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.

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. While some are just for your enjoyment, other projects actually pay off in the long run. If you’re wondering what your next home improvement project should be, choose one that has lasting benefits. 

For more energy saving tips and home improvement ideas, be sure to follow our blog. Our name says windows but we blog about the home! 

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.

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