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

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

What’s Going On?

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

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

What Does this Mean for Window Nation?

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

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

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

Is Home Improvement the Only Industry Affected?

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

What Happens Now?

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

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

Window Replacement

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

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

Furnace Upgrades

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

Siding Replacement

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

Upgrade Insulation

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

Door Replacement

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

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

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

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

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

Replacement Window Styles

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

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

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

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

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

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

Custom Made Replacement Windows

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

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

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

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

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

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

Replacement Window Styles

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

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

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

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

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

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

Custom Made Replacement Windows

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

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

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

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

Determine Your Goals

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

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

Do Your Research

Materials

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

Return on Investment

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

Get Quotes

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

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

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency

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

Style and Color Options

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

Maintenance

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

Safety

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

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

The history of St. Louis is written in its architecture. Originally part of the Louisiana Territory, the modern city was settled first by French immigrants. This shows in the area’s oldest homes, from the massive French Colonial houses of the early wealthy to the vertical-log homes of the working classes.

As the population grew and urbanization took root, townhomes and Federal Style houses became common, while the suburbs were home to the Arts and Crafts building movement, with its emphasis on rustic design details as a reaction against industrialization.

All these styles in one city mean St. Louis homeowners have immense creative opportunity. The area is simply less uniform, less cut-and-paste, than many younger American cities, allowing neighbors to express themselves through the appearance of their home and still fit in neatly with the design aesthetic of their neighborhood.

Where, in many cities, curb appeal means conforming to a local standard, in St. Louis, homeowners can boost the curb appeal of their homes in countless ways. Here are a few of our favorites.

Refresh Your Siding

The most straightforward way to boost your home’s curb appeal is to work on the thing that covers most of its surface – the siding. If your home is in need of a major update, a refresh with new vinyl siding can be transformative. It’s also low maintenance, giving the warm, quality appearance of wood without the expensive upkeep, or the risk of peeling and rot.

For those in need of a less intensive refresh, Trimworks® decorative accents offer a touch of that Arts and Crafts detail with the durability of vinyl.

And, if your siding is in reasonably good shape, a simple power washing can make it look new.

Spend the Weekend on Landscaping

While the thought of boosting curb appeal brings to mind renovations to your home’s structure, there are cheaper and simpler approaches that can do a lot to make your home stand out. A weekend spent on the landscaping is both a nice diversion from the weekday grind, and a way to make your home look more beautiful.

Simply weeding beds and flowerboxes goes a long way. Building a few new ones – like a nice flower bed around the mailbox, or window boxes with seasonal flowers – can make the home visually appealing without costing you much.

Update Your Windows

Home window replacement is a more dramatic operation, but brings dramatic results. It offers a high return on investment in the form of lower heating and cooling bills, and substantially improves your home’s appearance.

Whether you’re looking to replace all of your windows for a major boost to your home’s value, or simply refresh the façade with one prominent statement window, Window Nation can offer you a number of custom options, scaled to your budget.

Refresh Your Driveway and Walkways

Changing seasons and weather take a toll on concrete and asphalt, which often means your yard’s hard surfaces show their age even when the lawn is lush and well cared for.

A renewed driveway and walkways can be a large or small weekend project, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it. A simple deep cleaning can renew the look of cement, like a resurfacing does for asphalt. For a more dramatic step, you may want to cover over old concrete surfaces with stone tile that gives a more rustic and welcoming look.

Replace the Front Door

Your home’s entrance does more to welcome visitors than any other single aspect of the building, and offers a wonderful opportunity to give your house an identity that stands out from the neighborhood.

Window Nation offers an unsurpassed selection of steel and fiberglass entry doors – more than 75 door styles and 35 decorative glass options – allowing you to select an energy-efficient piece more unique than anything found at a home improvement store.

Clean the Roof

Algae, grime, moss, and soot accumulate on shingles. Even in a best-case scenario, they discolor your roof and make it show its age. In a worst-case scenario, they can lead to costly water damage.

Properly cared for, a roof doesn’t need full replacement to look new. A simple power washing can boost your home’s curb appeal for much less than the cost of replacement – though this isn’t a DIY job. For safety reasons, it makes sense to use an insured contractor even for a simple cleaning.

Your replacement windows are only as good as the installers you choose to install them. Replacement windows can add value to your home; however, if you select someone who isn’t qualified to do the work, your windows won’t perform as well as they should. Choosing experienced installers is a critical part of your window replacement project. Improper installation is more than just an eyesore – it could result in voided warranties, drafts, or damage to your home. Before starting your window replacement projectbe sure to vet your installers so you feel comfortable knowing your windows will be installed correctly the first time.  

When researching window companies, consider the following: 

Experience 

Window installation isn’t easy. Because windows come in a variety of styles and sizes, there is no one-size-fits-all” installation method. When reviewing contractors, be sure to research the company’s experience with window replacementConsider how long the company has been in business and, on average, the average experience of their installers. The more experience the company has with window replacement, the better. 

Focus 

General contractors are great for everyday projects; however, when replacing your windows, it’s best to use a professional who specializes in window installation. When researching companies, narrow your search to companies that specializes in window installation to avoid hiring someone who doesn’t have the proper skills. 

References 

Always take the time to check references when you hire a window installation company. Consider checking websites like the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List to read reviews from previous customers. Be sure to research the quality and the professionalism of the company to ensure you’re hiring a company you can trust. 

Training 

No two window replacement projects are the same. Your installers should be trained to handle any project regardless of the size of the project or the type of window. Be sure your installer is trained on the best practices for installation and is up to date on the newest installation methods. 

Clear and Comprehensive Bid 

Review all bids for completeness and conciseness. What does the bid cover? Is anything left out? Are there any hidden fees, such as disposal fees? If there's something you don't understand, have them explain it to you. In addition, be sure to ask about the warranty to ensure your windows are protected against any possible mistakes. 

Site Preparation and Clean-Up 

It may seem like a common courtesy, but some window installers might not clean the mess left over after your installation is complete. A reputable installer should want to protect your property and respect your wishes. Ask how they'll protect the work site, what they'll do with the old windows, and how they'll clean up after. 

Ready to Choose an Installer? Consider Window Nation. 

When you choose Window Nation, you can feel comfortable knowing your windows will be installed by window replacement experts. Our installers have an average of over 15 years of experience installing replacement windows. We pride ourselves on our attention detail, using an 18-point inspection checklist to ensure your windows are installed properly the first time. 

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an in-home estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and discuss your options so you can find the best fit for your budget. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. If you’re considering financing your project, we also offer budget-friendly deals to help you get the windows of your dreams. Schedule your in-home estimate at WindowNation.com.

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When it comes to new construction windows vs. replacement windows, both styles have their uses. New construction windows are most often used in new homes and replacement windows in remodels, although there are exceptions. With both methods of windows, quality varies significantly and makes the most significant difference in window performance and home comfort.  

What are Replacement Windows?  

Replacement windows are designed to replace existing home windows, and these are the windows most often used in home renovation or window replacement projects. These windows may sometimes be called retrofit windows.  

Replacement windows come in many sizes and shapes; they can be custom made to the dimensions of your existing home windows.  

Replacement windows deliver high performance and energy efficiency. Technology is continually improving, with many replacement windows offering double or triple panes of glass. Additional advancements include Low-E coating, argon gas fills, spacers, and other components.   

Homeowners can use replacement windows for standard window replacement or with new construction.   

Although there are new construction window options, replacement windows are often cheaper to install since the contractor can fit the replacement window in any standard window opening with no need to expose the home frame.   

What are New Construction Windows?  

New construction windows are built for new homes or home additions. Unlike replacement windows, new construction windows need to be installed on the framing directly, with the use of a nail fin frame. Only after installation is the home's exterior completed.   

While new construction windows can be used during home renovations, the contractor must first expose the home's frame by removing the exterior siding to install. If your home is built of stone or brick, it may be impossible for you to use new construction windows since the exterior of the house cannot be removed in the same way that siding can.   

It may make sense if you are removing the home siding to change the style, but it can add significantly to the cost, time, and labor of a basic room remodel.   

Always Check with a Professional  

Ultimately, when approaching home improvement projects you are best served to follow the advice of a credible company or a general contractor. Your general contractor can advise you on new construction and replacement window costs vs. benefits so you can decide what type of window is best for your needs.  

New construction window cost varies by the size, shape, and materials chosen. The direct installation allows you to install windows of any size or shape. While some homeowners prefer the ability to customize their windows, there are ways to order custom replacement windows as well. Size or shape should not influence your choice of window type.   

As with new construction windows, the specific cost of replacement windows varies by size, shape, and material. Replacement window costs are lower than new construction window costs overall because you save on time and labor of window installation.  

Get a Quote for Wood or Vinyl Windows   

Now that you understand new construction windows vs. replacement windows, find out how much it would cost to get new home windows. To get a free quote from Window Nation, contact us today 

Pricing is typically at the top of the list for homeowners evaluating the next home improvement project. Unless you currently work in the home improvement industry, understanding pricing can be daunting for most.   

When you are considering window replacement, many factors can affect the overall pricing.

We have a few scenarios that can help homeowners better scope their project budget when ready to replace their windows. 

  1. Do you need to replace just a single window or a few that have some glaring issues like condensation, damaged sealant, a broken windowpane, or problems with the trim?  
  2. Is your home older, and the goal is to replace all the windows eventually, but not all at once?  
  3. Are you ready to upgrade your home's energy efficiency and curb appeal?  

At Window Nation, we customize every window to fit the exact specifications of your home - just the way YOU want them.  

We will not use stock size windows, irregular windows, or windows that were made for someone else's home. 

Understanding your goals will ultimately help you scope a realistic budget with your window replacement company.

And, with so many fun style options available today, you can blend functional window replacement needs with some significant improvement in curb appeal  

Here are a few additional considerations when planning your window replacement budget:  

  • Material - choose from high-grade vinyl, fiberglass or low-maintenance aluminum-clad wood 
  • Style - Choose from double-hung, sliding windows, casements, awning windows, hopper windows, bay or bow windows or unique shaped windows 
  • Energy Efficient Glass - choose from double and triple pane glass options available with argon or krypton gasses. Several security glass options like laminated and tempered glass are also available 
  • Interior finish and colors - choose from 7 different interior color and woodgrain colors 
  • Exterior finish and colors - choose from 30 unique exterior colors or have a color custom created to match what you are looking for 
  • Grids/Muntins - including a variety of styles in standard and custom patterns 
  • Installation - there are over ten different ways to install your new replacement windows 

It's easy to find out the EXACT price for the right windows and doors for your home. Our expert consultants will be happy to provide you a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate by contacting us here, calling us at 877-659-4491. 

Over 2,000 people each year choose Window Nation because our pricing is extremely competitive, and our selection of products is unsurpassed.

Unlike most companies who only carry one window, we offer three windows (good, better and best) which helps us to fit each person with the window that best matches their needs and budget.  

How much will I recoup on my investment?

Are you planning some home remodeling projects this year? Have you ever wondered, "is that home improvement project worth it?" If the answer is yes, you just might be surprised what return some projects may yield!

One home improvement project that produces a high return on investment as well as saves you money on your heating and cooling bills and freshens the look and curb appeal of your home are replacing your old, drafty windows! Can you guess how much return you'll receive? Click here to find out! 

Growing up, my handy parents would dedicate an entire weekend to preparing our older, "historic" home for the winter. Our quaint yet endlessly drafty house was transformed into a charming and cozy home in just two days. There is even an official name for this process, "winterizing."    

You winterize your home to help keep the cold and chill out and the warm and toasty inside. Not only is it more comfortable for everyone, it's also a great way to save on energy costs.  

Getting your home ready for winter isn't just for older homes, newer homes can benefit too. And, you don't have to be home improvement aficionados either. Most of these steps are low budget and easy to do.   

Let's do this, weekend warriors!   

Outside:  

Clean your gutters. Breaking out the tall ladder isn't the most convenient thing, but it beats melting snow and ice overflowing from your clogged gutters down the sides of your home. Better yet, install gutter guardsso, you don't have to break out that ladder again.   

Clean and store your yard tools for the winter. Do yourself a favor and take care of your tools. You will save yourself a lot of money by not having to replace them every year. Gardening tools, hoses, and lawnmowers will all benefit from a good wipe down before winter storage. You will help to prevent rust and ensure your tools are safely stored away from the elements. Bonus tip, if you have a gas propelled mower, be sure to drain the gas out before storing it.   

Install storm windows. If you have an older home, this can be a bit of work. But, ultimately, worth it. It's another barrier between your home and the cold air outside. Bonus if you have newer or replacement windows, which don't require much to prepare for winter.  

Eventually, replacing older windows and doors will make this one less winterizing task for the future. Adding double or triple pane windowsinsulated doors, and insulated garage doors will significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home.   

Fill exterior holes. Take a walk around the perimeter of your house. You will notice quite a few openings and areas where things inside your home connect to the outside. Consider your faucets, vents, seams, and cracks around window or door frames. These gaps, cracks, and crevice's can quickly be filled in with a spray foam insulation. The process takes just minutes. Not only will it help with insulation, but it will help keep the creepy crawlers outside where they belong.   

If you have older windows and notice cracks around the frames, you can use putty caulk to seal the entire window. Any crack, even a tiny one, can benefit from the caulk.   

Inside:  

Set your ceiling fans to go in a clockwise direction. Look for a switch right on your fan unit by the motor. Clockwise airflow will ensure the hot air is pushed down where it's needed.   

Plug up the fireplace. If you're not using your fireplace, consider plugging it up with a chimney balloon. These ingenious devices are just more durable balloons that expand to fill in the chamber of your chimney, keeping out drafts and cold air. Just be sure to remove it if you decide you want to use your fireplace.   

Keep your thermostat at is 68ºF. Why 68ºF? It's warm enough to be comfortable, and it won't freeze the pipes. It's also an excellent steady-state temperature. Contrary to popular thought, dropping the thermostat down while you're at work isn't going to help with energy efficiency. Maintaining is better for your system.   

Change your furnace filters. Dirty filters make your system work harder. Aim to change your filters every 6-8 weeks over the winter. While you're at it, have your furnace serviced before winter weather hits to make sure it's ready for the season.   

Pay attention to your water heater. Like your thermostat, there is an optimal temperature for your water heater. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends 120 degrees for most units.    

While you're down there, if your unit is close to an exterior wall, wrap a blanket around it. This extra layer will help your water heater keep the water hot at a tough time of year for heat.   

Door snake your exterior doors. Doors that lead outside are forever drafty and cold areas in our homes. Amp up the seal with a door snake. These genius contraptions slide onto the bottom of your door and help to seal off that under the door cold zone. You can find them at most home improvement stores.   

Winter windows. Check your window locks. It sounds simple, but it's surprising how often we leave a window unlocked. Making sure everything is securely locked also means it's safely sealed and ready to keep that cold air out. Your final step; trade out those gauzy sheers for a more substantial and insulated curtain. Heavier lined fabrics are beneficial in keeping the area around your windows insulated.    

And just like that, you've winterized your home. Reap the rewards with a cup of hot cocoa.