One of the biggest selling points of brand-new windows? Energy efficiency.

You’ve probably heard the claims, “Lower your monthly energy bills and help Mother Earth!” or, “Windows have an unbeatable return on investment!”

Let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. Your windows act as shields for your home. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer, they keep the cold in. But how do they do it? And why might one type of window be better at regulating your indoor temperature than another?

Let’s talk about heat transfer.

You may have fallen asleep in science class the day thermodynamics came up, but we all know that our hot coffee is eventually going to drop to room temperature. This phenomenon is called heat transfer.

A well-made window acts like a thermos. It keeps the heat exactly where it’s supposed to be by cutting down on heat transfer from the outside to the inside of your home.

Windows have two important parts— the glass and the frame. Since the glass takes up most of the space, it has a big role to play in heat transfer.

Scientists have been hard at work on window glass. A simple single-pane glass window allows 85%-90% of the heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up on the glass, only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. Beyond that, however, the window gets too heavy to be manageable. Triple-pane glass is the most that most companies will offer. So then how to reduce heat transfer even more?

The glass itself can be engineered to be more reflective. Glass with a small amount of tin or silver oxide baked in will keep your home more comfortable since metal reflects solar energy. At the high end, if you get triple silver Low-E reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. That is truly impressive.

But glass isn’t the only factor.

Your frame and sash material matter.

How about the material that holds the glass in place?

If you have the choice between sitting on a wooden bench or a metal bench on a hot day, the answer is clear. Metal conducts more heat, making the wooden bench a safer option. Likewise, metal makes for a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy-efficient.

But wood frames still aren’t the best material.

That superlative goes to vinyl. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather-stripping can be built right into the vinyl, which means there’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time.

The most energy-efficient windows use insulated vinyl frame material and glass with silver oxide-based low emissivity coatings to cut down on heat transfer.

Be an Energy Star.

The good news is that someone has already done the leg work on energy efficiency.

Energy Star is a program run by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that researches energy efficiency. They run independent trials on dishwashers, refrigerators, and yes, windows. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR worked to help Americans save almost $39 billion dollars in energy costs.

If you check out their website, they’ll give you suggestions for windows for your region, and let you know how many panes of glass you’ll need to best insulate your home in your climate.

Don’t let your windows leak.

Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? Even the best thermos in the world won’t do you any good if the lid is loose. If you throw that thermos in a backpack, you shouldn’t be surprised when you open it up and there’s coffee everywhere.

In the same vein, the best window in the world can still leak without the right installation. So, partnering with a pro for installation is a must. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory-trained. We specialize in window replacement, and we’ve installed over one million windows since 2006.

We’ll ensure the most energy-efficient windows are the windows proudly hanging in your home. Get a free quote from Window Nation today and see how much of a difference the right installation makes.

 

If you’ve made the smart move to replace your windows, you’re already well aware that you’ll get a boost to your curb appeal while increasing the value and functionality of your home. After all, window replacement has one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project.

But which type of window is best for your purposes? If you’re looking to save money on heating and cooling bills, your window choice is important: according to the US Department of Energy, 25%-30% of home energy usage is lost through windows. While replacing your old single-pane windows will assuredly knock that number lower, some windows are more efficient than others.

Enter our two competitors: Double-hung windows and casement windows. In a head-to-head competition, which is going to save you the most money every month on your home heating and cooling costs?

 

Round One: Ventilation

You know that glorious moment between seasons when it’s not quite time for A/C and you don’t really need to turn on the heat? The longer that season lasts, the better. It may sound simple, but opening a window is one of the most energy-efficient choices you can make. Even the CDC recommends airing out your home regularly.

And when it comes to ventilation, our winner is…casement windows. When you turn the crank to open your casement window, it swings outward, allowing you to funnel the breezes right into your home. If you have a room with multiple casement windows, you can get an excellent cross-ventilation effect.

That said, it’s a close competition. If your room features double-hung windows you can still get fresh air, especially if your home has ceiling fans. Opening a double-hung window from the top and turning on a fan is an excellent way to freshen your home’s air.

Round Two: Seals

When it comes to closing up nice and tight, casement windows take the prize for energy efficiency. Casement windows seal on all four sides tightly against their frame. When they are cranked shut, you can feel the airtight seal locking into place. It’s also easier to close and seal them — a simple crank vs. hoisting your windows open and closed.

While you may not feel that extra little tightening when you close a double-hung window, you can still maximize your energy efficiency by locking your windows. Make sure your sashes are kept free of dirt and debris to get the best seal possible.

Round Three: Glass

When looking at the energy efficiency of your new windows, don’t forget to factor in the glass. Choosing to invest in double- or triple-paned glass will lower your monthly energy bills and keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather.

In our window face-off battle, this round is a draw. Both of our competitors come with the option for double or triple-pane glass. If you combine multiple panes with a Low-E coating, you are looking at a very savvy long-term investment in your home’s energy efficiency.

Round Four: Wild Card

Though you may care about energy efficiency, that’s not the only reason to pick one window over another. A casement window or double-hung window may just make more sense in one room, whether because of aesthetics or ease of use.

For example, a double-hung window installed over the kitchen sink may be difficult to open and close in a bent-over position. On the other hand, since casement windows open outwards, they may not be the best choice if they open onto a deck or walkway and obstruct the space.

What about cleaning? Both styles of windows have features that make them easy to clean, and the maintenance is minimal.

And the winner is…

The winner of the energy efficiency face-off (drumroll, please) is casement windows. Their ability to help you ventilate your home on mild days, and the tight seal they provide on the days you can’t, make them a clear winner.

But it’s important to note that any home window replacement project is going to increase your energy efficiency. A brand-new double-hung window is sure to be more efficient than a worn-out older model. You’ll walk away a winner no matter which way you choose.

If you are ready to daydream in a bit more detail, take a look at our Home Improvement Visualizer tool. You can upload pictures of your home and see for yourself which options work best.

Request a free Window Nation quote today, and we’ll help you find the best combination of windows that work for your home.

While specific DIY projects add curb appeal, savvy Minneapolis homeowners know that the return on investment matters to more extensive and costly projects. Knowing which projects will pay off on the Minnesota resale market is always a significant consideration when prioritizing home improvements. But equally important are the shorter-term impacts of that home improvement. 

What Can Replacement Windows Do for Your Twin Cities Home?

Replacement windows can update the look of a home and improve curb appeal, but it’s all about energy efficiency in the Twin Cities. Replacing your windows will significantly impact home energy efficiency, in some cases reducing heating loss by 40%. Below-freezing temperatures characterize winter in Minnesota, so preventing heat loss is a significant consideration. 

From Low-E glass to UV and solar blockers, window technology continuously evolves to make homes look great while working hard to save on energy costs

Another feature of consideration is the Window material. For example, Vinyl windows are effortless to clean and can stand up to weather extremes, like those bone-chilling Minnesota winters. Come Spring, tilt in, do a quick wipe down, and boom, your interior, and exterior windows are sparkling.

And, let’s face it, windows are the light-bringers. Struggling through the harsh Minneapolis winter can be easier with ample natural light. Harness those lake views with a big bay window, get a full view of falling snow in your backyard with a bow window, add a garden-style window above your kitchen sink. The options and ability to customize and add light to your Twin City home with replacement windows are endless.   

Do Replacement Windows Add Value to Your Home?  

A resounding, yes. Replacing old windows boosts your Minneapolis home’s value tremendously.  

If you spend $15,000 to replace your home’s windows, your home could rise by roughly $11,000. That’s a 74% return on your investment…and enough for a new kayak to paddle the Boundary Waters!

If you’re thinking of selling your home in a few years, replacing the windows can help your home stand out in a crowded market. Minnesota buyers love houses that are not only move-in ready but updated with modern amenities. New windows can improve your home’s marketability and add instant curb appeal, which will help you command a higher selling price. 

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home today, replacement windows can help save you money now

New windows and double-pane windows create a tighter seal with less heat leakage. Drafts are the primary cause of wasted energy during cold Minneapolis winters. 

Bottom line? When you eliminate leaks by replacing inefficient windows, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling your house. The only disappointing draft you’ll experience in your home is when the Vikings start their next season.

And you’ll save even more when you select Energy Star windows. For every single pane window you replace with an Energy Star window, you’ll save an estimated $101 to $583 per year. If you replace a double pane window with an Energy Star model, you’ll save anywhere from $27 to $197 per year. You’ll also do your part to protect the climate by curbing carbon dioxide emissions – anywhere from 26 to 6,205 pounds worth. That’ll help show St. Paul who’s the better twin, huh? 

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

It’s a no-brainer when you add in all the reasons that replacing your windows benefits your comfort, your wallet, and the environment. 

Now that you understand how replacement windows can add value to your Minneapolis home and quality of life, it’s time to take the next step. At Window Nation, we offer free estimates for replacement window installation. Find out how to cost-effectively upgrade your windows by requesting a free quote today!

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.   

Choosing replacement windows for your Virginia home can be daunting. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which is best? It’s important to know your home’s needs before starting your project. Consider what you’re looking to get out of your window replacement project, then choose the windows to help you achieve your goal. While you might want a bay window, is it really the best fit for your home?

If you want to lower your energy bills, you have two options. You can open the windows up and bask in the Virginian outdoors, or just consider replacing your windows with vinyl windows equipped with energy-efficient double pane and triple pane glass. If a curb appeal boost is what you need, consider adding a statement window with a unique color.

It’s also important to take note of your home’s layout and the size of the window openings you’re looking to fill. If you’re looking to replace a window that’s wider than it is tall, it might be best to go with a slider window or a casement window. If you’re looking to add a rustic Virginian character and charm, consider a bay or a bow window.

No matter what you’re looking for, our team of replacement window experts at Window Nation will be here to guide you through the process and help you choose the best options for your home. We offer a variety of window styles to meet your home improvement needs. Our replacement window guide will help guide your decision-making process.

Double Hung Windows

Double-hung windows are our most popular window style for a reason. They’re low maintenance, easy-to-use, and stylish – the perfect fit for your home. These windows open by sliding up and down in their frame, easily fitting in most window openings. Double-hung windows from Window Nation can be customized in a wide range of colors only matched by the Shenandoah in the fall. Our double-hung windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features, like double pane and triple pane glass, to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round.

Casement Windows

Casement windows from Window Nation are best in openings that are wider than they’re tall. These windows crack open like a fresh oyster when you turn the crank, adding a unique touch to any room. Because they don’t have a center post, casement windows offer an unobstructed view, perfect if you’re looking to replace the windows facing a backyard, garden, or just watching the deer frolic in the vast Virginian woods.

These windows are also some of the most energy-efficient windows available thanks to their airtight seal. Like double-hung windows, casement windows from Window Nation are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to help keep your energy costs low.

Slider Windows

Similar to casement windows, slider windows are open left-to-right; however, instead of using a crank, these windows slide across a track. Slider windows from Window Nation come equipped with a state-of-the-art track that’s easy to use. Because of their unique sliding capabilities, slider windows are best if you’re looking for maximum ventilation.

These windows are best suited for rooms with only one window, as they certainly make a statement! Consider these windows when replacing the windows facing a backyard or a garden – not only will you receive more fresh air, but you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view thanks to its sleek, low-profile frame. Well, unless you live in D.C., where your view choices are buildings or the crawl of traffic outside.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are best when you’re looking to make a statement in your home. Almost like you’re trying to distinguish an Arlington home from the tourist trap of D.C. These windows are formed with three windows, a large picture window in the center surrounded by two double-hung or casement windows on either side.

Bow windows have a rounded, curve-like appearance, while bay windows are more square. These windows can add character to your home; however, it’s important to know that these windows will dramatically alter the layout of your room so be sure you have the proper space needed. We’re not saying you need a living room with the expansiveness of Luray Caverns, just enough to keep your windows from impinging on your personal space.

Garden Windows

Garden windows project outwards and are best for replacing windows with plenty of outdoor space. These windows are commonly used to replace windows over a sink and can serve as a unique display area for plants. They’re also perfect for showing off photos from your hiking and hunting trips in the Virginian outdoors. Garden windows can function as greenhouses for plants and are best in areas with direct sunlight.

Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are the most unique replacement windows we offer because they can be in any shape! If you need a window for a unique opening, like a round window or a triangular window, our team at Window Nation can create it. With our variety of window shapes, you can give the poor suckers stuck in the NoVA traffic something to look at.

Our specialty windows are available in a number of shapes, including full circles, half-circles, hexagons, and more. Our specialty windows are available in wood and vinyl styles with the same energy-efficient features as standard windows.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement 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 beautiful NoVA home. You’ll then receive a quote that’s good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.