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Many people love shopping. They don’t even care that they don’t have any money to spend, they just love to walk through the mall and look at the colorful displays with the newest wares and styles attractively shown. They enjoy seeing the hustle and bustle of all the people walking about. Some people also really enjoy the chance to meander through the downtown streets in some small town that has forgotten that time has moved beyond the ‘downtown’ era. Just being able to walk by one shop window with the latest fashion, and then turn around and see some gadgets from the 50’s in the next shop has an allure for them.
Window shopping. It really is a large part of our history here in the U.S. and in Ohio. Window shopping is only possible because of nice clean and crisp windows. Are your windows at home clean and crisp? Is there fog between the panes or glass? Do you have cracks in your glass? Does the outside weather leak inside your house? Or are they so scratched and damaged that you can’t see through them?
If you answered yes to any or worse yet, all of these questions than it’s surely time for you to go window shopping. Or, wait, should I say, it’s time for you to go shopping for windows! Shopping for new or replacement windows can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right help from the right people, your window project can go smoothly and you will have new beautiful windows in your home quicker than you ever thought possible.
Here in Ohio, there’s one place and one place only to get the most knowledgeable service and top-notch windows, Window Nation. Licensed by the State of Ohio and a member of the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, we offer the latest designs from 15 of the nation’s name brand window manufacturers. With our many styles, sizes and colors we are sure to find a window that fits your budget and needs. We also offer a comprehensive limited lifetime warranty. Dealing with us means that you will be pairing up with professionals who are highly trained and skilled with many years of experience.
Shopping for windows can be as enjoyable as window shopping, as long as you are dealing with the competent professionals here at Window Nation. Contact us today to get started on your next window project!
When you choose to install replacement windows in your home, you are making a big decision- one that will benefit you in many ways! With replacement windows in your home, you will improve the look of your home as well as your home’s energy efficiency. Now, keeping those beautiful new windows clean is the tough part! With atmospheric conditions, bad weather and children in your home, keeping your windows clean on the inside and out can be a challenge. To eliminate toxins but still keep your windows clean, here is a great all-natural window cleaning solution for your double hung windows, bow windows or any other replacement windows you may have in your home.
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water, boiled and cooled
A few drops of food coloring
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle; shake well to mix. Spray onto a glass surface and wipe clean with paper towel or cloth. This will last for up to a month, but check it periodically to make sure there is no mold growth in the liquid.
Other natural window cleaning solutions include just plain vinegar and wiping your glass with newspapers to help create a shine that is streak-free.
If you’ve been looking for a way to spruce up your old windows and window cleaners (natural or not!) aren’t cutting it, the professionals at Window Nation can help. With a large variety of windows (including bay windows, venting windows, sliders or even garden windows for a better view of your property), Window Nation can provide help with choosing the right windows and we will provide expert installation. If you need new windows because the ones you have now are drafty, or you’re looking to improve the overall appearance of your home, now is a good time to discuss replacement windows for your home. Contact the professionals at Window Nation for more information on our superior windows for your Ohio, Maryland, VA or DC property.
Have you considered selling your home some time down the road? If you don’t plan to stay in your home forever, there are a few things you can do in your home now to increase the value of it, should you plan to sell later on. Several home improvement projects can have a surprisingly good effect on your home’s perceived value, which can really help you when it comes time to put your home on the market.
To increase the perceived value of your home, install new lighting in your bathroom. You would be amazed at what some brighter and more energy efficient LED lights can do to your bathroom vanity! They are versatile and have impressive longevity. Installing lighting bars on either side of your vanity mirror will give more attractive illumination to images in the mirror; just these small changes in your bathroom can pay off big, with return on your investment being at least 70%,
Replacing old and drafty windows and doors in your home can pay off a great deal; replacement home windows can offer energy savings by keeping the heated or cooled air inside your home, where it belongs. Replacement windows and doors can be chosen to match your home’s current style and you can choose window pane options that reduce U/V rays and insulate your home better than your current windows. Adding new energy efficient vinyl windows can help give you an energy efficient home, allowing you to recoup up to 70% of the project cost in added home value.
Install a programmable thermostat in your home. This clever little thermostat will help you save even more money on your heating and cooling bills by only keeping your home at the most comfortable temperature while you are there. Your heated or cooled air will be kept to a minimum while you are away from the home; you can simply program the thermostat with your daily schedule and it will do the rest, keeping your home the right temperature for you all year round. This little addition to your home can save you a significant amount on your energy bills and most buyers expect to see a programmable thermostat when house hunting. This can also make your home more marketable in the future.
Selling your home can be a tough decision, but if you know that it is right for you, these home improvement projects will help to increase the value of your home for when it’s finally time to sell.
For help with the replacement windows and doors for your property, look no further than the window replacement company serving all of MD, VA, DC and OH at Window Nation. We have many windows and doors to choose from with many energy efficient options to help make your home more comfortable, reduce your energy bills and improve the overall value of your home. Contact us today for more information on our services or stop by one of our many showrooms to see the many window and door options we have for you!
The time has come when homeowners across the country are eager to get started on their spring home improvement projects. Whether they are indoor projects or outdoor projects, you can count on a busy season for home improvement companies nationwide. But we wanted to remind you before you tackle your next project, that energy efficient home improvement projects are eligible to receive energy tax credits! That means a savings for you now and also, long-term savings that comes from having a more energy efficient home. With the many different projects out there, energy efficient replacement windows are known to be eligible for energy tax credits.
Even better is that Congress has decided to make energy tax credits retroactive. So if you went all out in 2012 making energy efficient improvements to your home, you may still be able to receive a tax credit on this year’s returns!
Energy tax credits have many people and corporations excited. From an article posted to the Beacon Journal, “Obviously we think it’s a really great move to help consumers afford [improvements] and encourage them to think about making these energy-efficiency investments in their homes,” said Ronnie Kweller, a spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington energy-efficiency lobby.
This is great news for both homeowners and energy efficiency advocates like our team of replacement window experts at Window Nation. We have always believed that creating an energy efficient home is one of the smartest home improvements you can make. Even windows that were made just 10 years ago do not prove to have the same great energy efficient technologies as today’s replacement windows. In addition to using fewer resources, homeowners save money on their heating and cooling bills!
Keep in mind, that as with any tax credit, there are eligibility regulations. We have created a document for you to help determine whether or not your recent or future home improvement projects are eligible to receive this year’s energy tax credits. Click here to view the 2012 – 2013 Tax Credit Information page.
If you are ready to get started with your home’s energy efficient replacement windows, please contact Window Nation today. Our service area extends from Ohio including Cleveland, to the D.C. Metro, to Baltimore, Maryland and to the Carolina’s. So, if you are ready to create a more energy efficient home AND enjoy the energy tax credits from your replacement project, please give us a call today or stop by one of our store locations near you!
If you’re over the chill of winter and ready to open those windows and let the spring breeze flow through your home, you’re not alone! But, we hear often from homeowners that their old windows did not take the winter well, and when they try to open them up in the spring, well, there are a few kinks. Winters in Ohio and even further south (Maryland, DC, Virginia and the Carolinas) can really take a toll on the condition of your windows. If you find any of the following situations to be true, it may be time to consider investing in energy-efficient replacement windows from Window Nation.
It’s hard to open your windows. They seem stuck and do not slide up and down easily.
You can see through the sides of the windows because the window itself is not properly lined up with the frame.
Mold or mildew is forming around the window, and there is visible moisture/condensation.
When it’s cold outside, your windows are cold to the touch. That means your expensive heating is slipping right out of those old windows.
Windows that are even ten years old are going to have nowhere near the same benefits or same level of energy-efficiency as windows that are made today. Window technology has come so far, that now is the perfect time to invest in replacement windows before summer comes, and before winter arrives again.
Not only will new windows add a fresh and stylish look to your home, but your home’s value may increase as well. And your new windows will even pay for themselves over time, as you’ll be saving money on your home’s heating and cooling costs. (Even small gaps in the window frame or single paned glass are enough to cause your expensive heating and air conditioning to literally go “out the window.”) But with Window Nation’s quality materials and installation, you can trust that your new windows will last for years to come. We also offer the most comprehensive limited lifetime warranty* in the industry.
So, don’t worry if your windows are stuck, worn or show signs of mold and mildew; we’re here to help, and to make the process of replacing your windows effortless. Contact Window Nation for get more information on replacement windows in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Carolinas. Enjoy keeping your air conditioning INSIDE during Spring this year.
*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
Have you heard about the new glass system in town? R-5 windows may become the new standard, surpassing the already highly efficient, ENERGY STAR glass. So, what’s different about this new R-5 technology? Better efficiency and more savings for you!
Nearly 30% of heating and cooling costs literally go out the window, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That is a lot of wasted money and wasted energy, which makes energy efficient windows a must. For homes in cold environments that need to keep the heat in and also homes in hot environments that need to keep the heat out, installing energy efficient windows is the ticket to achieving a more comfortable indoor temperature.
Features of the R-5 window technology:
30% reduction in heat loss
25% more insulation
Lowest possible U-values (insulation values)
Highest possible R-values (resistance to the weather)
This new window technology goes beyond the ENERGY STAR window technology which was already a major advance in efficient window designs. Though the R-5 windows cost a little more to purchase, over time you will enjoy significant savings in heating and cooling costs.
If your home has drafty windows, foggy windows, or if they create hot and cold spots throughout the home, now is the time to take advantage of a more efficient window replacement. Please contact us today at Window Nation to learn more about how R-5 windows would work in your home and our energy efficient window replacements.
At Window Nation we are window retailer serving Cleveland, Columbus, South Central Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, DC, Northern Virginia, and all of Maryland. Find a location nearest you or simply give us a call today!
Source: REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR Magazine
Publication date: June 7, 2012
By Jim Cory
Aaron and Harley Magden, co-owners of Window Nation, in Glen Burnie, Md., grew up working for Regency Windows, in Cleveland. Regency was founded by their grandfather, Melvin Magden, and was owned for many years by their father, Mike Magden.
The Magden family sold Regency Windows in 2005 to an investor group, and in 2006 the Magden brothers moved to Maryland and opened Window Nation. Since that time, Window Nation has expanded to four branch locations, including Cleveland. The company recently purchased the assets of Regency Windows, which went out of business in February 2012.
Replacement Contractor: Rumor has it that selling windows is a tough business right now. Any truth to that?
Harley Magden: There’s a little truth to that. It’s definitely challenging now, for multiple reasons. A mild winter, along with the economy and the election, has repressed demand. We had a similar situation four years ago. People sat back waiting to see who would be elected. In Maryland, a lot of them could lose their jobs one way or the other. But it’s slow in all the markets where we are. So it’s more the industry than anything else.
RC: Why did you and your brother decide to open Window Nation?
HM: We grew up in the business and knew it well and wanted to take what we learned on the street with my father and grandfather. I’m a college graduate, but I wanted to take window replacement to the next level. We looked at it less as a family business than as entrepreneurs. We started from scratch and set out to build something new.
RC: You must have learned a lot working with your father at Regency. In running your own company, what turned out to be the biggest surprise?
HM: I like to think we were prepared for almost everything. The only thing you can’t prepare for is the economy tanking. We opened up in 2006, and two years later the stock market crashed.
RC: Were you having second thoughts about your career choice at that point?
HM: We didn’t look at it as discouraging. We looked at it from the standpoint of what we needed to do to make growth, and sales, happen. We knew people needed windows, and we knew they would buy them from somebody, so we set out to be the company that they would buy them from.
RC: What would make those customers buy them from you?
HM: Well, without giving away the secret sauce, we sell a good-quality product at a reasonable price and we make customers happy. We won the REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR Service Excellence Award because we make them happy. We’ve won awards from Angie’s List and the BBB.
But we also offer a fair price, and selection. We’re not pricing ourselves out of the market. And they don’t have to go to four places to look at four different kinds of windows. They can buy vinyl, wood, fiberglass, or metal from us.
Branch Location Strategy
RC: You started your operation in Maryland and now have three branches operating in five states. What’s key to making a branch operation succeed?
HM: The only thing that will make it succeed is having the right person running it. Take someone working for you for a while who is willing to move. You have to grow with them. If you don’t have that right person — someone you trust, who understands the company and its systems — you can have all the leads you need, the best salespeople, it doesn’t matter.
RC: How do you monitor what’s going on at the branches and how often do you monitor it?
HM: You have to have a good software package, a system that can produce Readers Digest version reports, so you can track things. We use ImproveIt 360. That allows us to keep our eye on the important metrics in each office. We also do video conferencing once a week with all the branches.
RC: How has your marketing changed since you opened Window Nation?
HM: It’s been a roller coaster. One reason is the tax credit. All you had to do with the tax credit was say you were selling windows and they’d call.
Our ad costs fell because so many people wanted windows. Of course, today a lot of our marketing — this is no shock — is based on the Internet. Living Social and Groupon are media sources we use on a monthly basis. They weren’t even around seven years ago. We were doing none of those.
Rising Lead Costs
RC: Dave Yoho Associates says a survey of its members found that leads — issued appointments — are costing $299. Have your lead costs gone up in the last year or two?
HM: Yes, they’re up. We have tried to analyze why. It’s not because of the cost of advertising. A lot of our advertising costs have fallen, like with print, for instance. But our actual lead cost has gone up. It’s actually because there are fewer buyers out there right now.
RC: You launched a canvassing operation about a year ago, right? How have you done with that?
HM: That’s a small part of our marketing. We launched a canvassing operation in Virginia. And we now have one in Ohio and one in Maryland. It’s met our expectations. But we don’t do shows and events.
RC: How do you make canvassing work?
HM: You have to find the right person to manage the program. It’s all about finding and training new people. And it’s a tough job. Without an experienced canvass manager, it’s very tough to get it started. And with an organization the size of ours, it’s not like you can send a few people out and come back with four or five leads. We need a lot of leads.
RC: Are you finding the canvassing field overcrowded? Are people in neighborhoods starting to react negatively?
HM: Yes, definitely in certain areas. We try to avoid them. Places where you knock and people say: Hey, there was somebody here last month canvassing. We feel it’s best to canvass around your installs rather than throwing a dart in some area.
RC: What other kinds of marketing have been successful?
HM: In Charlotte we find the customer who is really happy and feature them on a piece of print material. So it’s a little more personable. We are trying different things to see what works. We experiment. We advertise in everything from high school sporting events to online, church events, community newsletters … Everything but home shows.
RC: Does social media generate leads for Window Nation?
HM: It does bring in leads, but those leads take longer to develop. It’s more about branding than a call to action. Contests generate activity. We have 4,000 fans on Facebook. Not as many as Hansons, but not bad for a window company.
Why Buy Regency Windows
RC: You recently bought up the assets of Regency Windows, in Cleveland, the company your father and grandfather once owned. Why did you feel that was a smart business move?
HM: Regency had been around for such a long time, and there were assets that had value. I mean, intellectual property and the customer list of 50,000 names. We felt that the purchase of Regency would help us toward our goal of being the No. 1 window company in Cleveland. If we hadn’t bought it, someone else would have.
RC: Does your father ever offer you advice, or does he stay out of what you’re doing?
HM: Both. He’s always there to answer questions. He called me today to tell me he’d gotten something of ours in the mail and he’d also gotten a coupon book with advertisements from all these other window companies.
He’ll go through the book and discuss the offers and what we should do. He is as active as we want him to be. We do ask him for advice every now and then, and he’s always willing to offer his opinion.
With a mild winter and an early start to spring, most of the country can expect a hot summer to follow. Although this is good news for those who frequent the beach or enjoy other summer activities, it can be bad news for your home’s energy bills. It is often thought that heating homes through the winter is most expensive however, when the summer proves to be hot, your AC bills can add up quickly. It can be quite surprising how much money is lost to drafty, old windows in the extreme heat or cold. In order to help homeowners save some money on their cooling bills this summer, Window Nation would like to offer a few energy saving tips:
Set your air conditioning as high as comfortably possible during the summer months
If you live in a place that cools off enough at night, consider shutting the AC off and opening the windows while you sleep
Invest in window blinds or shades that help to block the sunlight and the summer heat
Use a ceiling fan to create the wind chill effect and make a room feel cooler with less AC
Service your cooling system just as you would a furnace to make sure it is running most efficiently
Avoid use of the stove, oven, microwave or other heat producing electronics on hot summer days
Seal off cracks and holes around the exterior of your home to avoid losing cold air
Consider replacing windows in your home
Although a larger investment, by replacing your old, drafty windows with new, energy efficient windows, you will end up saving money in the long run. Replacement windows today are available with double pane glass, triple pane glass, and even a gas called Krypton, which really helps to keep the cool air in and the hot air out during the summer months. You will be able to use less AC and end up with a large energy savings no matter what time of the year.
If you live in Maryland, including Glen Burnie and Baltimore, Ohio, including Akron and Cleveland or throughout the DC metro, Northern Virginia or the Carolinas and you are looking to save on energy costs this summer, contact Window Nation today! Offering unique designs, colors, and materials you can not only have more energy efficient windows but ones that will fit your style.