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.   

The second the Thanksgiving leftovers get packed away, many of us start decorating for the holidays. We get up on ladders and string lights around all the windows, and attach little plastic flickering candles to each sill. We get a chance to get up close and personal with our windows in the winter, and we can see just what kind of shape they’re in. 

Even if you’re not a big holiday decorator, winter is a time when families look at the to do list on their house. What were those home projects you were so keen on completing this year? Perhaps you had grand plans of a summer or fall window replacement? Well, even in the dead of winter, you didn’t miss your “window”.  Home window replacement doesn’t really have a dedicated season, and there may be some hidden advantages to closing or opening the year with new windows. 

It’s almost no different from a summer installation.

Some home improvement projects can drag on and on, and you just resign yourself to living with the mess (kitchen renovation, anyone?). If you’re at all hesitant about winter home window replacement, it’s probably because you’re imagining your house wide open to the elements, with all those icy breezes swirling through. 

Here’s the thing though: you don’t have to live in an icebox while the project is in motion. Installers do the glass replacement one window at a time, minimizing the amount of heat they’re releasing. They’ll seal off whatever room they are working in, and in larger spaces, they can install a wall of plastic that helps you keep toasty. There’s a deliberateness to window replacement in the winter, and that kind of time and care is what we want when we invite people to work on our homes. 

All of the sealers and foams they use are just as effective at setting and sealing in the winter as they are in the summer. Trained window installers can even install and seal a window in temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit! 

You’ll save piles of money on your heating bill.

Besides the obvious curb appeal factor, you’re probably already thinking about the savings that new energy efficient windows bring. Ever since the electricity companies started sending out those graphs and year-end statements about home energy consumption, a whole swath of us have gotten a little competitive about our usage. We all know that energy consumption can take a huge slam in the dead of winter. “Throw a sweater on!” only gets us so far, and replacing your windows with more efficient models can save you big on those bills. 

Your bill will take a little ding on the days you have an installation, there’s no way around that, but the long-term impact on your energy bill goes on and on. All those little leaks and cracks in your old windows will be sealed up tight, and you can actually get more of the warmth you’re paying the electricity company for. There’s nothing better than opening that heating bill right after you’ve gotten your replacement windows in. The little line on the graph goes down, and stays down. 

You’ll get your new windows faster, and probably at a discount.

Winter is the slow season for many window replacement companies, which can work to your advantage. Some window replacement companies will run end of the year specials, and you’ll end up paying less for the work. Also (and this is a big one), you can get scheduled more easily. It can be frustrating to finally decide to take the plunge on a home improvement project, and then wait forever to get the work scheduled. During the summer months, it can be tough just to get window companies to give you an estimate. 

Things are different in the winter. Once you decide to get the project done, you can get it done fast. At Window Nation, we can often get you energy efficient windows just days after you call!

So yes, there is some kind of rule of thumb about only eating oysters in months that have the letter r, and you should always stock up on candy bars the day after Halloween, but there’s no such rule about window installation. Winter home window installation is a good move — it’s minimally disruptive, easy to schedule, and will start saving you money on your energy bills right away. 

You’ve had your initial consultation with an exterior design consultant, and you decided to your purchase replacement windows from Window Nation. Welcome to the family! We’re honored you chose us to help with your home improvement project. We don’t take your decision to work with us lightly, and we strive to provide each of our customers the best possible experience with our company. Home improvement projects are a big undertaking, and we understand your upcoming installation might seem daunting. To make the process easier, our team of window replacement experts explain the next steps you’ll need to take after you purchase your replacement windows, doors, and siding.

Measurements

Once your windows have been purchased, the next step is for a measure technician to come to your home and measure each opening. We measure each window three times to guarantee accuracy. Each of our windows is measured down to the millimeter to guarantee a tight seal. Once your windows have been measured, we’ll send the measurements to our ordering team to begin production.

Window Production

Once your windows have been ordered, our team will begin manufacturing your order. Each of our windows is custom-made, so production might take longer depending on the type of window and the number of windows ordered. Once your windows have been built, our team will contact you to schedule your installation day. You’ll receive a courtesy phone call a day or two before your installation to ensure everything is running on schedule.

Installation

Pre-Installation

Once your installation date is set, we ask that you prepare the area around your windows to create a clear workspace for our installers. Move all furniture from the area around your windows and be sure to remove all valuables and knickknacks. We also ask that you remove all blinds, drapes, and window coverings from your windows and disable any alarm systems.

Installation Process

Our installers have installed over one million windows in their careers. Each of our installers is specially trained in window installation, guaranteeing your windows will be installed correctly the first time. Your installation team will be led by an installation team leader who has over 15 years of experience installing windows. Our installers will remove each window from its frame and then install the replacement one-at-a-time to ensure your installation is done correctly. We use the highest-quality materials to keep your windows protected for years to come.

We pride ourselves on our attention-to-detail, and we’ll treat your home like we would our own. Our team will use drop-cloths and protective mats to keep your home clean. Any leftover debris will be cleaned once your installation is finished. Your window frames and sashes will also be cleaned once installed. After your windows have been installed, your crew leader will conduct a walk-thru of your home for final approval. We use a twenty-point checklist to ensure your windows are installed to the highest standards of excellence.

Multi-Product Installation

We’re proud to offer replacement vinyl siding and doors to meet all your home improvement needs. If you’re having multiple products installed, our installers will work in a specific order to ensure your project is done correctly. If you’re having a roof installed, this will be done first, followed by windows and doors. Siding is installed last to ensure there is no issues with your windows. In some instances, multi-product installation might require a multi-day installation depending on the size of your project.

Post-Installation

Once your installation is finished, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your windows! We ask that you do not operate your windows for 72 hours post-installation to ensure the caulk adheres properly. Be sure to activate your warranty online to keep your windows protected should any issues arise. If you have any additional questions, please contact our customer service team.

Thank you again for choosing Window Nation! We’re grateful you trusted us with your most valuable asset: your home.

WINDOW NATION EXPANDS TO GREATER CHICAGO AREA DUE TO INCREASE OF RESIDENTS INVESTING IN THEIR HOMES

This marks the company’s largest community to-date and its 13th market opening.

CHICAGO (January 4, 2021) – Chicago… is our kind of town indeed! Window Nation is getting ready to call the Windy City home, with the opening of its latest showroom at 1263 Lakeview Drive, Romeoville, adding new jobs to the market. Window Nation, which is the 5th largest replacement contractor in the U.S. with deep Midwest roots, also brings expert home solutions to the area, including servicing homeowners between Illinois and Indiana. This marks its largest service area in company history.  

Although Window Nation is new to this particular market, it is not new to the industry, with 2021 marking its 15th year in business and installing over 1 million windows.

Window Nation selected the Chicago region based on several factors, including the city’s growing housing market. Research shows Chicago-area residents continue to invest in their homes; as such, home values throughout the city have increased by 5.6 percent over the last year and are projected to rise 8.1 percent in 2021, according to Zillow. The Real Deal real estate publication also reports the greater Chicago area experienced the largest surge in home sales this past August since September 2013. Additionally, Chicago’s diverse demographics and psychographics align with those in other cities where Window Nation continues to cultivate successful customer bases.  

“We’ve been visiting Chicago for as long as I can remember and have the best memories of our time there, from the culture, people, architecture and of course, sports history,” said Aaron Magden, president of Window Nation who co-founded the company with his brother Harley. “It’s now coming full circle as we grow our business here and help a whole new generation of customers create the home of their dreams. We feel overwhelmingly grateful for our loyal customers and employees who continue to support us after all of these years, especially amid a year full of such tremendous challenges, loss and fear. That has not and will never be lost on us.”

The Chicago 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 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 Window Nation team currently services 12 other locations throughout the U.S. and brings decades of home remodeling experience to residents. Co-founders and brothers Harley and Aaron Magden grew up in the business as third-generation window replacement experts before starting the company in 2006. Additionally, Chicago’s Sales Manager has over 25 years of experience providing home improvement solutions to customers throughout the local area.

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.

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 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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When it comes time to start a home improvement project in Chicago, replacing your windows probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, replacement windows can upgrade your home in a big way. Replacement windows from Window Nation are specially crafted for your home, giving it a much-needed curb appeal boost. You’ll also enjoy lower energy bills, as our replacement windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to help you combat the harsh Chicago weather. Whether you live in Naperville, Avondale, or Clarendon Hills, our team of window replacement experts will help you find the best windows for your home.

If you’re looking to start a home improvement project, our team explains why you should consider replacing the windows on your Chicago home:

Lower Energy Bills

It’s no secret that Chicago winters can be brutal. The cold, the snow, and the whipping winds aren’t for the faint of heart. It’s important to prepare your home for the cold temperatures, and there’s no better place to start than with replacement windows. Our replacement windows are built to withstand the harshest Chicago winters, equipped with premium energy efficiency features to keep the cold air out. We offer double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. Each replacement window comes standard with a Low-E glass coating and Argon gas between the panes to keep your home comfortable no what the weather throws at it. The best part? All our replacement windows, siding, and doors are Energy Star certified, guaranteeing big energy savings.

Curb Appeal Boost

If your home’s exterior is looking a little drab, you might be looking for ways to give it a refresh. Replacement windows will give your home a major curb appeal boost you’ll enjoy for years to come. Our windows are available in hundreds of style and color options to help you find the perfect fit for your Chicago home. If you’re looking for a timeless style, we recommend replacing your windows with double hung windows. You can choose between wood and vinyl styles, each available in a variety of colors so you can find the best fit for your home.

However, if you’re looking to make a statement, consider choosing a bay or a bow window. These windows extend outwards, giving your home a major curb appeal boost. You’ll also enjoy a transformation inside your home, as these windows create a “nook” that can be used as storage or a reading area. We also offer casement windows, slider windows, and specialty windows if you’re looking for windows that will give your home a unique touch.

Return on Investment

The Chicago real estate market is hot right now! If you’re looking to list your home, you might consider replacing your windows to give your home an edge over the competition. While it might seem like a costly investment now, you could reap the benefits when it comes time to sell. At 72% ROI, vinyl replacement windows offer some of the best value in home improvement according to Remodeling Magazine. For comparison, a master suite addition has just a 51% return on investment when it comes time to sell. Buyers are looking for a move-in ready home and having brand new energy efficient windows will give your home a major boost.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our Chicago-area exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windowsdoors, 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.