The autumnal equinox is behind us. In the east, leaves are turning bright colors and beginning to fall. In the southwest, people leave the house in the morning prepared for huge temperature swings during the day. And the further north you travel, the more people are preparing for bitter cold, snow, and the urge to cuddle and make thick, warming stews.

The seasons bring rhythm to our lives. But they take their toll on our homes. 

As the neighbors start to set out pumpkins, and you find yourself reaching for the long sleeves and warm socks, there are steps you should take to prepare your house for the arrival of the cold.  They vary slightly on latitude and climate, though what works in New England can be useful in the piedmont as well.  Here are a few regional home care tips for fall.

 In the Southeast

Repair window screens – Lovely fall temperatures will tempt you to open the windows.  And you should. But that risks letting in insects, which haven’t gone anywhere just yet. So, inspect your window screens, and repair or replace any that have taken damage from summer storms. If a close inspection of your windows reveals problems with more than just the screens, consider a free consultation on replacement.

Drain the sprinklers – Maintaining a lush lawn is hard enough in southern heat that many homeowners turn to sprinkler systems. In autumn and winter, it’s easy enough to turn them off and forget they’re there, but that risks a major expense – if the ground freezes with water in the pipes, they can rupture. Draining the system can prevent expensive repairs or unexpected water bills.

Cover or bring in outdoor furniture – You won’t be sitting outside much longer. When the days get cooler and the urge to enjoy evenings on the deck or patio fades, ensure that your outdoor furniture lasts by storing it away from the weather, or covering it for the season.

Reverse ceiling fans – The same fans that cooled you through the summer months can help keep you warm on cooler days.  Flipping the switch on the side of the unit will reverse the blades, helping to circulate warm air around the room.  Just be sure to dust the blades before you do this, or they’ll spray dust everywhere when they first reverse.

Store the lawn equipment properly – If you want your lawn mower to last, you’ll need to drain the last of the gasoline out, clean the air filter, and clean or sharpen the blade before you put it away for a few months.

In the Southwest

Clear fire hazards – An unfortunate reality of climate change is that fire season now begins earlier and ends later than ever before.  While the arrival of fall cold fronts, precipitation should begin to reduce fire risk. But it isn’t gone. Particularly in California’s State Responsibility Areas, homeowners should clear brush within 100 feet of structures, to eliminate possible fuel for fires.

Mulch flowerbeds – A layer of hardwood mulch now will help your plants survive the low-water months, trapping moisture closer to the soil in arid climates.

Inspect the roof – Dry summers mean many in the southwest may have put off repairing small defects in the roof…but it’s not going to be dry forever. This month is a great time to inspect the roof for any damage that will become much more expensive to fix when late fall precipitation arrives.

In the Northwest

Clean your gutters. Again. – Light summer rains are about to turn into heavier fall rains. And if last year is any guide, they’re only growing more persistent. It’s best to check on your home’s gutters before the heaviest stuff arrives. If your system is in need of a professional update, our RainPro gutters retain the beauty of your home while permitting maximum water flow.

Check the yard’s drainage – Soggy wet spots in the lawn can keep you from enjoying the beautiful lot you paid for. Close to the foundation, they can be an expensive source of decay. But drainage problems aren’t as challenging to fix as you might think. Ponding can often be fixed with simple splash blocks to route water away from trouble spots. More severe drainage problems can be an invitation to build a lovely rain garden.

Remove damaged limbs – Those autumn storms don’t just bring more rain. They also carry winds we haven’t seen all summer. Removing damaged tree limbs now can keep them from becoming hazardous.

In the Northeast

Drain outdoor faucets – Frozen pipes are an expensive shock in deep northeastern winters.  Prevent them now by draining your outdoor faucets – as simple a matter as shutting off outdoor faucets at the valve (usually in the basement or crawlspace), then running the faucet to drain its pipe, and turning it back off.

Stock up on heating fuel – If you use a woodburning stove, stock up on firewood now, before the price goes up any further. If you have old-fashioned oil heat, refill before demand is high.

Have chimneys and furnaces inspected – Chimneys and furnaces that haven’t been in use all summer may need inspection and cleaning before being brought back into service. Better to do that now than to need it in December’s cold.

Ready the winter equipment – Does your snowblower start? Wouldn’t you rather find out now than on a day it makes you late for work? Check the condition of shovels, and stock up on ice melter now, to prevent an unpleasant surprise with the first snow of the season.

Let’s face it: there is no convenient time to replace your old, drafty windows. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages that could impact your project: you might be dealing with hot, humid conditions in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. So when should you start your project? Our team of window replacement experts gave us the low-down on the best time of year to replace your windows.

Winter and Fall

The frigid winter months might not seem like an ideal time to start your window replacement project; however, cold weather projects have unexpected benefits. Most homeowners wait until the warmer months to start their project, causing demand to slow in the winter. When you choose a cold weather window replacement project, you might experience less time in between ordering and installation because our factories have fewer windows to build. You might even receive a better deal on your project, as companies often offer competitive deals to attract customers. You’ll also enjoy an energy efficiency boost and lower energy bills – replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long.

However, we understand that some homeowners might have concerns about starting their project during the cold winter months. Winter weather conditions could cause delays to your project, particularly if you live in a snowy area like Boston or Kansas City. Our team will work to keep complications to a minimum, ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. Some homeowners might also be concerned about the cold air from outside entering their home during installation. However, you can feel comfortable knowing our team of installers know how to get the job done with minimal discomfort to those living in the home. Our team will take steps to keep your home comfortable during installation, like sealing off the room they’re working in to keep the cold air limited to one room. If the space is larger of the room can’t be sealed off, a heavy blanket can be draped to contain most of the cold to just the area near the window.

Spring and Summer

Spring and summer might seem like the best time of year to replace your windows; however, that comes with one major disadvantage: demand will spike. Though the temperatures are more comfortable, you might have to wait longer for your windows to be installed. This could be particularly problematic if you live in a warm area like Charlotte where summer heat and humidity cause your energy bills to skyrocket. If you want your windows installed quickly, we recommend waiting until mid-summer when demand is lower to start your project.

Replacement windows are also particularly important in the warmer seasons, as they keep your home comfortable and prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your home. When you replace your windows in the summer, you’ll enjoy energy savings throughout the hot, humid months. Replacement windows From Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to boost your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Choose between double and triple pane windows, each built with a special Low-E coating and Argon gas between the panes for maximum energy efficiency.

Spring and summer weather conditions are also ideal for your project. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your appointment, and winter weather conditions won’t delay your installation. In fact, warm weather conditions are beneficial for installation: caulk adheres better in warm weather, making installation quicker and easier.

Ready to Start Your Project?

No matter the season you choose, our team of experienced window replacement professionals will ensure your project goes smoothly. Our team has over fifteen years of experience installing windows in harsh Pittsburgh winters and hot, humid Maryland summers. When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re getting top-of-the-line replacement windows that will benefit your home no matter the season. To schedule your estimate, visit WindowNation.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much will I recoup on my investment?

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

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

This is an important question. For sure. In fact, it is so important, it is one of the questions we get asked the most. The reason is obvious. Who wants to start thinking about a big remodeling project if the cost is going to be way beyond what is feasible. We get it. You want a ballpark figure. You want an estimate. You're not asking for a detailed answer. But, at Window Nation, we're all about the details. There are a lot of questions that must be answered when buying new windows. Some are obvious, such as size, quantity, and type. But some are not so obvious. Some have to do with style, aesthetics, and room lighting. Some bring into account your tastes and your past home improvement selections. Some focus on your specific needs in a way that will maximize your budget to get the biggest improvement for the amount you have to spend. There are a lot of details, and those details can all affect the cost that we quote to you. So, it is important to us that we get all of the details right. Here's why:

A LOT CAN GO WRONG

If we get the measurements wrong on your window installation, your new windows aren't going to seal properly. And, when your windows don't seal properly, you're going to know it. That's why we measure our windows down to 3 millimeters, and all measurements are checked, rechecked, and checked again. The devil is in the details. There are details involved in choosing the right windows, as well. There are different types of windows, manufacturers, features, frames, installation requirements, and more. We want to get it right. We would rather send a certified specialist to you for a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate, than give you a quote over the phone. Only a design consultant is qualified to give you an exact price, and in order to give you that exact price, it is vital that they meet you in your home. We don't want to drop the ball or overpromise and underdeliver. That wouldn't be good for you. And it wouldn't be good for us.

EXPECTATIONS

The last thing we want is to come short of your expectations. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase; so satisfied that you want to tell your friends and family how happy you are with your purchase; so satisfied that you'll want to post a great review and help other folks get connected to the best window installation available. And, we know that as soon as we give you a price, you're going to hold us to it. We understand. We're like that too. When a price is put on the table, it is hard to not make it a part of our expectations. But, if we don't meet those expectations, it will leave you feeling less than happy with your purchase. We don't want that. And we're sure you don't want that either.

SIGHT UNSEEN

Giving you a price on windows without seeing them first is a lot like a doctor diagnosing an illness without examining the patient in person. There are a lot of details that can be missed when a doctor doesn't meet with a patient face to face. And, in the end, their diagnosis will only be a guess, and there is a good chance that guess is going to be wrong.

THERE ARE RULES

We are members of the Better Business Bureau, and they recommend that we always give an exact price. In order to stay in high standing with them, and to make sure we always do right by you, we offer free, in-home consultations. These consultations include a detailed inspection of the area where the windows will be installed, so that we can give you an exact price, down to the penny, for exactly what you need. What you do with this information is entirely up to you. There is no obligation to buy. When quotes are exact, there is no room for misunderstandings. And, when there are no misunderstandings, there is a greater chance that we'll have a happy customer. At Window Nation, we're all about making customers happy. If you'd like to be a happy customer, reach out to us today, and let's get started.

Maybe you vowed to go to the gym every day after work, or finally check off the items on your home improvement to-do list this year. The start of a new year is an ideal time to make goals, and most of us go into the year with the best of intentions – but then life happens. That’s where Window Nation can come in and rescue your goals for giving your home a new look and improved energy efficiency with new windows!

Is Replacing The Windows Worth The Investment?

Installing replacement windows can seem like a lot of effort and expense, and some homeowners wonder if it’s really worth it. You know it will give your home a facelift and really improve the overall appearance of your home, but is that enough? There are many benefits of installing replacement windows that you may not have thought about, including:

  • Improved interior and exterior appearance

  • Increased energy efficiency and energy savings

  • Increased comfort indoors

  • Increased home value

It takes about four hours to install a replacement window. If you’re thinking about installing replacement windows throughout your home, you may simply be pressed for time and unable to complete your goal. That’s how Window Nation can come to the rescue! We can install the windows for you and help you reach your home improvement goals for improved appearance and help you save some money on your energy costs.

How Much Can I Save With New Windows?

ENERGY STAR qualified windows like those offered from Window Nation can lower your energy bills. In a typical home, you’ll save between $126 and $465 per year when replacing your single-pane windows, and between $27 and $111 a year over double-pane, clear glass replacement windows.

Increase the Value of Your Home

Curb appeal and an updated home are important to improving the value of your home. If you should decide to list your home for sale, having new windows is a selling point for many buyers who would not want to buy a home with aging, less efficient windows. Plus, having new windows simply makes your home look nicer, which will attract potential buyers.

Window Nation would love to help you reach your goals for home improvement this year by installing replacement windows in your home. Whether you’re looking to improve the appearance, home value, or increase your home’s energy efficiency – replacement windows are a great investment.

Choosing to replace your homes windows is a big commitment, Window Nation understands this and wants to do everything we can to help make the entire process from start to finish is as stress-free and easy as possible! As a homeowner you know that placing plastic over your windows every winter is not the ideal way to keep energy bills down and your family warm, but you are also unsure if replacement windows are in the budget. That is where we come in, Window Nation provides a no-obligation, free in-home estimate to help you understand the process and know up front exactly what the investment will be.

At Window Nation, we want you to replace your home’s old drafty windows, not because we want to make a buck, but because we know that the many benefits really do outweigh the initial investment. Some of those benefits include:

  • Keeping warm air inside your home in the winter and hot humid air out in the summer.

  • Reducing the amount of natural resources your family uses.

  • Providing better security – new windows that lock correctly will help to keep you and your family safe inside of your home.

  • Helping to reduce the overall cost of your energy bills.

  • Increasing the curb-appeal of your home.

Our experts will walk you through the entire process to assure that replacement windows are what you need and want. During the visit they will inspect your windows to let you know the specific windows in your home that need replacing the most. Our experts are going to also get exact measurements and sit down with you to explain in detail all of the many style, material, and color options available – while always keeping your home’s unique budget in mind.

When scheduling your free in-home estimate from one of our experts we encourage you to make sure that the time you choose allows all owners of the property to be present. The benefit of choosing Window Nation to replace your home’s windows is that we offer many options to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want and need. It makes the entire process go much more smoothly when everybody is on the same page from the very start and it also helps to make sure that there are no surprises for anyone once the windows are installed!

If you are ready to improve your home and replace your home’s older windows with new stylish, functional, eco-friendly replacement windows, contact Window Nation today to get the process started and schedule your in-home free estimate!