Do you worry about crime? Is the city you grew up in a little scarier than it was when you were a child? Do you take greater precautions to protect your home and your family? It makes sense. It isn’t as safe as it once was.

There are many things that can make a home more secure. It could be something as simple as adding a light in your driveway to deter petty theft or damage to your automobiles. Or it could be something complex, like installing a security system, complete with 24-hour surveillance cameras that watch every inch of your property. Strong, secure doors, fall somewhere in between.

It is not surprising that your front door is called a “front entryway.” It is the perfect “way” for criminals to gain “entry” into your home. Your goal should be to make sure they have a difficult time doing that–at least enough time for the authorities to arrive.

If you have an old door, or doors, an upgrade will improve the security of your home. Old doors come with old technologies. While you may have a steel door that can withstand an impressive amount of damage, the locking system may be surprisingly easy to break. All it may take is a strong kick for someone to get into your home.

At Window Nation, we understand how important safety is. That is why we put an emphasis on manufacturing and selling doors that are strong and secure. Here are two of the ways we do that.

  • Window Nation doors can come in steel or fiberglass. Both of these materials are incredibly strong. Our steel doors are 20-gauge galvanized steel that can take a beating. And we put in 49% more steel in than you’ll find in a consumer-grade door.

  • The lock block is where our doors really show their strength. Our steel doors come with a rigid composite lock block and a 20-gauge security plate. Those bad guys are going to have a hard time breaking this door lock. And our fiberglass doors have a multi-point locking system that is impact-resistant and amazingly strong. This will keep that criminal element out.

A dangerous incident can happen in a matter of seconds. Strong, secure doors will give you the time you need to react. If you’ve been thinking about adding a new entry door to increase the beauty of your home, why not get a door you can trust to keep you safe as well?

At Window Nation, we have a wide selection of doors which all come with security features that will keep your home secure and your family safer. Learn more today by reaching out to one of our knowledgeable online agents. They’ll help you get the information you need to make your new entry door the perfect upgrade.

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 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.

When we look at something that appeals to us, there is an emotional reaction. Whether we realize it or not, visual esthetics affects our emotional state. For you, it might be a batch of vibrant tulips or the cascading green leaves of a perennial vine. Or, it may be the newly polished skin of a cherry red 66 Corvette. When your eyes see something they like, it produces a response.

It is funny how few of us put an emphasis on our entry doors. Think about it. After you’ve had a long day at work, what is the first thing you see when you get home? What welcomes you back to your fortress of solitude? What reminds you that all that work is worth it?

Your entry door is also what greets family and friends, and invites them to stay. It’s character and design speaks of who you are and what they can expect to find inside. It is an outward affection but reveals who you are on the inside: sophisticated, charming, quaint, rustic, friendly, etc. Your entry door is a representation of who you are.

How about the practical? Your entry door is also what keeps the heat inside your home in the winter and the cold inside during those hot summer days. When you have an entry door that seals properly, it pays for itself. A solid front door also means: protection and safety. Your entry door keeps the bad people out–and there is no price you can put on that.

So, which should you get? The clear winner continues to be fiberglass. It has the durability and strength of a steel door, resists dents, has five times the insulation value of wood, and comes in an amazing selection of styles. Though steel doors require little maintenance, are less expensive and energy efficient, they are easily dented, can rust when scratched, and can chip if painted.

When it comes to choosing the right door for your home, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile. Get the exact style that gives you that happy feeling in your belly, and choose the door that will stand the test of time. Fiberglass doors will save you money on your energy bill, resist water damage, and continue to look as beautiful as the day you purchased them from the showroom.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, visit Window Nation’s showroom and find the perfect entry door for your home. Right now, you could be letting the cost of a beautiful new entry door pass right through–or under–your current door. Fiberglass entry doors pay for themselves. Give your home a facelift. You’ll be amazed how it will make you feel.

First impressions are important. Well, the first thing that most people focus on when coming to your home is your front door. Believe it or not, your front door can say more about you than you think. From its size to its color, you may be revealing more about yourself than you know! Here are list of the more popular door colors and what the color could be telling others about you!

A red front door has commonly put forth a welcoming message. Red is the color of passion and love. It tells visitors and onlookers that you are welcoming them in. There are many shades of red, and using any of them will certainly tell everyone that you aren’t afraid to stand out on the block.

Blue is a tranquil color. Painting your front door any shade of this calm color says that your home is your sanctuary. This calm and relaxing color tells of the serenity within the walls of your home. If you desire a bit more privacy, but are still in search of the peace that blue offers, use a darker shade to give a sense of solitude.

A yellow front door portrays mental clarity, wisdom, confidence and understanding. This is usually the door color of the pack leader. The color yellow is a reflection of the natural joy and energy of the sun. Making your entrance door a reflection of the sun is a great way to add a ray of happiness to all who enter.

White has traditionally been used to represent purity, virtue and serenity. Using it as the color on your front door is no different. A clean and crisp white front door tells everyone that you are neat, organized and clean.

A black door is a timeless look. Black lets everyone know that you are not easily swayed by fads and passing styles. Black can be used to signify power and strength. Often homes of authoritative figures have black doors.

Green is a natural reflection of the world around you. A front door that is green sends a message of health, tranquility, harmony and safety. Some may say that your door says that you are concerned about your community and its values.

Whether your front door is green, blue, yellow, white, black or red, it is certainly telling a story. Let that story be one that reflects you, your home and your family. If you need to replace your front door, then search no further than Window Nation. With a huge variety of steel and fiberglass entrance doors, you are sure to find one that suits your style.

Have you heard of Super Spacer® energy efficient glass? At Window Nation, this is one of our more popular choices in replacement windows. Super Spacer® windows offer many benefits for your Maryland, D.C., Virginia or Ohio home and you can get them through the pros at Window Nation! Here are just a few of the many reasons to choose Super Spacer® for your next window installation:

  1. Super Spacer® is an insulating and energy efficient glass system

  2. The edge spacers of these windows are made of all-foam construction with zero metal, giving them low conductivity. No other window spacers on the market today can offer this claim!

  3. Super Spacer® is made of 100% polymer structural foam. It creates thermal efficiency through no presence of conductive materials.

  4. The no metal formula of these edge spacers block the heat escape path, providing one of the best thermal performances in the industry.

  5. Mold and condensation are a thing of the past with Super Spacer®; it provides comfortable humidity levels with a multi-layer vapor barrier and acrylic adhesive.

  6. Super Spacer® windows are made with Thermoset Spacer (TSS®) technology. This technology makes certain that the spacer will not expand or contract due to weather extremes; the spacers will maintain its structural integrity by returning to its original shape.

  7. Not only are these windows Energy Star® rated, but they are durable, which means that your windows will remain thermally-efficient and free from condensation for many years to come.

If you are looking for exceptional windows at affordable prices that are delivered and installed with service excellence, look no further than Window Nation. If you simply want to browse our countless options, you can visit one of our many showroom locations. If you would like to speak to a representative about replacement windows, vinyl siding or entry door systems, please give us a call today. The professionals at Window Nation offer a huge selection of windows and we provide service excellence so you are certain to be happy with every step of your window installation. Contact us today for more information on any of the windows or other services we offer.

This is the time of year when everyone starts preparing for the holiday season. With Christmas still more than a month away and Thanksgiving only a week away, there is a lot you need to consider to prepare your home for the holiday visitors that will be descending on you soon! The professionals at Window Nation in Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and Ohio would like to offer you some helpful tips to prepare your home for the coming holiday season and the guests that will be joining you for your holiday festivities.

Make sure that your home is prepared for visitors that may arrive in the evening hours. It gets dark very early this time of year, so making sure that all the exterior lights around your home are working is a very good idea to help keep visitors safe. If you have a walkway into your home that has any steps or rocks, have lights installed around the pathway to make sure your visitors don’t trip while coming into your home.

Prepare your living area by cleaning up clutter and dusting, making sure to dust in the high corners of rooms to remove any cobwebs that have appeared. You should also schedule a professional carpet cleaning this time of year to make sure your carpet is looking clean and fresh for when your visitors arrive.

Have your windows professionally cleaned as well. This is something you should have done once a year- windows both inside and out should have a good clean.

Make sure that your guest bedrooms are fully stocked with whatever your guests may need. A wall mirror, fresh towels and fresh bed linens are all things that should be present in your guest bedroom.

Once your home is prepared for the holidays, you can start thinking about the more important things like all the gift buying you still need to do and then the all-important holiday meal planning!

The window installation experts at Window Nation would like to wish you all a joyous holiday season and for all of your replacement windows, siding and entry door system needs, contact Window Nation today! We can provide replacement windows in Virginia to suit your home and style that will last you for years to come. Visit our showrooms in Baltimore, DC Metro, Cleveland and Canton to see the many window, siding and door options we can provide for your home.

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.

 

 

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

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.