It’s not always easy to determine if it’s time to replace your windows. For most homeowners, it’s clear: your windows might be old and drafty, or they could be original to your home. However, for some homeowners, it might not be as obvious. In fact, your windows might not have any noticeable signs that it’s time for them to be replaced. In that case, how do you know your windows need to be replaced? Our window replacement experts compiled a list of warning signs you need to be aware of before you start your project.

Condensation

If you notice condensation between your windowpanes, we highly recommend replacing your windows. Moisture between the panes of glass is a telltale sign your seals have failed – an issue that isn’t easily fixed. If you notice seal failure, you might be able to replace the panes of glass; however, you’ll need to contact your window manufacturer for more information. In most cases, your windows will need to be replaced to fix the issue. Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with top-of-the-line window glass to ensure your windows remain condensation-free for years to come.

Drafts

Drafts are one of the most noticeable signs it’s time to replace your windows. Your old windows often become drafty over time, allowing the comfortable air from inside your home to escape. You might feel the air from outside in your home when you stand close to your windows, or you might notice higher energy bills. Energy loss through old, drafty windows accounts for nearly one third of your heating and cooling costs – start saving money by upgrading your old, drafty windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation.

Hot to the Touch in Warmer Weather

Outdated replacement windows are often single pane with little protection from the warm air outside. If you notice your windows are hot to the touch in the summer, your windows are most likely poorly insulated. We recommend upgrading your windows with modern, well-insulated replacement windows to prevent the hot summer air from entering your home.

Cold to the Touch in Colder Weather

Insulation issues only get worse in the winter – if you notice your windows are cold to the touch in cooler weather, you’ll need to upgrade your windows. Modern replacement windows are well-insulated to keep your home comfortable even in the coldest of temperatures. Well-insulated windows are particularly important in colder areas like Boston, Kansas City or Indianapolis – if you notice your windows are cold to the touch, we recommend meeting with an exterior design consultant at Window Nation to discuss our replacement window options.

Cracked or Broken Window Frames

A small crack in your window frame might not be the most urgent issue; however, it’s important to fix the cracks before they spread. If you catch a crack early enough, you might be able to repair the crack with no issues. However, if the crack continues to spread, it might be time to replace the window.

Cracked Windowpanes

Unlike cracked window frames, a crack in your windowpanes is a major issue that needs to be addressed. Cracked windowpanes aren’t just unsightly: they could spread and cause bigger problems for your home’s energy efficiency. You could replace the cracked pane with replacement window glass; however, in some cases, it’s best to replace the entire window. If your windows are more than fifteen years old or original to your home, window replacement could save you money in the long run.

Outdated and Unsightly Windows

Sometimes your windows might function well, but they look old and outdated. If your home needs a curb appeal boost, we recommend replacing your windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our windows are custom-made to fit your home’s needs. We offer a variety of style and color options, so you can find the perfect fit for your home.

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When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.

You hear it all the time: “Replacement windows will save you money on your energy bills!” “Replacement windows will make your home more energy efficient!” – but how exactly do they help? If you have old, outdated windows, you may not realize how much energy (and money) you’re wasting because of your windows. Most old windows lack the premium energy efficiency features modern replacement windows have, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Replacement windows from Window Nation come standard with top-of-the-line features to boost your home’s energy efficiency.

Energy Efficient Glass

If your windows are original to your home, you most likely have builder-grade single pane windows. Single pane windows have just one pane of glass, offering little to no insulation from the air outside. Replacement windows from Window Nation are available in a variety of glass options, giving your home the energy efficiency boost it needs.

If you’re looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency on a budget, consider replacing your windows with double pane glass. These windows have two panes of Low-E coated glass, offering premium energy efficiency at a wallet-friendly price. Double pane windows will block up to 80% of UV rays from entering your home, keeping your home comfortable while protecting your furniture and flooring from fading.

For maximum energy efficiency, we recommend replacing your windows with triple pane glass. Triple pane windows have three panes of energy efficient glass, keeping your home comfortable and well-insulated. These windows block 90% of UV rays from entering your home, keeping your home protected from sun damage. Triple pane windows are available in two options – Ultra and Ultimate – so you can choose the best fit for your home. If you’re looking for maximum energy efficiency, we recommend choosing Ultimate triple pane glass, offering the same benefits as Ultra triple pane glass but with additional protection from the sun’s UV rays.

No matter the window glass you choose, you can feel comfortable knowing you’ll be saving money on your energy bills year-round.

Low-E Glass Coating

Window glass is one of the most important parts of your replacement windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation have low-emissivity glass, also called Low-E glass, to keep your home feeling comfortable no matter the season. Low-E glass prevents damaging UV rays from passing through your windowpanes by reflecting sunlight and heat off your windows. This glass works to keep your home cool in the summer, reducing the strain on your air conditioner.

Low-E glass is coated with silver oxide, a cost-effective option that offers superior reflection capabilities. Together with the gas between your windowpanes, Low-E glass and silver oxide keep your windows well-insulated. Replacement windows from Window Nation have Argon gas between the panes to improve your window’s insulation, minimizing the transfer of heat through your windows. This gas helps keep the temperature of your window closer to the temperature in your room.

Spacer Systems

Window spacers play a critical role in keeping your home comfortable. Spacers separate the glass panes, playing an important role in determining how much heat or cold can pass through the windowpanes. Replacement windows from Window Nation use top-of-the-line Super Spacer technology, reducing the rate of heat loss through your windows. A rule of thumb when you shop for replacement windows: the lower the rate of heat loss, also known as the U Value, the greater the energy efficiency of the window.

Need New Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.  

Winter is the time of year that most homeowners dread if they deal with drafty windows. One popular DIY solution is shrink wrapping your windows with plastic. You can purchase these kits at your local hardware stores, and there are plenty of 'how-to' videos online to show you where to begin.   

Plastic wrap is a great solution to save money when you have drafty windows. Plastic does an excellent job of keeping the heat from escaping if it stays intact. But the problem is, it doesn't always remain intact. So, either you're losing money out your windows without realizing it, or you must rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet.  

While wrapping your windows in plastic is relatively easy and inexpensive, it's not without some challenges.   

It's a lengthy process.  

Be ready to spend a fair amount of time on this DIY project. If you put shrink wrap up on more than one window, it is a chore. We recommend making it a two-person job. That double-sided tape does not like to cooperate. It can be a real pain trying to get around a window frame, especially if you have dust on your frame. Then, if you have only two arms, like most of us, getting that plastic wrap up takes some real finesse.   

All this aside, the biggest issue with window plastic is what happens after it's up.  

If you have animals or children, that chances of the plastic wrap staying firmly in place are unlikely. All it takes is one good game of hide and go seek to turn your hard work into something that is going to require a lot harder work. And, you can't patch a single whole in plastic wrap like you can with window screens.   

And, let's not forget that plastic is not exactly environmentally friendly or, in many cases, safe when heated.   

Fortunately, there is something that works better than plastic. Why not replace those old, drafty windows 

Window technology has come a long way.   

Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss, but they are also built to last longer, especially when you get them from Window Nation. The windows we install are manufactured right here. And, when we build windows, we guarantee them to last longer than a lifetime.  

Say goodbye to viewing the world through shrink wrap. Replacing your old windows with double-hung or casement windows is an investment that pays off in many ways.   

Reach out to Window Nation today and start this year with a new outlook. Enjoy a year-round view out of your windows without plastic! 

Are you on the edge of making one of the smartest upgrades you’ve ever done for your home? When it comes to getting a return on investment, replacement windows are hard to beat. But picking out new windows isn’t as simple as pointing at a picture in a catalog. There are a lot of details to consider. After all, you’re going to have those windows for a really long time. You don’t want to be stuck with a purchase you’re not completely happy with.

At Window Nation, customer satisfaction is our top priority. When you’re happy, everybody wins. That’s why we’ve put together this list of top considerations when choosing new windows. Take a quick peek and see if you’ve thought of everything.

WHAT FEATURES MATTER MOST TO YOU?

New windows come with new features. It is important to take a few moments to think about what features matter most to you. Some windows can be opened and will allow air to flow in. Some windows do not open and are meant to let the light in. Garden windows will give you three angles of light that will not only add ambiance to the interior of your home, it will make things a lot brighter. Bow and bay windows can give you an area to put a place to sit and enjoy a good book or a spot to place plants and decorations that sparkle in the sunlight. Double hung windows are great for letting a little light in, but where they shine is in how easy they are to clean.

WHAT WINDOWS WILL FIT THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME?

If aesthetics are important to you, you’re going to want to take into consideration the style of windows you’ll be putting in. Grid windows may be perfect for a Colonial or Cape Cod style home, but you might want to go with a double hung if you have a cottage style home. Round portholes may be perfect for a Victorian or Neo-Victorian home, but a modern home will look better with a picture window. It also matters where you place the window. Even if the window style complements the style of your home it can look out of place if it is put in the wrong spot.

SHOULD YOU GO WITH WOOD, FIBERGLASS, OR VINYL?

When it comes to cost vs. performance, nothing can touch vinyl. It is the perfect choice if you want inexpensive windows that look beautiful and last a long time. The only big drawback to vinyl is that you’re stuck with the color. Vinyl isn’t going to take a coat of paint. But, for some people, this is a small price to pay for the convenience and functionality of vinyl.

If the aesthetic of wood is important to you, and you’re not content with the wood-like appearance of vinyl and fiberglass, you’ll have to pay extra for those windows. You’ll also have to pay extra to maintain those windows. Wood needs to be stained and painted for preservation. And wood will offer less protection against insects.

Fiberglass is a good common ground between vinyl and fiberglass. It costs more than vinyl, but it is more durable and has the ability to take a coat of paint. But, unlike painting wood windows, adding a new color to fiberglass window frames is not a necessity. It is just a nicety.

WHAT COMPANY IS THE RIGHT COMPANY?

All window companies aren’t created equal. It is important to pick a company that has good reviews, a solid warranty, and excellence in installation. You can have the best windows in the world, but if those windows are installed incorrectly, you could be dealing with water damage, heat loss, bug infestations, air flow issues, and a general loss of comfort throughout your home. You may also be stuck paying out big money when something goes wrong.

At Window Nation, we offer one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, so you can be sure that you’re protected if anything ever goes wrong. Our installation teams are led by experienced and certified professionals who will make sure you windows fit perfectly and, most importantly, seal perfectly. And we are an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, so you can trust that we’ll treat you right.

There are a lot of details when it comes to choosing replacement windows. Let us walk you through the process from start to finish. Click on our online agent to get started today.

By increasing the energy efficiency of your home, you can reduce your energy bills while also saving money and doing good for the planet. There are many ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home and replacing old windows is a popular method. When it comes to selecting new windows, you might be wondering “are casement windows energy efficient?”

Are Casement Windows Energy Efficient?

Casement windows are the most energy efficient style of window that is meant to be opened (picture windows are more efficient, but are designed to not open).

Casement windows offer such energy efficiency because of the design: these windows have a strong seal on all four sides. When a casement window is closed, the sash presses tightly against the frame so air cannot pass through. A strong gust of wind can actually press the sash and frame closer together.

Other types of windows are not designed to seal so tightly because of the way they open by sliding along a track. While modern replacement windows from Window Nation are all designed to be energy efficient, older windows in need of replacement can be a source of unwanted energy leakage.

When a window does not seal securely, air can leak in between the sash and the frame. In the winter, cold air from outside can leak into your home while heated air can escape. To stay comfortable, you’ll need to turn up the thermostat. In the summer, the reverse happens, and you might need more air conditioning to stay comfortable. The more heat or air conditioning you use, the larger your energy footprint and the higher your energy bills.

Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

While casement windows are already highly efficient due to their design, you can make them even more energy efficient by selecting windows that offer certain traits:

    • Low-e glass: Low-e or low emissivity glass coating is designed to bounce the sun’s rays away from the home in summer, to reduce solar heat gain. The same coating reflects the heat inside your home so that it doesn’t leak through the window.
    • Argon gas infill: Argon gas infills insert argon gas between panes of the window. Argon is less conductive than normal air, so it actually reduces the amount of heat or cold that passes through the window.
    • Double/triple pane casement windows: Adding additional panes of glass to a casement window increases its energy efficiency by sandwiching more layers of insulating air or gas between the inside and outside of your home.
    • Energy Star label: Look for the Energy Star label to indicate casement windows that are constructed using best design practices and energy efficient materials.

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Are you looking for replacement windows for your home? Upgrade to energy-efficient casement windows now to see lower utility bills and start recouping the money you spent. Explore styles of casement windows today, or contact us for a free estimate replacement windows.

As 2016 becomes one for the history books, many of us will look up from our busy life in complete surprise. It’s over already? How did that happen? It is amazing how quickly a year can go leaving so many things unfinished. We get so bogged down in what needs to be done with work and family life that one year can quickly fade into the next without us accomplishing anything on our own personal “to do” list that we always seem to make at the beginning of a new year.

But, 2017 is a brand-new year! Forget about what you meant to do in 2016 and start making 2017 the best year yet. This can be the year that you finally can accomplish all of the things that you thought you would. Maybe this is the year that second honeymoon cruising the Caribbean happens. Perhaps that last 10 pounds will finally be a thing of the past. 2017 could be the year that you go back to school, or take up pottery.

Perhaps the goal is to give your home a much-needed makeover or even to just make it more energy efficient. While you are busy picking out new paint and comparing prices of rolled insulation versus sprayed insulation don’t forget to take a hard look at your windows. 2017 is a great year to finally replace those drafty windows and make your home a cozier spot to be in the winter and a great place to cool down in the summer. The Window Nation design team is standing by to help you find the windows that will make your home the showpiece it was always meant to be.

Windows Nation might not be able to help you with all of your resolutions but we are ready to help you work toward a brand-new look for your home as well as save you money on your energy bills this year. With our free in-home estimate, you can start the new year off right and finally finish one thing on your list right off the bat. Whatever 2017 brings your way, your friends at Window Nation want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

At Windows Nation, we know that picking out new windows is a huge investment for a homeowner of both time and money. Your home is the biggest investment that you will most likely ever make. Investing now in new windows can not only help protect the value of your home, but it will also help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Our windows are made from quality products right here in the United States. Our vinyl windows can be custom made to fit your style and the specific needs of your home. Thanks to our strong partnership with Pella, we can also custom design wood windows for you for that authentic feel to your classic home if that is your preference. With our Lifetime Plus guarantee you can be assured of our promise that your windows will be made to fit and made to last.

Some people are afraid that custom made windows are too expensive. Windows Nation has several different styles and plans that fit any budget. Our custom windows are made right here, which helps us keep costs down for our customers. All of our windows are made to be energy efficient which will keep your future heating and cooling costs down for years to come. Call us for a free in-home estimate and let us show you how you can have the windows you always wanted at a price that you can afford.

From start to finish, our goal is to provide you with exceptional customer service. We know that your time is valuable. From picking out your particular designs to ordering, financing, and installation, our staff will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible. Our staff is on hand to answer questions, take measurements, and show you how your new windows are going to improve your lifestyle. Before you know it, your new windows will be installed by our expert team, and you can get back to the things that are important to you in your life.

Whether you are looking to replace your windows with the same style that you have always loved or you want to go for an entirely new look, Windows Nation is here to make sure that you are matched with just the right windows for you. Call our expert staff today and get started on making your dream home even better.

Let's try an experiment. Go to your bank. Withdraw about $850 in $5 denominations. Then, take that money back to your home, open up the window, and throw it outside. It is best to do this on a windy day, so it is extremely difficult to run outside in a panic and try to collect the money once you've thrown it out. If you were to do this experiment, you would immediately realize how unsatisfying it is to throw money out your windows. Yet we do it all the time. The problem is that we aren't able to see the money going out our windows. This is because it goes out in the form of lost heat.

The equation is simple: lost heat equals higher energy bills. But, while the equation is simple, the amounts can vary greatly depending on many factors. We all know that heat loss costs us money. What we don't know is how much money it is costing us. Here are a few things to consider:

  • If you have ever put your hand up to your windows in the winter and felt cold air, it is time to get replacement windows.

  • If you have windows that are broken, there is no way those windows are keeping all your expensive heat inside your home.

  • If you know that your windows are over 15 years old, you could benefit greatly from the energy efficiency of modern windows.

If your windows are ready for a replacement, the next logical question to ask is, "Is it too late to get energy efficient windows installed?" The answer is, "It is never too late to get energy efficient windows installed." In fact, now is the best time to get new windows installed. If you wait till the middle of winter, you'll have half a winter of lost heat and higher energy bills.

If you've had enough of throwing money out your windows, Window Nation has a solution. All of the windows we sell have modern technology that keeps heat in, and the cold out. Technology like krypton gas insulated air, double and triple pane glass, 100% polymer structural foam spacers, and Low-E coated glass. Learn more about our energy efficient window options ->

Don't throw money out your windows. It's no fun at all. We have an idea that is a whole lot more fun. Reach out to us today and let's start dreaming of what your home will look like with new windows and new technologies that will save you money on your energy bills, and breath life into the beauty of your home. Now is the perfect time to get energy-efficient windows installed. Don't wait for the cold to come. Make this winter the winter you start putting more money in your pocket and less money out your windows.

It’s finally time, and you are so excited! You have been dreaming and planning of this since you bought your house 10 years ago. You knew that your home really needed new windows, but you also knew that it may take time before you could do it. Well, that time is now. Reflecting back on the last ten years you start to double check your list and be sure that you haven’t missed anything.

Design and Style:

The old wood single hung windows that are in this house have some traditional style value, but they sure don’t look good nor are they energy efficient. Not to mention you can barely operate the warped old sashes up and down. You have decided to replace the existing single units throughout the house with replacement double hung units. Being able to open the top sash for venting and the tilt in cleaning features are both amazing! Yes, double hung it is, except over there in the breakfast nook. Those four windows are going to be replaced by a beautiful bay window! That bay is going to open up that little nook so much! And over there, in the parlor, that big picture window is going to be replaced by a bow window. Choosing a bow for that spot over another picture window means that you’ll be able to open it up for venting but still will have all that wonderful natural lighting, and can’t you just see the plants sitting on the window sill? Plus, the curve of the bow will soften all the strong lines in that square room. Yea, most surely a bow will go perfectly there! Don’t forget the new half round picture window that is being put in the entryway to brighten up that space. Such a subtle yet fun way to open up a small space and add some natural light! Yes, you have considered design and style and these are just a few of the windows! Don’t get daydreaming again about the combination unit that is going in the master bedroom with the trapezoid and the sidelights over the venting awning, it’s all so exciting!

Installation and Warranty:

Designing which windows are going where and choosing style are crucial. Then there was the question of which window manufacturer to choose and who exactly would do the installation. Well, after researching all the major national brands, the obvious choice was a local company with a top of the line window that is locally manufactured and comes with a no worry “Lifetime Plus” warranty. With Window Nation, this part was easy. Their product is superior and their installation and service are outstanding. They have been a dream to work with. You were able to show them your ideas of changing things around; and they were open, honest, and helpful. They offered an expert view and opinion to your thoughts. They were and are most certainly your partner in this project. Window Nation sales and installation was and is most definitely the best choice.

There it is! Ten years of preparation. The design, the product, the installation, the warranty, the financing, yes they offer financing options as well, so why would I choose anyone else?

Here at Window Nation, we are proud to say that we can be your partner with every step of the window replacement project process. We can get you from design to finish with financing offered by Wells Fargo Financing National Bank with approved credit.

Go from start to finish with Window Nation.

How much is a penny worth? There was a time when a penny stretched a whole lot further. In the early 1900s, you could get a few eggs for a single penny, or buy some produce at the market. In the 40s, you could get a bag of popcorn or lemon flavored shaved ice. Even in the 70s, a penny still had some worth. Stores had shelves dedicated to penny candy that could be purchased individually or selected and put into a brown paper bag. How sweet is that?

Today, a penny isn't worth a whole lot by itself. It has even become a hassle to put them in a jar, wrap them, and bring them to the bank. Fortunately, more and more stores are installing a machine that will take your coins and give you something in return. If you have kids, this is a great way to give them some meaningful work to earn a few dollars.

In light of how much a penny is worth in today's economy, it may not excite you to know that you can save pennies on your heat bill by replacing your windows with energy efficient windows, but consider these three points.

  • Pennies still add up. While we can't tell you how much you'll save on heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer, we can tell you that it adds up. For some of our customers, it made a big difference. In fact, one of the things we hear quite often is how our customers feel a positive difference in rooms that were too cold or too hot, even before the installers leave.

  • You don't have to wrap those pennies. If you save hundreds of dollars in pennies this year because you swapped out your old, drafty windows, that is money in the bank. You don't have to do anything, except enjoy the savings.

  • Pennies don't always stay pennies. Right now we are enjoying a break from high oil prices. But as you know, they can go back up at any time. That means those pennies you're losing when you heat your house, could turn into nickels or dimes.

Replacement windows from Window Nation are built to last, and they come with energy efficient technologies that will help you keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs, in your pocket. If you're looking for an investment that will pay for itself, you don't need to look any further than replacement windows. Plus, you'll get all the other benefits that come with having new windows installed.

Don't let the energy companies nickel and dime you to death. Get new replacement windows from Window Nation and start enjoying the savings. It just makes cents.