WINDOW NATION EXPANDS ITS NEW ENGLAND FOOTPRINT DUE TO INCREASED DEMAND

More people working and sheltering at home has significantly impacted the home improvement industry.

HARTFORD (March 1, 2021) – Home improvement has surged as Americans have been forced to use their homes more – and in likely new ways. Home improvement is also getting a boost from a booming real estate market, causing a lot of people to make needed updates, investments and improvements in order to sell. Both trends are evident in the New England area, and the driving force behind Window Nation, the 5th largest window replacement company in the U.S., to open its second location in the New England area in Hartford (1070 North Farm Rd., Unit 1 in Willingford), adding both new jobs and in-demand home solutions to the area. The company will service the Hartford/New Haven areas as well as southwestern Massachusetts.

According to a recent study out of Harvard, economists who study consumers have noted how, during the pandemic, households are shifting their spending patterns: less for travel and vacations, concerts, shows, eating out, entertaining, and commuting, and more for housing. Additionally, the pandemic has pushed more millennials into homeownership and home improvement projects.

“We’re of course excited by the increase our industry is having across the board, especially because it means we were able to keep our team employed, but we’re still very much in the middle of a pandemic and have had to adjust our approach so that our customers, as well as our employees, are always safe,” explained Harley Magden, CEO of Window Nation, a company he started with his brother, Aaron, 15 years ago. “This means offering virtual visits and estimates as options, contactless installations and with so many in-person home shows cancelled, we launched a virtual one online to help people with the process and home-centric projects in general.”

Window Nation’s continued growth in the New England area is based on these factors, plus the city’s booming housing market where experts at RE/MAX site the Hartford area as having the third highest home sales in the nation. According to a recent study by the realtor, sales in the Hartford metro area blew past the national increase of 21.1% compared with a year earlier.

The Hartford showroom will sell replacement windows to fit every style, as well as budget, and will have experts on hand to walk customers through the home renovation process, including vinyl options, colors, sizes, styles and more. Customers are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to visiting the showroom. The Window Nation team is following strict CDC guidelines including social distancing, enhanced cleaning practices, protective equipment and screenings for every appointment.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all customers, employees and their families amid COVID-19, the company is also offering residents the option to receive a virtual consultation and estimate via video conferencing. Homeowners can upload photos to receive precise measurements, and installs are completed outside with minimal disruption. Depending on a customer’s individual preferences, needs and circumstances, Window Nation experts are still available to provide in- home consultations and education, while strictly adhering to CDC safety and sanitation guidelines.

The Magden brothers, who literally grew up in the window business, started the company in 2006 and now operate in 15 markets across the country. The company provides an unsurpassed selection of premium windows, doors and siding installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 1 million windows in Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Hartford, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Columbus, Cincinnati and northeast Ohio. Learn more here.

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You’ve finally had enough. Last winter showed record-low temperatures for you and your home. For four long months, you’ve had to choose between ridiculously high heating bills or uncomfortably frigid temperatures within your own home. You can’t handle another moment of the inefficient and outdated windows in your home any longer. It’s time to replace them.

But where’s the best place to start? Well, the answer isn’t as simple as it might seem. 

It’d be easy to do a quick search through Google to find popular window replacement companies in your area, and entrust them with the project. However, this can be a huge risk that many don’t even realize. 

There are hundreds of window replacement companies out there, which means there are quite a few that lack the expertise and technical skill required to properly replace your windows. You can’t afford to take this gamble when it comes to your home. Luckily, there are quite a few red flags that these window replacement companies exhibit before they oversell… and underdeliver on their promises.

The Jack of All Trades

When you need a window replaced, would you rather hire a home specialist or a window specialist? It’s not a decision you really need to rack your brain over. Installing a proper window replacement requires years of knowledge and proficiency. When you hire companies that advertise window replacement right alongside home decor and kitchen renovations, it’s apparent that they offer too many “above-par” services without offering truly high quality for any of them specifically.

When a “home specialist” provides a window replacement service, they probably aren’t the Encyclopedia Britannica on standards for this service. They’ll typically hire whatever contractor they can find, and trust that the contractor has the proper knowledge of the trade. Meanwhile, window specialists are dedicated professionals that understand the ins and outs of window replacement.

The Skimmer

When you ask window replacement companies for an estimate, you should be able to have confidence that they’re properly assessing your property. However, some of these companies could basically offer you the same estimate without even looking at your home. They have a hyperformulaic blueprint of the window replacement job, and they overcharge you to account for potential subversions of their plan. So, this contractor will likely take very little time for an estimate.

For a proper assessment, a window replacement assessor should take anywhere from 60-90 minutes depending on the size of your home. This accounts for precise measurements, visualizing procedures, and accurate documentation. If the estimate falls too far short of 60 minutes, they could not have appropriately examined your home.

The Vague Estimator

Some window replacement companies will attempt to make their estimates vague and unintuitive. This is likely an attempt to overcharge the client. When receiving an estimate from a window replacement company, everything should be accounted for, including proper names of materials and exact procedures. This ensures that protocols are not being overlooked in the process, and the company can see to it that billing is orderly.

The most important thing you can do as a homeowner is to ask questions! “What procedures will you be using?” “Will there be any fees for this service?” “What does this mean?” These types of questions will keep contractors from hiding information from you, and the answers will alert you as to whether the company you hire knows what they’re doing.

The Desperate Salesman

When replacing your windows, it’s ideal to seek out multiple estimates from different window replacement companies. This way, you can make sure that you find the best price for the project. However, this is a major issue for companies that overcharge their customers. They attempt to work around this by offering “limited-time deals.”

If the company attempts to aggressively rush you into using their service, these “limited-time deals” are often their regular price in disguise. An experienced window specialist prioritizes the homeowner, which means that they don’t feel the need to rush clients into a deal.

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

Looking for a great place to start? Our experts here at Window Nation have decades of experience in window replacement, and we are proud to offer a wide array of premium, energy-efficient windows that will give your home and your wallet a break. To get a free quote, and learn why we’re the gold standard for window replacement, contact us today!

When it comes to new construction windows vs. replacement windows in Cincinnati, 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 comfort for your Cincinnati home.

What are Replacement Windows?  

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

Replacement windows come in many sizes and shapes; they can be custom-fit to the dimensions of the home windows you already have in place

Replacement windows deliver high performance and energy efficiency, much like Pete Rose in his prime. Technology is continually improving, with many replacement windows offering double or triple panes of glass. By adding additional advancements including Low-E coating, argon gas fills, spacers, and other components, you can make even the shopowners of Hyde Park feel jealous!   

Any homeowner within a stone’s throw of the Ohio River can use replacement windows for standard window replacement or with new construction.   

Although there are new construction window options, southern Ohioans often find that replacement windows are 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 (which can be unnerving during the overcast Cincinnati winters). 

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. But it can be worth it, especially if it’s orange and black (go Bengals!). 

Always Check with an Area Professional  

Ultimately, when approaching home improvement projects, you’re best served to follow the advice of a credible company or a general contractor. There are several novices or corner-cutting contractors in Cincinnati.

A solid professional, however, 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. It’s like the Findlay Market of window shopping. The direct installation allows you to install windows of any size or shape. 

While some Cincinnati homeowners prefer the ability to customize their windows, there are ways to order custom replacement windows as well — even if they do look like they belong in the Contemporary Arts Center. Size or shape should not influence your choice of window type for your Ohio home.   

As with new construction windows, the specific cost of replacement windows varies by size, shape, and material. Replacement window costs in the Cincinnati area 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 windows for your Cincinnati home. To get a free quote from Window Nation, contact us today.

WINDOW NATION EXPANDS ITS OHIO FOOTPRINT DUE TO INCREASED DEMAND

The state’s largest window replacement company adds 4th Ohio location with Cincinnati opening.

CINCINNATI (February 1, 2021) – The Window Nation team is once again returning to their Buckeye State roots with the opening of the company’s latest showroom at 11935 Tramway Drive, Suite B, Sharonville, adding new jobs and in-demand home solutions to the greater Cincinnati area. Services will extend to Kentucky and southeastern Indiana, as well as.

This marks the first Cincinnati showroom and 4th Ohio location for the company who also services multiple cities across Columbus and northeast Ohio.

Window Nation co-founders and brothers Harley and Aaron Magden grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where their passion for the home improvement industry began at an early age. The Magdens are third-generation home solution experts who followed in their father’s footsteps by opening their own company – now the largest window replacement company in Ohio and 5th largest nationwide. Combined, the brothers bring decades of home remodeling experience and have installed over 1 million windows to-date.

“Ohio will always be home and hold a special place in our hearts, so it’s really special to have the opportunity to help more residents there,” says Aaron Madgen, Window Nation president. “We want to give back to our fellow Ohioans, as they have been given back to us over the years. They are truly some of the most supportive, friendly and genuine individuals we’ve met along our journey – and, we can’t wait to get to know more of them throughout the Queen City.”   

Window Nation selected the Cincinnati region based on several factors, including the city’s booming housing market. Cincinnati continues to see a rise in housing prices, as more residents invest in their homes. According to Zillow, Cincinnati was recently ranked third for the fastest home price appreciation among the 50 largest metro areas in the country, just behind Columbus and San Francisco. Home values in the Cincinnati area increased by more than 15 percent between 2019 and 2020. Zillow notes that the city’s housing market will only continue to grow over the next two years.  

The Cincinnati showroom will sell replacement windows to fit every style, as well as budget, and will have experts on hand to walk customers through the home renovation process, including vinyl options, colors, sizes, styles and more. Customers are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to visiting the showroom. Window Nation team is following strict CDC guidelines including social distancing, enhanced cleaning practices, protective equipment and screenings for every appointment.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all customers, employees and their families amid COVID-19, the company is also offering residents the option to receive a virtual consultation and estimate via video conferencing. Homeowners can upload photos to receive precise measurements, and installs are completed outside with minimal disruption. Depending on a customer’s individual preferences, needs and circumstances, Window Nation experts are still available to provide in- home consultations and education, while strictly adhering to CDC safety and sanitation guidelines.

In 2020, Window Nation was re-named the 5th largest replacement contractor in the U.S. by Remodeling Magazine and the second largest non-franchise window retailer, marking the fourth year in a row Window Nation was recognized as being in the top five. The magazine looks at nearly 100,000 home remodeling companies in the country and makes its decision based on revenue, growth, surveys, customer input and more. Qualified Remodeler Magazine ranked Window Nation as the seventh largest remodeling firm in the U.S. for its total gross sales, remodeling gross sales and the number of remodeling jobs completed annually. The company also earned a spot-on last year’s Inc. 5000 list, being honored as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Other industry powerhouses, including Microsoft, Intuit, Oracle and Patagonia have also been recognized. 

Beyond providing exceptional home expertise and customer service, the company plans to have an active presence in the local community to support and foster relationships with new customers, especially throughout these unprecedented times.

The Window Nation team currently services 13 other locations throughout the U.S., recently opening a showroom in Chicago. The company also plans to a showroom in Dayton this coming May.

About Window Nation:

Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who literally grew up in the window business, learning about home improvement, customer care and the difference a quality window can make. The company provides an unsurpassed selection of premium windows, doors and siding installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 1 million windows in Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Columbus and northeast Ohio. Learn more here.

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

Replacement Window Glass Options

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

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

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

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

When to Replace the Window

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting Replacement Windows 

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

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

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

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

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

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

Energy Savings

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

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

Curb Appeal Boost

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

Prepare Your Home for Winter

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

Want to Upgrade Your Pittsburgh Home?

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

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

Window Replacement

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

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

Furnace Upgrades

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

Siding Replacement

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

Upgrade Insulation

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

Door Replacement

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

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

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

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

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

Replacement Window Styles

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

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

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

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

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

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

Custom Made Replacement Windows

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

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

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

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

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

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

Replacement Window Styles

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

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

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

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

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

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

Custom Made Replacement Windows

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

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

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

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.

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.