When it comes to choosing a new entry door for your home, it can feel like a daunting decision. Not only is there an incredible selection of door styles to choose from, you also have to take into consideration the material of the door. For a long time, wood has been the material of choice for many homeowners. Its beauty and durability made this material ideal. But, with advancements in science and fabrication, wood is no longer the best choice. When it comes time to replace a door, most people turn to fiberglass and steel to safeguard their investment. Fiberglass and steel are both more resistant to the elements, easier on maintenance requirements, better on energy efficiency, and often a less expensive option than wood. But, how do they compare to each other? And what features do they come with? We’re glad you asked.

STEEL DOORS

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

  • When you think of a steel door, do you picture an old rusting door on the back of a building that only gives access to an alleyway? While a reinforced steel door is great for rear door security, you can get a whole lot more style and elegance from steel than this. But, it is important to note that when it comes to home security, steel might give a hair more protection than fiberglass.
  • Steel doors can come with a woodgrain. It’s true! 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 fully compare to what can be accomplished with fiberglass, it is definitely worth taking a look at, especially for the cost.
  • Do you want windows in your new doors? There is a wide selection of glass options available for steel doors. You don’t have to worry about fiberglass beating out steel in this department.
  • While steel is strong and durable, it is more prone to scratching and denting than fiberglass. Though it is possible to fix dents with an auto-body repair kit, and cover scratches with putty and paint, this is something to consider when getting steel.
  • Steel can become hot to the touch on a hot sunny day, but that heat isn’t going to easily get through the insulation that comes with these doors. You’re not going to lose any energy saving benefits by choosing steel.

FIBERGLASS DOORS

It has been said by many experts 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 will crack if it is struck hard. Steel will not. Here are some other things you may want to know about fiberglass.

  • There are many styles, colors, and grains to choose from when selecting fiberglass as the material for your new doors. If you’re looking for doors that will closely approximate the look of real wood, this is the best option.
  • With fiberglass, you don’t even have to think about rust. While it is fairly easy to keep a steel door rust-free, some homeowners prefer to not have to worry about it. If that sounds like you, fiberglass is the way to go.
  • Fiberglass isn’t as heavy as steel, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice having 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. You’ll be happy with the sturdy sound you’ll get with this option.
  • Exposure to heat over time can cause doors to crack, swell, and warp, which can have an adverse effect on the frame and seal of an entry door. While steel and fiberglass are more resistant to this than wood, fiberglass is slightly better. This is a material that will hold up against extreme temperature fluctuations, and keep its shape for a long long time, but you’ll have to pay a little more for this added durability.

When it comes to getting a new door for your home, you can’t go wrong with either of these two materials. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading, let Window Nation help. Schedule your free, no-obligation in-home estimate today, and let’s get started!

“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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Better 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.

Access?

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.

Looking to update your home this fall? How about a quick home improvement project that will give your home a fresh new look you can be proud of- a new entry door! The energy efficient home specialists at Window Nation have many different options of entry doors for you to choose from and we can even professionally install them to the exact manufacturer’s specifications. Would you like new front doors with windows? Or maybe a solid color front door that gives your home a fresh new look? Here are just a few great reasons why you should choose entry doors from the pros at Window Nation!

A new entry door from Window Nation will give your home a much needed facelift! With our great color choices, door styles, glass options, (including blinds between the glass!) and different material options, you can pick the new door that best complements your home’s current look. You can choose a color that perfectly matches your home’s exterior or you can make a bold statement with a brightly colored door- it’s your choice! But not matter what you choose, a new entry door from Window Nation will make your home look freshly updated, which can even increase your home’s perceived value!

Our doors are energy efficient! All our entry doors meet or exceed the Energy Star® criteria and will save you money on your heating and cooling bills because they are installed correctly by our Installation Master Certified Installers.

Fiberglass entry doors are more efficient than wood doors and they have an unsurpassed seal between the door and the frame. This seal is designed to keep out the wind and rain that can damage the door and your home’s structure while increasing the energy efficiency.

Steel entry doors are rot-resistant and some of them even carry a Limited Lifetime Warranty*! They also include bulb and blade sweeps, which will virtually eliminate drafts, making your home feel more comfortable, even in the dead of winter.

Many of our door systems include a multi-point locking system, which adds increased stability and security to your door system that resists rust and corrosion for years!

As you can see, choosing a new entry door system from Window Nation offers many benefits for your home. For more energy saving tips for your home and other home improvement projects including French doors, sliding glass doors and windows, contact the pros at Window Nation. We would love to discuss the options available for your home and if you would like, you can visit one of our beautiful showrooms to see for yourself the options available to update your home.

*Limited lifetime warranty will vary by manufacturer and may provide exclusions. Window Nation carries window models from several manufacturers and all warranties are available upon request

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!

The world of remodeling is vast. There are companies across the country who provide remodeling projects of all sorts. For homes, businesses, indoor projects and outdoor projects, remodeling has no limits.

Our window replacements, siding replacements, and door replacements are all from the nation’s leading suppliers and accompanied with our superior customer service, which allows us to stand in the forefront as a leader in energy efficient remodeling projects. At Window Nation we are proud to say that we rank #16 amongst the big players in the remodeling world. Replacement Contractor has ranked Window Nation 16th nationally in its Replacement 100 ranking of the nation’s top contractors.

At Window Nation our team takes great pride in offering energy efficient options to replace the windows, doors and siding of the home. We understand that protecting the environment by saving on resources is of utmost importance, which is why we partner with Energy Star as well as offer exclusive products designed specifically to meet the needs of our customers.

Our customers are not just enjoying more energy efficient homes but are also finding huge savings on utility bills with heating and cooling. We all know that the price to heat our homes is not likely to go down anytime soon which is why it is important to start looking for better ways to hold in the heat during the colder months of the year.

In addition to energy efficiency and savings for homeowners, let’s not forget the style points. Window Nations offers a wide array of styles and colors so that your next window, door or siding replacement matches with the current style (or updates it!) and existing colors of the home. We invite you to visit one of our showrooms to get a feel for the quality work and service that you can expect.

No matter what your next home remodeling project consists of — whether you want to make your home more energy efficient or simply want to refresh the look and feel of the house — allow the experts at Window Nation to help! Our service area is large, including Baltimore, MD; Washington D.C.; Charlotte, NC; and Cleveland, OH. Simply contact us today for more information on our products, services and how to get started on your next remodeling project.