When it comes to choosing new siding for your home, the choices can feel overwhelming. There are a lot of options out there. And siding is going to be an investment; so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. Let’s take a quick look at some of the options you can choose for your home, and see if we can simplify things a bit.

STYLES

What style of home are you looking to remodel? Do you have a quaint Cape Cod, or is it more of a traditional looking Victorian? Are you updating siding for a rustic Ranch style home, or does your house have more of a French Country style to it? The type of home you have may have a lot to do with what style of siding your choose. Or, you may just decide to do something no one has ever done before.

Clap Board is probably the most recognizable siding in the United States. This is because it isn’t just attractive, it is easy to install and great at keeping water from getting in. If you’re looking for something tried and true, this is definitely the way to go.

Dutch Lap is the perfect choice if you’re looking to give your home a rustic, log home appearance. From a distance, the curved “reveal” on this siding looks a little bit like stacked logs, but this is not log cabin siding. This siding option is going to give a country look with a touch of opulence.

Shingles are considered by many to be uniquely American in their style, since this style was quite popular in New England at the end of the 19th century, and many homes are still adorned with them today. It is also a siding option that says, “rich,” because only families that were well off could afford to have this type of siding.

Scallop siding, also called fish scale, is a great option if you want to add a traditional elegance and a unique originality to your home. This is also a siding style that is often used as an accent for other styles. It is perfect for breaking horizontal patterns and adding character.

Board and Batten is a versatile style that can be used in a modern design or give the look of barn boards to a rustic design. Whether you need something contemporary, or decidedly country, board and batten can get the job done. Use it alone or as an accent for other styles.

MATERIALS

Wood is a material option almost everyone loves the look of. It definitely has classic appeal. But it is an option that comes with some drawbacks. It is more susceptible to insect and water damage, requires periodic painting or staining, is not fire resistant, and is not going to do well in a dry climate.

Metal is the material to us if you’re looking for a unique look, fire resistance, mold resistance, low cost, and something that will be fairly low on maintenance. But be aware that aluminum is prone to being dented, and many people associate this material with metal sheds and trailers–and, sadly, that is a hard stereotype to break free of.

Vinyl is the least expensive and most versatile material option available, and it comes in an impressive selection of colors and styles. In fact, all of the styles mentioned above can be purchased in vinyl. It also has the benefit of easy maintenance, insulation, and the ability to look like real wood. It is not without its drawbacks. While the fact that this material doesn’t require re-painting every 5 years, and that is definitely a positive for some people, you’re going to have to live with the color you select for your vinyl siding. Fortunately, there are tons of colors to choose from.

Fiber is the perfect choice if you need durability, fairly low maintenance, and high quality. But, that quality is going to cost you a little extra. You’re also going to have to do some maintenance if you have fiber. Unlike vinyl, the color applied to fiber isn’t through the entire material. So it will require some touch ups now and then. But, on a positive note, you can paint fiber if you feel like switching up the colors on your home.

If you’ve been thinking about a facelift for your home and you’d like more information about siding options and styles, let us know. We’d be happy to schedule a free in-home estimate and get you started on your way to a beautiful new look for your home.

Have you decided to invest in replacement windows? What made you finally decide to take the leap? Was it the incredible energy saving benefits new windows offer? If so, you’re not alone. For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is great way to keep more of that money in your pocket.

Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, “How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on energy bills?” This is a great question, and definitely an important question to address. But, deciding between these two window types isn’t as easy as calculating cost to efficiency. Here’s what you need to know.

WHY DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST

If you break down the math, double pane windows are the best bang for the buck. This is probably why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows, you’re going to notice the difference. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on a sunny day, 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% is going to get in. On a cold winter day, 90% of the heat from your furnace is going to stay inside your home and only 10% is going to leak out. In comparison, a typical triple pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. Since triple pane windows can cost ⅓ more than double pane windows, it makes sense to go with double pane windows if you’re looking for the best deal up front.

Do you like natural light? When you have two panes of glass instead of three, you’re going to have fewer coatings for the sun to get through. That means double pane windows will allow more light into your home. It is a subtle difference, but one to consider.

WHY TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST

Folks who chose triple pane glass windows choose them for the comfort. If you measure the temperature on the inside glass of a double pane window and a triple pane window on a cold winter day, the interior glass of the double pane window is going to be cooler. For this reason, homes that have all triple glass windows are cozier. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperature at any given time. This creates a high level of occupant comfort and reduces convection currents and drafts. If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option.

A reduction in energy bills isn’t the only reason customers choose triple pane glass. Some of our customers are also looking for a reduction in noise. The extra pane of glass makes this window option the number one choice for keeping noise out. If you have noisy neighbors or live near a busy street, triple pane windows can really make a difference.

If noise reduction appeals to you, there is a good chance you’re in a city. That means you’re likely to prefer triple pane glass for the extra security as well. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a baseball bat.

GETTING NEW WINDOWS IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT ON ITS OWN

You’re going to immediately benefit from getting replacement windows no matter what glass option you choose. Window technologies have come a long way, and having windows that make a good seal is just as important as getting modern ENERGY STAR efficiency.

If you’re ready for a quality of life upgrade, reach out to us today and schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. We’ll send a knowledgeable technician to your home to help you figure out what window options will work best for you. Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.

There are extra costs to owning your own home. When things break down, you have to fix them. When the lawn needs to be mowed, you have to buy the gas for your lawn mower. If you want to enjoy beautiful annual flowers, you’re going to have to fork over the cash to plant them every spring. If you want to stay cozy warm through the winter, you are going to have to pay to heat your home. You don’t have a landlord to pay for any of these things. Is that why you’re here? Are you feeling the bite of that energy bill?

Are you noticing how much of your monthly income is going out the window–quite literally? Here are a few ways your home can cost you money and some ideas for keeping more of that money in your pocket, where it belongs.

WINDOW EFFICIENCY

If you have old, leaky, drafty windows, you might as well keep those windows wide open. All of that expensive heat you are generating inside your home is going right out those windows. However, it doesn’t have to. Replacing old windows with new double or triple pane windows with Low-E coatings is a cost effective way to upgrade the efficiency of your home.

SEALING LEAKS

There are many ways your home can “leak” precious warm (and cold) air. It is vital to do an inspection of your exterior walls and seal any holes or gaps you find. Make sure you look closely around window and door frames, or places where pipes and electrical wires (or other items) pass through your exterior walls.

If you have forced-air heating or cooling ducts in your home, be sure to make certain that these are properly sealed. The EPA asserts that a fifth of the air that flows through ductwork often leaks out. This can cost you money.

SIDING EFFICIENCY

The siding on your home is like a nice, warm blanket. Like a warm blanket, siding is great for keeping heat in your home. Siding has insulation that works to resist heat transfer. If it is warm inside, the warmth is going to stay longer. If it is hot outside, that heat is going to stay out longer. Upgrading the siding on your home is one of the best ways to lower your energy bills. It is also a great way to give your home a face lift and get excited about it again.

DOOR EFFICIENCY

All doors lose heat, but sliding glass doors are especially good at it. Not only can heat escape through old weather stripping and seals, it will also be going right through the glass. While you’ll benefit from replacing any of the doors in your home, replacing old sliding glass doors with doors that take advantage of new heat resistant technology is really going to make a difference.

REPLACE OUT-OF-DATE APPLIANCES

Old heating units and air conditioners can cost you an arm and a leg without you ever realizing it. New infrared heaters are far more energy efficient than those old, coiled heaters. There has been quite a bit of enhancement in air conditioner technology. If your air conditioning unit is older than ten years old, it is definitely time to upgrade it.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Give your home the cool and hot air when it needs it. If you have a programmable thermostat installed in your home, you’re sure to notice a reduction on your energy bills in only a couple of months.

IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE?

While we may not be able to help you with all of the ways you can make your home more energy efficient, we can get you on track with the most advanced door, window, and siding options available. At Window Nation, we have an incredible selection to help you meet your budget and get the most bang for your buck. We can also make sure these products are installed properly to take advantage of their incredible Energy Star efficiency. Reach out to one of our online representatives and let’s set up a free, in-home estimate for you. What do you have to lose–except more money out of the window?

At Window Nation, we take pride in finding the right windows for our customers. Making happy customers is what we do. But sometimes this can be a challenge. We admit it. There are a ton of choices, and more options than you can shake a stick at. One example is double hung and slider windows. While both of these can add great functionality to a home, there are a lot of differences. Knowing these differences can help you to make a decision that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

The biggest difference between these two window types is the way they slide. While slider windows have the word “slide” in their name, they aren’t the only ones that do this. Double hung windows can slide too. The difference is that slider windows slide side to side. Double hung windows slide up and down. But even in this, there are several options to consider. If you decide to go with double hung windows, you’re going to have to decide if you want the top and bottom windows to slide, or have one slide and one be fixed. Our slider windows come with two active panels or a three-panel end vent style configuration that can be quarter-half-quarter or third-third-third. If you are scratching your head, don’t worry. When you have Window Nation take care of your window project, we will send an educated professional right to your home. They’re not salespeople. Their job is to help you figure out the details of each of these windows. There is no obligation to buy. What you do with the information is up to you. For now, we’re going to stay on topic and continue with the differences between these two window types. We’ll cover those other details at the appropriate time.

The next biggest difference between double hung windows and slider windows is directly associated with what space you’re trying to fill. If you have an area that would look better with a window that is taller than it is wide, double hung windows will be the best choice. If you want a wider window option, slider windows are the way to go. Sliders can be significantly wider than they are tall. If the area you’re looking to open up is more than a single slider window can cover, you may decide that putting a double hung on each side will give you what you need. But, at the end of the day, a single double hung window will always have less width than a slider window.

If you have a room that needs an air conditioner, double hung windows are going to be the better choice. While it is possible to put an air conditioner in a slider window, it is not as easy as sliding the top pane up, plopping that air conditioner in place, pulling out the left and right wings, and sliding the top pane back down to hold the unit in place. You’re going to have to be more creative with a slider window.

You may have been told that double hung windows are easier to clean than slider windows. We hear this a lot. But this is actually one area where these two aren’t so different. While the features may be different, the result is the same. If you want windows that are easy to clean, no matter what level of your home they are on, you’ll be fine with either of these window types. Our sliders come with a lift out version that allows the sash to be lifted out for easy cleaning, and a swinging version which swings open like a door. Both make slider windows a breeze to clean. You’re not going to have to hire a window cleaner or get out the ladder to keep your new slider windows clean. You’re just going to have more window allowing the sun to fill your home and more of a view of your yard.

If you’re ready to add new windows to your home, let the team here at Window Nation make the process easy, fun, and intuitive. We’ll walk you through all the options and all the details to get the right windows that are perfect for your home, and perfect for your budget. Reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable online agents, and let’s get started today!

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The Able family has lived in their Woodbridge townhouse for 11 years and are looking to sell their house. So why update their windows now?

Add Curb Appeal With New Windows

Windows can make a huge impact on the ‘curb appeal’ of your home. Just as you always want to make a good impression when meeting new people, having an updated look can make a great impression on prospective buyers.

Improved Comfort and Energy Efficiency

New windows aren’t just a cosmetic feature for your buyers, they are a comfort factor as well. No one wants to walk into a chilly open house! Replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones can improve your home’s insulation and keep your home at a comfortable temperature as well as lower your energy bills. These are big factors home buyers are interested in, and they are willing to pay more for a home that has the latest in window technology.

Knowing that we can help set up the Able family for success as they sell their home makes us feel even better about the fresh look of their new windows. Take a look at the before and after pictures below to see the transformation for yourself.

If you think it is time to replace the windows in your Virginia home, contact our Virginia Window Nation showroom for a free estimate today.

Before

After

Woodbridge home window before replacement Woodbridge home back window after replacement
Woodbridge home front window before replacement Woodbridge home front window after replacement
Woodbridge home window before replacement Woodbridge home window after replacement

How To Lower the Electric Bill In An Older Home

Older homes can be romantic and beautiful, but they can also be very costly to maintain. If you own an older home, there’s a good chance that you’re spending too much on your monthly utilities. Air leaks, drafts, inefficient appliances and other problems can all raise the cost of electricity. Fortunately, there are many home improvements that can reduce your electric bill and save money over time. If you want to learn how to lower the electric bill in an older home, read on!

Replace the Windows

Drafty windows can leave your home feeling cold in the winter and hot in the summer, which forces your air conditioner and furnace to work long, hard hours over many months. Replacing your home’s old windows with modern, ENERGY STAR models can reduce your home’s utility bills by as much as $465 annually. To go the extra mile, ask your window replacement company about features like the low-E coatings. Low-E coatings can help keep heat in or out, depending on the time of year.

New windows can make your home more efficient and reduce your utility costs. To find out more, contact us at Window Nation. We sell beautiful windows that can match the look and feel of your older home.

Replace the Front Door

Replacing the front door can cut back on drafts in the living room, foyer and adjoining areas, and can also help improve your home’s insulation. Insulated steel and fiberglass doors are best for improving your home’s efficiency. For best results and a tighter fit, have the door professionally installed.

Beef Up the Insulation

Your home’s insulation may have been adequate at the time when your home was built, but times have changed. Improving the insulation in your attic can reduce your home’s heating and cooling bill, which accounts for 50 to 70 percent of the energy consumption in your home. To improve your home’s insulation, lay fiberglass batts of insulation directly over the joists in the attic. Install the batts in a perpendicular direction over the joists to prevent the new insulation from compressing the older insulation.

Seal Air Leaks in the HVAC System

Air leaks in the HVAC system can cause your home’s air conditioner and heater to work much harder than necessary to heat and cool your home. For a DIY approach, use a theatrical fog machine to blow fog through the ducts of your home. Watch the joints of the ducts for smoke leaks. Seal the leaks with duct caulk, then replace any cloth-backed duct tape with foil-backed duct tape. When you’re finished, wrap the ducts in R-6 foil-faced insulation, taped closed with duct tape. Sealing the ducts in your HVAC system can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by up to 20 percent.

Replace Old Appliances

Replacing your old appliances with new appliances can improve your home’s efficiency because older appliances tend to run longer and waste more electricity than modern appliances. When replacing your home’s appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR label, because these appliances will be the most efficient models on the market today.

Tune Up Your HVAC System

Old air conditioners and heaters often don’t work as well as they did when they were new. Getting an annual tune-up by a heater and air conditioner repair person can help keep your air conditioner and heater running efficiently. Have your HVAC system completely examined and (if necessary) repaired every winter to ensure maximum efficiency.

Looking for More Resources on Making Your Home Energy Efficient?

If you are looking for even more information on how to lower the electric bill in an older home, be sure to check out our other resources and blog posts:

How do energy efficient windows work?
Energy efficient glass options
How a new door adds energy efficiency
Window Nation’s Green Products

Are you aware that there is a secret weather forecasting formula locked in a black box in New Hampshire? True story. You can’t make this stuff up. But before you start thinking that this secret weather formula is somehow connected to the ancient Mayans, we’ll tell you right off the bat, it isn’t. This formula, which has proven itself to be 80% accurate, was devised by Robert B. Thomas, founder of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and has been used since 1792. It relies on the study of magnetic storms on the surface of the sun, prevailing weather patterns, and the atmosphere to predict future weather patterns.

Meteorologists question the validity of the Almanac and its methods because of its secrecy and their inability to compare it to modern techniques for studying weather patterns, which employ physics, math and atmospheric readings. They claim that the Almanac’s methods are not based on science, but cannot deny the track record of this popular reference guide.

Whether you’re a believer or not, it might be a good idea to take note of what the Almanac says about this coming winter. If the predictions are right, we need to prepare for extremely cold temperatures and lots of snow. What does this mean for you? More heating costs.

Not only are windows an attractive feature for your home and a wonderful way to let all that sunshine in, they can account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. How? By letting heat escape. With the possibility of another hard winter on the way, it might be time to think about new, energy-efficient windows for your home. The DOE suggests having Energy Star-qualified windows installed, and we agree. A typical home spends over 40% of their annual energy budget on heating and cooling. When you have high-performance windows installed by a professional like Window Nation, you keep more heat in your house through the winter and more cold air in during the summer. Before you know it, those beautiful new windows have paid for themselves.

There have been many advancements in glass coating, spacer systems and window technology, and each zone of your home may require different features. If you’re looking to keep frigid cold out, a triple-glass system will be the right choice. If security is a factor, laminated security glass may be needed. Your Window Nation professional will help you find the right windows for each zone on your home, and guide you through the many options available.

It might be a bitter winter or it might not be, but now is always the time to upgrade your windows and save on your energy costs.

 

“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!

 

Busy, busy, busy! Everyone is so busy. Who has time to do house maintenance? Not me. Scraping, washing, sanding and recoating wood siding is not in my schedule, let alone part of my skill set. How about those old windows that stick and are cracked and leaky? I certainly don’t have time to do anything about those! Maintenance is something that most of us don’t have to do. We buy maintenance plans for our appliances, vehicles and other things, but just what do we do about our homes?

The three biggest maintenance issues for homes are siding, doors and windows. These areas are crucial to your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal. If any of them are not performing correctly or are an eye sore than it effects your whole home.

Siding is aesthetically like the frosting on top of a cake. The style and color of your siding is a center point of your homes’ curb appeal. Quality vinyl siding covers your home with beautiful color. Available in tons of colors and styles, your home’s siding will surely reflect you. Maintenance is not an issue with quality vinyl siding from us here at Window Nation. Our vinyl siding does not need to be sanded, scraped or repainted, EVER! Virtually maintenance free, vinyl siding is most assuredly the way to go.

You may not think of doors as a maintenance issue at first, but if they become scratched, dented or need to be refinished they certainly are a maintenance problem and are ugly. This is not exactly the impression you want to give people when they enter your house. Wood doors need a regularly scheduled maintenance of refinishing. This, just like wood siding, means that your door will need to be sanded, scraped, washed and recoated. Yet again a process that takes time and specific skills. Here at Window Nation we know that time is of essence, so we offer a huge selection of steel and fiberglass doors. Available in all the popular styles, such as:

  • French doors

  • Sliding doors

  • Entry doors

  • Storm doors

Both steel and fiberglass doors have a minimal maintenance schedule when finished per manufacturer’s recommendations. These extremely efficient doors will also help pad your wallet because they will out preform an old leaky door in both energy efficiency and keeping insects outside.

Wood, aluminum or sub-par vinyl windows have maintenance written all over them! They all require an annual maintenance. Some need intense repair, some need painting and some just plain ole’ gotta go.

Our vinyl windows come in hundreds of styles, color and combinations to meet your needs. Each vinyl replacement window is custom manufactured to meet your requirements. These high quality vinyl windows will never need to be repainted, EVER.

Life in the 21st century is busy enough. Why add more to it than you have to? Replace your windows, doors and siding with the low-low-low maintenance products from the experts here at Window Nation!

When thinking of replacing your home’s older windows with new energy efficient windows, the task can seem overwhelming. Which style of window, why energy efficient windows, color, price, and type of glass are all decisions that will need to be made. But with a little bit of information and help from the professionals at Window Nation you will see that the process is actually fairly simple. Choosing to replace your home’s windows with energy efficient windows is a great way to benefit you, your home, and your bank account!

There has been much advancement made in window technology and the difference in energy efficiency between windows produced only 10 years ago as compared to today is astounding! Window Nation wants you to understand why when you replace your windows that you should replace them with ENERGY STAR® rated energy windows. Listed below are just some of the many benefits to choosing energy efficient replacement windows for your home.

  • Energy efficient windows lower HVAC costs by reducing the highest levels of both heating and cooling that your system needs to maintain.
  • Energy efficient windows reduce annual heating and cooling bills.
  • They reduce the amount of UV sunlight that enters into your home that can fade items like furniture, rugs, and wall art.
  • Energy efficient windows have warmer interior glass surfaces that help to reduce frost and condensation that may form on them.
  • Glass technology in energy efficient windows is similar to that found in the glass that is used to create car windshields. Increasing the safety of the windows found in your home.
  • New windows can provide the benefit of an overall energy efficient home.

Now that you know why you should choose ENERGY STAR® replacement windows for your home, we want to answer the questions how. How energy efficient glass works to benefit you and your home so well. There are generally three main components to energy efficient glass that can help to explain how it performs so well. The three components of how energy efficient glass works include:

  • Super Spacer Systems- This system is created from 100% polymer structural foam. This foam works to efficiently block the heat escape path and provide you with superior thermal performance.
  • Laminated Glass- Laminated glass windows are constructed with three panes of glass and work to block up to 99.97% of UV rays. This protects you and your family, along with your possessions.
  • Argon Gas- Argon gas is inserted into the open spaces, located between the panes of glass. The gas works to reduce noise and helps to reduce heat loss.

For more information about the how and why of energy efficient windows or for help choosing which energy efficient window system will suit you and your home’s needs best, speak to one of our professionals today! Or, if possible, stop by and visit one of our showrooms located in Cleveland, Charlotte, Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C.