Does your utility company send you a monthly breakdown of your energy consumption? If you’ve noticed that you’re slowly starting to pay a little more each month, it’s natural to wonder why – and if there’s anything you can do about it.
One of the most common — and insidious — causes of growing energy bills are window leaks. Beyond wasting energy, leaks can also cause mold and mildew to flourish, which may worsen asthma and lead to other health issues. If that leak gets into the walls, your wooden supports can start to rot. Trace this leak a few steps further, and you may even experience foundation problems.   In fact, leaks in your home are such a serious concern that the EPA has its eyes on the issue! You can wait and celebrate their National Fix A Leak Week this March 14-20, but if you suspect you have a leak in your home, it’s time to take action now. So what are your first steps?
 

Do your detective work.

It starts with a hunch—you walk past a certain window and get a chill up your spine. Are you feeling a draft? It’s time to inspect your windows for leaks.  There are a few strategies here. The simplest is to conduct a thorough examination of your windows. Are they difficult to close completely? If they jiggle or need extra muscle to close, then you may have a sash that is leaking. Are you seeing any small gaps around the frame? Are there cracks in the glass? Take a look. If your visual inspection is negative, then it’s on to the candle test. Seal up your home as tightly as you can — close and lock all your windows and doors, close your vents and dampers and turn off any exhaust fans. Next, light a small candle and take a walk around. If there are leaks or drafts, the candle flame will blow to one side and show you. Another tell-tale sign is watching your curtain sheers. If you see movement even when the windows are closed, your house isn’t haunted — it’s leaking.  You can make an inspection the next time it rains. Do the seams of your windows feel damp after a storm? Your window has small leaks. 

How did the leak get there? 

If this were a detective case, then the next stage would be finding a motive. Why are your windows leaking? How did this happen?  Over time, windows wear out. If you have wooden windows, moisture may have caused them to warp. Sealing components play an important part in a window’s function, and those can break down over time. Or, it could simply be that your windows weren’t installed correctly in the first place. A good window should last a long time, protect you from the elements, and save you money on your home energy bills. But a window that’s leaking isn’t doing its job anymore.     

It’s time to take action.

If you suspect that your window sealing components are the cause of your leak, recaulking and weather stripping might be the way to go. This DIY route may not be for beginners, but depending on your skill level, it can buy you a little more time. You can find instructional videos and articles on the internet. Research resealing thoroughly before diving in.  For real peace of mind, don’t go with the band-aid solution. Call the pros. Window Nation is a national leader in home window installation. When you go with certified and experienced window experts, you can trust that your windows will hold up over time and keep your home comfortable no matter the weather. It’s time to plug up those leaks, save money on your energy bills, and avoid future structural problems. Schedule a quick and easy virtual consultation, or contact us for a free in-home consultation and estimate today.

Fall is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement project you’ve been putting off. The temperatures are mild, and the weather is ideal for spending time outdoors. You might have an idea of the home improvement project you’d like to start – maybe your garden is overgrown, or you need to repair the shingles on your roof before winter arrives. However, the decision might not be as easy for some homeowners. You might be looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency or give your home a curb appeal boost, but you don’t know where to start. If you need a little more inspiration, our home improvement experts shared their recommendations for Fall home improvement projects.

Window Replacement

Fall is one of the best times of year to replace your windows. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your house, and your installation won’t get delayed due to inclement weather. Mild temperatures are also ideal for window installation – the caulk that seals your windows adheres best in cooler temperatures.

Replacement windows will give your home an energy efficiency boost just in time for winter – our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable no matter the season. You might even see savings on your energy bills just in time for the holiday shopping season! When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you’ll also enjoy a curb appeal boost – all our windows are custom-made to meet your home’s needs. Choose from a variety of style and color options to find the perfect fit for your home.

Furnace Upgrades

The last thing you’ll want during the biggest snowstorm of the year is for your furnace to go out. Before the temperatures drop, consider contacting a HVAC maintenance professional to inspect your furnace. They can perform routine maintenance and make repairs if necessary. However, if your furnace is more than 10 years old, they might recommend upgrading it with a modern, more energy efficient HVAC system. Though the cost might seem steep, you’ll enjoy the comfort of knowing you won’t have to make any upgrades or repairs for years to come. When choosing a new furnace, consider purchasing an Energy Star certified system – you could save money on your energy bills.

Siding Replacement

Siding is one of the most overlooked parts of your home, but it’s important to keep it well maintained. If your siding is looking worse-for-wear, you might consider replacing it with modern vinyl siding from Window Nation. Our siding is available in a variety of colors, giving your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. You won’t have to worry about your siding cracking or fading due to inclement weather – our siding is durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Vinyl siding will also improve your home’s insulation, keeping your home comfortable all winter long.

Upgrade Insulation

Your home should feel cozy and comfortable in the Fall, not drafty and chilly. Improve your home’s comfort this Fall by upgrading your home’s insulation. We recommend hiring an expert to conduct a home energy audit to determine the places where you’re losing the most energy. Your attic is one of the biggest culprits due to poor insulation – we recommend upgrading your home’s insulation with fiberglass or foam insulation to keep the chilly air outside. It’s also important to seal any cracks you might find, particularly around your windows and doors, to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

Door Replacement

Nearly one-third of residential heating and cooling costs are attributed to energy loss through windows and doors. Why continue to waste money on your energy bills month over month? Consider upgrading your doors to replacement doors from Window Nation. We offer entry doors, French doors, and sliding doors, each custom-made to fit your home’s needs. Our doors are available in fiberglass and steel options, so you can choose the best style for your home. You’ll enjoy a curb appeal boost and added security – all Window Nation doors come standard with a multi-point locking system to make your home more secure.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your home improvement 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.

Valentine’s Day used to mean a fancy date night out — but with COVID-19 still lingering, you may not feel comfortable dining at a busy restaurant. If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day at home this year, surprise your sweetie by freshening up your indoor space!  

 Here are five fun ways to make this Valentine’s Day at home special. 

 1.  Liven up the atmosphere with some flowers.

 Nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than a bouquet of flowers, so if you’re looking to add a touch of romance to your home, flowers are a great way to start. 

 Try setting a vase of roses out on your dinner table, or as a centerpiece on your mantle — and if you’re feeling romantic, scatter a trail of rose petals to set the mood.  

 Don’t be afraid to get creative, either! There are plenty of flowers that will refresh your living space this Valentine’s Day. For example, lilacs can be a great subtle touch for your kitchen, or you can give your loved one an orchid to spruce up your living room year-round. 

 2. Hang your romantic photos.

 Whether it just wasn’t the right time, or you’re still searching for the perfect frame, this is the perfect occasion to put up those romantic photos. 

 Highlight your favorite moments from your vacation or re-live a romantic night out with picture frames that draw your attention (without taking too much focus away from your memories). Give the spotlight to your favorite pictures with fun accent colors perfect for Valentine’s Day.  

 3.  Switch up your decor with something vibrant

 If you’ve been looking at the same color scheme in your home since Christmas, it might be time to do some redecorating. Try a bold color palette to make this Valentine’s Day memorable. 

 Or, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to show off your favorite decor, now’s the time. Dust off your nice china and set out the candles. Or, if you’ve been looking for a reason to buy those heart-themed towels and comforters you found — go all out! 

 4.  Make some new additions to your living space

Don’t like how your favorite chair’s stuck in the corner? Prefer to move your sectional closer to your coffee table? Here’s your chance to do some re-arranging! Try something new and exciting. You could even position your loveseat closer to the fireplace to have a cozy night in. 

 Or, if something’s still missing, consider purchasing a completely new set of furniture! Nothing says “I’m committed” as a serious investment in your interior decorating. Just discuss it with your loved one first — this probably isn’t a gift you would buy on a whim. 

 5.  Have you considered remodeling? How about replacing your windows?

Don’t let your home miss out on the love this season. Old, outdated windows can put a chilly damper on a romantic evening, so if you’ve been putting off replacing your windows, now’s the time to make a change. 

 Bay windows provide the perfect cozy space to eat those leftover chocolates and watch the snowfall outside. Or, if you’re sitting by the fire and pesky drafts are making it difficult to get comfortable, an energy-efficient window replacement could be your best option. 

When you’re ready, give Window Nation a call. Our experienced technicians can help you find options and styles that fit your preferences and budget. Request a quote today, and discover how much replacement windows from Window Nation can liven up your home this Valentine’s Day. 

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!

Nothing makes your home feel a little newer than a little home improvement. Whether it is something small or something big, home improvements can make that old house feel new and exciting. As we get ready to wind down another year, we'd like to give you some ideas that could really help make your home new and exciting:

  1. A small change that makes a big difference. You would be amazed what a simple change can do to spruce things up. A coat of paint on the kitchen cabinets, flower pots added to the edges of your front steps, rug applied to the stairs that lead to the second floor, new fixtures in the bathroom, or some other DIY project that doesn't require a lot of materials or time can make something old feel like something new.
  2. More light and more life. If you're looking to make a change that is a little more permanent, a new garden window installed in the kitchen is the perfect way to go. A garden window extrudes from your home, offering a space to put plants, flowers, decorative glass, and other decor. It will also bring a lot more light into your kitchen.
  3. Something practical. Replacement windows are a way to make the interior and exterior of your home more beautiful, but they're also a practical upgrade. With new double or triple pane glass, you'll keep more heat inside during the winter months, and more cool air inside during the summer. New windows are easier to clean on all levels of your home, even the top floor, and if you live in the city, you'll really hear the difference new windows will make in noise reduction.
  4. Something flashy. The most cost-effective way to beautify a home is by adding a new entry door, but it is a change everyone will notice. Though a new front door retains its value and adds to your equity, what you'll notice most is how that new door makes you feel every time you return home from work.
  5. A complete facelift. Adding new siding to a home is like buying a new house. Sure, you'll immediately benefit from the energy savings and protection it will give your exterior walls, but this is an investment that will feel a whole lot bigger than what you paid for it.

The five-time Angi Super Service Award Winning team here at Window Nation can help you find the best upgrade for your budget. Sign up today for a free, no-obligation, in-home, estimate. And, happy home improving!

 

*This blog originally published on December 28th, 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information available. 

We all have a to-do list – usually a pretty lengthy one, and while some things get checked off fairly quickly, others, well, just don’t.  A lot of times as homeowners we put off home improvements that we know should be done. One such thing might be replacing that drafty door.  Last winter you felt the cold air coming in around it and promised yourself that in the spring you would get it replaced. Then spring and summer came and went. Now, it is almost winter and you are starting to feel that cold air once again!
 
While you may be thinking that you have lost your chance to replace that door until spring comes back around, let the pros at Window Nation assure you that you haven’t!  We understand how that to-do list can be quite lengthy and that things can get pushed to the bottom. That is why we offer year-round installation services.  No matter what the season, we can install new doors to make sure that you and your family will be comfortable all year long!
 
Window Nation has a large variety of custom energy efficient steel or fiberglass doors that can be designed to meet the style and functionality needs of any home.  Along with being able to choose from steel or fiberglass construction you can pick from 75 styles, 35 glass options, and 40 colors and stains, the combinations are endless;  and just so you don’t get overwhelmed, our experts are here to help walk you through the entire process making it as stress free as possible!  
 
No matter which material or style that you choose to create your new custom entry door, there is one thing that you can be certain of – drafts will be a thing of the past.  All entry doors at Window Nation meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® criteria, meaning that they will save energy, money, and benefit everyone.  
 
After finally crossing off ‘replacing your drafty entry door’ from your to-do list, you will find that not only will your home have a new look, but your energy bill will look better too.  You should notice that both your heating and cooling bills will decrease. This means that overtime, the door will pay for itself!
 
Now that you know all the benefits of installing new entry doors, and that your old drafty door can be replaced at any time of the year- even in the winter, why not cross it off your to-do list today?  Call the experts at Window Nation for more information, or to start the process of replacing your drafty entry doors with one of our premium entry door systems!

When it comes to choosing replacement windows, it’s important to choose the right windows for your particular needs. It’s also very important to choose the right window installation experts to make sure the windows are installed correctly, just as the manufacturer has specified. When you choose Window Nation for your replacement windows, you get a world of options. Whether you are looking for casement windows, sliding windows, venting windows, double hung windows or even bay windows, we have many different styles, materials and colors to choose from! We offer some of the highest quality window brands, including:

 

  • Pella

  • Bainbridge Plus Windows

  • Barrington Windows

  • Elements Windows

  • Imperial LS Windows

  • Magnum Windows

  • Vytex Windows

  • Envision Premium Window System

 

If you are interested in replacement windows for your home and experts to install these windows, the professionals at Window Nation would like to be your first choice in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Ohio. For more information on the replacement window options we offer in your area, visit one of our showrooms in your region. We can show you many of the options we offer and help you choose windows to suit your home, your style and your budget!

 

At Window Nation, all our windows are installed within the strict guidelines of the InstallationMasters™ training and certification program. Every installation team is lead by a factory trained Certified Installer, so you know that your replacement window installation will be done correctly. We take great care to make sure you understand the window installation process and work carefully, making sure we protect your property during the installation process. We don’t just want to replace your old and drafty windows; we strive to provide a stress-free replacement window experience.

 

For replacement windows, expert installation and a no worry limited lifetime warranty* (*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), choose the professionals at Window Nation. And if you are in need of new vinyl siding, secure entry door systems, French doors, sliding glass doors or storm doors, please contact us at any one of our locations.