If every year, at the same time, someone broke into your house and stole money from you, how long would it take you to install measures to keep them out? Probably not long. What if the same person broke into your house over and over again all winter long? Can you imagine putting up with that? This may startle you, but this already happens. Every single winter, all winter long, an intruder breaks into your Philly home and steals from you. And you let it happen. Here is what it looks like.
Imagine this. You have a giant jar in your living room. Inside that jar are pennies–thousands of them. But you can’t see this jar. It is invisible, and so are the thieves that come to steal the pennies. They come in through your windows almost continually and tip toe into your living room to take a few pennies here and a few pennies there.
At the end of fall they are only taking a small handful, but as winter kicks into gear and the temperatures drop outside, they start bringing in buckets–gleefully digging out money while you relax on your couch watching television.
At some point, you get a bill in the mail. It is from the company responsible for filling your penny jar each month – only they’re not asking for pennies. They want hundreds of dollars. You don’t even realize as you look at the bill that if you could keep those thieves from stealing from your penny jar you wouldn’t have to pay the penny company as much to fill the jar up. It would already be mostly filled.
You’ve probably already pieced things together; even though it is probably a horrible analogy. You’re allowing pennies to escape your home in the form of heat. When you lose heat, you have to make more heat to replace it, and the oil company and electric companies will love you for it. They are more than happy to give you more pennies for those robbers to steal.
Before the cold Philadelphia winter hits your home, get your windows replaced by Window Nation. Windows are a notorious exit for heat. When you get 2 or 3 panes of glass with Low-E coating and Argon or Krypton gas between the heat inside your home and the cold expanse outside, you’ll have fewer dollars going out to the energy companies and more money to spend on all the fun things we have to do this winter in Philadelphia. Call today for a free estimate. What do you have to lose but more heat out your windows? Take action before winter comes–and keep those pennies from being stolen.
By: Julie Washington
August 17th, 2015
TWINSBURG, Ohio — As teenagers, brothers Aaron and Harley Magden learned about the home improvement business by filing paperwork and writing up estimates at Regency Windows, their father’s Cleveland-based business.
When Regency Windows was sold and then shuttered, the brothers teamed up to start their own windows, siding and doors business. The new venture, Window Nation, started in Baltimore in 2006 and now serves Northeastern Ohio, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, northern Virginia and all of Maryland.
Harley Magden, 39, oversees marketing and finance as Window Nation’s president. Aaron Magden, 35, is vice president of sales. The $40 million company has 50 employees and is the 11th largest window company in the country, according to the Magdens.
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The brothers grew up in Solon, earned degrees at John Carroll University and currently live in Baltimore, although they consider Cleveland as home. Let’s get to know them – and learn about the window repair business – in this Q&A profile.
I understand this is a family business. How did it get started?
Aaron: Our grandfather started in the home remodeling business in the 1960s. Regency Windows was started by our father, Mike Magden. In 2004, Dad retired and sold Regency Windows to a venture capitalist. My brother and I decided to go our own way. We really love the home improvement industry; it was in our blood. So we took our talents to Baltimore in 2006. That’s when Window Nation originated.
Harley: Aaron and I picked the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. area for several reasons. We had a non-compete (agreement not to compete with Regency Windows), yet wanted to stay within driving distance of Cleveland. The Baltimore-Washington, D.C., is one of the largest markets in the country.
What brought you back to Cleveland?
Harley: The company our father sold ended up going bankrupt. We opened a showroom in Twinsburg in 2008. A lot of the people who worked for Regency Windows now work for us. We pride ourselves that the windows are made locally in Streetsboro.
How have windows changed through the years?
Aaron: It started off with wood, double-hung, single-pane windows that operate with a rope and a pulley.
As you get into the late 1960s and early 1970s, they came out with vinyl windows. People said, the wood’s beautiful, but we’re painting them, we’re staining them, we gotta maintain them. So geez, what if we came up with a product that was maintenance-free? And, it would be two panes of glass hermetically sealed together (for better insulation). Now the windows tilted in for cleaning. It was the best thing since sliced bread.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, they started adding coatings to the glass to make it more efficient in blocking the sun’s rays in summer and letting the warmth in during winter. At this time, vinyl windows were made with argon gas between the panes of glass for insulation.
Why test for lead paint before a window replacement job?
Aaron: In houses built prior to 1940, there’s a high chance there is lead in the paint.
Yeah, you can paint over it, but when we’re taking out the window, we’re scratching through different layers. That lead becomes airborne dust that is very damaging to your health.
We have to perform a lead test on every window. If a job has lead paint, we do containment. We cover up all of your furniture and put plastic up as if we were doing sanding.
How much do new windows cost?
Harley: The average price of a new window ranges from $400 to $1,000 per window, depending on the labor involved to install it, the window’s size and its options.
About 60% of our customers get all the windows in their houses replaced all at once. We actually track that.
(The 2015 Cost Vs Value Report estimated that, in Cleveland, the cost of replacing 10 double-hung windows with insulated vinyl replacement windows would run between $10,000 and $13,000.)
Why do homeowners buy replacement windows?
Aaron: Obviously, efficiency. If they have drafts, heavy condensation or ice buildup in the windows in the wintertime, they know it’s time to replace the windows. Houses built in the 1970s and 1980s often have dual-pane windows with metal spaces between the panes. Water and ice can build up between the panes, which leads to mold.
Having maintenance-free windows is another big thing; you don’t have to paint vinyl. Some people are getting older and they can’t wash the windows anymore. They want them to tilt in.
Newer windows have coatings that filter out UV rays. It’s pointless to get new furniture when it’s going to get faded (from sunlight); this protects the furniture in the house.
Harley: Many houses built in the 1980s and 1990s were built with builder-grade windows made of thin vinyl or inexpensive wood and clear glass with no coatings. Because when a homeowner is building a house, what do they want to focus on? The kitchen, the bath. Who cares about windows? Most of our work is replacing old vinyl windows that have already failed in newer homes.
Another big thing is seal failure, which makes the interior glass surface look foggy and cloudy, and you can’t wash it. This condition is caused by moisture getting in between the panes.
If all of the windows in an average three-bedroom home were replaced, what would be the savings in energy costs?
Aaron: It depends on how bad the old windows were, how well insulated the house is, and how warm the homeowners like the temperature of the house. We don’t guarantee anything, but homeowners should see heating bills come down by 15% to 25% in houses built from the 1920s to 1950s. Newer homes will see comparable savings. That is the number-one reason why reason people replace their windows.
When did you first realize your passion for the home improvement business?
Harley: I went to school full-time at John Carroll University – double majoring in finance and marketing –while working at Regency Windows 30 hours a week. I started writing up job folders and doing filing in the office. After five to six years, I was able to apply what I was learning in school to the business.
Aaron: When I was 17, my dad let me start going to clients’ homes and providing estimates, and that’s when I fell in love with meeting with homeowners and helping them out. It really just clicked.
We take the same philosophy that our dad always did, that family touch. We know every employee. We travel to all the branches all the time. We’re not these arm chair quarterbacks sipping pina coladas in Florida. We’re working all the time.
Clean and sparkly windows, what a treat! Traditionally to get your windows this way has been a lot of work. So much so that it’s usually only done one or two times a year. Some people choose to pay professional window cleaners to come in and clean them and they can charge anywhere from $25 per hour on up to $100+ per hour. Some even charge per window, no matter how clean or dirty they are when they start.
Getting and keeping your windows clean is a big job. But, did you know that it doesn’t have to be? Most of today’s large window manufacturers take ‘ease of cleaning’ into consideration when they design their windows. Here at Window Nation, we have some of this nation’s leading window manufacturers under one roof and each model has its own easy to clean aspects which helps to make our vinyl replacement windows the perfect choice for any home.
Venting windows, sometimes referred to as casements, are typically rectangular in shape and the sash moves along the top and bottom rails of the window frame to open. These sashes are designed to move just enough to let in ample ventilation and allow easy cleaning of both sides of the glass.
Double hung windows are comprised of two sashes and they slide by each other to allow venting from the top and bottom of the window. Both of these sashes tilt in for easy cleaning. No more ladders needed!
Sliding windows are also made up of two sashes, the difference is that these sashes slide by each other horizontally. Our sliders come standard with lift out sashes for cleaning, which are removable from the safety of the inside of your home. We also offer swing and clean sliders. These models are designed to swing open like a door for cleaning. Both of these styles make cleaning your sliding windows an easy task.
As you can see, the windows we offer are definitely easy to clean. No more once a year cleaning. No more digging out or borrowing ladders that are scary and dangerous. No more garden hose cleanings with spots left all over your windows. No more deciding if paying a professional cleaner is worth it.
For more information about replacing windows in your home, give us a call or simply stop by a showroom closest to you!
It’s one of the biggest concerns for homeowners who are contracting a company to complete a service or job on their home: figuring out whether they received fair pricing, or were completely ripped off.
Although the internet is a hub for useful information, the details homeowners need are rarely consolidated into one spot. Houzz.com is consistently solving that problem with their ever-evolving and popular website.
Recently, Houzz has taken their game up a notch in usefulness, by releasing their new consumer-friendly tool called the “Houzz Real Cost Finder.” It utilizes data from surveys of over 100,000 homeowners in order to give people an idea of what their project could potentially cost, according to what metro area they live in.
With this tool, homeowners may just find a little more peace of mind when employing their local replacement window contractor or kitchen remodeler, by knowing just a little more information.
If you’re a homeowner in need of new windows, doors, siding, a new kitchen, new flooring, you name it, check this tool found at http://www.houzz.com/remodeling-costs.
Choose the Project Type on the left hand side.
Enter your city or zip code.
You will be presented with the percentage of people in your area that hired a professional to complete the specified project type, the average home value of those completing the project type, and the average household income for those completing the project. Finally, you will see the average cost of that project type in your area. Happy searching!
Please Note: Window Nation encourages homeowners to conduct their due diligence when searching for a remodeler. Check BBB ratings, Angie’s List, reviews, and the companies’ insurance and warranties. For a guide on smart window shopping, visit www.WindowNation.com and download the free guide.