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.

There’s nothing more crazy-making than wasted money—especially of the ongoing variety. You know: the subscription service that never got cancelled, the gym membership no one uses, the newspaper delivery that goes straight to recycling. It’s a slow financial leak. 

It’s so satisfying to find those leaks and plug them up. 

Here’s a tip: your windows might be costing you money—especially if they’re builder-grade

What do we mean by builder-grade? 

Builder-grade windows are supposed to be the windows you don’t need to think about. After all, when you moved into your home there were plenty of other things going on! So your contractor installed some stripped-down, no-frills, lower-quality windows for you. Thanks a lot. 

Builder-grade windows are usually single pane units that only open from the bottom, and they’re probably standard size. One size fits all. Builders don’t really work for you—after all, it’s a volume business. The more corners a builder can cut, the higher the profit margins. Get that builder-grade window in there and call it a day. 

These builder-grade windows are made to last just long enough that the builders are out of the picture, and they often don’t come with full warranties. Homeowners can maybe look at getting about five years out of these inferior windows—and those are five leaky, drafty years. 

A little backstory on those windows

Let’s take a time machine back to the day those windows were installed. Well, “installed” is probably a generous term. 

In the industry, the slang term for installing windows is “slapping” them in. The slapper, as it were, is the same person who did your framing. Installing windows is not their specialty. 

There are several important steps in the installation of a window—a trained installer will make sure your window is properly leveled, sealed and insulated. This takes time and expertise. 

Most building crews want to work as fast as possible to maximize their profits—a few screws in the flange and it’s good enough for them. It’s not surprising that the work is often sloppy and steps get skipped. 

Be on the lookout for these warning signs

Are there rooms in your house that are never really comfortable? Rooms that are hard to regulate the temperature within? Before you crank up the thermostat again, take a minute to wonder whether it could be that the window isn’t doing its job

Take a close look at your windows—can you see light around the edges of the sashes? Check in the middle where the two panes meet, and in the bottom corners. There’s your leak

Are your windows tough to close? Cheap windows are made with cheap parts. Cheap parts wear out quickly. Once those window mechanisms start to go, you won’t get a good seal anymore, and the cold air will rush in. 

Another big tell is fogging issues. If your glass always looks a little milky or steamy, then you have a window that’s costing you extra money each month. 

Builder-grade windows are made with cheap vinyl. Once the vinyl starts going, the seal around the glass unit fails, and water penetrates the panes. Even if you go down some Google rabbit hole on how to clean foggy windows, you’ll still be left with a drafty room. This isn’t a cleaning issue—this is a failed window. 

It’s time to level up

Windows aren’t just window dressing—they’re your partners in energy efficiency. Once you make the decision to get replacement windows, you’ll get a product that suits your climate, vinyl that won’t break down, and installation you can trust. 

You probably keep a wish list of upgrades for your home. Upgrading your builder-grade windows deserves to be in first place. Think in terms of return on investment. Get those windows upgraded now, and you won’t be throwing good money after bad. Sooner rather than later is a smart move when it comes to window replacement. 

Window Nation will walk you through the whole process. We know which windows are the most energy efficient for your climate, our installation teams are factory trained, and all of our windows and labor come with warranties. 

We’ll make sure the work is done right this time. 

By increasing the energy efficiency of your Cincinnati home, you can reduce your energy bills, save money, and do some good for the planet. There are many ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home, and replacing old windows is one of the more popular methods for Ohio homeowners. When it comes to selecting new windows, you might be wondering, “are casement windows energy efficient?”

What’s special about casement windows?

Casement windows are the most energy-efficient style of window that’s meant to be opened (picture windows are more efficient, but they’re designed to stay closed).

Casement windows offer high levels of energy efficiency because of the design: these windows have a strong seal on all four sides. When a casement window is closed, the sash presses tightly against the frame so the frigid Cincinnati air can’t pass through. A strong gust of wind can actually press the sash and frame closer together.

Other types of windows are not designed to seal so tightly because of the way they open by sliding along a track. While modern replacement windows from Window Nation are all designed to be energy efficient, older windows in need of replacement can be a source of unwanted energy leakage. It’s like the pothole-filled roads of Cincy: the more they’re ignored, the more costs they’ll incur over time.

When a window doesn’t seal securely, air can leak in between the sash and the frame. In the winter, cold air from outside can leak into your home while heated air can escape. To stay comfortable, you’ll need to turn up the thermostat. In the summer, the reverse happens, (though in Ohio, it’s a bit less of a concern) and you might need more air conditioning to stay comfortable. The more heat or air conditioning you use, the larger your energy footprint and the higher your energy bills.

Choosing energy-efficient windows.

While casement windows are already highly efficient due to their design, you can make them even more energy efficient. Just select windows that complement their energy-efficient traits as well as orange compliments black.

  • Low-e glass: Low-e or low emissivity glass coating is designed to bounce the sun’s rays away from your Ohio home in summer, to reduce solar heat gain. The same coating reflects the heat inside your home so that it doesn’t leak through the window.
  • Argon gas infill: Argon gas infills insert argon gas between panes of the window. Argon is less conductive than normal air, so it actually reduces the amount of heat or cold that passes through the window. It can be a real lifesaver for the humid Cincinnati haze. 
  • Double or triple pane casement windows: Adding additional panes of glass to a casement window increases its energy efficiency by sandwiching more layers of insulating air or gas between the inside and outside of your home.
  • Energy Star label: Look for the Energy Star label to indicate casement windows that are constructed using best design practices and energy-efficient materials.

Browse casement windows

It doesn’t matter if you’re from East Side or West Side; if you’re looking for replacement windows in your Cincinnati home, we have you covered. Upgrade to energy-efficient casement windows now to see lower utility bills and save more money to put towards Skyline Chili. Explore styles of casement windows today, or contact us for a free estimate for replacement windows.

When you think about replacement windows in NoVa, you probably think about double-hung windows or bays and bows. But a less common – though equally as good – choice is casement windows They offer the same benefits as double hung windows; however, they open outwards using a crank instead of being lifted up and down. Casement windows from Window Nation are available in a variety of styles and colors, guaranteeing the perfect fit for your lifelong Northern Virginia home. Your casement windows will also save you money on your energy bills (despite the humid Virginia weather) thanks to their airtight seal keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering a window replacement project, consider replacing your old, outdated windows with replacement casement windows from Window Nation. We understand you may have questions about your windows, and we’re here to help.

When Do I Use Casement Windows?

Because casement windows open outwards using a crank it’s best to use casement windows in open areas. Casement windows are not recommended in areas close to a garage or somewhere with heavy foot traffic, like areas close to a deck, balcony, front porch, or Busch Gardens (if you live that close, we’re jealous). You might also consider using a casement window in an area where you’re looking to increase the airflow in your home. These windows open wider than double-hung windows, allowing for more ventilation.

Are Casement Windows Safe?

Casement windows are among the safest windows on the market thanks to their airtight seal and multi-point locking system. So after a day of driving in the deplorable Virginia traffic, you can feel safe in your NoVa home. These windows can also serve as egress windows, serving as an exit in case of fire. Casement windows are often used as egress in locations where space is limited, like basements.

Are Casement Windows Low Maintenance?

Casement windows from Window Nation are low maintenance and easy to clean which is great for the often inclement NoVa weather. Our casement windows are available in vinyl styles, built using high-quality virgin vinyl that will look brand new for years to come. Vinyl casement window frames can be cleaned using just warm soapy water. Your windows can also be cleaned from the inside by simply cranking your window open and removing your window screen.

Can Casement Windows be Repaired?

Most casement window issues are caused by problems with the crank, making it difficult to open your window. In most cases, casement window cranks can be easily repaired. Casement windows from Window Nation are covered by a lifetime warranty, keeping your windows protected for the time you live in your Virginia home. Our dedicated customer service team will help fix any issues you may have with your windows, leaving your windows good as new.

Can Casement Windows Open Inward?

Casement windows can open both inwards and outwards; however, casement windows that open inwards are known as inswing casement windows and are not the same as standard casements. If you’re interested in an inswing casement window, be sure to tell your exterior design consultant at the time of your appointment.

What are French Casement Windows?

Double casement windows, also known as French casement windows, are two side-by-side casement windows that open from the center. Like picture windows, these windows do not have a center post, creating an unobstructed view. We recommend double casement windows for homeowners looking to create a view as large and scenic as Luray Caverns.

What are Flush Casement Windows?

While modern casement windows have a “lip” when the windows are closed, flush casement windows are an older style of window that appears flat and flush with the frame when closed. These windows were popular in older, cottage-style homes that are common in NoVa but are seeing growth in popularity in modern and contemporary homes.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project in Virginia, 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.

Before you can compare the pros and cons of having casement windows or double hung windows in St. Louis, brush up on what they look like. 

Casement windows use cranks to open and close. That means you can open them with one hand, and eat your toasted ravioli with the other. 

They push open, extending beyond the envelope of your house. Casements are often used anywhere you need to reach to open a window. For example, casements work well above a kitchen counter since it’s easier to turn a crank than lean over your deep-fryer and push a double-hung window. Double-hung windows move up and down in a frame. Some allow you to move both the top and bottom sashes, while others only let you move the bottom. Double-hung windows are all-purpose windows. 

Benefits of Casement Windows

One of the main benefits of casement windows is that they look different! Many people find that a casement window adds a clean modern St. Louis style, especially since they don’t have the sash dividing the window like a double-hung window does. 

If your home is contemporary, they may be a good choice. In terms of energy efficiency, casement windows create a seal so tight our cracker-thin pizzas couldn’t fit through them. When the casement window is closed, all four sides of its sash press firmly into the frame, stopping air leaks. That tight seal helps control your home’s temperature by keeping heating and air conditioning in, which is incredibly important for when the weather changes every 5 minutes. 

If your existing windows let air into your home, you’ll likely see a decrease in utility costs by switching to casement windows (which can make a huge difference around Mardi Gras season). Another convenience factor of casement windows is that they are among the easiest windows to open and close – a great benefit for older St. Louisans who might have trouble opening well-fastened windows.

Benefits of Double-Hung Windows

Double hung windows are flexible enough to work well in most rooms and home styles, and are a must for a home with an Old Courthouse level of history. They also accommodate window air conditioning units. 

Casement windows cannot accommodate window air conditioners, so staying cool is trickier if you choose casements (You know, for the 25% of the year it isn’t cold already).

Double hung windows usually last longer with less maintenance required. If the crank on a casement window fails, you’ll need to repair it before you can open the window. It doesn’t take a Moto Museum mechanic to fix, but it can still be costly in terms of materials. Since double-hung windows have fewer moving parts, there’s less chance of mechanical failure.

Comparing Casement vs. Double-Hung Windows

Main benefits aside, here’s how the two window styles stack up:

  • Aesthetic – It’s a draw. Some St. Louisans may be drawn to the more historic design of a double hung window, while some might be drawn to the simplistic, modern style of casement windows.
  • Cleaning – It’s a draw. Casement windows are fairly easy to clean. Simply crank open the window, then wash both sides from your home exterior. Modern double hung windows are fairly easy to clean as well, since they tilt in for simple cleaning. If you have old double hung windows, it may be difficult to remove the Missouri dust and dirt from the surface.
  • Durability – Casement windows get exposed to the rain, wind and snow (sometimes at the same time around here) when they are open, so they can degrade faster than double-hung windows. The frame reduces double hung windows’ exposure to the elements. For this reason, double hung windows are generally more reliable in St. Louis.
  • Tight seal – Casement windows have an airtight seal when they’re closed. Older double hung windows can allow air in through the top, but it shouldn’t be an issue when installing brand new windows. Consider this one a wash.

To learn more about replacement windows, or to get a quote, contact us.

There’s so much more to replacement windows than standard single pane windows. Many window companies offer unique window styles that give your home a much-needed upgrade. Before choosing your replacement windows, be sure to research all the options available to you. Double hung windows are a safe choice for homeowners looking to keep a classic look. However, if you’re looking non-traditional windows, consider replacement casement windows. Each window will transform your home; however, which is best for you? Our replacement window experts explain the difference:

Casement Windows

Casement windows offer the same benefits as standard replacement windows, but open outwards using a crank instead of sliding up-and-down. These windows are best for homeowners looking to add character to their home thanks to their unique shape and easy-to-use crank mechanism. You might consider a casement window when replacing a window that you need to reach, like a window over your kitchen sink. These windows can also be easily incorporated into a bay or bow window.Persons hand opening a casement window

Benefits of Casement Windows

Looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency? Look no further than replacement casement windows. Unlike double hung windows, these windows are sealed on all four sides, virtually eliminating drafts. Casement windows from Window Nation are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter your climate. If your existing windows let air into your home, you’ll likely see a decrease in utility costs by upgrading.

Double Hung Windows

While casement windows open outwards using a crank, double hung windows move up-and-down within a frame. These windows are one of the most common replacement window styles.

Benefits of Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are our most popular window style for a reason. They’re low maintenance, stylish and easy to operate – the perfect fit for your home. Double hung windows from Window Nation can be customized with a variety of colors and materials to help you create the windows of your dreams. Because these windows require little maintenance, they’ll look brand-new for years to come.

Comparing Window Styles

Aesthetic: Casement windows and double hung windows will both give your home a major curb appeal boost. Each window is available in wood and vinyl styles that can be customized with a variety of colors and add-ons. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, you might choose double hung windows; however, casement windows are best for homes with a contemporary design.

Maintenance: Both replacement window styles require minimal maintenance. To clean casement windows, simply crank the window open and clean the window’s interior and exterior. Modern double hung windows simply tilt in for easy cleaning.

Durability: Double hung windows have the edge over casements. Because casement windows open outwards, they’re more exposed to the elements and can degrade faster than double hung windows. Because double hung windows are secure in a frame, these windows are typically more durable than casement windows. If you live in a wet climate, you might consider choosing double hungs.

Energy Efficiency: If energy efficiency is your priority, consider choosing casement windows. These windows seal on all four sides, creating an airtight seal that virtually eliminates drafts. However, you won’t be sacrificing energy efficiency when you choose double hung windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation are measured down to the millimeter to guarantee an airtight seal no matter the style you choose.

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

When you’re browsing for windows, you might come across the term French casement windows. How do these casement windows differ from the typical casement window and when are they a good choice for your home? Here’s everything you need to know about French casement windows.

What Makes French Casement Windows Different?

Like traditional casement windows, French casement windows push out to extend beyond the envelope of your home. French casement windows consist of two casement windows side by side that open out from the center and do not have a vertical post between windows.

Traditional casement windows consist of a single window, which opens using a hand crank, and fits within a sash. If you had two traditional casements next to one another, you would have to open them each separately and you would see the vertical posts dividing each window from its neighbor. This would leave you with an obstructed view. With French casements, simply push to open both windows at the same time and enjoy a clean view.

When to Use French Casement Windows?

French casement windows are a good choice when you need two windows next to one another. If you’re selecting a window for a narrow space, such as a hall, casement windows would not be a good choice. If you’re looking for something to go over the kitchen sink, a French casement window could work well.

French casement windows can be an elegant choice for bedrooms. They add a romantic air to the bedroom while flooding the room with natural light.

These windows also work well in sunrooms, since they allow you to enjoy the view of nature. When opened, these windows let in plenty of air, so you can enjoy a breeze.

French casement windows are a good choice when you’re looking for something that’s energy efficient. When closed, the windows press into the sash from all sides. This leads to a tighter fit, which reduces air leaks. As a result, your home heating and cooling costs are lower.

What are the Benefits of French Casement Windows?

Aside from the signature style, what makes French casement windows a better choice than double-hung windows? French casement windows offer more ventilation when they’re open than double-hung windows, since the entire pane slides open. If you want to maximize the flow of fresh air in your home, casements are the best choice. When closed, they offer more energy efficiency than double-hung windows.

Casement windows are easier to open than double-hung windows, especially anywhere you have to reach for the window. This is why you often see them above kitchen sinks, for instance. Finally, casement windows offer an array of design choices, so you can customize the window to match your home.

Shop Casement Windows

Learn more about our casement windows. We offer high-quality wood and vinyl casement windows in several styles, including the French casement window. Learn more about our window installation services and our casement windows to determine what’s the best window for your needs.

Safety can be a concern with windows, since they are often an entry point for burglars. By investing in windows that deter entry from the outside, you can protect your home from threats. If you are looking to add casement windows to your home, you you may be wondering “are casement windows safe” or “are casement windows easy to break into?”

How Safe Are Casement Windows?

Casement windows open via crank, there is no way a would-be thief could open the window from outside. When casement windows are closed, the sash is pressed tight into the frame. This provides the window with added strength. Where you need an interior lock on a double-hung window, so the window cannot be pushed open from outside, no such lock is needed to ensure a casement window remains closed.

Certain styles of casement windows are flush with the frame when closed, instead of having a lip. These are the safest casement windows because no part of the window is able to be manipulated from outside.

Added Security: How to Make Casement Windows Even Safer

Even though casement windows are very safe, you may wish to take certain actions to boost the safety of windows and deter thieves from targeting your home.

Safety glazing, also called reinforced glazing, protects your casement windows from shattering on impact, whether from a hurricane, major storm, or would-be burglar. Several layers thick and topped with a laminate coating, this glass is impact resistant. If a would-be thief tries to shatter the glass so they can open the window from the inside, the glass will resist breaking. Many thieves will give up at this point, rather than risk being noticed trying to break your window. If the glass does break, it will crack in a spider web pattern and remain intact instead of shattering into many pieces.

While locks are not needed to prevent casement windows from being opened from the outside, you can install a secondary lock for peace of mind. Cam locks work well with casement windows.

If the frame of your casement window is old, rotting, or otherwise compromised, your casement window can be removed. Sheet metal screws can help hold down the frame, acting as another deterrent. If you notice signs of age-related decay, however, you’re best off having your old casement windows replaced with the latest models.

Get a Free Estimate for Casement Windows

At Window Nation, we offer custom wood and vinyl replacement windows, including casement windows. Replace your existing windows and protect your home safety with casement windows. Browse our window styles today, or reserve a free estimate for window replacement.