Winter never seems to end in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes drafts and air leaks from outside. A potential culprit? Your old, outdated entry door. If you notice your entry doors are looking a little worse-for-wear, it might be time to upgrade them with modern entry doors from Window Nation. We offer fiberglass and steel entry doors to meet your home improvement needs. But which door is best for your home? Our home improvement experts explain:

Replacement Entry Doors & Curb Appeal

While energy efficiency is typically a big piece of the decision for most Hoosiers, when considering replacing your front door, looks are equally important. Replacing your home's entry door accomplishes more than just creating a barrier from the unpredictable Indy weather. Your entry door is a big part of your home’s curb appeal. Not only does the entryway make an impression on you, but a good-looking front door can also do wonders for your home's resale value. It’s like the whipped cream on a sugar cream pie. But with so many door styles available, choosing a new entry door for your home can feel like a daunting decision.

What Material Should I Choose?

For a long time, wood has been the material of choice for many Indy homeowners. Its beauty and durability made this material feel like the Monument Circle of doors. But, with advancements in science and fabrication, wood is no longer the best choice. When it comes time to replace a door, most Hoosiers turn to fiberglass and steel to safeguard their investment.   

Fiberglass and steel are both more resistant to the Indianapolis weather, giving your home an energy efficiency boost. They require less maintenance – strong enough to hold up on 38th street – and are often less expensive than wood. But how do they compare to each other for a home in in Indianapolis? Let’s break it down:

Steel Doors

If you're looking to have new doors installed on your home, you can't go wrong with steel. It is a versatile material that comes with a lot of options. Some may even surprise you!  

  1. When you think of a steel door, do you picture an old rusting door on the back of an East Side building that only gives access to an alleyway? While a reinforced steel door is excellent for rear door security, you can get a whole lot more style and elegance from steel than this. However, it should be noted steel might offer more protection than fiberglass.
  2. For your Indianapolis doors, steel and wood designs go together like biscuits and gravy. That’s right, steel doors can come with a woodgrain! At Window Nation, our exclusive accent finishing technique creates a finish that gives our steel doors the appearance of real wood. If you want a door that looks like a fine oak door but has the durability and low cost of steel, no problem! While the wood finish on a steel door can't thoroughly compare to the same look with fiberglass, it is worth taking a look at, especially for the cost.  
  3. While steel is strong and durable, it is more prone to scratching and denting than fiberglass. It doesn’t take a motor speedway mechanic with a blow torch to fix up your scratches, but this is something to consider when getting steel. However, putty and paint should cover them just fine.
  4. Steel can become hot to the touch on a warm sunny day, but that heat isn't going to get through the insulation that comes with these doors. You can spend the whole day at Geist Reservoir and have peace of mind that you're not going to lose any energy-saving benefits by choosing steel.

Fiberglass Doors

Some in the industry advertise that fiberglass comes with all the benefits of steel, without any of its limitations. This is only partly true. In almost every way, fiberglass doors are slightly better than steel. But, this material doesn’t exactly have a Colts-level defense. It will crack and break if it’s struck hard. Steel will not. Here are some other things you may want to know about fiberglass:

  1. Fiberglass doors are available in many styles, colors, and grains. If you’re looking for doors that give the appearance of real wood for your Indianapolis home, this is the best option.
  2. Fiberglass doors are low maintenance, keeping rust to a minimum.
  3. Fiberglass isn't as heavy as steel, but that doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice that satisfying "thunk" sound when you close your fiberglass doors. At Window Nation, we manufacture the internal structure of these doors to simulate the same weight of wood.
  4. Exposure to heat over time can cause doors to swell and warp like a persimmon pudding. This can harm the frame and seal of an entry door. While steel and fiberglass are more resistant to this than wood, fiberglass is slightly better. The material will hold up against extreme temperature fluctuations (which happen way too often here).

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When it comes to getting a new door for your Indianapolis home, you can't go wrong with either of these two materials. If your doors are outdated enough to be on an old-timey Fountain Square shop, let Window Nation help. Schedule your free, no-obligation in-home estimate today, and let's get started!

After years of living in your home, you may notice your entry doors are beginning to show signs of wear-and-tear. Left unrepaired, your doors might become drafty or difficult to open and close. You’re then faced with the difficult decision to repair or replace your doors – while it might seem easier to repair the damage yourself, is it really worth it in the long run? The home improvement experts at Window Nation have some tips to help guide your decision:

Should I Repair or Replace My Entry Doors?

It can be difficult to determine whether you should repair or replace your entry door. Some issues, like drafts or leaks, can be easily fixed with weatherstripping and caulk. If your issue is cosmetic, you could simply make a trip to the local home improvement store and add a fresh coat of paint.

However, if you have an old, outdated entry door, it might not be worth repairing. Sure, you might be saving money now by making basic repairs, but are you really saving money in the long run? You’re most likely going to have to make more repairs in the future, costing you hundreds of dollars every year. It might not seem like much money at first, but over time, the costs will add up and you could end up spending hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars to make repairs. Why continue to waste money when you could simply upgrade your old entry door to a modern fiberglass or steel entry door from Window Nation?

Why Choose Entry Doors from Window Nation?

At Window Nation, we offer so much more than replacement windows. We’re proud to offer high quality replacement entry doors to meet your home improvement needs. Choose between fiberglass and steel doors, each available in a variety of style and color options to compliment your home. Each of our doors can be customized with decorative glass options to give your home the curb appeal boost it needs. You’ll also enjoy added security thanks to a multi-point locking system standard on all entry doors.

If your current entry doors are drafty, consider choosing a fiberglass or steel entry door. Each of our doors is engineered to have an airtight seal, virtually eliminating drafts. Our doors are also equipped with a polyurethane core to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. If your door has glass, each pane will be coated in a Low-E glaze to boost your home’s energy efficiency. No matter the door you choose, you can feel comfortable knowing our doors are durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

What About My Patio Doors?

If you notice your patio doors are also looking a little worse-for-wear, we also offer French doors and sliding glass doors to meet your home improvement needs. Our sliding glass doors will enhance your home while keeping maintenance to a minimum. If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, our French doors will do the trick. Available in many style and color combinations, you’ll enjoy the view for years to come.

Ready to Start Your Project?

When you choose Window Nation for your entry door replacement project, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re working with an experienced team who will guide you through the process from start to finish. When you schedule your in-home estimate, our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your options and provide you a quote good for up to six months. We also offer Energy Star certified siding and replacement windows to give your home the energy efficiency boost it needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today!

Over the past few months, you may have noticed areas of your home that need improvement. One area to focus on? Your entry door. Entry doors withstand more damage than you realize. Wear-and-tear from everyday use can cause your door to age quickly, particularly if your door is builder-grade or original to your home. Take time to assess your door, noting any signs of wear. If your door is warped or difficult to open, it may be time to replace it. If you’re looking to start an entry door replacement project, consider Window Nation. We offer more than just windows – our entry doors are high-quality and affordable, custom built to meet your home’s needs.

Variety of Style and Color Options

A new entry door from Window Nation will give your home the makeover it needs. Available in over 70 style and color options, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit for your home. Our entry doors are available in both steel and fiberglass, custom-built to meet your home’s unique needs.

Choose a color that perfectly matches your home’s exterior or make a bold statement with a brightly colored door. We also offer over 30 decorative glass options, allowing you to create a door custom-made to fit your home. No matter the style you choose, a new entry door from Window Nation will give your home a much-needed update.

Energy Efficiency Boost

When you choose replacement entry doors from Window Nation, you can feel comfortable knowing your doors are Energy Star certified, saving you money on your energy bills year-round. We offer both fiberglass and steel entry doors to meet your home’s needs. Our fiberglass doors offer five times more energy efficiency than typical wood doors thanks to its special foam core. Steel entry doors also feature the same polyurethane core in addition to a special bulb and blade sweep, virtually eliminating drafts from your home. All entry doors from Window Nation are tested to ensure they withstand extreme weather conditions, keeping your home protected from intense summer heat and storms.

Added Security

Your front door is the main entrance point into your home, and we understand nothing is more important than protecting your family and valuables from intruders. Our entry doors offer premium security features to keep your home safe. Each style comes with its own special security features, allowing you to choose the best fit for your home. Steel entry doors offer a 20-gauge security plate and a rigid composite lock block for added security. Our fiberglass entry doors also offer a multi-point locking system, adding extra stability and enhanced performance to your door. All Window Nation doors are specially constructed to prevent rust and corrosion build-up for years of worry-free operation.

Ready to Start Your Project?

When you choose Window Nation for your entry door replacement project, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re working with an experienced team who will guide you through the process from start to finish. When you schedule your in-home estimate, our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your options and provide you a quote good for up to six months. We also offer Energy Star certified siding and replacement windows to give your home the energy efficiency boost it needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today!

“Being green” is a very popular term that is being thrown around in all sorts of ways. At Window Nation we want to make sure that you know being green doesn’t mean a life of eating bean sprout sandwiches! The term “Green” generally just means taking the steps to be more environmentally friendly, thinking about how your actions impact the people around you, and making healthy choices. And lucky for everyone, in most cases being green can actually keep a little more ‘green’ in your wallet!

The professionals at Window Nation want to help you understand how choosing a “green” approach when replacing your home’s windows and doors can benefit you and your home in a number of ways.

Window Nation’s bestselling replacement window and door systems are made from vinyl. While vinyl might not immediately be at the top of your list as a green product, it actually is very green! Vinyl holds up very well to wear and tear and will last in a home for many decades, vinyl does not release toxins, and it is very energy efficient (reducing your heating and cooling costs). By replacing your older, less efficient windows and doors in your home with ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors you will be taking a huge step to improving the “greenness” of your home.

Other ways that replacement vinyl windows and doors from Window Nation can benefit your home and make it more green includes:

  • Reducing your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of oil and other natural resources needed to heat and cool your home.
  • Reducing annual heating and cooling bills.
  • Energy efficient windows have warmer interior glass surfaces that help to reduce frost and condensation that may form on them.
  • Replacement windows and doors can reduce the amount of UV sunlight that enters into your home-reducing the items in your home that need to be replaced because of fading.

Along with helping our customers have a more green home, here at Window Nation we do everything we can to make sure we run as “green” as possible. When installing doors and windows into your home we use as many biodegradable products as we can. All scrap vinyl at the factory is recycled and any that can’t be used are sold to companies that repurpose the product into other items including pipes and such; all in an effort to keep as much debris out of the landfills as possible!

For more information about how replacement windows and doors from Window Nation can make your home more green, and reduce your carbon footprint, contact us or visit one of our showrooms today!


Do you have skills? Are you the reason there is a shiny new bathroom sink or beautiful ceramic tile on the kitchen floor? We have no doubt you can handle a do-it-yourself project. The question we want you to ask isn’t, “whether or not you should take on that door installation project,” but “whether or not you really want to.” Here are a few things to consider before strapping on your work belt and getting out your jigsaw.

Weird things can go wrong with any project, and door installations are no exception. When you install a door, especially an entry door, you need to make sure everything is measured out properly. You’re the one responsible for every little detail. If you miss anything, you may have:

  • Doors that stick when you swing or slide them open.
  • Doors that bang on objects inside the home.
  • Doors that scrape or bang items outside the home.
  • An entryway that doesn’t hold the heat in during the winter.
  • An entryway that doesn’t hold the cold in during the summer.
  • New doors that don’t take full advantage of all the energy savings a new door can provide. Leaks aren’t the only thing you have to worry about.
  • Doors that aren’t secure. When someone comes to break into your home, you want to know that those doors are going to keep them out.
  • A door frame that has gaps for ants, cockroaches, and other pests to crawl in through.
  • A joint gap that lets water into your walls. We don’t need to tell you how bad that is. Water damage is one of the worst possible outcomes that can result from an installation mistake.
  • An entryway that has issues no one else will probably see, but they drive you crazy every time you get home from work.
  • A back or knee injury. Unloading and installing doors can be a challenge, and injuries can happen. It is even worse when they happen to someone who has come over to donate their time to your do-it-yourself project.
  • A big fat dent or scratch. Yup. It happens. When you install those doors yourself, you could end up with an unsightly ding.

We have no doubt you can handle that new door installation project. But, if you want a worry free installation that saves you all the work and frustration of putting those new doors in, we’d love to help. Give us a call at Window Nation and come take a look at our incredible selection of front doors as well as our french and sliding doors.

When it comes to home improvement, a door replacement is where you're going to get the most bang for your buck. Doors will add about as much to the value of your home as they cost to purchase and install. But which doors are right for you? Here's what you need to know before you invest in new doors, courtesy of your friends at Window Nation.

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French DoorsBetter lighting?

For folks who want a light and open living space, there was a time when we would have suggested sliding glass doors to get that light exposure. But there are so many options for French doors now that you can get as much window real estate as you need. Whether you want two panes of glass, or twenty-four, French doors can make it work.

More security?

When it comes to security, both of these doors can come with solid protection, and have features that will keep those burglars out. But let's face it, in most cases your sliding glass door is going to be the weaker choice if security is a concern.

Use of space?

This is where the big difference between these two types of doors can really be seen. When you have French doors, there is a swing that you have to deal with. If your doors will be connecting two spaces that have furniture in them, it is best to use a sliding door. With french doors, you're going to have the swing of the doors competing for space where furniture will be--or should be. This can severely impact the usability of a room. Here is an example:

Let's say you have a dining room next to a small patio. If you install French doors so they pull in, they will be competing with the chairs and the dining room table. If you have them pushing out, they will be entering into the space where your patio furniture is, making things awkward. This is just not the right place to have French doors. Sliding doors will give you the open look you want without that awkward swing issue.


This is where those French doors are going to shine. If you want to move something large through sliding doors, you're going to have to take them out. French doors quickly give you a large opening to move through. That large opening is also nice if you have a large number of guests moving back and forth between two rooms. French doors really open things up.

When you're ready to add stylish new doors to your living space, stop by Window Nation and see our incredible selection. We'll help you pick out the doors that are right for you.

Have you ever noticed how kids love to dress in shorts in the winter and pants in the summer? It just seems impractical and out of place. Just like having heavy, winter drapes dressing your windows during the hot, sultry days of summer seem impractical and out of place. The right thickness, texture, and even colors can make a difference in keeping your home looking fresh, vibrant, attractive, and inviting.

Some of the hottest new trends in window dressings will give your home that care-free summer feel as the south breezes blow through. So what’s hot and what’s not this year? I’m glad you asked! Here are a few of this year’s top window pleasers:

  • Organic Materials: Bamboo and matchstick are in, in, in! These light weight eco-friendly favs are sure to give a light, airy feel to any room while still offering privacy. Brown is a basic in all its hues, and these long-lasting wood and natural textures are sure to please.
  • Grosgrain: This fine, closely woven ribbed fabric made of silk or rayon has sleek lines that dominate your space giving you a clean, modern look. This is a great choice for panel-track treatments.
  • Silk Panels: this all-time classic is never out of style! They add shine and whisper ‘luxury’ in any room. Whether you choose from ageless solid styles or the bright floral or geometric shapes of the modern prints, silk is a sure bet in any room.
  • Cotton: Always a pleaser offering that soft comfortable feel. Cotton panels with a high thread count for durability and freshness. Remember that layers are in, so don’t be shy when choosing your cotton window dressing.

There are a few fairly young newcomers to the window dressing family. Hi-tech panels and blinds offer child and pet safe alternatives to their predecessors. They eliminate dangling cords and offer better functionality and safety. Some can be activated by remote or even using your smart phone! Also, the new ‘go green’ dressings offer heat/cold repellent panels, and some offer anti-microbial, anti-fungal or stain-resistant choices. For the allergy sufferer in your life you may want to consider panels that use non-toxic dyes or mold and mildew resistance.

No matter which dress you choose for your windows this summer remember that the foundation is most important. If you find that you need new windows or doors this summer to fit under your new dresses, consider the replacement window pros here at Window Nation. We service the Maryland, DC, Philly, Northern Virginia, and Northeast Ohio areas with prompt, professional, exceptional service. We are certified EPA lead renovator experts for homes built before 1978, and offer 24-hour emergency support. Window Nation is listed in the top 10 for window retailers in the country. With the right windows and window ‘dresses’ you can sit back and enjoy the short, easy, breezy days of summer!

Curb appeal. What makes you stop and look at one house versus another house? With so many different aspects to the exterior of a house, its hard to pinpoint just one thing that catches your eye. Sometimes its the color of the siding, or the color of the front door. Or maybe its those gorgeous posts on that covered porch. No matter what it is, if your home doesn’t have it you can get it at Window Nation. You can do a quick fall project or two to spruce your home up before the snow flies.

New vinyl siding can be a drastic yet simple improvement. This change can completely alter your home’s style. Or, if you’re less adventurous, it can just be a color or texture change. Siding style and color is central to the overall look of your home.

If you’re not up for a siding change, then maybe the addition of some vinyl accessories would be more your choice. Adding fluted corner posts, vinyl shutters, vinyl gable vents or even new vinyl trim will give you a new spin on your existing siding. These quick and easy accents are an affordable upgrade for your homes exterior appeal.

Installing a new front door can also be an attractive and energy efficient boost to the outside of your home. Many homes have front doors that are allowing too much heat and airflow in and out of homes. Today’s doors are built more securely and will provide your home with better protection for your family. A new secure and energy efficient entrance door should definitely be on your fall home project list.

Replacing old weathered windows with new vinyl replacement windows is also a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Today’s vinyl windows are made with insulated glass and are highly energy efficient. These windows will be saving you heating and cooling money as soon as your finish installing them.

Having a home that has style, curb appeal and is energy efficient is the goal of most homeowners. Take a little time this fall to make some quick improvements to your home with the help of Window Nation.

What is it about spring that makes us all jump into home improvement projects? It must have to do with the spring fever that hits after a long winter. And since the official start to spring is just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about which home improvements you want to tackle in your home. Need a few ideas? Well, you came to the right place!

Replace old windows

Now that you can stand to even open a window without cold air blowing through the home, its the time when many homeowners finally say, ‘enough is enough’ with the drafty windows. And this is said for good reason. Not only are drafty windows a pain to deal with year after year, but they are very wasteful to our fuel and electricity bills. A drafty window literally lets your hard earned money blow right outside. If you’re tired of being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, it may be time to invest in energy efficient replacement windows!

Install new doors

Just like replacement windows, the thought of taking a door off the hinges during the winter might seem a little whacky (although our professionals certainly can do it!). With a nice spring breeze blowing through the front door, you might be thinking that now is the perfect time to replace the entry door system, or maybe even have a sliding door or french doors installed going out to the porch or patio. If its on your mind, now is the perfect time to give us a call so we can help you find the perfect replacement doors for your home!

Replace hard to maintain siding

Vinyl siding is becoming increasingly popular because of how easy it is to maintain. If you have wood siding on your home now then you are aware of the tedious task of scraping and staining that must occur in order to upkeep the look of your home’s siding. But thanks to new vinyl siding options, you can cross all that work right off your spring to do list. Vinyl siding only requires a good splash of the hose and no painting or scraping. Sound more like your style? We’ve got you covered!

For all of your home’s replacement projects, give us a call at Window Nation! Serving Maryland, Virginia, DC and Ohio.

Remodeling Magazine recently released an article detailing the average Return on Investment (ROI) seen from over 20 remodeling projects, including: Basement Remodel, Bathroom Addition, Deck Addition (wood vs. composite), Entry Door Replacement, Major Kitchen Remodel, Window Replacement (vinyl vs. wood), and more. You can even choose to see these average ROI statistics for different regions, states and even large cities (such as Baltimore, MD; Cleveland, OH; Washington, DC; and Charlotte, NC).

This article proves to be useful, especially for people looking to sell their home, or invest in their home. Some projects experience a low ROI, such as a Bathroom Addition (at 54.8%) while others see a more generous return, such as Wood Window Replacement, at 73.3%.

While remodeling your home can sometimes seem daunting, this list will help put things into perspective for you, in terms of priority. It may even help you make a better choice. For instance, replacing your entry door with a new fiberglass one only yields (on average) a return of 65.9%. However, should you choose to replace your entry door with a new steel entry door, you would see an immensely higher return, at an average of 85.6%. (We meant it – this information is gold. Be sure you bookmark this article for future reference!)

Here at Window Nation, we provide replacement windows (wood, vinyl and fiberglass), replacement doors (entry, French and sliding), and vinyl siding. Our products rank high on this list by Remodeling Magazine, with the following ROI averages:

  • Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass) - 65.9%

  • Entry Door Replacement (steel) - 85.6%

  • Siding Replacement (vinyl) - 72.9%

  • Window Replacement (vinyl) - 71.2%

  • Window Replacement (wood) - 73.3%

In What Other Ways Do Remodeling Projects Yield a Return on Investment?

It’s no surprise that even the less expensive windows made these days are incredibly energy efficient. If windows in a home are 10 years or older, there is a good chance they’re cheap, builder-grade windows that are doing nothing but leaking expensive air conditioning and heating. These days, there’s major pressure on window manufacturers to perform to Energy Star standards, providing for extreme energy efficiency to be the new normal.

So what does that mean? It means that replacing the windows or doors in your home will provide for better energy efficiency by your home, thus lowering your energy bills. So, increasing the value of your home and lowering your energy bills doesn’t sound like a bad thing, does it?

Window Nation is a family owned and operated window replacement company proudly serving all of MD, VA, DC, NC and Ohio. For more information on replacement windows, new vinyl siding or entry door systems, please contact our team today!