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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Qualifying for the 2012 – 2013 Tax Credit:

 

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 by visiting http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?=tax_credits.tx_index

 

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 this document –https://www.windownation.com/2013energytaxcredits — 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.

If you are living in an older home you may begin to notice the high traffic parts of your home including the entry doors are beginning to show wear and tear. Over the years doors can become troublesome to open and close and increasingly drafty. So many homeowners are faced with the question of whether to repair or to replace the entry doors. Although it may seem like an easier solution to repair what is already there, you may be surprised to know that replacement doors could end up saving you a lot of time and money down the line.

At Window Nation, there is a large array of door systems to best fit your home.

  • 75 different styles of doors

  • 35 different glass options

  • 40 different color and stain options

With all these choices you can be sure that you will find an option that best suits your home. Window Nation offers fiberglass and steel entry door systems, which are all custom made to be sure they fit your home’s opening and offer the highest quality. So how do these door systems save you money?

Energy efficiency is perhaps one of the best ways to save money with a door replacement. By replacing old, drafty doors with new doors that fit properly and contain energy efficient materials you will be able to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter all while using less electricity. Your home will stay more comfortable all year round and save money on your heating and cooling costs.

Not only will you be saving money and the environment through energy efficiency, but you will also be increasing the value of your home by replacing the entry doors. Did you know that you can actually increase the perceived value of your home by tens of thousands of dollars from adding a new entry door system with Window Nation? Clearly, the best choice for homeowners across the country is to invest in high quality door replacements rather than repairing the old doors.

Window Nation provides entry door replacements though a large service area that covers Maryland, including Glen Burnie and Baltimore, Ohio, including Akron and Cleveland or throughout the DC metro, Northern Virginia or the Carolinas. If you are ready to get started with your entry door replacement then contact us today for more information on how to save money by making your home more energy efficient.