Do you remember how we all used to draw houses back in grade school? You’d get out the crayons and draw one big rectangle, with another rectangle for the door, and a few rectangle windows. Add a triangle-shaped roof and your picture is ready to be hung on the refrigerator.

An iconic house drawing.

How would you draw that same house today? You’d probably still want that spacious rectangle of living space and the tree out front, but perhaps you can jazz this house up and get creative with the shape of the windows. With a bit of advanced geometry? You could create something very impressive indeed.

Windows no longer come in just squares and rectangles. Specialty replacement windows are available in all kinds of shapes. With customization, the possibilities are endless. From full circle and half circle windows to bold shapes like triangles and hexagons, specialty windows can take your home beyond the rectangle.

 

Add instant character to your home

Many homes are built as part of a larger planned community. A developer buys a tract of land, offers a handful of floor plans, and repeats them about a hundred times. Voilà— you have a neighborhood. Sure, there may be some small variations in the color of the home, or how the front walk is situated, but overall, it’s variations on a theme.

If you’d like to take your home beyond the cookie-cutter, examining your window shape is a great way to start.

Look at the homes you love — there’s often one detail that draws the eye in. There’s something a little unexpected, and/or some amount of visual excitement. When you see one of those homes, you know that the details were well thought out, and there’s just something special there.

An unanticipated window shape transforms your curb appeal. Maybe you add a gently curved window over your first-floor windows, maybe there’s a triangle window tucked into a corner of the roof. Think of a beautiful oval attic window shining down from up on the third floor.

A small hexagon window in a forgotten corner of a dark room not only transforms the visual appeal of a room but also welcomes invaluable light. Smaller specialty windows make a big impact in problem areas. You can refresh the space and create a customized nook.

It’s the details that make a house sing.

 

Combine shapes to make a focal point

A statement window doesn’t have to be a small one-off. Imagine how these different shapes can play together, and you could create a whole statement wall of windows.

Imagine taking a picture window, and adding two transom windows on either side. Now that picture window can open and let in a breeze on a summer day. Place some arched windows up above the portrait window, and you increase the drama. A real focal point.

Suddenly your sitting room has the feel of a sunroom. You can open the home to take in the backyard or let your statement wall of windows transform the home’s front elevation.

None of this style comes at the cost of substance. Specialty windows offer the same energy efficiency as traditional windows. When you install quality specialty windows, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort. You can curl up with a book beside your wall of windows all throughout the year.

 

Ways to play

Not sure where to start?  Window Nation has a wealth of inspiration and information about window styles and products to peruse.

If your dream is still coming into focus, you can start with the gallery of inspirational photos. Check out our Pinterest page for some great ideas.

Window Nation is a third-generation window company with an eye for the details.  They can work with you to craft a customized window shape or help you to imagine how to use their windows to maximum effect. Give Window Nation a call today, and we’ll help you make your home as unique as you are.

Choosing replacement windows for your Virginia home can be daunting. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which is best? It’s important to know your home’s needs before starting your project. Consider what you’re looking to get out of your window replacement project, then choose the windows to help you achieve your goal. While you might want a bay window, is it really the best fit for your home?

If you want to lower your energy bills, you have two options. You can open the windows up and bask in the Virginian outdoors, or just consider replacing your windows with vinyl windows equipped with energy-efficient double pane and triple pane glass. If a curb appeal boost is what you need, consider adding a statement window with a unique color.

It’s also important to take note of your home’s layout and the size of the window openings you’re looking to fill. If you’re looking to replace a window that’s wider than it is tall, it might be best to go with a slider window or a casement window. If you’re looking to add a rustic Virginian character and charm, consider a bay or a bow window.

No matter what you’re looking for, our team of replacement window experts at Window Nation will be here to guide you through the process and help you choose the best options for your home. We offer a variety of window styles to meet your home improvement needs. Our replacement window guide will help guide your decision-making process.

Double Hung Windows

Double-hung windows are our most popular window style for a reason. They’re low maintenance, easy-to-use, and stylish – the perfect fit for your home. These windows open by sliding up and down in their frame, easily fitting in most window openings. Double-hung windows from Window Nation can be customized in a wide range of colors only matched by the Shenandoah in the fall. Our double-hung windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features, like double pane and triple pane glass, to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round.

Casement Windows

Casement windows from Window Nation are best in openings that are wider than they’re tall. These windows crack open like a fresh oyster when you turn the crank, adding a unique touch to any room. Because they don’t have a center post, casement windows offer an unobstructed view, perfect if you’re looking to replace the windows facing a backyard, garden, or just watching the deer frolic in the vast Virginian woods.

These windows are also some of the most energy-efficient windows available thanks to their airtight seal. Like double-hung windows, casement windows from Window Nation are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to help keep your energy costs low.

Slider Windows

Similar to casement windows, slider windows are open left-to-right; however, instead of using a crank, these windows slide across a track. Slider windows from Window Nation come equipped with a state-of-the-art track that’s easy to use. Because of their unique sliding capabilities, slider windows are best if you’re looking for maximum ventilation.

These windows are best suited for rooms with only one window, as they certainly make a statement! Consider these windows when replacing the windows facing a backyard or a garden – not only will you receive more fresh air, but you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view thanks to its sleek, low-profile frame. Well, unless you live in D.C., where your view choices are buildings or the crawl of traffic outside.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are best when you’re looking to make a statement in your home. Almost like you’re trying to distinguish an Arlington home from the tourist trap of D.C. These windows are formed with three windows, a large picture window in the center surrounded by two double-hung or casement windows on either side.

Bow windows have a rounded, curve-like appearance, while bay windows are more square. These windows can add character to your home; however, it’s important to know that these windows will dramatically alter the layout of your room so be sure you have the proper space needed. We’re not saying you need a living room with the expansiveness of Luray Caverns, just enough to keep your windows from impinging on your personal space.

Garden Windows

Garden windows project outwards and are best for replacing windows with plenty of outdoor space. These windows are commonly used to replace windows over a sink and can serve as a unique display area for plants. They’re also perfect for showing off photos from your hiking and hunting trips in the Virginian outdoors. Garden windows can function as greenhouses for plants and are best in areas with direct sunlight.

Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are the most unique replacement windows we offer because they can be in any shape! If you need a window for a unique opening, like a round window or a triangular window, our team at Window Nation can create it. With our variety of window shapes, you can give the poor suckers stuck in the NoVA traffic something to look at.

Our specialty windows are available in a number of shapes, including full circles, half-circles, hexagons, and more. Our specialty windows are available in wood and vinyl styles with the same energy-efficient features as standard windows.

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

Summer always flies by, doesn’t it? Hopefully you made your way through most of your bucket list—a trip to the beach, a night camping under the stars, maybe even planting a garden?

It’s great to start off the season with an ambitious list, but always a little sad to see the things you didn’t get around to doing. 

Don’t worry—you didn’t miss your window. Fall is an excellent time to change out your old windows and give your home an upgrade.

It’s the season for projects

When the dog days of summer are past, it’s a real joy to spend the afternoon outside working on the house. There’s the last of the garden’s bounty to gather up, and you’ll want to turn over the soil and put the garden to rest for the winter. Once the leaves start their changes, it’s time to rake and clean out the gutters. Working outside is part of the natural rhythm of fall. 

Our window installation teams love this time of year, too.

When the crews come out to remove your old windows, there’s less work involved with keeping your interiors a comfortable temperature. They don’t have to close off parts of the house to either the winter winds or blistering heat. There are even some caulks that are used in the installation process that set up better in fall temperatures. 

If you want ease in scheduling your home improvement take a look at the fall months. Coming into the spring months, there’s a mad dash to take on home improvement. On that first lovely spring weekend, you’d be hard pressed to get a parking spot at the home improvement store. 

Come September though, this starts to slow down and it’s much easier to get crews scheduled to come out to do work on the house. It’s a smart move.

It’s almost time to hibernate

Winter is the time when windows do a lot of their heavy lifting. If you spent last winter moving your furniture away from drafty windows, if you noticed your windows frosting up when it snows, or even if you’re tired of paying more for your heat, then you know it’s time to invest in energy efficient windows

Before the temperatures dip, upgrade to vinyl replacement windows. Vinyl is a natural thermal insulator, and transfers much less heat than materials like aluminum. Heat transfer is measured by something called U-value. 

If you look at the U-value and energy star ratings of different types of windows, you’ll see that vinyl replacement windows are a surefire way to lower your heating costs. This affordable, low-maintenance material will be a real blessing in just a few short months. 

Take on that vinyl replacement window project now and you’ll have a very cozy, comfy winter.  

Company is coming.

The fall is just one long ramp of holidays— from back-to-school it’s just a short time until Halloween. Next thing you know, you’re taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven, and suddenly it’s the Christmas season.  

You’re going to need to get the house ready for guests. This fall, go beyond buying a new welcome mat and setting out a pumpkin. Getting new windows installed can give a whole new feeling to your home. New windows will boost your curb appeal—to say nothing of how much it can alter the feeling of the inside of your home. 

Rethinking the layout and size of your windows changes the light inside your home. A new window can make a small, dark room suddenly feel cheerful and spacious. 

Imagine curling up right next to an energy efficient vinyl window this fall, watching the leaves change in your backyard. When the winter days are shortest, the additional light new windows bring will be most welcome.

Window Nation is ready to get you on the schedule. We can walk you through this whole process, help you choose just the right energy efficient vinyl windows for your home, and get them installed just in time for a very cozy winter. 

First, it was nitrogen in the tires, and now it’s argon in the windows. It all sounds a little space-age, and more than a little confusing. Even if you were stuck memorizing it as one of the elements on the periodic table in high school, it’s more than likely you haven’t run across argon since. So what is argon? What does it do...and why is it in your windows? You might hear folks call these kinds of windows “gas fills” or “thermal windows.” It's better living through science—and we’re here to break down why.

What is argon gas?

Before you welcome any kind of chemical into your home, you’re probably going to want to know exactly what it is. Who could blame you? No worries here—argon is a naturally occurring gaseous element. In fact, it’s one of the “noble gases” on the periodic table, over there in group 18. Two chaps named Lord Rayleigh and Sir William Ramsay discovered it in 1894. The name argon derives from the Greek word for “idle.” Argon is non-toxic, non-reactive, and non-flammable. That’s a lot of things this gas isn’t. So why is it found in all kinds of industrial applications, such as lightbulbs, luxury car tires, and scuba diving suits? The short answer? Argon is dense. It’s much denser than air, and therefore a great insulator. And it’s inexpensive. Score—an inexpensive, natural, dense insulator. By the way, you may also hear about people using krypton gas to fill their windows. That’s a great option too—albeit a little more expensive. Nice to know that for a bit more extra coin you could have something in common with Superman.

Is this an environmentally friendly idea?

Mother Earth loves insulation. The more insulation we all use in our homes, the less money and resources we need to stay at comfy temperatures all year round. When you retire your old single-paned windows, it’s smart to invest in double (or even triple) paned windows. If you upgrade your windows with low-emissivity coated glass and pump the space between the panes with Argon, you’ll have the most insulated and earth-friendly window out there. Energy-star, the government organization that helps consumers navigate energy consumption, independently tests and certifies windows. Their lab experiments have shown that filling your windows with argon improves their u-value (or ability to insulate). Argon gas-filled windows put the earth’s natural resources to work, utilizing the properties of this element to minimize your carbon footprint and keep your monthly bills low.

How does argon compare with plain old air?

So what’s so bad about our trusty friend's nitrogen and oxygen who constitute most of the air on earth? Take a deep breath. Nice. Normal air is great, but it’s also filled with moisture. If you trap that moisture-laden air between two panes of glass for a long time, eventually it’s going to start doing some damage to your windows. Over time, your internal window materials break down faster when exposed to oxygen. Those windows will get foggy and leaky. Argon looks just like normal air to the naked eye, but you are gazing through a much denser gas than oxygen and nitrogen. That density is serving to keep your home insulated.

What else is great about argon?

As a huge bonus, argon gas insulation will actually block the sun’s UV rays. That means you don’t have to worry about slathering on sunscreen when you want to spend the afternoon sitting by the window reading a book. And your furniture, rugs, and artwork won’t fade sitting in direct sunlight. If you live on a noisy block, the argon gas-filled windows will also help reduce interior sound. It’s an additional layer of soundproofing between those panes of glass, and an additional layer of comfort the next time the neighbors decide to throw a lively party. If you went in for those nitrogen-filled tires, you know it can be a pain in the neck to find a place to inflate them. Good news for homeowners: you won’t need to worry about your argon windows needing periodic pumping up. Argon windows lose only about 1% of their gas a year, but the argon will continue doing its job for the full life of the window—well over twenty years.

Window Nation is your solution

Any home, in any climate, can benefit from the added insulation of argon windows. When you're ready to replace your worn-out windows, argon-filled windows should be at the top of your list. They’re a long-term smart move to keep your family comfortable and your home energy consumption low. Call Window Nation today for an expert consultation.

Summer always flies by, doesn’t it? Hopefully you made your way through most of your bucket list—a trip to the beach, a night camping under the stars, maybe even planting a garden?

It’s great to start off the season with an ambitious list, but always a little sad to see the things you didn’t get around to doing. 

Don’t worry—you didn’t miss your window. Fall is an excellent time to change out your old windows and give your home an upgrade.

It’s the season for projects

When the dog days of summer are past, it’s a real joy to spend the afternoon outside working on the house. There’s the last of the garden’s bounty to gather up, and you’ll want to turn over the soil and put the garden to rest for the winter. Once the leaves start their changes, it’s time to rake and clean out the gutters. Working outside is part of the natural rhythm of fall. 

Our window installation teams love this time of year, too.

When the crews come out to remove your old windows, there’s less work involved with keeping your interiors a comfortable temperature. They don’t have to close off parts of the house to either the winter winds or blistering heat. There are even some caulks that are used in the installation process that set up better in fall temperatures. 

If you want ease in scheduling your home improvement take a look at the fall months. Coming into the spring months, there’s a mad dash to take on home improvement. On that first lovely spring weekend, you’d be hard pressed to get a parking spot at the home improvement store. 

Come September though, this starts to slow down and it’s much easier to get crews scheduled to come out to do work on the house. It’s a smart move.

It’s almost time to hibernate

Winter is the time when windows do a lot of their heavy lifting. If you spent last winter moving your furniture away from drafty windows, if you noticed your windows frosting up when it snows, or even if you’re tired of paying more for your heat, then you know it’s time to invest in energy efficient windows

Before the temperatures dip, upgrade to vinyl replacement windows. Vinyl is a natural thermal insulator, and transfers much less heat than materials like aluminum. Heat transfer is measured by something called U-value. 

If you look at the U-value and energy star ratings of different types of windows, you’ll see that vinyl replacement windows are a surefire way to lower your heating costs. This affordable, low-maintenance material will be a real blessing in just a few short months. 

Take on that vinyl replacement window project now and you’ll have a very cozy, comfy winter.  

Company is coming.

The fall is just one long ramp of holidays— from back-to-school it’s just a short time until Halloween. Next thing you know, you’re taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven, and suddenly it’s the Christmas season.  

You’re going to need to get the house ready for guests. This fall, go beyond buying a new welcome mat and setting out a pumpkin. Getting new windows installed can give a whole new feeling to your home. New windows will boost your curb appeal—to say nothing of how much it can alter the feeling of the inside of your home. 

Rethinking the layout and size of your windows changes the light inside your home. A new window can make a small, dark room suddenly feel cheerful and spacious. 

Imagine curling up right next to an energy efficient vinyl window this fall, watching the leaves change in your backyard. When the winter days are shortest, the additional light new windows bring will be most welcome.

Window Nation is ready to get you on the schedule. We can walk you through this whole process, help you choose just the right energy efficient vinyl windows for your home, and get them installed just in time for a very cozy winter. 

Most big home improvement projects start with a whim—a little moment of, “Wouldn’t it be nice if…”. 

Sometimes they start with a tiny twinge of envy when you see a breathtaking home in a magazine, or when your neighbors invite you over to see their improvements. 

Many home improvement projects never get past the initial fantasy stage.  After all, the next step is a tricky one: how are you going to pay for it? It’s a challenge to get out the pencil and calculator and figure out if this dream makes financial sense. 

A project that satisfies the wallet and the heart is a rare find. One of the smartest, and most satisfying projects is investing in modern replacement windows

Here’s the math to back it up. 

You’ll get a serious return on investment.

Someday in the future, you may need to put your house on the market. When that day comes, you’ll be forced to do all of those little nagging projects on the list. You’ll be shelling out money to make your house fancy for someone else. 

Why not do the improvements now, and enjoy your own dream house? The crazy thing is, if you are smart about where you spend your improvement dollars, you’ll get much of that money back when your house sells. 

This handy little piece of accounting is called, Return on Investment (or “ROI” for those in-the-know). You aren’t going to get a high ROI if you build a greenhouse for your rare orchid collection, or a music studio for your burgeoning singing career—but everyone loves windows

Window upgrade projects have one of the highest ROI of any home improvement project. Every year, Remodeling Magazine rates home improvement projects for ROI, and window upgrades consistently make the top of their list.  

It seems we all want high-quality, energy-efficient windows

Save a little every month on comfort.

The US Department of Energy calculated that a window’s heat loss or gain is responsible for 25%-30% of residential energy use.  The more worn-out your windows are, the higher the percentage. 

What if this window upgrade project came with a coupon? That coupon saved you money on your air conditioning bills every summer, and on your heating every winter. The coupon never expires, and over time saves you more and more. You’d be clipping that coupon out of the Sunday paper for sure, right? 

Energy Star, the government program designed to help us all cut down our energy usage, reports that upgrading to energy efficient windows will save the average homeowner $125- $340 per year. Definitely worth factoring that into your math. 

Let someone else pick up part of the tab.

Energy efficiency isn’t just a smart move for your comfort, it’s a smart move for our world. It’s in everyone’s best interest to lower energy consumption— so much so, that there are government programs designed to incentivize your window upgrade. 

While Uncle Sam has no interest in your wallpaper choices, he'd really like to lessen the load on the power grid. The Energy Star website has a friendly interface that will walk you through the whole process. 

You might be surprised to learn that your local energy company is also interested in window upgrades. It just takes a quick glance at their website (or actually reading all those flyers that come with the monthly bill….) to learn if your power company wants to help foot the bill. Many energy companies offer rebates or credits on window replacement. 

A wise investment.

If you add up the ROI, factor in the monthly energy savings, minus-out local and national rebates and credits, that fun little fantasy of home window replacement starts to come into focus. This is a very smart way to spend your money, make day-to-day life more comfortable, and give your home a real glow-up. 

Window Nation is ready to walk you through the process. Our website has a feature that’ll show you what those new windows will look like in your home, and we can talk about which windows make the most sense for your climate and budget. 

Window Replacement is a project for the head and heart. Let’s take it on. 

Congratulations on your new home! New construction— that’s a big deal. Nothing beats the feeling of picking out all the little details of a home. 

You're not inheriting anyone’s worn-out choices. You can stand in the middle of your living room, take a big breath and feel good. 

Question though: did you opt for a window upgrade package? If the answer is no, then you’ve got builder-grade windows. And while you may not have inherited anyone else’s out-of-date design decisions, you’ve inherited sub-par windows. Builder-grade windows were chosen with only one thing in mind: your builder’s profit margin. 

How long do builder-grade windows last? 

What’s the big deal? At first glance, your windows seem fine. After all, they’ve got glass and they keep the rain out, right?

Those windows have a clock on them. While a quality window will last thirty years, you’re looking at about five out of builder-grade windows. If you try to stretch it to ten years or beyond you’ll be living with worn-out windows. 

What are the signs of a worn-out window?

The issues with builder-grade windows often start out small. It may be as simple as needing to jiggle the window to open it. If the window feels a bit sticky or you’re showing off your biceps trying to get it open, it’s a sure sign that the frame is starting to go. 

The next thing you know, the locks get a little persnickety, or the window won’t stay open. Faulty locks would make anyone start to get nervous. Now you’ve graduated to a hardware problem. 

Once the frame and hardware start to go, you can be pretty sure that your window’s seal is worn out. The window will always look just a bit foggy or milky, and no amount of scrubbing will get it clean. On humid days, the window will have condensation. When the weather is cold, your windows are covered in frost. On either end of the spectrum, the room is no longer comfortable. The window is not functional.

Why not wait it out?

There are some things that can save you money if you wait. We’ve all been there— you try to stretch the time before your next haircut and wear a baseball cap for a few days. No big deal. 

With builder-grade windows however, once they start to break down you’re throwing good money away. You’ll slowly start adjusting the dials on your thermostat to make your home comfortable. A little more heat or a little more air conditioner and it’s like there’s a builder-grade window tax you’re paying every month. 

The reasons to replace those windows?

If you live on a loud block getting replacement windows can cut down on noise. You’ve heard the saying that “good fences make good neighbors”? Well, replacement windows make quiet neighbors. 

A home that’s able to maintain a consistent temperature is one you can really relax in. It feels good and it makes fiscal sense. Energy efficient windows will lower your monthly bills. If you sit down with your pencil and calculator, you can see just how much of a return on investment this home improvement project is.

Is there one room in your home that is just too dark? Would you like to enjoy more of a view of your backyard? Replacing your builder-grade windows is a great opportunity to rethink what you want out of these windows. You can upgrade your curb appeal, and make your home feel more spacious and light. 

If there’s a folder you keep with all of the paperwork for your house, check to see if your builder grade windows came with any kind of warranty. Most builder grade windows have short warranties compared to quality windows. 

You can always decide to play the warranty game, and keep calling every time these windows break down, but if you’ve got better things to do, get on top of this home window replacement project now.

Trade for a better grade

Window Nation regularly helps homeowners trade builder-grade windows for high-quality windows they’ll really love. Don’t wait on this one. Give us a call, and we’ll walk you through the whole process. 

One of the biggest selling points of brand new windows? Energy efficiency.

You’ve probably heard the claims, “Lower your monthly energy bills and help Mother Earth!” and  “Windows have an awesome return on investment!”

But let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. What do people mean when they say windows are energy efficient? And what’s the supporting science?

Simply put, your windows act as barriers. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer they keep the cold in. 

So what exactly allows them to do that? And why might one type of window be better at it?

Let’s talk about heat transfer

You may have been asleep in science class the day the laws of thermodynamics were explained, but we all know that your hot coffee is eventually going to come to room temperature. On a hot day, the ice cubes in your drink are going to melt. This phenomenon is called heat transfer. 

A well-made window acts like a thermos, and cuts down on heat transfer.

Windows are made up of two parts— the glass and frame. Because the glass takes up the majority of the space, it has a big role to play in heat transfer. 

Scientists have been hard at work on window glass. A simple single-pane glass window will allow 85%-90% of heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up the glass only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. However, you can’t go too crazy here or the window gets too heavy to open. 

How about altering the glass itself? Scientists found that if they baked a little bit of tin or silver oxide into the glass they could keep your home more comfortable. Metal reflects solar energy. The standard is two layers of silver per window, but you can get three if you're really serious. At the high end, if you get triple silver low-e reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. Impressive. 

But let’s think beyond the glass, shall we?

Frame and sash material

How about the material that holds the glass in place?

Imagine it’s a hot day and you see a shiny metal park bench. No way you are sitting on that thing— you’d burn your bottom. Wooden park benches are much more tempting. Metal conducts heat, and is a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy efficient than metal. 

However, wood and metal windows don’t have weather stripping. They still aren’t the best material to surround your glass. Without weather stripping, you’ll have a drafty window. 

Vinyl is the big break-through material. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather stripping can be built right into the vinyl. There’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time. 

Let’s put all that new science vocab into one big show-off sentence: 

The most energy efficient windows cut down on heat transfer and are made with insulated vinyl frame material and glass with silver oxide-based low emissivity coatings.  

Check out the big brain on you. 

Be an Energy Star

The good news is that someone has already done the leg work on energy efficiency. 

Energy Star is a program run by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy that researches energy efficiency. They run independent trials on dishwashers, refrigerators, and yes, windows. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR worked to help Americans save almost $39 billion dollars in energy costs.

If you check out their website, they’ll give you suggestions for windows for your region, and let you know just how heavy duty you need to go for your climate

Don’t let them leak

Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? The best thermos in the world does you no good if you don’t screw the lid on tight. Carelessly throw that thermos in a backpack and you’ve got coffee everywhere. 

The best window in the world will leak if not installed properly. Proper window installation is key. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory trained. We specialize in window replacement— and have installed over one million windows since 2006. 

We’ll make sure the most energy efficient windows are the windows proudly hanging in your home. 

Give us a call. 

If you’ve gone through the whole pro-and-con list of tackling a window replacement project, then energy efficiency was most likely high up in the pro column. The more energy efficient your windows are, the comfier your house will be, and the lower your monthly energy bill will be. 

Pro list: Comfy home, lower monthly bills, high return on investment. Check. 

The next stage is deciding exactly what kind of windows you want. Sure you could just buy the same style your house came with, but where’s the fun in that? Slider windows have a lot going for them. Let’s break it down—

A Slider Window Anatomy Lesson

At the risk of being remedial, slider windows are called sliders...because they slide open. They’re like your sliding glass patio door, but in window form. Your home may currently feature the more common double hung windows that open from the bottom to the top, but slider windows open from side to side. 

Your ardent slider window fans will tell you that they’re easy to open, easy to clean, and give you a nice uninterrupted view of the outdoors. Because the mechanism that slides open is a bit simpler than other types of windows, they can also be a more affordable option. Once you factor in the energy efficiency boost, the price looks even more handsome.

If you really want to know what makes these windows energy efficient, you’ll need to zoom in even closer to look at each part of the window. The details are where these really shine. 

That Glass Works Hard 

The main thing you are combating when it comes to glass is heat transfer. You want that glass to act as a barrier between the weather outside and the temperature you’re paying for indoors. Slider windows get energy efficiency points because the glass is Low-E coated; it reflects the infrared light and cuts down on heat transfer. 

Depending on the climate where you live, you can double—or triple!—the layers of glass on your slider windows. We’ve all heard of double-paned windows. Double-paned glass reflects twice as much heat back into the house on cold winter days, and triple reflects—you guessed it—three times as much. 

If you choose layered glass, they’ll fill the space between the panes with 98.8% Krypton gas. That gas insulates the air between the panes and prevents heat transfer to keep your home even more comfortable. 

As a side bonus, all this hard-working glass will also reduce street noise inside your home. Now that’s certainly a perk—especially if you have particularly rowdy neighbors. 

The Sash Material is Key

The term “sash material” refers to everything surrounding the glass. The overall design of a slider window is pretty straightforward, and with fewer moving parts there are fewer opportunities for air leakage and wallet drainage. But your sash material is also going to help with energy efficiency. 

Window Nation slider window sash materials are made out of heavy-duty vinyl. Each corner is fused together using a four-point welder at high temperatures. Vinyl really blocks out the weather, and holds up in the long term. Our slider vinyl windows are made with an ultra-compression weather seal and have polypropylene poly-fin weatherstripping. They mean business. 

When you close a single hung window from the top, the window just sits on the sash. But if you look at the closing side of a sliding window, you can see that when you shut it, the two sides are intricately fitted to each other. They have a smartly engineered interlock system that seals up the window extra tight—a perk for your energy efficiency as well as home security. 

The fit is everything

Of course, the most energy-efficient windows in the world can’t do their job if they aren't installed correctly. In fact, the warranty on your windows could be null if you don’t get the right team out. Window Nation has installed over one million windows since 2006. Not to brag? But it’s kind of our thing. We factory train every installer, and our professionals have an average of 16 years of experience. 

No matter your priorities, Window Nation has the right windows for you. When you’re juggling your choices in regards to design, cost, and energy efficiency, we’re always happy to talk with you and make sure you understand your options. Give us a call today, and ensure you’re getting the best windows for your home.

You know that list of things you’d like to do to your home? The painting, the landscaping, the new flooring? Perhaps you haven’t really thought about your windows — perhaps the windows your house came with seem “good enough”. 

Builder grade windows are the cheapest windows out there, and they’re made with low grade materials. They were “good enough” to get the house sold, but they aren’t made to last. After all, they were chosen to maximize your contractor’s profit margin! 

You might get a few years out of these inferior windows, but it’s definitely a good idea to get this window replacement project to the top of your home improvement list.  

Here’s why:

7. Get rid of drafts

You might notice this one on a cold winter morning—builder grade windows can leak cold air right into your home. When your old window insulation wears out, and the materials around the glass start to break down, the cold air will cause you to shiver no matter how high you crank the heat. 

Seal up those drafts with an upgraded replacement window. 

6. Let the light shine in

Is there anything more pleasant than staring out your window and daydreaming? If your lovely view of the backyard starts to look a bit hazy, then the window has worn out.

Once the seal around the glass starts to break down, the glass will fog up. While there may be ways to wipe away the condensation, you’ll need to add this task to your regular chore rotation. 

Upgraded windows will stay bright and clear, and they’re designed for easy cleaning

5. Cut down on street noise 

Yes, everyone has heard the classic saying — real estate is all about location, location, location. 

If your neighborhood is louder than you bargained for, you don’t have to pack up and leave. Replacing your windows is a sneaky-good work around. Upgraded windows will come with upgraded glass. 

Thicker, better glass has noise reducing qualities and can lower the volume significantly. 

4. Play decorator 

Builder grade windows are one size fits all. They usually open just from the bottom, and come in just a few standard sizes. 

They probably weren’t your architect’s dream choice, and you may discover they aren’t yours either. Maybe the window over your bathtub wants to slide open from the side, or maybe that dark corner in the living room needs a larger window. 

It’s time to get out of those cookie cutter windows and into something a bit more custom. You know your home well at this point. Upgrading can really liven things up- you’ll boost your curb appeal and change the whole experience of a room. 

3. Enjoy a stronger warranty

A good, dependable warranty is like having health insurance for your windows. You’ll know that for the length of that warranty you have a promise that your windows will be as lovely and dependable as the day they were installed.  

There are plenty of other things to fuss and fix around the house — a warranty on a set of upgraded windows means you won’t have to think about your windows for a good long time. 

2. Increase your home’s resale value

Every real estate posting comes with a list of recent upgrades. 

While installing a stylish new lighting fixture is fun, you know you’re looking at a well-maintained home when you see the windows haven’t been forgotten. 

Because the warranties on replacement windows are nice and long, this is an upgrade that will increase your home’s resale value for a long time. 

1. Lower your Energy bills

You might already be thinking about upgrading, but nervous about the cost. Here’s the thing — you pay for your windows every month when you write that check to the energy company.

Upgrade to energy efficient windows and watch your monthly energy costs go way down.  Energy efficient windows are better for the environment, they make your home more comfortable throughout the year, and pay for themselves over time. Smart.

Give us a call at Window Nation and we’ll talk you through the next steps of this process. Let’s get you out of those builder grade windows, and into some windows you’ll really love.