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

Variety of Style and Color Options

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

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

Energy Efficiency Boost

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

Added Security

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

Ready to Start Your Project?

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

We take pride in helping our customers find the right replacement windows, but with over 1,500 style and color combinations, it’s not always an easy decision. Two of our most popular options are double hung windows and slider windows  both styles improve functionality, but which is best for your home? Let’s start from square one. 

What are Double Hung Windows? 

Double hung windows are our most popular style for a reason: they’re custom-built to meet your home’s exact needs. These windows move up-and-down in their frame, making them a perfect fit for most window openings 

What are Slider Windows? 

Slider windows are another popular window option; however, unlike double hung windows, these windows slide open by being slid from side-to-side across a track. Sliders are ideal for wider spaces, like when replacing a picture window. 

Which is best for your project? 

If you’re looking for both style and energy efficiency, double hung windows are the way to go. These windows are designed to make your space feel more comfortable and lower your energy bills. Double hung windows work well in most rooms, particularly if you have an air conditioner unit. The best part? With over 1,500 style and color options available including wood and vinyl, you’re guaranteed to find the windows of your dreams. 

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. 

If maintenance is important, you’re in luck: both styles are both easy to clean and maintain. Double hung and slider windows come equipped with tilt-in and lift-out features to allow for easy cleaning. This feature is not often found on slider windows; however, it comes standard on slider windows from Window Nation. 

I’ve made my decision – what do I do now? 

Once you’ve decided what windows are the best fit for your project, our team of exterior design consultants guide you through the process. We’ll go over your project, discuss your options, and provide a quote good for up to six months. To schedule your in-home estimate, visit WindowNation.com. 

When you are deciding to upgrade your home with replacement windows, there is a lot to consider. The various window styles available can be overwhelming to most consumers.

There are single, double, and triple-paned windows available.  

Double and triple-paned windows feature two or three panes of glass, separated by a layer of gas. At Window Nation, we use non-toxic argon gas. When captured between panes, argon gas improves thermal insulation, which improves energy efficiency by slowing the transfer of heat through the window into your home or out of your home.  

For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is a great way to keep more of that money in your pocket. 

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

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 an important question to address. But there are a few other things to consider when deciding between double and triple-paned windows. 

Here's what you need to know. 

Double pane windows: BEST VALUE 

If you break down the math, double pane windows are the best bang for the buck. This is 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. 

  • If budget is a factor, it makes sense to go with double pane windows for the best deal upfront. 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.  
  • 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. 

Triple pane windows: MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT 

If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperatures at any given time.  

  • A typical triple pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. These are the optimal choice for energy efficiency; enable your heating and cooling systems to work smarter, not harder.  
  • 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 will make a significant difference. 
  • Triple pane glass will also provide extra security. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a baseball bat. 

The good news is, no matter what, double pane or triple pane windows will have an immediate benefit on your energy bills. 

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. 

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.

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. Find out about our energy efficient windows ->

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?

Window Nation had the best deal by far with 0% financing. Not having to make payments for the first year was the icing on the cake

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

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!