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

Should I Repair or Replace My Entry Doors?

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

However, if you have an old, outdated entry door, it might not be worth repairing.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

Why Choose Entry Doors from Window Nation?

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

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

What About My Patio Doors?

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

Ready to Start Your Project?

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

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

Variety of Style and Color Options

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

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

Energy Efficiency Boost

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

Added Security

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

Ready to Start Your Project?

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

Replacing a front door is one of the smartest investments a homeowner can make. Have you considered replacing yours? What is holding you back? Well, here are a few things you may not know about getting a new door. Who knows, you may find that getting a new door is exactly what you need in 2016.

1. That old door could be costing you money. If you have an old door, it might be letting the heat right out. If you could look at your home with an infrared camera, what do you think you would see? Doors and windows are where the most heat escapes from a home. How bright do you think your front door would be? Older doors have less insulation and let the heat pass right through. Plus, when a home settles, it can cause a door to warp. This creates gaps for heat to slip out. Does your home have its original doors? You may find that upgrading will actually pay for itself in energy bills savings.

2. A new door will retain most of its value? Doors are a great investment. That is why many home improvement experts put a door replacement in their top 10 list. Depending on what entry door you choose, you can recoup as much as 80% of the cost at resale. So, why not have a beautiful new front door to greet you every time you come home?

3. Do you have anything valuable in your home? When a door begins to wear out, it becomes more of a security issue. Plus, newer doors have more security features than those older doors, making them a lower risk for easy entry. If you decide to keep living with that old front door, you could find yourself losing more than just a little heat every winter.

4. Are you selling your home? A new front door doesn’t just mean a facelift for your home that you will enjoy every time you return from work, it means more curb appeal. If you’re looking to sell your house in the next 5 to 10 years, that new front door will help you do it faster.

What do you think? Is it time to give your home a stylish upgrade that will retain its cost, save you money on your energy bills, offer greater security, and give you more curb appeal when it comes time to sell? If so, we have good news. At Window Nation, we make getting a new front door easy and fun. You don’t have to go anywhere and you don’t have to do anything, except share your vision with us. We’ll send a specialist right to your “old” front door, and walk you through the process from beginning to end. It is just that simple.

Outside of a possible business investment, purchasing a house and property is the single most expensive and important commitment one can make. However, the initial purchase of the home is just the beginning. Following the exciting day of “signing your life away” comes the home maintenance, keeping the house up to date, and paying for that investment.

Often, that purchase involves investing in an older home, sometimes referred to as a “fixer upper.” Others perhaps built a new home 20 or 30 years ago and have come to realize there are improvements that must be made. Whatever the case may be, there comes a time when conditions call for new windows and doors. The benefits of replacement windows and doors are many. One value of installing new and improved windows and doors may simply involve the aesthetics or enhanced beauty of the home. This results in creating greater curb appeal which gives positive effect to the value and marketability of the home.

Perhaps an even greater benefit than beauty is the energy efficiency that comes with new and improved windows. The cold draft is now gone. The new and improved glass systems retain the heat in the winter and keep it cooler in the summer, making heating and cooling so much easier and more efficient. Installing the new windows and doors gives opportunity to use new sealant and caulking material, offering permanent flexibility against cracking or splitting in even the most extreme weather conditions.

The benefits of energy efficiency have recently led to yet another advantage of replacement windows and doors. As recent as December 2015, President Obama and the United States Congress made way for multi-year extensions of tax incentives for any home improvements that increase energy efficiency. The Window and Door Manufacturers Association as well as the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association were quick to welcome the passing of this Legislation. Among many provisions approved in this legislation is included the extension of the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives through 2016. It also extends the tax credit for energy efficient improvements for new home construction as well as existing homes.

In summary, replacement windows and doors will improve the curb appeal of your home, increase energy efficiency and put you in position for an attractive tax credit. Window Nation is an industry leader in replacement windows and doors. We are well versed in guiding each home owner in their search for the perfect window to fit their needs. We take pride in our service with more than 99.5% of our customers never needing follow-up work. Take advantage of this tax credit by contacting Window Nation today.

When thinking about a new door upgrade for your home, there are some benefits that are obvious. If your current door is warping, chipping, or damaged in some other way, it is easy to wrap your head around how a new entry door will improve your life. If your current door has a frame that is really beginning to show its age, it is easy to see that a new door will provide a lot more security. It also makes sense that your new entry door is going to add a whole new look to the front of your home and make you fall in love with your home all over again. But, there is a benefit to purchasing a new entry door for your home that most people miss.
Do you put plastic over your windows when the temperatures begin to drop? Why is that? It’s to keep the heat in and those sub-zero temperatures out. You also do it because you know that there is a ton of heat going out those windows, especially if your windows are over 10 years old. When heat goes out, your energy bills go up, and the money you were looking to spend on something fun goes right out those windows.
Have you ever heard of anyone putting plastic on their doors? That would make it a little difficult to get in and out, wouldn’t it? But, those doors can be almost as leaky as those windows. Not just around the edges, but right through the wood or steel. If you have old doors on your home, you’re losing money.
Saving money on our energy bills is not what most of us think of as a benefit for putting in a new entry door, but it’s true. At Window Nation, our doors come with a polyurethane core that gives our doors a superior energy efficiency rating. Whether you purchase a steel or a fiberglass door, your new entry door is going to hold your heat in. When you hold the heat in, you hold your money in, right where you want it, in your pocket.
Here are a few more hidden benefits you probably don’t know about:
  • All of our doors are tested to withstand heat so that your new doors don’t warp, bend or crack.
  • Our frames are rot resistant. That means no service callbacks to fix insect-damaged door frames.
  • Our doors have the most advanced defense systems to make sure your home is safe.
  • With Window Nation you always get industry-leading service and installation.
 If you are ready to enjoy all the benefits of a new entry door, give us a call. Your Window Nation agent is looking forward to guiding you through the creative process–to make sure you get a custom door you will love for years to come.

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.


Are you thinking about a home improvement? It can be hard to decide what is a good investment and what is not. Thankfully, the folks over at the Remodeling website have done the legwork for you. Their site compares the average cost for 36 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale. Their data is drawn from 102 U.S. markets, and easily navigable on their site. But before you bounce over there, take a look at this quick break down.

What is a good investment?

Obviously, your first concern is going to be: Will this add to the quality of my life? But somewhere in your decision process you should also consider whether or not you’re going to get a return on your money. Let’s see if we can satisfy both of these criteria.

A bad investment.

When it comes to whether or not a home improvement will add quality to your life, only you can say. But when you look at the raw financial data, there are good investments and there are bad investments. On the bottom of the list are improvements like home office remodel, sunroom addition, bathroom addition, backup power generator and master suite addition. These may add to your quality of life, but they’re not going to give you a very good return on your investment. In the Cleveland area a typical bathroom addition will cost you $40,392. What do you get for your money? Well, besides the fact that you don’t have to wait to get in a bathroom, you will generally add to the value of your home by about $20,392. That’s pretty good, right? Your home is now worth $20,392 more. Yes, but you lost $20,000 in the deal. That is a lot of cash to pay for the convenience of having another bathroom.

A good investment.

What does the Remodeling Cost vs. Value report say is the best value for your home? No matter where you live, a new entry door is the best bang for your buck. In Cleveland it will give you a 86.3% return on your investment! Not only that, a new entry door will add value to your life. Every day when you come home from work you will be greeted by that beautiful entry way, and it will remind you that all your hard work has been worth it. You can’t put a price on that kind of positive reinforcement.

Getting a new entry door is also one of the least expensive ways to improve the value of your home. It even beats out garage door replacement as the most inexpensive home repair on the list.

If you haven’t looked at entry doors recently, take a peek at all of the incredible styles Window Nation has available for your Cleveland home. This is one home improvement that makes sense.

Entrance doors are the focus of the front of your home. While they should be a reflection of you and your home, they also need to be energy efficient and practical. The choices that are available are all but endless. The doors themselves can be made of wood, steel or fiberglass, each of these with their own benefits and drawbacks. The glass, or door lites, can also come in many different shapes, colors, sizes and styles. The addition of one or two sidelights alters a front door from a drab ordinary door to a presentation of a smooth working door system that is pleasant to see and sets forth a statement of beauty. All this is well and good, but how do you know which entrance system is right for you? While wood entrance systems have their own benefits and place, here at Window Nation we choose to offer the two most popular, cost and energy efficient options of steel and fiberglass.

All door openings in your house are essentially just holes in the walls that need to be able to be opened and then resealed again easily and efficiently. If your door, whether it’s a side door, front door or back door is not created with quality products and precision accuracy than if will increase your energy bills. Both our steel and fiberglass doors are manufactured to be energy efficient and to fit snugly and perfectly in their openings to help prevent any unwanted air exchange between your home and the outside.

Our steel doors have rot-resistant wood frames and brick mold trim that are treated with PineGuard™. PineGuard™ carries a Lifetime Warranty. Another standard on our steel doors is the bulb and blade door sweep on the door bottom. Our steel doors are weather tight and rot resistant, and with our Trilennium™ Multi-point locking hardware your door will be more secure than ever.

A polyurethane foam core is the center of our high performing fiberglass doors. This polyurethane core is five times more efficient than a wood door. Add in our Tru-Defense® Door System that creates a weather-tight seal between the door and the frame and you have a virtually impenetrable door system.

We have an entry door to fit every style and budget with over 75 door styles to choose from, 40 colors and stains, and 35 decorative glass options. Once you have decided on your door, let our professionals handle your installation. A top of the line door will only be as good as its installation. Whether you choose steel or fiberglass be sure to choose the best option that you have for door sales and installation, choose the experts here at Window Nation. Contact us today!

Qualifying for the 2012 - 2013 Tax Credit:

It's here! Tax season that is, and what better time to remind you that some of the home improvement projects you've been contemplating or completed last year now qualify for tax credits for 2012 and 2013. If you've been thinking about buying energy efficient replacement windows or doors but have been holding off, the window replacement professionals here at Window Nation have put together some information on the 2012 - 2013 tax credits.

To qualify for the energy tax credit, homeowners must purchase and install ENERGY STAR®-qualified windows, doors or other eligible products. Please note not all ENERGY STAR products qualify for tax credits. You can review the list of eligible products here.

Consumers can claim a credit of 10%, up to $200, of the purchase price on qualifying windows. They can also claim 10%, up to $500, of the purchase price of qualifying doors. This includes the purchase price only and does not apply to installation costs. Tax credits under this law are capped at a cumulative lifetime total of $500 for all qualifying products installed from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2013. Check with your tax professional to see if you qualify.

Don't forget: you must purchase and install qualifying products by December 31, 2013 to get the credit. Save a copy of the document and your contract in order to claim the tax credit on your Federal filing for the 2012 or 2013 tax year.

At Window Nation, we have over 35 years of combined experience in the installation of energy efficient windows, doors and siding. If you would like to learn more about how to create an energy efficient home and even save money on your heating and cooling costs from our energy efficient products, please contact Window Nation today. Our service area extends from Cleveland, OH; Washington D.C.; all of Maryland; Northern Virginia, to the Carolinas.

We look forward to working with you and helping you get your 2012-2013 energy tax credits! Give us a call today to get started.