You splurged for the energy-efficient, triple pane windows — and now one’s broken. Unpredictable Kansas City weather, natural disasters, human error…there are many reasons a window could break. When you’re staring at a broken window, you may wonder, can I just replace the glass in my window, or do I need to replace the whole window? You can’t afford to wait, because the sunshine’s not doing you any favors during those overcast, KC winters. Get our thoughts below. 

Replacement Window Glass Options

Depending on the problem, you have several options for replacement window glass. If the pane of glass cracks, a window company can remove the broken pane and replace it with an insulated glass unit or IGU. There are several options for replacement glass, but your window will perform best if you replace the broken pane with the same type of glass. 

With IGU replacement, the broken pane is removed, the frame cleaned up, the IGU popped in and then sealed in place. With caulking or weather-stripping to block drafts, your window will be as good as new at a fraction of the price of a replacement window. 

Sometimes, if you’re on a budget, you’ll need to pull a George Brett and do everything yourself, but it can be tricky. If you need a special glass (such as glass with Low-E coating), you’ll need to special-order it from a manufacturer. 

If something goes wrong while your windows are under warranty, contact the manufacturer before you replace broken window glass. By replacing the glass in the window with an IGU, you could unintentionally void the warranty. 

When to Replace the Window

Sometimes, your best bet is to remove and replace the entire window. It can be as frustrating as being asked if KC is in Kansas but, while this costs more, there are times when a window is not worth saving. Here are a few considerations. 

If the seal on your window has failed, you are best off replacing the window. Defogging services exist, but they are a quick fix for a problem that will recur until the windows are replaced. The telltale sign of a broken seal is condensation between the panes of glass, which makes the glass appear foggy. 

If the muntins or munions, the dividers in a window, are also broken, you’re best off replacing the entire window and not just the glass. 

With wood windows, replacement should happen if the wood frame begins to rot. While some rot can be remediated with a patch, severe decay compromises the integrity of the window. Window replacement companies can recommend wood windows that will preserve your history as much as Union Station.

If your existing windows are nearing the end of their lifespan, 15 years or older, replacing them when the glass breaks may save you money in the long run. If you’ve got low-quality windows that are drafty and energy inefficient, this your chance to upgrade to a higher quality model you like. 

Window replacement technology is continually advancing. Features such as improved security latching, sealants, vinyl window construction, and solar protection result in more durable, easy to use windows and you can use the savings on your gas bill for more important things, like a backyard barbeque.

Protecting Replacement Windows 

Once you’ve replaced your homes windows, you want to protect your investment. We have a few suggestions to help keep your replacement windows looking like new. 

Use FlexScreens, the most durable window screen on the market. Here at Window Nation, we are excited to offer FlexScreens to accompany most of our double-hung window models. FlexScreen technology is an engineering marvel that’d fit right into the Nelson-Atkins Museum. It’s built to withstand force with a unique flexible design that will make these that last window screen you will ever need. The installation is as smooth as jazz and will prevent dents and scratches.

Keep Them Clean. Vinyl windows are low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a good reliable cleaning. A good habit is to clean interior and exterior windows in the fall and again in the spring (I know, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference here in KC). The good news, keeping your new windows looking like new is as simple as a spritz and a rinse Learn more.  

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

If you're not sure whether you need replacement window glass or replacement windows, our experts here at Window Nation can help! We will steer you toward the right solution for your problem and may be able to arrange financing for replacement windows. Take a look at our wide array of replacement windows and glass options for windows. Contact us today to get started with finding the perfect solution for your Kansas City home’s windows.

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. Bitter temperatures, heavy snow, and whipping winds can damage your home’s exterior, leading to costly repairs or replacements in the spring. You might experience broken siding panels due to high winds, or you might notice condensation between your windowpanes. Fortunately, there’s still time to take steps to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Our home improvement experts are here to share their best tips for preparing your home for harsh winter weather.

Protect Your Pipes

New England homeowners know all too well the damage a burst pipe can have on your home. The first deep freeze could result in your pipes freezing and bursting if they aren’t well-insulated. Before winter arrives, take time to wrap your pipes in insulation to protect them from the cold air outside. You might even consider opening cabinet doors to keep warm air circulating around the pipes. Simply taking an hour or two to insulate the pipes in your home could save you thousands of dollars in flood damage.

Seal Cracks and Air Leaks

Nearly one-third of heating and cooling costs comes from energy loss from drafty windows and doors. Why continue to waste money year-after-year? Keep the cold winter air outside by sealing any cracks and air leaks you notice in your home. Take time to inspect your windows and doors and take note of any areas you feel the air from outside, then seal the areas with caulk or weatherstripping. Your home will be draft-free in no time!

Upgrade Your Windows

While caulk might serve as a quick fix, it’s important to note that caulk does not adhere well in cold temperatures. For a long-term fix, you might consider replacing your windows and doors with energy efficient upgrades. Our windows and doors are installed with an airtight seal to virtually eliminate drafts, keeping your home comfortable no matter the season.

It’s also important to upgrade your windows if your existing windows are original to your home. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, the least energy efficient windows on the market. Consider replacing your windows with double or triple pane windows for an energy efficiency boost you’ll enjoy year-round. Our windows will help your HVAC system work smarter, not harder, to keep your energy bills low all winter long.

Upgrade Your Siding

Cold temperatures, high winds, and ice wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Can your siding handle another winter? Before the temperatures drop, inspect your siding for any cracked panels or discoloration. If you notice any areas of concern, it might be time to upgrade your siding. Vinyl siding from Window Nation is built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long. Our siding is also durable, built to withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Your home will be protected no matter the weather in your area.

Purchase a Generator

There’s nothing worse than losing power during a major winter storm. Inclement weather could keep the power company from restoring power for hours, or even days. Keep your home protected from power outages by purchasing a generator to serve as a back-up power source. Generators are particularly important if you or someone you live with is part of a vulnerable population, or if you live in a cold climate like Boston where the risk of hypothermia is increased.

Want to Winterize Your Home?

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 for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.  

Harrisburg homeowners know the importance of maintaining an energy efficient home. Located in the heart of central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has one of the most unique climates in the state. The winters are cold and snowy much like their neighbors in western Pennsylvania; however, the summers are hot and humid, much like their neighbors to the east in Philadelphia.

The region’s diverse weather conditions create the perfect storm for homeowners looking to keep their home comfortable, and your old, drafty windows aren’t helping. Your windows could be letting the comfortable air inside escape, causing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain your home’s temperature. Don’t spend another season with old, drafty windows – upgrade your windows to energy efficient replacement windows from Window Nation. Our window replacement experts in Harrisburg share why you should consider upgrading your windows.

Energy Savings

Replacement windows are a smart choice for homeowners looking to save money on their energy bills.  Nearly one-third of heating and cooling costs can be attributed to energy loss through old and drafty windows. Our windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter the season. We offer double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Double pane windows have two panes of energy efficient glass, reflecting 90% of sunlight to keep your home protected from damaging UV rays. Triple pane windows, however, have an additional pane of glass to reflect 97% of sunlight. Each pane of glass has a Low-E glass coating for top-of-the-line energy efficiency. Your Harrisburg home will feel more comfortable, as your HVAC system will be able to work more efficiently.

Weather-Proof Your Home

Winters in Harrisburg aren’t easy, particularly if you live the areas north or west of the city in the Susquehanna Valley. 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 energy efficient replacement windows to keep the warm, comfortable air inside your home. Our windows are installed with an airtight seal by our certified master installers, virtually eliminating drafts. You’ll also enjoy energy savings in the summer, reducing the strain on your air conditioner. Your Harrisburg home will feel comfortable all year long!

Energy Efficiency Boost on Historic Homes

Many of the homes in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York are historic, dating back to the early 1900s. While these homes are great for homeowners looking for a house with character and charm, they might not be the most energy efficient. Many older homes have single pane windows, the least energy efficient option available. Some homes might even have wood or metal windows, offering no insulation from the air outside. If the windows on your Harrisburg home are over fifteen years old, or even original to your home, we recommend upgrading them to modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our team of Susquehanna Valley window replacement experts are specially trained to maintain your home’s historic charm while giving it the upgrade it needs. You’ll enjoy an energy efficiency boost while keeping the character you love in your Lancaster home – a win-win!

Need New Windows in the Susquehanna Valley?

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 replacement window glass you choose is just as important as the window itself. However, most homeowners know very little about the glass options available to them, let alone which is best for their home. You might be familiar with single pane, double pane, and triple pane windows, but how do you know which option to choose? Our window replacement experts explain the difference between each option so you can find the best window to meet your home’s needs.

Panes of Glass

Single Pane

Single pane windows have just one pane of glass, making them the least energy efficient option available. If your windows are more than fifteen years old or original to your home, you might have single pane windows. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, as they are often the cheapest option available. While these windows are serviceable for a few years, we recommend upgrading them to double or triple pane windows for a long-term solution.

Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are best for homeowners looking for energy efficiency at a value. These windows have two panes of energy efficient glass to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Our windowpanes are coated in a Low-E glass coating, reflecting 80% of sunlight to keep your home protected from damaging UV rays. These windows are a popular choice for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills without breaking the bank.

Triple Pane Windows

If you’re looking for a major energy efficiency boost, consider upgrading your windows to triple pane windows. These windows offer the same benefits as double pane windows, but with an additional pane of glass for maximum energy efficiency. Triple pane windows from Window Nation reflect 90% of sunlight, allowing your heating and cooling systems to work smarter, not harder. You’ll enjoy lower energy bills year-round!

Glass Coatings

Replacement windows from Window Nation have a Low-E glass coating for top-of-the-line energy efficiency. Low-E stands for Low Emissivity, which involves the ability of an object to radiate heat. What does that mean for your windows? Low-E means a “low” amount of radiation and heat from the sun will be entering your home. Your home will feel more comfortable, as your HVAC system will be able to work more efficiently.

Modern replacement windows also come standard with a metallic oxide coating to help reflect heat. The more precious the metal, the more effective it is at reflecting heat. Most builder-grade windows use tin, a lower-grade metal that does a serviceable job reflecting sunlight. However, at Window Nation, our windows are coated with silver oxide, a cost-effective option that will prevent harmful UV rays from entering your home.

Window Gas

You might not know that a special gas is inserted between your windowpanes to boost your windows’ energy efficiency. At Window Nation, we insert Argon gas between each pane to minimize heat transfer, keeping the temperature of your window close to the temperature in your home. The amount of gas between the panes depends on the style of window you choose. If you have double pane windows, your windows will be filled with 98.8% Argon gas, while triple pane windows will be filled with 99% Argon gas for maximum energy efficiency.

Spacer Systems

Window spacers play a critical role in keeping your home comfortable. Spacers separate the glass panes, playing an important role in determining how much heat or cold can pass through the windowpanes. Replacement windows from Window Nation use top-of-the-line Super Spacer technology, reducing the rate of heat loss through your windows.

Need New Windows?

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

There’s nothing like Fall in western Pennsylvania. The temperatures are dropping, and the Steelers are back – what’s not to like? Fall is also the best time of year to give your home a refresh before the holidays. The temperatures are cooling down, and conditions are ideal for starting a home improvement project. If you’re looking to upgrade your home, consider replacing your windows, siding, and doors with modern replacements from Window Nation. You’ll give your home the makeover it needs before the holidays, and you might even save money on your energy bills. Our home improvement experts share why you should consider a home improvement project in Pittsburgh this fall.

Energy Savings

Did you know energy loss from old, drafty windows accounts for nearly one-third of your heating and cooling costs? If your Pittsburgh home has old, single pane windows, we recommend upgrading your windows to energy efficient double or triple pane windows. Double pane windows have two panes of Low-E coated glass to keep the comfortable air inside your home. These windows are recommended for homeowners looking to upgrade their home’s energy efficiency at a value. However, for maximum energy efficiency, consider upgrading your windows to triple pane windows. These windows have all the benefits of double pane windows, but with an additional pane of glass for top-of-the-line energy efficiency.

Whether you choose double pane or triple pane windows, you can feel comfortable your windows will be built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Our windows come standard with Low-E coated glass, a special coating that reflects sunlight and heat off your windows. Low-E glass from Window Nation is coated with silver oxide, a cost-effective option that offers superior reflection capabilities. Each window also has Argon gas between the panes to keep the cold air outside and trap the comfortable air inside. Your Pittsburgh home will feel cozy all winter long!

Curb Appeal Boost

Though the holidays in Pittsburgh might look different this year, it’s still important to give your home the curb appeal boost it needs. We’re proud to offer custom-made replacement windows to compliment your home. Whether you live in North Hills, South Hills, or East End, we have windows that will fit your home. We offer multiple window styles to give your home the upgrade it needs. If you’re looking to upgrade your existing windows, we recommend choosing a double hung window, our most popular window option. However, if you want to give your home a fresh new look in time for the holidays, consider choosing a window with a unique shape, like a bay or bow window. All our windows are available in a variety of color options to compliment your home. You can also customize your windows with grids or decorative glass options to make your windows uniquely yours.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winters in the Allegheny Mountains aren’t easy. Chilly temperatures and lake effect snow can make for treacherous conditions. Is your home prepared for the cold months ahead? If you notice drafts or air leaks, we recommend upgrading your windows to modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our windows are installed with an airtight seal to keep the warm, comfortable air inside your home.

Want to Upgrade Your Pittsburgh Home?

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. 

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.

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.