replacement windows in a minimalist dining roomAs of 2014, consumers were purchasing more than $31 billion in new windows and doors. Enticing these consumers to replace old windows were tax credits for qualified windows, increased energy efficiency in the home, and a boost to home values that positively affected home sale prices. While there are many reasons to replace old windows, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to shopping for replacement windows. Find out the questions to ask when buying replacement windows to get the right windows for your home and avoid top window buying mistakes.


The most costly mistake with replacement windows is shopping based on cost alone. At Window Nation, we believe that no one should need to replace their replacement windows. Yet all too often, consumers who buy bottom-line windows wind up doing just that -- and far before the quoted lifespan of the replacement windows! Remember that you get what you pay for with windows, so buy the best you can afford. It's an investment in your home.


There are more choices for windows now than when your home was built, and you've got far more choices than wood vs. vinyl. Rather than replace windows with the same type, learn about advances in windows and decide what's right for you.


Some handy people think they can install their own windows. In reality, only a few people can do this the right way. Many who try the DIY route wind up hiring a window installer to fix things.


Once you've chosen the right windows, ask questions to ensure that the window installer you're thinking of hiring has the right experience for the job. We recommend you ask the following questions:


If your new windows are not installed properly, they will fail sooner rather than later. Many window companies will not honor their warranties if a contractor erred in the installation, which leaves you on the hook for repair. For your own protection, you must hire a contractor who is licensed, insured, and certified. If a contractor is injured installing your windows and they don't have insurance, you may be liable to pay their medical bills. Certification provides third-party proof that an installer has been trained in how to install doors and windows to the manufacturer's specifications.


It's worth it to pay a little more for a window installer with a proven track record in the business. Find out how much experience a window installer has. Don't take a window installer at their word; ask them to provide references. Then call the references or check consumer review sites to see how satisfied customers are with their windows.


Window installers set their own costs. Some charge for estimates, while others provide free estimates. Finish work, which includes interior and exterior trim, may not be included. So you can compare estimates accurately and budget for the windows you need, you must ask about costs when planning for replacement windows. For more tips for buying replacement windows or more information on replacement windows in general check out our blog. Our window replacement experts are always available to help you make the right choice for your home, contact us or schedule your free in-home estimatetoday to get started.

You have worked hard your whole adult life just to save for the down payment on your dream home. Maybe you had your heart set on a beautiful older home full of charm and character that newer homes just don’t offer, and you found just the right one. You move in with your family, and then reality sets in. Homeownership can often come at a steep price. That charm that you were looking for is quite often not as practical as that of its newer counterpart, and you can quickly tell your home is in serious need of some upgrades. If you are considering changes as you look out of the original, or close to original, windows, you might want to start right there.

Here are the top five reasons you know it’s time to replace those windows:


Now that the weather has turned colder, if you are finding that you can’t walk by a window without a draft causing you to shiver, you might very well need to replace them. Even the best windows let a certain amount of air in, but you shouldn’t be able to notice it. Just like anything else you own, windows do wear out. The windows may have warped due to exposure causing the frames to become loose thus allowing air to get through.

Energy Costs Increase:

Have you noticed a steady increase in the checks you are writing to the fuel company or for your electric bill? This could be a sign that your windows might not be energy efficient. Older style windows such as single pane styles or windows that are warped will not block the cold or heat as they once might have. Replacing these with newer energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves in lower heating and cooling costs.

Water Stains:

When we decide to buy older homes because they have so much character, it is important to realize that older homes come with older windows. Over time, especially with older style windows, the wood frames will rot and warp due to exposure to sun, rain, and fluctuating temperatures. This can cause even the best maintained wooden framed windows to rot. If you are finding water stains on the inside, your windows are probably leaking. If that is the case, there is a good chance that you should replace them.


Single pane windows might have condensation, but that shouldn’t be the case for double or triple pane styles. If you are finding that your windows are getting foggy in between the panes this is indicative of a problem. It is likely that you have seal failure and your windows are no longer effectively insulated and probably should be replaced.

Windows That Get Stuck:

Have you had to struggle to open or shut your windows? This is a sign that they have warped over the years and are likely fitting too snugly or too loosely. Either way, there is a good chance that this window will also allow excess air in as well.

Do you have questions about the efficiency of your windows? Give us a call here at Window Nation, your replacement windows specialists. We offer the best in premium replacement vinyl windows, all locally made and custom fit. We can help pick out a style that will not take away from the old-world charm that you fell in love with while giving you the modern comfort and energy efficiency that you are looking for.