideal conditions for making upgrades to your home. If you’re looking to start a home improvement project, consider upgrading your old, outdated windows with modern replacement windows. Our windows are custom-built to meet your Indianapolis home’s needs. We offer a variety of styles each built with premium energy efficiency features, so you won’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency. If you’re an Indianapolis homeowner looking to begin a home improvement project, learn more about why you should consider replacing your windows this Fall.

Ideal Temperatures

The leaves are turning, fall festivals are happening, and the Colts are back: there’s no better time than Fall in central Indiana. The crisp temperatures are ideal for spending time outdoors, particularly if you’re looking to begin a home improvement project. Cool fall temperatures are ideal for window replacement, making your project quick and easy. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in a snowstorm on their way to your appointment, and your installation won’t be delayed due to inclement weather. In fact, Indianapolis weather is ideal for installation: caulk adheres better in warmer temperatures, allowing for a smooth installation.

Energy Efficiency Boost

Indianapolis homeowners often spend more money on their energy bills in the winter. Your old, drafty windows aren’t helping – nearly one-third of your heating and cooling costs can be attributed to energy loss through windows. Why continue to waste money year after year? Upgrade your windows to modern replacement windows to give your home an energy efficiency boost before winter. Replacement windows from Window Nation in Indianapolis are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Our windows are available in double and triple pane glass options, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Our windows are well-insulated to eliminate drafts and keep the comfortable air inside your home.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

It’s no secret that Indianapolis winters are harsh. Is your home prepared? Before the temperatures drop, take time to prepare your home – and your windows – for the months ahead. Inspect your home and make note of any areas where you feel drafts. Consider upgrading your windows to keep the warm, comfortable air inside your home.

Replacement windows from Window Nation will also give your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. Our windows are available in a variety of style and color options, custom-built to meet your home’s needs. We offer wood and vinyl windows in a variety of styles, so you can find the perfect fit for your home. If you have a home in one of Indianapolis’ historic districts, we have replacement windows that will give your home a modern upgrade while maintaining your home’s character and charm. Your windows will look brand-new just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

Need New Windows in Indianapolis?

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

The autumnal equinox is behind us. In the east, leaves are turning bright colors and beginning to fall. In the southwest, people leave the house in the morning prepared for huge temperature swings during the day. And the further north you travel, the more people are preparing for bitter cold, snow, and the urge to cuddle and make thick, warming stews.

The seasons bring rhythm to our lives. But they take their toll on our homes. 

As the neighbors start to set out pumpkins, and you find yourself reaching for the long sleeves and warm socks, there are steps you should take to prepare your house for the arrival of the cold.  They vary slightly on latitude and climate, though what works in New England can be useful in the piedmont as well.  Here are a few regional home care tips for fall.

 In the Southeast

Repair window screens – Lovely fall temperatures will tempt you to open the windows.  And you should. But that risks letting in insects, which haven’t gone anywhere just yet. So, inspect your window screens, and repair or replace any that have taken damage from summer storms. If a close inspection of your windows reveals problems with more than just the screens, consider a free consultation on replacement.

Drain the sprinklers – Maintaining a lush lawn is hard enough in southern heat that many homeowners turn to sprinkler systems. In autumn and winter, it’s easy enough to turn them off and forget they’re there, but that risks a major expense – if the ground freezes with water in the pipes, they can rupture. Draining the system can prevent expensive repairs or unexpected water bills.

Cover or bring in outdoor furniture – You won’t be sitting outside much longer. When the days get cooler and the urge to enjoy evenings on the deck or patio fades, ensure that your outdoor furniture lasts by storing it away from the weather, or covering it for the season.

Reverse ceiling fans – The same fans that cooled you through the summer months can help keep you warm on cooler days.  Flipping the switch on the side of the unit will reverse the blades, helping to circulate warm air around the room.  Just be sure to dust the blades before you do this, or they’ll spray dust everywhere when they first reverse.

Store the lawn equipment properly – If you want your lawn mower to last, you’ll need to drain the last of the gasoline out, clean the air filter, and clean or sharpen the blade before you put it away for a few months.

In the Southwest

Clear fire hazards – An unfortunate reality of climate change is that fire season now begins earlier and ends later than ever before.  While the arrival of fall cold fronts, precipitation should begin to reduce fire risk. But it isn’t gone. Particularly in California’s State Responsibility Areas, homeowners should clear brush within 100 feet of structures, to eliminate possible fuel for fires.

Mulch flowerbeds – A layer of hardwood mulch now will help your plants survive the low-water months, trapping moisture closer to the soil in arid climates.

Inspect the roof – Dry summers mean many in the southwest may have put off repairing small defects in the roof…but it’s not going to be dry forever. This month is a great time to inspect the roof for any damage that will become much more expensive to fix when late fall precipitation arrives.

In the Northwest

Clean your gutters. Again. – Light summer rains are about to turn into heavier fall rains. And if last year is any guide, they’re only growing more persistent. It’s best to check on your home’s gutters before the heaviest stuff arrives. If your system is in need of a professional update, our RainPro gutters retain the beauty of your home while permitting maximum water flow.

Check the yard’s drainage – Soggy wet spots in the lawn can keep you from enjoying the beautiful lot you paid for. Close to the foundation, they can be an expensive source of decay. But drainage problems aren’t as challenging to fix as you might think. Ponding can often be fixed with simple splash blocks to route water away from trouble spots. More severe drainage problems can be an invitation to build a lovely rain garden.

Remove damaged limbs – Those autumn storms don’t just bring more rain. They also carry winds we haven’t seen all summer. Removing damaged tree limbs now can keep them from becoming hazardous.

In the Northeast

Drain outdoor faucets – Frozen pipes are an expensive shock in deep northeastern winters.  Prevent them now by draining your outdoor faucets – as simple a matter as shutting off outdoor faucets at the valve (usually in the basement or crawlspace), then running the faucet to drain its pipe, and turning it back off.

Stock up on heating fuel – If you use a woodburning stove, stock up on firewood now, before the price goes up any further. If you have old-fashioned oil heat, refill before demand is high.

Have chimneys and furnaces inspected – Chimneys and furnaces that haven’t been in use all summer may need inspection and cleaning before being brought back into service. Better to do that now than to need it in December’s cold.

Ready the winter equipment – Does your snowblower start? Wouldn’t you rather find out now than on a day it makes you late for work? Check the condition of shovels, and stock up on ice melter now, to prevent an unpleasant surprise with the first snow of the season.

Let’s face it: there is no convenient time to replace your old, drafty windows. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages that could impact your project: you might be dealing with hot, humid conditions in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. So when should you start your project? Our team of window replacement experts gave us the low-down on the best time of year to replace your windows.

Winter and Fall

The frigid winter months might not seem like an ideal time to start your window replacement project; however, cold weather projects have unexpected benefits. Most homeowners wait until the warmer months to start their project, causing demand to slow in the winter. When you choose a cold weather window replacement project, you might experience less time in between ordering and installation because our factories have fewer windows to build. You might even receive a better deal on your project, as companies often offer competitive deals to attract customers. You’ll also enjoy an energy efficiency boost and lower energy bills – replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long.

However, we understand that some homeowners might have concerns about starting their project during the cold winter months. Winter weather conditions could cause delays to your project, particularly if you live in a snowy area like Boston or Kansas City. Our team will work to keep complications to a minimum, ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. Some homeowners might also be concerned about the cold air from outside entering their home during installation. However, you can feel comfortable knowing our team of installers know how to get the job done with minimal discomfort to those living in the home. Our team will take steps to keep your home comfortable during installation, like sealing off the room they’re working in to keep the cold air limited to one room. If the space is larger of the room can’t be sealed off, a heavy blanket can be draped to contain most of the cold to just the area near the window.

Spring and Summer

Spring and summer might seem like the best time of year to replace your windows; however, that comes with one major disadvantage: demand will spike. Though the temperatures are more comfortable, you might have to wait longer for your windows to be installed. This could be particularly problematic if you live in a warm area like Charlotte where summer heat and humidity cause your energy bills to skyrocket. If you want your windows installed quickly, we recommend waiting until mid-summer when demand is lower to start your project.

Replacement windows are also particularly important in the warmer seasons, as they keep your home comfortable and prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your home. When you replace your windows in the summer, you’ll enjoy energy savings throughout the hot, humid months. Replacement windows From Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to boost your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Choose between double and triple pane windows, each built with a special Low-E coating and Argon gas between the panes for maximum energy efficiency.

Spring and summer weather conditions are also ideal for your project. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your appointment, and winter weather conditions won’t delay your installation. In fact, warm weather conditions are beneficial for installation: caulk adheres better in warm weather, making installation quicker and easier.

Ready to Start Your Project?

No matter the season you choose, our team of experienced window replacement professionals will ensure your project goes smoothly. Our team has over fifteen years of experience installing windows in harsh Pittsburgh winters and hot, humid Maryland summers. When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re getting top-of-the-line replacement windows that will benefit your home no matter the season. To schedule your estimate, visit WindowNation.com.

There’s no sugarcoating it: home improvement projects can be costly. For some homeowners, it might require months of budgeting and saving for their project to turn their house into the home of their dreams. Before starting your project, consider what you’re looking to get out of the project. Are you looking for a small upgrade to give your home a quick refresh, or are you looking to make a major change to your home’s layout? No matter the project you choose, it’s important to be aware of the potential cost of your project to ensure the price is within your budget. So how should you create the budget for your project? Our home improvement experts are here to help.

Determine Your Goals

Before creating a budget, it’s important to consider your goals for your project: are you looking to boost your home’s curb appeal? Lower your energy bills? Expand your living space? Keep in mind the larger the goal, the higher the cost. Some projects may seem small on paper, but they could require major changes to your home’s layout that increase the costs. For example, you might want to knock down a wall in your kitchen to open your living space, but that could require changes to your plumbing and electric.

To keep costs low, consider smaller renovation projects instead of major remodeling projects. Upgrading your tub or kitchen appliances might be better than remodeling your entire bathroom or kitchen. You might also consider breaking up your projects into smaller, more manageable projects – for example, if you’re looking to replace your windows, consider replacing a few at a time instead of replacing all the windows in your home at once. You’ll ease the burden on your wallet while still achieving your home improvement goals.

Do Your Research

Materials

Research is key before starting your project. Be sure to consider all options for your project before making any final decisions. Keep an open mind when looking at all the options for your project: while you might love the look of wood windows, you might find vinyl windows are a better fit for your home. Some materials are also more expensive than others. If you’re looking to keep costs low, consider using cost-efficient materials instead of high-end materials that will cause the price of your project to increase.

Return on Investment

Return on investment, or ROI, is key to the decision-making process. Be sure to look at the potential return for all the projects you’re considering, particularly if you’re looking to put your home on the market. While the cost of your project might seem high, you may be able to recoup some of the money you spent when it comes time to sell your home. Garage door replacement, vinyl window replacement, and vinyl siding replacement offer some of the highest return on investment at 94%, 72%, and 75% respectively. Most remodels, however, offer significantly lower returns, averaging just 55% return on investment.

Get Quotes

Once you’ve identified the best project for your home, it’s important to get quotes from licensed contractors get an idea of how much your project will cost. Experts recommend getting three quotes for your project to get an idea of how much you will be spending. While the cost may seem high at first, many companies offer attractive promotions and financing offers to help lower the cost of your project. In order to get the best deal, we recommend starting your project during an off-peak time, as many companies offer major deals to generate more business. For most companies, summer and winter are the best times to buy, as demand increases in the spring and fall.

When collecting quotes, it’s important to note that the company with lowest price might not be the best fit for your project. Though the price might be a better fit for your budget, it might result in a lower quality product, poor installation, or spotty customer service.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

Is it time to consider replacing the windows in your home? If you’re looking for new windows for your home, you know shopping for replacement windows can be daunting. However, if your current windows are old and outdated, it’s time to have them replaced. Replacement windows offer many benefits to your home, giving your exterior a fresh new look while also boosting your home’s energy efficiency, helping you save money in the long run. Modern replacement windows can be customized to meet your home’s needs; however, with so many options, how do you know what windows are best for you? Our team of window replacement experts at Window Nation is here to help.

How Do I Know it’s Time to Replace My Windows?

First things first, you need to determine if your windows need to be replaced. For some homeowners, it’s obvious: your windows are warped, damaged, or broken and cannot be easily repaired. However, it might not be as clear cut for other homeowners. Consider how long you’ve lived in your home: if you’ve lived in your home for more than fifteen years and the windows haven’t been upgraded, it might be time to replace them. We recommend walking around your home and inspecting your windows, taking note of any drafts and condensation between the panes. These are signs your windows have lost their energy efficiency, causing your home’s energy consumption to skyrocket. Replacement windows will boost your home’s energy efficiency, helping you save money on your energy bills all year long.

Energy Efficiency

If you’re looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency, replacement windows are one of the best places to start. Replacement windows from Window Nation are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to help you save money on your energy bills for years to come. Choose between wood and vinyl windows, each available with double pane and triple pane glass to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Each window comes standard with a Low-E glass coating and top-of-the-line spacer systems to keep your home comfortable year-round. All Window Nation replacement windows are Energy Star certified, making your home more energy efficient for years to come.

Style and Color Options

Replacement windows can give your home a fresh new look. Available in a variety of style and color options, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit for your home. Our replacement windows are available in eight styles, each custom-built to meet your home’s needs. We offer hundreds of interior and exterior color options to complement your home. You can also customize your windows with add-ons including grids and glass patterns to create the windows of your dreams.

Maintenance

Let’s face it: no one wants to spend their time cleaning and repairing their windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation are low maintenance, keeping cleaning and repairs to a minimum. Our vinyl windows can be cleaned using just warm, soapy water and a sponge. Our replacement windows are also equipped with FlexScreen window screens, allowing for easy cleaning. Should your windows need repairs, your windows will be backed by a lifetime warranty and dedicated customer service team. Your windows will be good as new before you know it!

Safety

One of the most important factors to consider when buying your windows is safety. It’s important to have strong, durable windows to keep your home protected against storms or intruders. Our replacement windows are built using the highest quality materials, keeping your home protected against the elements. All our windows are equipped with safety latches that lock from the inside to give you added peace of mind.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

Home improvement projects are a great way to give your old house new life. Before starting a project, it’s important to consider your home’s needs. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of building your dream kitchen or upgrading your bathroom, but are they really the best projects for your home? Be sure to research the projects you’re considering to learn more about the scope of the project, the costs, and the time it could take to finish the project. It’s also important to identify whether you’re looking to renovate or remodel your home. Though they’re often used interchangeably, renovations and remodels are two different types of projects, and it’s important to distinguish between the two before starting your project.

Renovations

Home renovation projects restore your home to its previous state. These projects are often smaller, like adding a fresh coat of paint or updating your light fixtures. Because renovations are often smaller in scale, these projects are typically less costly, offering a better value than larger remodeling projects. Renovations often offer a higher return on investment when it comes time to sell your home. As a result, these projects are often recommended for those looking to make upgrades before putting their home on the market.

When researching renovations for your home, it’s important to look at the cost of the project compared to the value added to your home. If you’re looking for projects that offer the best value, consider replacing your garage door or upgrading your windows. Garage door replacement offers one of the best returns on investment at almost 95%. Window replacement also offers a high return on investment – choose between vinyl windows, offering a 72% ROI or wood windows, offering a 69% return on investment. No matter the style you choose, replacement windows will add curb appeal and lower your energy bills, making them a smart choice for any homeowner.

Remodeling

Unlike home renovations, which make smaller changes to your home, remodeling projects will alter the shape and structure of your home. These projects can be as small as knocking down a wall in your kitchen to or as big as adding an in-law suite onto your home. These projects are often more expensive than renovations, and as a result, often don’t offer the same return on investment. A midrange bathroom remodel, for example, has just a 64% return on investment compared to vinyl siding replacement at 74%. A master suite addition has the lowest return of all projects at just 51%.

Remodeling projects are not recommended if you’re looking to move, as you may not be able to recoup the money you spent on the project when it comes time to sell your home. Remodeling projects are also difficult, if not impossible, to re-do, potentially turning off some buyers. Nevertheless, if you know your house is your forever home, remodeling projects can be a great way to transform your space into the home of your dreams.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

A cliché is often a true statement we’re so accustomed to that we miss its wisdom.

For instance, your home is your biggest investment. We know this, and if we forget, there are six million ads from contractors to remind us. And, yet, we can launch into home improvement projects without giving them the preparation time and attention due to the single most significant thing we own, and the biggest chunk of our finances.

Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a pro, there are preparation steps you must take in advance of any major home improvement project.

Doing It Yourself

Working on your own home comes with a deep sense of satisfaction, which you understand best when watching your children come running down stairs you refinished, to eat breakfast at a vintage table you restored under a light fixture you wired yourself.

But getting there? That can be perilous. Before starting any do-it-yourself home improvement project, there are some vital steps you must take:

Know the Value

If your home is your biggest investment, then spending money on it is buying more stock. You wouldn’t do that without researching the company you’re buying into, and having some reasonable predictions about likely returns. So, don’t go into a home improvement project with no idea what it will do to your home’s resale value. (New windows, for instance, recover about three-quarters of the investment instantly, and can add more value over time as they reduce your energy costs).

Build an Itemized Budget

Yes, refacing your kitchen cabinets can be a cheap way of updating their look, and you can look up the cost of new doors and varnish. But have you checked on the orbital sander in the shed to see if it’s still working? You may need to replace it. Are you factoring in drop cloths for the mess? And takeout for a couple of nights in case this goes slower than expected? A rough budget estimate is just a hope. A line-item budget estimate helps you see what you’re actually in for.

Budget Your Time

The cost of a home improvement project goes up, and the quality of your work goes down, as the frustration builds. You’ll do a better job if you’ve built in buffer time for steps of the project that take longer than anticipated. You won’t be tempted by shortcuts if you have a realistic schedule and can see that you’re on it. Plan out the time each step should take, and build in a buffer of 20 percent for unforeseen challenges.

Know the Weather

Outdoor projects, or projects that involve opening the envelope of your home, can only go forward when the weather is right. It’s best to plan some flexibility into the schedule, and track weather forecasts, so you don’t lose a fixed date to an unplanned storm.

Plan for the Mess

Sure, you budgeted for the materials you’ll need and the time it will take to paint the living room. But did you allow time and money for the recovery? To avoid going over both your schedule and your itemized budget, remember the rags, vacuum bags, bulk trash pickups, and touch-up paint you’ll need for after you’re “finished.”

Get to Know Your Local Tool Rental Options

One of the best ways to save on home repairs is to rent, rather than buy, rarely used tools. You’ll get the benefit of working with professional-grade tools rather than buying their flimsier homeowner-grade versions, and you won’t have to store them afterward. Most big box home improvement stores have a small rental operation, and most towns have a rental shop that offers heavy-duty equipment to construction sites and smaller, but robustly built options for homeowners for a surprisingly low fee.

Using a Contractor

Get Three Estimates

It can be tempting to listen to the first expert you consult, but there’s always a benefit to getting a second and third opinion. Even when you’ve used a contractor before, and trust their work, their competitors may know of new techniques and products they’re unfamiliar with, or be in a financial position to offer you a better deal.

Check References

A contractor’s pitch to you is just the start of the process of getting to know their work. Ask for references you can call or email, who will tell you details about working with your likely options that they may not have known to give, or, worse, warn you against mistakes they made.

In the era of COVID-19, it can feel nerve-wracking to ask several contractors to come into your home and brief you on their approach to your project. But it’s worth the time, and a good contractor should be well-prepared to work in this environment.

Window Nation’s experts can give virtual or in-person consultations free of charge for window replacement, door installation, siding updates, and more – all done with social distancing and proper personal protective equipment to keep both you and our professionals safe.

Get the Blueprints

Most contractors can work without the original blueprints of your home, but will be far more efficient, and give you a more accurate estimate, if you can hand them the drawings of what’s behind the walls. If you don’t have them, check with your city or county to see if they’re available, and provide them to prospective contractors if you can.

Bring a Healthy Skepticism to Proposals

Contractors are businesspeople, and it benefits them to be realistic and honest in their appraisals. But it also benefits them to upsell you. Be prepared to question the value of suggested products, and think very long-term in your planning – a technological improvement like wiring for speakers, for instance, may have made sense several years ago, but the creation of Bluetooth immediately rendered it worthless, and something buyers won’t care about when it’s time to sell. Make sure your investments are in the timeless, structural and tactile elements of a home that everyone loves.