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 styles 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 an 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.
“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy-efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:
  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor, the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor, the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in the winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

  • Vinyl windows are energy-efficient replacement windows that come in a variety of styles (double-hung, venting, sliders, etc.) to suit your home and budget.
  • Window Nation’s wood windows are pleasing to look at, energy-efficient, and easy to clean.

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement windows is a key factor in their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy-efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.

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!

In this age of YouTube videos and Home Improvement television you may be tempted to say, “I can do that!” After all, the folks on HGTV make it look easy, don’t they? But, before you buy yourself some power tools and get out the #2 pencil, you may want to ask yourself a few quick questions.

Will it be seen? Before you decide to tackle that job, you need to decide if you have the skill set to get it done right, and whether or not it matters if it is done right. Building some shelves in the closet is probably not a big deal, most people won’t see those anyway, but if you’re looking at installing replacement windows or entry doors, you may want to consider getting a professional to make the end result match up with your expectations.

Will it cost me more to do it myself? Many home improvement jobs require skills and expertise. You may know how to use a jig saw, but do you know how to use it like a pro? If you cut wrong, measure wrong or finish wrong, you could end up with undesirable results. It can end up costing you more to get it fixed than it would have cost for the pros to do it from the beginning.

Do I have the expertise? There are some jobs you can do yourself and save some money. Most people can figure out how to paint some walls properly, but most home improvement projects require experience and the proper tools to do it right. If you don’t know whether or not you can tackle a project, ask a professional at your local hardware store. If they raise their eyebrow when you explain what you intend to do, you might want to rethink doing it yourself.

Could this cost me money over time? Some projects end up costing you thousands over a long period of time. If the job could allow heat to leak out of your home or the cold to get in, you might want to make sure it is done right. This is especially important when dealing with window or door installations.

Can I hurt myself? About 170,000 people go to the hospital every year because of ladder-related issues alone. When you consider collapses due to improper handling of load bearing walls, tool malfunctions, electrical shorts, and other unexpected disasters, this number becomes significantly higher. All it takes is one mistake and you could be paying out thousands in hospital bills.

Before you tackle your next door or window installation, talk to a professional and see if you’re really saving yourself money by doing it yourself. Plus, isn’t your life busy enough? Leave the installations to the professionals at Window Nation. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.

It’s a new year. 2015. Wow. Time really does fly. Have you been thinking about doing some remodeling to your home? Are you trying to decide whether to repair or replace your windows, siding or doors? These three aspects of home maintenance are certainly some of the larger areas of your home that do require your attention and can make a huge difference, if they are performing correctly.

If your windows are leaky and cold, it may be time to replace them. Sure, if they are wood windows, you can do some scraping and repainting to give them a fresh face, but will it change the way that they perform? Probably not. If you have composite or vinyl windows that are just plain old leaky and damaged your choices are pretty limited as to how you can repair them to make them perform at a higher level. Replacing your windows with new, vinyl replacement windows will certainly give you a good yield for your investment. Your heating and cooling bills will change dramatically, if you currently have unwanted air exchange with your windows. You will never have to scrape or paint them. This will decrease your annual home maintenance dollars. And, don’t forget that the new, vinyl replacement windows from Window Nation have security features that are tougher on criminals and safer for your family.

Doors, like windows, can become unsightly and detrimental to your home’s energy efficiency as well as its security. You may be able to replace some of the weather-stripping on your doors to improve their performance. This can be an easy and inexpensive task, once your purchase the correct weather stripping. Replacing thresholds and trim can also increase your door’s performance. Most doors, door frames and trim can be sanded and repainted. These steps can certainly make your entrance way a more pleasing sight as well as more weather tight. It is, however, possible to completely replace your entrance door without breaking budget. A new fiberglass or steel insulated entrance door system from Window Nation will certainly increase your home’s energy efficiency and security. A new door unit will have multi-point, stainless steel locking system to keep your family safe. If replacing your entrance door isn’t possible, then consider adding a storm door to insulate your home more from the outside temperatures. Window Nation offers many styles of energy efficient and attractive storm doors.

Siding is the majority of the essence of curb appeal of your home. The type, condition and color make all the difference. Wood siding, although popular, is a lot of maintenance and repair. Vinyl siding comes in countless color and style options and is virtually maintenance free! Changing your siding to new quality vinyl siding from Window Nation is an investment that you are sure to reap fruit from for a long time.

When you are debating on whether to repair or replace your home’s windows, doors, and siding, remember all the benefits of replacement vs repair can’t be measured by dollar bills. By using Window Nation to replace your windows with new, vinyl replacement windows, you are increasing the level of security that your family gets from your home and the amount of free time you have to spend with them instead of maintaining and repairing old windows, doors and siding.

Home improvement projects can be an exciting time for homeowners. The idea of changing your home to be as unique and personal as you is enjoyable. Take a moment to look around your home and imagine any changes you might want or need to do around your home. There are many different types of home improvement projects to do around your home. You can pick a room and do a total makeover by room. You can also pick an area like a section of flooring or maybe some windows and replace them. You can do an interior or exterior remodel. The options are really endless. You just have to decide what is most important for you to change and how much you can afford to change. Here are the top items people are looking to improve in their homes for 2015.

Let us start with everyone’s favorite room to remodel and customize. The kitchen! For most homeowners, it is typical to spend many hours in the kitchen cooking and entertaining. That is why it is such a common place to want customized to your personal style and needs. Here are three main items that people are updating often:

  • Counter tops: Having custom counter tops can help you add style and durability to your kitchen. There are many different colors and materials to use for counter tops.
  • Back splash: Changing the back splash in your kitchen is a fun place to add color, pattern and style. Your back splash can be as unique as you are.
  • Cabinets: Custom cabinets are a great way to add storage and functionality to your kitchen. There are many different colors and styles to choose from. This is a great way to update your kitchen and really make it your own.

Now let us talk about a few items that you can replace and update throughout your home for an overall improvement to your home. These items are a great way to really update and refresh your whole home by picking one item to work on throughout.

  • Efficient Lighting: Looking around your home at night, are there any places that you could use more lighting? This is a great way to add warmth and comfort to your home. This is also a great time to make your lighting more energy efficient.
  • Flooring: Adding new flooring throughout your home is a great way to add style and color to the interior of your home. There are many options and types of texture to choose from. This is a great way to personalize your home.
  • Painting: Painting a room can make a complete difference to your home. It can make a room cozy and warm or add a pop of color and interest. Painting is an easy way to change and update your home.

No matter what part of your home you choose to remodel or how you choose to remodel it, make sure you take your time and enjoy the process. This is your chance to make your home uniquely yours. Love it!

It’s time to complete that list of home winterizing. There’s no more putting it off. If you don’t get it done now, you will be trying to do it when it is bitter cold and windy or even worse, snowing! No matter what you have on your list, be sure to check out the following tips to see if you need to add these to it.

Clean water drainage system. Seems odd to think of spring rain now, but if your gutters and water removal system are not working properly, the spring rain will reek havoc on your yard and maybe even leak into your basement! Your gutters could have a lot of leaves and dirt in them. These solids can freeze with water and weigh down your gutters, causing them to sag or break. Check all your downspouts for any blockage. Make sure that all the connections on the gutter to the downspouts and the downspouts to your water drainage systems are snug and secure. If your gutter and drainage system are clean and working at optimum levels, the spring rain will be a welcomed sight.

Winterize outside and exposed plumbing. If you have any exposed pipes, they need to be drained and filled with antifreeze. If you have an outside hose hook up (silcock or hose bibb) or exterior faucet, these also need to be drained. Using an insulated cover for the the silcock can make a huge difference to keep cold, winter air out of your water supply.

Insulate. Insulation can be key to saving you money in many ways. Check your attic to see how much insulation you have keeping your warm air in. Opinions differ about the exact amount recommended for your home. 12” of insulation should provide sufficient protection from unwanted air exchange. Check with your local department of energy for their specific recommendations for your area and style of home.

Insulate your water heater. Wrap your water heater with insulation or a water heater blanket. This is a quick and simple task that will start saving you money throughout the year.

Seal any leaks around your windows and doors. Windows and doors can be a common spot for unwanted air exchanges to occur. If you can feel the cold air coming in around either of them, then they are demanding your attention. Here are a few things you can do to stop this air exchange:

  • Replace or repair any damaged or missing weather stripping.
  • Caulk any visible cracks in the unit or around it in the frame or trim
  • Tighten any screws in hinges or hardware that have loosened up
  • Use expanding foam in any holes or visible large cracks

Replace your windows or doors. If your windows and doors are beyond repairing, then you should consider replacing them. New replacement vinyl windows will be more energy efficient as well as update the style of your home. Swapping out your old entrance doors for new door units will make these areas a beautiful new shield against the cold air. Doors and windows are a crucial and beautiful part of your home. Unfortunately, if they are not weather tight then they are a huge factor in your heat loss.

Before the bitter cold hits, get your home prepared. Utilize these tips to get your home ready for the cold weather of winter. Don’t delay, winterize your home TODAY!

Curb appeal. What makes you stop and look at one house versus another house? With so many different aspects to the exterior of a house, its hard to pinpoint just one thing that catches your eye. Sometimes its the color of the siding, or the color of the front door. Or maybe its those gorgeous posts on that covered porch. No matter what it is, if your home doesn’t have it you can get it at Window Nation. You can do a quick fall project or two to spruce your home up before the snow flies.

New vinyl siding can be a drastic yet simple improvement. This change can completely alter your home’s style. Or, if you’re less adventurous, it can just be a color or texture change. Siding style and color is central to the overall look of your home.

If you’re not up for a siding change, then maybe the addition of some vinyl accessories would be more your choice. Adding fluted corner posts, vinyl shutters, vinyl gable vents or even new vinyl trim will give you a new spin on your existing siding. These quick and easy accents are an affordable upgrade for your homes exterior appeal.

Installing a new front door can also be an attractive and energy efficient boost to the outside of your home. Many homes have front doors that are allowing too much heat and airflow in and out of homes. Today’s doors are built more securely and will provide your home with better protection for your family. A new secure and energy efficient entrance door should definitely be on your fall home project list.

Replacing old weathered windows with new vinyl replacement windows is also a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Today’s vinyl windows are made with insulated glass and are highly energy efficient. These windows will be saving you heating and cooling money as soon as your finish installing them.

Having a home that has style, curb appeal and is energy efficient is the goal of most homeowners. Take a little time this fall to make some quick improvements to your home with the help of Window Nation.

There is just something empowering about being able to say I built that with my own two hands. Do-It-Yourself home improvement projects are becoming more and more popular these days. Especially if your home is on a tight budget, like many are with today’s economy. Projects that you can do yourself can save you the expense of labor and give you a sense of accomplishment. There are some set backs to DIY projects if you have not done the proper research and invested the appropriate amount of time, they can be dangerous and more costly in the long run.

Here are a few DIY safety tips for getting things started on the right track. Take a minute to look these helpful tips over before diving into any DIY project.

  • Safety First: The number one thing to be aware of when starting a DIY job is unsafe work conditions. It is easy to think you have to cut corners on safety when doing a DIY project. Safety is the most important part of any home improvement project. It could not only make the difference between getting the job done but also it could save your life. It is important to read all safety material when using power tools, have a spotter available when using ladders or heavy equipment and also go through the right safety routes when dealing with things like electrical wiring.
  • Tools: Having the correct tools for the project will not only get the job done faster but also keep things safer. You can purchase or sometimes even rent the right tools to get the job done. Make sure you read directions fully before using any unfamiliar tools. Safety is always the first step to getting any project done. If you are unsure about how to use a tool ask a local hardware store clerk for tips and ask a friend to be present when using major equipment.
  • Materials: having the correct material for your DIY project is essential to getting the job done right the first time. You can ask professionals at your local hardware store for help picking proper material. It is not always best to choose the cheapest material. This could slow down the project later on. Asking for help and choosing the right material for your job is the best place to start picking material.
  • Measuring right: Making proper measurements for your DIY project is essential for a good outcome. If measurements are off by an inch it can hurt the projects outcome. The rule of thumb is to always measure twice and cut once. If your measurement is off you may need to buy more material or start the project over.
  • Building Permits: Having the proper building permits are very necessary to any project. If you have not secured the proper permit and you build on an addition. The town will tell you to take down the whole project and redo it with the appropriate permits.

These helpful tips are just the beginning of your DIY project. Local hardware store staff can help assist you further with project questions. Safety is the number one concern when starting any DIY project. Keep things safe and enjoy the learning experience.

What is it about spring that makes us all jump into home improvement projects? It must have to do with the spring fever that hits after a long winter. And since the official start to spring is just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about which home improvements you want to tackle in your home. Need a few ideas? Well, you came to the right place!

Replace old windows

Now that you can stand to even open a window without cold air blowing through the home, its the time when many homeowners finally say, ‘enough is enough’ with the drafty windows. And this is said for good reason. Not only are drafty windows a pain to deal with year after year, but they are very wasteful to our fuel and electricity bills. A drafty window literally lets your hard earned money blow right outside. If you’re tired of being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, it may be time to invest in energy efficient replacement windows!

Install new doors

Just like replacement windows, the thought of taking a door off the hinges during the winter might seem a little whacky (although our professionals certainly can do it!). With a nice spring breeze blowing through the front door, you might be thinking that now is the perfect time to replace the entry door system, or maybe even have a sliding door or french doors installed going out to the porch or patio. If its on your mind, now is the perfect time to give us a call so we can help you find the perfect replacement doors for your home!

Replace hard to maintain siding

Vinyl siding is becoming increasingly popular because of how easy it is to maintain. If you have wood siding on your home now then you are aware of the tedious task of scraping and staining that must occur in order to upkeep the look of your home’s siding. But thanks to new vinyl siding options, you can cross all that work right off your spring to do list. Vinyl siding only requires a good splash of the hose and no painting or scraping. Sound more like your style? We’ve got you covered!

For all of your home’s replacement projects, give us a call at Window Nation! Serving Maryland, Virginia, DC and Ohio.

With the new year approaching, a lot of people like to think of ways to improve their lives by making a New Year’s resolution. Most people focus on their immediate selves, thinking of ways to make themselves healthier, eat clean and get more exercise. Although these things are important, the professionals at Window Nation would like to suggest a totally different type of resolution this year! How about resolving to improve your home? There are lots of affordable home improvement projects you can do in the New Year, and now is a great time to start brainstorming ways to make your home just a little brighter in 2014!

Our first home improvement project suggestion is to buy replacement windows for your home windows. Windows from Window Nation can improve your home’s energy efficiency, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer! Along with improving your home’s curb appeal, replacement windows from Window Nation can reduce drafts and will be installed by professional installers; these windows will help improve the overall comfort of your home.

Remodel your kitchen. If you’ve been considering putting your home on the market in the next few years, a remodeled kitchen can offer a big return on your investment. It can also make meal prep more enjoyable! This is a great project to start thinking about now and plan to begin in the spring.

Invest in a bathroom remodel to make your home more comfortable. Add great lighting, a master bath with two sinks and custom showers and you’ll have a bathroom that can offer a large return on your investment should you sell anytime soon. Outdated bathrooms are not popular with homebuyers, so updating your bathroom can really pay off in the long run.

Create a home office. This will give you additional space in which to work, pay bills and just get away from it all. A home office can also offer a large return on your investment should you decide to sell your home in the future.

Add new vinyl siding to your home. Not only can reinforced vinyl siding from Window Nation make your home look more beautiful, it can also offer additional insulation to protect your home better from the elements.

For more information on improving your home with new windows, doors or vinyl siding, contact the pros at Window Nation in Maryland, DC, Virginia and Ohio today. We would be happy to discuss our services with you and plan to make your home more energy efficient in the New Year! You can also stop by one of our many showrooms to see the various options we have available.