Does your utility company send you a monthly breakdown of your energy consumption? If you’ve noticed that you’re slowly starting to pay a little more each month, it’s natural to wonder why – and if there’s anything you can do about it.
One of the most common — and insidious — causes of growing energy bills are window leaks. Beyond wasting energy, leaks can also cause mold and mildew to flourish, which may worsen asthma and lead to other health issues. If that leak gets into the walls, your wooden supports can start to rot. Trace this leak a few steps further, and you may even experience foundation problems.   In fact, leaks in your home are such a serious concern that the EPA has its eyes on the issue! You can wait and celebrate their National Fix A Leak Week this March 14-20, but if you suspect you have a leak in your home, it’s time to take action now. So what are your first steps?
 

Do your detective work.

It starts with a hunch—you walk past a certain window and get a chill up your spine. Are you feeling a draft? It’s time to inspect your windows for leaks.  There are a few strategies here. The simplest is to conduct a thorough examination of your windows. Are they difficult to close completely? If they jiggle or need extra muscle to close, then you may have a sash that is leaking. Are you seeing any small gaps around the frame? Are there cracks in the glass? Take a look. If your visual inspection is negative, then it’s on to the candle test. Seal up your home as tightly as you can — close and lock all your windows and doors, close your vents and dampers and turn off any exhaust fans. Next, light a small candle and take a walk around. If there are leaks or drafts, the candle flame will blow to one side and show you. Another tell-tale sign is watching your curtain sheers. If you see movement even when the windows are closed, your house isn’t haunted — it’s leaking.  You can make an inspection the next time it rains. Do the seams of your windows feel damp after a storm? Your window has small leaks. 

How did the leak get there? 

If this were a detective case, then the next stage would be finding a motive. Why are your windows leaking? How did this happen?  Over time, windows wear out. If you have wooden windows, moisture may have caused them to warp. Sealing components play an important part in a window’s function, and those can break down over time. Or, it could simply be that your windows weren’t installed correctly in the first place. A good window should last a long time, protect you from the elements, and save you money on your home energy bills. But a window that’s leaking isn’t doing its job anymore.     

It’s time to take action.

If you suspect that your window sealing components are the cause of your leak, recaulking and weather stripping might be the way to go. This DIY route may not be for beginners, but depending on your skill level, it can buy you a little more time. You can find instructional videos and articles on the internet. Research resealing thoroughly before diving in.  For real peace of mind, don’t go with the band-aid solution. Call the pros. Window Nation is a national leader in home window installation. When you go with certified and experienced window experts, you can trust that your windows will hold up over time and keep your home comfortable no matter the weather. It’s time to plug up those leaks, save money on your energy bills, and avoid future structural problems. Schedule a quick and easy virtual consultation, or contact us for a free in-home consultation and estimate today.

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.

Valentine’s Day used to mean a fancy date night out — but with COVID-19 still lingering, you may not feel comfortable dining at a busy restaurant. If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day at home this year, surprise your sweetie by freshening up your indoor space!  

 Here are five fun ways to make this Valentine’s Day at home special. 

 1.  Liven up the atmosphere with some flowers.

 Nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than a bouquet of flowers, so if you’re looking to add a touch of romance to your home, flowers are a great way to start. 

 Try setting a vase of roses out on your dinner table, or as a centerpiece on your mantle — and if you’re feeling romantic, scatter a trail of rose petals to set the mood.  

 Don’t be afraid to get creative, either! There are plenty of flowers that will refresh your living space this Valentine’s Day. For example, lilacs can be a great subtle touch for your kitchen, or you can give your loved one an orchid to spruce up your living room year-round. 

 2. Hang your romantic photos.

 Whether it just wasn’t the right time, or you’re still searching for the perfect frame, this is the perfect occasion to put up those romantic photos. 

 Highlight your favorite moments from your vacation or re-live a romantic night out with picture frames that draw your attention (without taking too much focus away from your memories). Give the spotlight to your favorite pictures with fun accent colors perfect for Valentine’s Day.  

 3.  Switch up your decor with something vibrant

 If you’ve been looking at the same color scheme in your home since Christmas, it might be time to do some redecorating. Try a bold color palette to make this Valentine’s Day memorable. 

 Or, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to show off your favorite decor, now’s the time. Dust off your nice china and set out the candles. Or, if you’ve been looking for a reason to buy those heart-themed towels and comforters you found — go all out! 

 4.  Make some new additions to your living space

Don’t like how your favorite chair’s stuck in the corner? Prefer to move your sectional closer to your coffee table? Here’s your chance to do some re-arranging! Try something new and exciting. You could even position your loveseat closer to the fireplace to have a cozy night in. 

 Or, if something’s still missing, consider purchasing a completely new set of furniture! Nothing says “I’m committed” as a serious investment in your interior decorating. Just discuss it with your loved one first — this probably isn’t a gift you would buy on a whim. 

 5.  Have you considered remodeling? How about replacing your windows?

Don’t let your home miss out on the love this season. Old, outdated windows can put a chilly damper on a romantic evening, so if you’ve been putting off replacing your windows, now’s the time to make a change. 

 Bay windows provide the perfect cozy space to eat those leftover chocolates and watch the snowfall outside. Or, if you’re sitting by the fire and pesky drafts are making it difficult to get comfortable, an energy-efficient window replacement could be your best option. 

When you’re ready, give Window Nation a call. Our experienced technicians can help you find options and styles that fit your preferences and budget. Request a quote today, and discover how much replacement windows from Window Nation can liven up your home this Valentine’s Day. 

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.

Valentine’s Day used to mean a fancy date night out — but with COVID-19 still lingering, you may not feel comfortable dining at a busy restaurant. If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day at home this year, surprise your sweetie by freshening up your indoor space!  

 Here are five fun ways to make this Valentine’s Day at home special. 

 1.  Liven up the atmosphere with some flowers.

 Nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than a bouquet of flowers, so if you’re looking to add a touch of romance to your home, flowers are a great way to start. 

 Try setting a vase of roses out on your dinner table, or as a centerpiece on your mantle — and if you’re feeling romantic, scatter a trail of rose petals to set the mood.  

 Don’t be afraid to get creative, either! There are plenty of flowers that will refresh your living space this Valentine’s Day. For example, lilacs can be a great subtle touch for your kitchen, or you can give your loved one an orchid to spruce up your living room year-round. 

 2. Hang your romantic photos.

 Whether it just wasn’t the right time, or you’re still searching for the perfect frame, this is the perfect occasion to put up those romantic photos. 

 Highlight your favorite moments from your vacation or re-live a romantic night out with picture frames that draw your attention (without taking too much focus away from your memories). Give the spotlight to your favorite pictures with fun accent colors perfect for Valentine’s Day.  

 3.  Switch up your decor with something vibrant

 If you’ve been looking at the same color scheme in your home since Christmas, it might be time to do some redecorating. Try a bold color palette to make this Valentine’s Day memorable. 

 Or, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to show off your favorite decor, now’s the time. Dust off your nice china and set out the candles. Or, if you’ve been looking for a reason to buy those heart-themed towels and comforters you found — go all out! 

 4.  Make some new additions to your living space

Don’t like how your favorite chair’s stuck in the corner? Prefer to move your sectional closer to your coffee table? Here’s your chance to do some re-arranging! Try something new and exciting. You could even position your loveseat closer to the fireplace to have a cozy night in. 

 Or, if something’s still missing, consider purchasing a completely new set of furniture! Nothing says “I’m committed” as a serious investment in your interior decorating. Just discuss it with your loved one first — this probably isn’t a gift you would buy on a whim. 

 5.  Have you considered remodeling? How about replacing your windows?

Don’t let your home miss out on the love this season. Old, outdated windows can put a chilly damper on a romantic evening, so if you’ve been putting off replacing your windows, now’s the time to make a change. 

 Bay windows provide the perfect cozy space to eat those leftover chocolates and watch the snowfall outside. Or, if you’re sitting by the fire and pesky drafts are making it difficult to get comfortable, an energy-efficient window replacement could be your best option. 

When you’re ready, give Window Nation a call. Our experienced technicians can help you find options and styles that fit your preferences and budget. Request a quote today, and discover how much replacement windows from Window Nation can liven up your home this Valentine’s Day. 

There are so many options for replacement windows than standard single pane windows. Many window companies offer unique window styles that give your home a well-deserved upgrade. We recommend you do your research to determine all the options available before choosing your replacement windows.    For example, double hung windows are a safe choice for homeowners looking to keep a classic look. However, if you’re looking for non-traditional windows, casement windows are a great option. Both window styles can offer a beautiful transformation of your home, but which window style is right for you? Our replacement window experts explain the difference. 

What is a Casement Window? 

Casement windows (also known as crank windows) are airtight sealed windows that open outward about 45 degrees using a crank. These windows provide great ventilation and create a firm seal on all four sides to keep drafts out. This window style is ideal for any sitting room, sunroom, kitchen, or bathroom. 

Benefits of Casement Windows 

There are many benefits to casement windows that help homeowners add character to their homes.   If you’re looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency, casement windows are a perfect choice. The airtight seal on all four sides of this type of window is a huge plus as it virtually eliminates all drafts and can help lower your heating and cooling bills.   Casement windows from Window Nation have premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter what climate your home is located in. If your existing windows leak outside air into your home, you’ll likely see a decrease in utility costs by upgrading.    They can also help circulate your home’s air. Since casement windows have a smaller opening than double hung windows, they can impact the pressure difference between your home and the atmosphere outside. So, if it ever feels stuffy inside of your home, cranking open a casement window is all it takes to experience a cool breeze. 

What Is a Double Hung Window? 

While casement windows open outwards using a crank, double hung windows — also known as double-sash windows — move up and down within a frame. These windows are one of the most common replacement window styles, partly because they’re so easy to operate and clean. 

 Benefits of Double Hung Windows 

Double hung windows are our most popular window style for many reasons: 
  • Low maintenance 
  • Stylish 
  • Easy to operate   
 Double hung windows from Window Nation are the perfect fit for your home. They can be customized with a variety of colors and materials to help you create the look of your dreams for years to come. 

Comparing Window Styles 

Aesthetic
Casement windows and double hung windows will both give your home a major boost in curb appeal. Both window styles are available in wood and vinyl, with a variety of colors and add-ons. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, double hung windows are a great option; however, casement windows are a go-to alternative for homes with a more contemporary aesthetic. 
Maintenance
Both replacement window styles require minimal maintenance. To clean casement windows, simply crank the window open and clean the window’s interior and exterior. Meanwhile, modern double hung windows simply tilt in for easy cleaning. 
Durability 
Double hung windows have a slight edge over casements when it comes to durability. Since casement windows open outwards, they’re more exposed to the elements which means they can degrade faster than double hung windows. Because double hung windows are secure in a frame, they’re typically more durable than casement windows. So if you live in a wet climate, you might consider choosing double hungs. 
Energy Efficiency
If energy efficiency is your priority, consider choosing casement windows. As we’ve mentioned, these windows have firm seals on all four sides to eliminate drafts. However, you don’t need to sacrifice energy efficiency if you’re considering double hung windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation are measured down to the millimeter to guarantee an airtight seal no matter the which style you choose. 

Interested in Replacement Windows? 

When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of Window Nation’s Exterior Design Consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and review your options so you can find the best windows for your home, preferences, and needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today at www.WindowNation.com.     
 
Condensation on the outside of your windows happens when the weather changes and will likely disappear by itself. Exterior condensation actually reflects how well your windows are airtight. But condensation between panes of glass is a different story.   If you spot condensation between window panes, beware: over time the potential damage to your home such as rot, mold, and mildew can turn into an expensive headache. Read on to learn how you can tackle condensation inside your window panes to clear your view and safeguard your home. 

Causes of Window Condensation 

We’ve all taken a long shower, only to discover a foggy bathroom mirror waiting when we get out. That’s because the main cause of condensation is excess humidity. For windows, this can come from overly damp weather, bathing and cooking, or even running lawn sprinklers on a hot day.   Dehumidifiers inside your home can help dry the air, which will keep excess moisture off the inside of windows. Alternatively, a moisture eliminator can help draw unwanted moisture out of the air. Some moisture-eliminating products even contain pleasant scents, so if your home could use some fragrance, it’s a nice two-for-one.  If you’re looking for solutions on how to deal with window condensation in the bathroom, you might need to change out your bathroom fan. Keeping the bathroom fan running during a shower or bath can draw moisture out of the bathroom and vent it away from your home before the moisture can cause any damage.  However, if you follow these steps to handle window condensation and you notice your windows still have condensation between the panes, it could be a different issue.  

How Windows Develop Condensation Inside 

Condensation occurs when water vapor hits a cool surface and condenses, due to the natural temperature difference. There are two possibilities when water vapor seems to be condensing between your window panes.   The first is that the seal on double hung windows could be faulty, allowing water vapor inside and trapping it there. The second is that the desiccant, which absorbs moisture in between the panes of a double hung window, might not be able to keep up with the excess moisture.  You can troubleshoot window condensation and fix the problem when the panes are fogging because of environmental factors within your home. However, in most cases, there’s no catch-all solution for preventing condensation when it’s appearing inside of your windows.  For example, if you have an older home, the seals in your windows are likely held in place with caulk. Due to seasonal shifts in weather, the caulk can weaken over time. If you’re seeing condensation between panes of glass, it’s likely that your seals have failed. So, what do you do? 

How to Stop Condensation Inside of Your Windows 

If you have older windows where the seals are held in place with caulk, you may be able to replace the caulk and bolster the seal. This is normally a short-term fix because the window technician who repairs the seal can’t fully replace the gas that escaped from the window. Without the gas filling, your windows will become less energy-efficient, since gas-filled double pane windows act as a great insulator. This could also lead to a significant increase in utility bills.   Caulking seals won’t stop window condensation in the long run either. The best solution is to swap your old windows with energy-efficient replacement windows that have a tight seal. When you replace your windows with new ones, you won’t have to worry about condensation infiltrating your window panes, since the root cause is completely gone.  If you’re trying to get rid of the condensation inside of your windows, take and reach out today to get a quote on high-quality replacement windows from Window Nation.   Request a free quote on options for financing window replacement so you can safeguard your home and stay within budget.   
 
 If you are thinking of black windows for your home window replacement project and you’re worried that you may have missed the moment, take a deep breath. Black Window frames are here to stay. The chatter in the design community is still going strong, with everyone from Studio McGee to Plank and Plow giving this chic look an enthusiastic two thumbs up.  

 The black window frame trend never went away. 

 Some trends seem to come out of nowhere, and some trends are reminders of a look that never went away. Take subway tile, for instance — is it fair to even call it a trend? This is a look that the design community all seemed to collectively remember about ten years ago, and it’s still going strong.     Black window frames have been around for a long time — fascinatingly, they were a mainstay in nineteenth-century factories. Back then the mullions (the vertical pieces that separate the panes of glass) were made of steel. In the 1940s, engineers figured out how to make windows more inexpensively out of energy-efficient vinyl and aluminum, and black steel windows became the more upscale choice.    More recently, black steel windows have become the darlings of modern architects who still love to use them for art galleries and high-end custom builds.    But what does this mean for you? For the discerning homeowner, black window frames evoke a timeless, classy look. And now you can have your cake and eat it too — energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows with gorgeous black mullions are both a statement piece and a way to save money on your heating bills. 

 Black window frames make decorating easy 

 Black window frames have been around long enough to make their appearance in several different styles of architecture. They play equally well with traditional architecture and more contemporary looks. Recently, designers like Chip and Joanna Gaines have made black windows a popular feature in the modern farmhouse aesthetic.    When white is the main neutral in a design, a little touch of black sets things off. The high contrast look makes a dramatic statement all on its own — and doesn’t require fussy window treatments. If you’re concerned about privacy, a simple roman shade is all you need.    If you want a little assistance imagining this look in your space, try the Window Nation home improvement visualizer. This convenient tool can help you visualize how this look will work with your decorating style.  

 Frame your views and boost your curb appeal 

 Black windows act like a picture frame, showcasing the gorgeous panorama of your city view or backyard. There’s been a big push in recent years to “bring the outside in''. The uptick in interest for black windows is an extension of this desire to enjoy nature year round. If it’s too cold to venture out, gaze out your black window frames and enjoy the view.    From the inside out to the outside in, black windows will boost your home’s curb appeal.  If you’re lucky enough to have a brick or stone exterior, black windows set them off extraordinarily well. And down the line, when selling your home, that curb appeal will positively impact your selling price. An investment in home window replacement is one that pays off in both higher home sale prices, and lower monthly energy bills.    Window Nation can walk you through the whole process. We’ve worked with all different styles of architecture, and have been in the business long enough to know which trends will stick and which to sit out. Contact Window Nation today to get a free quote, and transform your home into a chic oasis that will get your friends talking.   
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.

There’s a reason why houses tend to look a certain way in different parts of the country. Picture an old house built with locally quarried stone, or the wisdom of an adobe home in the desert. The use of local materials are what give communities their distinctive local character.  

If you’re any kind of history buff, you know that building traditions take years to develop.  Those historical traditions have a built-in practicality under the initial layer of beauty. Local homebuilding traditions take into account the climate and the lifestyles of the community.  

They give us our sense of place. 

That combo of aesthetic beauty and practicality has not passed— even in our mass market, interconnected society.  Although the world is at your fingertips, it’s worth thinking locally. 

Let’s take a dive into the why. 

Lower your lead times

It can be terribly frustrating to finally find that perfect item for your home, only to be told there’s a six-month backorder. It’ll take a few phone calls and emails to learn that it’s sitting on a boat somewhere, or there are problems with the factory in a country far away. 

When it comes to building materials, even little delays can cause a domino effect. Products need to be installed in a certain order, and when you have to wait on one step, you have to wait on every step.  That costs money.

When you choose locally made products, your order doesn’t have to travel far.  The journey to your home will leave a lighter footprint on our planet. Someone is paying for all those miles your product travels— both economically and ecologically.  

You won’t have to play phone tag

The further away from home you go, the more your wishes and dreams may dilute. It’s like a giant game of phone tag. Buying products from far away, you're left hoping that your wants and needs are enough like everyone else’s. It’s the only way to get those mass market folks interested. 

Local manufacturers are there to listen to the nuances. They’ve got a finer level of control over the product they make, and they’re often governed by standards of quality that are higher than in far-flung places.  

When a local manufacturer gives you a great product, word gets around. Reputation is the name of the game for local businesses. You know they’ll work hard to ensure you’re pleased. 

Keep your dollars in your community 

There’s a hidden double blessing to purchasing locally made products. They not only make your home look good, but they make your community look good.

Local businesses are the ones that sponsor your kid’s softball team. They’re the ones donating their products to the raffle down at the community center. 

Dollars spent locally tend to stay local. 

When you buy from a national big box store, your dollars are like a drop of water in an ocean too large to contemplate. While you may have a lovely conversation with the minimum wage worker who helped you, chances are you’ll never meet the person who really benefited. 

Because locally-produced means regionally-specific

One of the biggest selling points to any window replacement job is the energy efficiency they bring. Energy efficient windows are all about matching the windows to your climate. You want someone who deeply understands the community where you live. They’ll let you know the real deal when it comes to your region’s weather. 

Who is going to understand the difference between double-pane and triple-pane windows better than the company that had to shovel out after that last snowstorm? And who knows better about UV-blocking glass than the company that also survives your sweltering summers

The folks who help you choose these windows won’t let you pick a style they wouldn’t choose for themselves. 

It’s a local call. 

Window Nation has a proven track record of listening and supporting our clients’ visions for window replacement. We’ll help you brainstorm and plan the process. 

We send out the most trained, expert installers out there. Every step of this project you’ll see just how smart it was to choose this locally owned company.

Chicago’s known for Navy Pier, deep dish pizza…and harsh weather. Winter or summer, it can be difficult for Chicagoland residents to keep their home comfortable – and their energy bills low. If you’re thinking of replacing your windows in the Windy City, start by checking out a mix of window replacement companies and home improvement stores. Each company has its benefits, and it’s important to get multiple quotes to determine which is best for your project. We asked our window replacement experts to explain the benefits of each option – see what they had to say:

Home Improvement Stores

Lowes

Did you know that Lowes has project specialists who can assist you with consultation? They go through the sales process much like us: schedule an online consultation, have a project specialist go over your options, and it’s then time for install! It’s as easy as a stroll around Navy Pier. However, the warranty on replacement windows from Lowes is much shorter. We offer a lifetime warranty at Window Nation while Lowe’s guarantees a 1-year minimum. Options are available for longer warranties, but they might cost you more.

Home Depot

79% of Home Depot customers recommend their window and installation services. It doesn’t beat our 97% customer satisfaction rate, but it’s a resource available if you’re still uncertain about a professional window installation company in Chicago. If the warranty on your windows is important, Home Depot has the edge over most of their competitors. Unlike Lowes, they offer a lifetime craftmanship warranty and double-lifetime warranties on window hardware and screens. They also offer competitive options to make the cost of your project more wallet friendly. They offer their own store credit card and “The Home Depot Project Loan” to make your project affordable.

Window Nation Chicago

With Window Nation, you won’t have to worry about driving down the Kennedy Expressway to get your quote for new windows – we’ll come to you! We rely on in-person and virtual estimates to provide the most accurate pricing and measurements for your Chicago home. Each of our windows is custom-made for your home, available in over 1,500 style and color combinations to give your home an upgrade. No matter the style you choose, your new windows will be built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable year-round. Choose between double pane and triple pane glass, each coated with a Low-E glaze to keep your energy bills low. You can feel comfortable knowing your windows will be installed by our factory-trained installers, who each average over 16 years of experience installing replacement windows. Your installation will be as simple as taking your old windows out and installing the new ones. You can sit back, relax, and watch the Bears as your brand-new windows are installed! Your windows will be installed with an airtight seal to eliminate drafts and keep your Chicago home comfortable. Where Can I Buy Replacement Windows Near Me? Chicago hardware stores are a fair option to replace your windows. However, if you want a top-of-the-line warranty, accurate measurements, and overall guaranteed window experts, Window Nation is here for you. Schedule an estimate with Window Nation Chicago to learn more.

Getting replacement windows is an upgrade— no doubt. They help with your energy costs, they look good, and they’re a part of being a responsible homeowner. 

But what if you could get an upgrade to this upgrade? Perhaps you want to daydream your way into new windows sizes for your home—and perhaps those new windows will be sliders...

Let’s follow this little fantasy for a bit. 

These are some smart windows.

Sliders open horizontally on a track. They seal up tight, giving them an extra boost of energy efficiency. The mechanisms inside vinyl slider windows are a bit simpler, making these windows a durable, low maintenance and often less expensive option. 

Those are the practical reasons to choose sliders—but now let’s talk about the stuff that makes us fall in love. Sliders are uninterrupted by grid lines, making them function like frames at an art gallery. They highlight the views out onto your property— quite a dramatic feature for a dining room or living room. 

They’re easy to slide open with just one hand, so when the weather is nice you can let the fresh air in quickly. With a sliding window over the bathtub you’ll be relaxing to the sound of birds chirping, and you won’t steam up the mirror. 

Windows are the jewelry of your home

Jewelry can really make an outfit sing, but not all baubles and bangles go with every outfit. You’ll want to take a good studious look at your home’s exterior when considering a new window size and style. 

Sliding glass windows tend to play well with others. The clean lines of a sliding glass window are a mainstay in more modern architecture, but they can also be used to update a more traditional style home. 

Figuring out the scale of your new windows is the challenge. It’s never a bad idea to look for inspiration shots for how homes like yours utilize sliding windows. On those pictures, take note of where your eye first travels. You want the house to stand as a whole. When you see a house whose proportions are off, it’s often the first place your eye will travel. 

When you get into the finer details of size, your home itself is going to have a say in the matter. There are limits to the size of window your load bearing exterior walls will take. You’ll need to work with local building codes, and have a sense for the bones of your house.  

High, Wide and Handsome

Just how wide and just how tall can you get away with here?

First step—take a look at the height of your ceilings. If you have a traditional home you probably have eight foot ceilings, and modern homes usually feature nine to ten feet ceilings.

The space between the top of the window and the ceiling is a matter of taste. You want your windows to be close enough to the ceiling to take maximum advantage of natural light, but also give you enough room for window treatments. 

From the bottom up, the International Residential Code (IRC) wants the sills on your windows to be at least 24 inches from the floor. If you want windows that reach lower, you’ll be limited to options that don’t open, like a picture window

The rules for width are mostly about aesthetics—modern homes can get away with being a bit wider than traditional homes can. Go back to that image library you gathered to see how wide you can go. 

Time to start shopping

So this sliding window daydream is starting to become a reality. 

Window Nation can walk you through this next step. We’ll work with you to figure out the structure of your home, and can make you pictures of how this new window will look (helpful if someone in your home needs to be talked into this project...).

There might even be a combo pack of windows—maybe some smaller windows over your sliders, or perhaps a non-opening window in the middle of two sliders. 

Let us daydream with you, and work up a free estimate.