While specific DIY projects add curb appeal, savvy Minneapolis homeowners know that the return on investment matters to more extensive and costly projects. Knowing which projects will pay off on the Minnesota resale market is always a significant consideration when prioritizing home improvements. But equally important are the shorter-term impacts of that home improvement. 

What Can Replacement Windows Do for Your Twin Cities Home?

Replacement windows can update the look of a home and improve curb appeal, but it’s all about energy efficiency in the Twin Cities. Replacing your windows will significantly impact home energy efficiency, in some cases reducing heating loss by 40%. Below-freezing temperatures characterize winter in Minnesota, so preventing heat loss is a significant consideration. 

From Low-E glass to UV and solar blockers, window technology continuously evolves to make homes look great while working hard to save on energy costs

Another feature of consideration is the Window material. For example, Vinyl windows are effortless to clean and can stand up to weather extremes, like those bone-chilling Minnesota winters. Come Spring, tilt in, do a quick wipe down, and boom, your interior, and exterior windows are sparkling.

And, let’s face it, windows are the light-bringers. Struggling through the harsh Minneapolis winter can be easier with ample natural light. Harness those lake views with a big bay window, get a full view of falling snow in your backyard with a bow window, add a garden-style window above your kitchen sink. The options and ability to customize and add light to your Twin City home with replacement windows are endless.   

Do Replacement Windows Add Value to Your Home?  

A resounding, yes. Replacing old windows boosts your Minneapolis home’s value tremendously.  

If you spend $15,000 to replace your home’s windows, your home could rise by roughly $11,000. That’s a 74% return on your investment…and enough for a new kayak to paddle the Boundary Waters!

If you’re thinking of selling your home in a few years, replacing the windows can help your home stand out in a crowded market. Minnesota buyers love houses that are not only move-in ready but updated with modern amenities. New windows can improve your home’s marketability and add instant curb appeal, which will help you command a higher selling price. 

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home today, replacement windows can help save you money now

New windows and double-pane windows create a tighter seal with less heat leakage. Drafts are the primary cause of wasted energy during cold Minneapolis winters. 

Bottom line? When you eliminate leaks by replacing inefficient windows, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling your house. The only disappointing draft you’ll experience in your home is when the Vikings start their next season.

And you’ll save even more when you select Energy Star windows. For every single pane window you replace with an Energy Star window, you’ll save an estimated $101 to $583 per year. If you replace a double pane window with an Energy Star model, you’ll save anywhere from $27 to $197 per year. You’ll also do your part to protect the climate by curbing carbon dioxide emissions – anywhere from 26 to 6,205 pounds worth. That’ll help show St. Paul who’s the better twin, huh? 

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

It’s a no-brainer when you add in all the reasons that replacing your windows benefits your comfort, your wallet, and the environment. 

Now that you understand how replacement windows can add value to your Minneapolis home and quality of life, it’s time to take the next step. At Window Nation, we offer free estimates for replacement window installation. Find out how to cost-effectively upgrade your windows by requesting a free quote today!

There are so many options for replacement windows than standard single pane windows. Many window companies offer unique window styles that give your home a well-deserved upgrade. We recommend you do your research to determine all the options available before choosing your replacement windows.    For example, double hung windows are a safe choice for homeowners looking to keep a classic look. However, if you’re looking for non-traditional windows, casement windows are a great option. Both window styles can offer a beautiful transformation of your home, but which window style is right for you? Our replacement window experts explain the difference. 

What is a Casement Window? 

Casement windows (also known as crank windows) are airtight sealed windows that open outward about 45 degrees using a crank. These windows provide great ventilation and create a firm seal on all four sides to keep drafts out. This window style is ideal for any sitting room, sunroom, kitchen, or bathroom. 

Benefits of Casement Windows 

There are many benefits to casement windows that help homeowners add character to their homes.   If you’re looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency, casement windows are a perfect choice. The airtight seal on all four sides of this type of window is a huge plus as it virtually eliminates all drafts and can help lower your heating and cooling bills.   Casement windows from Window Nation have premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter what climate your home is located in. If your existing windows leak outside air into your home, you’ll likely see a decrease in utility costs by upgrading.    They can also help circulate your home’s air. Since casement windows have a smaller opening than double hung windows, they can impact the pressure difference between your home and the atmosphere outside. So, if it ever feels stuffy inside of your home, cranking open a casement window is all it takes to experience a cool breeze. 

What Is a Double Hung Window? 

While casement windows open outwards using a crank, double hung windows — also known as double-sash windows — move up and down within a frame. These windows are one of the most common replacement window styles, partly because they’re so easy to operate and clean. 

 Benefits of Double Hung Windows 

Double hung windows are our most popular window style for many reasons: 
  • Low maintenance 
  • Stylish 
  • Easy to operate   
 Double hung windows from Window Nation are the perfect fit for your home. They can be customized with a variety of colors and materials to help you create the look of your dreams for years to come. 

Comparing Window Styles 

Aesthetic
Casement windows and double hung windows will both give your home a major boost in curb appeal. Both window styles are available in wood and vinyl, with a variety of colors and add-ons. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, double hung windows are a great option; however, casement windows are a go-to alternative for homes with a more contemporary aesthetic. 
Maintenance
Both replacement window styles require minimal maintenance. To clean casement windows, simply crank the window open and clean the window’s interior and exterior. Meanwhile, modern double hung windows simply tilt in for easy cleaning. 
Durability 
Double hung windows have a slight edge over casements when it comes to durability. Since casement windows open outwards, they’re more exposed to the elements which means they can degrade faster than double hung windows. Because double hung windows are secure in a frame, they’re typically more durable than casement windows. So if you live in a wet climate, you might consider choosing double hungs. 
Energy Efficiency
If energy efficiency is your priority, consider choosing casement windows. As we’ve mentioned, these windows have firm seals on all four sides to eliminate drafts. However, you don’t need to sacrifice energy efficiency if you’re considering double hung windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation are measured down to the millimeter to guarantee an airtight seal no matter the which style you choose. 

Interested in Replacement Windows? 

When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of Window Nation’s Exterior Design Consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and review your options so you can find the best windows for your home, preferences, and needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today at www.WindowNation.com.     
 
When the freezing Hartford winter weather hits, many homeowners fantasize about being able to put their home in a perfect, warm little bubble. Imagine being able to heat your house — and it staying a little summer-y microcosm, while the snow drifts outside. Keeping heat inside your house and the cold winter wind outside is not only about comfort, but it’s also about keeping your wallet as happy as it can be between Sox games. Keeping the house comfortable and heating bills as low as possible is first and foremost on every Hartford homeowner’s mind. When we have heat loss in our homes, it means that some of the precious warm air that we’ve collected is escaping to the outdoors. Reducing the amount of heat loss in your house is the best way to save on utility costs this winter. So if you’re looking to throw your wallet a bone, or just save more money for steamed cheeseburger night, here are five quick and easy ways to make your home more heat efficient.

Insulate the attic.

Is there insulation in your attic? If so, how much? The amount of insulation that’s there is crucial to your home’s ability to hold in the ever-rising warm air. If checking your attic insulation status is not something that you can easily do, contact a local contractor or insulation installer for an in-home evaluation. Hopefully, they have a degree from UConn, so you know you can trust them.

Insulate your walls.

Some older homes have very little insulation in their walls. The minimum that is usually suggested for exterior walls is six inches thick. But some historic homes may have only four inches or so. Removing your walls to add more fiberglass insulation is as impossible as the Hartford Whalers coming back, and it can be a very involved home repair. Blown-in insulation is an easier and more efficient option. The amount of insulation in your walls can be increased quickly and easily by using it. If you think that some of your home’s heat loss could be attributed to the lack of insulation in your walls, then consider adding some blown-in insulation. Here’s a tip: if you can hear the sounds of the agonizing Hartford traffic outside of your home, you could probably use more insulation.

Replacement windows.

Ill-fitting, warped old windows can certainly be a contributing factor to your heat loss. Old wooden windows frames with single-pane glass are a far cry from the efficient double-pane insulated glass windows of today. Vinyl replacement windows are the solution. They can be custom-made to fit your oddly-shaped antique windows, and they’re composed of the highest quality vinyl. These windows will add beauty to your Hartford home while making it more energy-efficient.

Replace your doors.

Entry doors can be a great focus for the exterior of your home. Much like the beautiful flowers in Elizabeth Park, they can easily add character, color, and style to set your house apart. Unfortunately, if these doors are old, they’re likely allowing cold air into your home and hot air out. Replacing your older door with a new replacement fiberglass or steel door can stop this unwanted air exchange.

Sealing other miscellaneous areas.

Hot and cold air can move through extremely small cracks and spaces. It doesn’t take a trip to the Connecticut Science Center to learn how to stop air from escaping through these holes in the wall. Check around your chimney, sink pipes, and appliance ducts for areas that could be re-sealed or caulked to prevent air movement. Inspect your basement utility door for any leaks or areas that are failing, and repair or replace as necessary. Another unlikely culprit? Outlets and switch covers. Use a gasket for a simple fix. Stopping heat loss is as simple as keeping as much hot air in your home as possible. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to put your Hartford home in a space-age bubble any time soon. But until you can, do your best to seal up your house by using these five simple steps to keep your home and wallet comfortable. To learn more about how Window Nation replacement windows and doors can help you save on energy bills while helping to increase your home value, schedule your free in-home estimate today!
Did you do a Zoom holiday last year? We’ve all probably had the experience of walking around the house, balancing a laptop in one hand while looking for decent lighting and an interesting backdrop. When holiday parties moved online, all you had to do was slide that stack of papers under the table and move the mugs out of camera view. You could rock a fancy shirt on top with sweatpants hiding underneath. It was party-planning for the digital age! This year, however, many of us are re-opening our homes and starting to host again — and our guests are going to see everything. So dust off those extra placemats, because holiday home improvement trends this year are all about welcoming loved ones back to our homes. Let’s spruce the place up and deck the halls!

Get ready for company

That guest room did yeoman’s work last year. It became the home office, the schoolroom, and the meditation retreat. You can bring it back to its former function, or give it a stylish upgrade and make your guests feel extra welcome. Swap out your old college futon for a brass daybed that has the look of a deep cozy sofa. Repeat that trendy brass look with some adjustable brass reading sconces to get the lighting right. When the guests leave, your updated space becomes the perfect spot to curl up with a book and take a long winter nap. We’re seeing designers using dark moody colors and wallpapers this year. Panetone’s just named “Very Peri” its 2022 Color of the Year. Pick up hints of this deep purple in patterned wallpaper, or go bold and paint the whole room. If you got handy with the jigsaw during last year’s DIY craze, you may want to consider a wall installation. The shiplap trend is still going strong, but big statement walls with wainscotting or paneling are starting to gain prominence. Some guest rooms are going so far as to mimic executive hotel suites. Your (cleaned-off!) desk can have a little coffee station on a tray and a mini-fridge nearby. The upside of this upgrade? In the middle of the night, you won’t have to encounter guests digging around the kitchen looking for snacks.

Make room for the Christmas Tree

Living rooms see lots of action this time of year. Before you set up your Christmas tree, take a good look at your flooring. Pull up that old carpeting already, and install some hardwood. Sweeping pine needles is a lot easier than vacuuming! Hardwood floors never go out of style and are a great long-term investment. If you hopped on the bandwagon and got a dog last year, you’ll understand firsthand why installing hardwoods is a home upgrade that pays for itself. The holidays are a perfect time to upgrade your television as well. In December it seems that every store runs a special on TVs. Consider a television that mimics the appearance of a piece of art— perhaps one you can cleverly integrate into a gallery picture wall. Sure, you marathon-binged a few weeks of your life away last year, but that can be our little secret.

Take it Outside

We all got really good at entertaining outdoors in 2021, and that trend isn’t going away any time soon. Learning how to have fun year-round in our backyards was an epiphany. If you walked into this trend piecemeal, it’s time to commit. Don’t just get a warmer jacket and a camping heater. Call a stonemason and have them build you a proper fire ring. You’ll make great memories with the kids this winter toasting ‘smores and singing carols around the fire. In the summer, you’ll get just as much mileage out of that fire ring when you roast hot dogs and set up your tents for a backyard camp-out.

Let the light in

The shorter days and longer nights take their toll on folks with Seasonal Affective Disorder this time of year, but there’s something you can do about it. We’re seeing lots of homeowners investigating ways to maximize their lighting. You can look at installing full-spectrum light bulbs in your existing fixtures or picking up a specialized sunlight therapy lamp. Most importantly, it may be time to upgrade your home’s windows. Consider enlarging your windows to really let the light in. Large picture-frame installations, like Bay and Bow windows, can make a huge difference in lighting your public spaces — plus they’ll improve your view. Home Window replacement has one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project out there. It’s a great present to give yourself. Schedule a free estimate today, and Window Nation can help you visualize what new windows can do for your home.

Condensation covering your windows is more than just an inconvenience; you could be risking serious damage to your Kansas City home. With the weather being so unpredictable, you could be facing rot, mold, and mildew at any time of the year. So what to do? Knowing how to get rid of condensation inside windows is as important as burnt ends on ribs. 

While condensation on the window pane can be wiped away, you might be wondering how to absorb condensation from windows when it happens between panes of glass. Check out our recommendations on tackling condensation inside windows to clear up your view and safeguard your K.C. home.

Causes of Window Condensation

 

Excess humidity is the main cause of condensation on windows. So as a simple solution, dehumidifiers take the moist Kansas City air out of the environment, keeping as much water off of your windows as possible. Alternatively, you may try a moisture eliminator, which draws excess moisture out of the air. Some moisture-eliminating products contain scents, so you might want to put them away if you’re planning a classic Cowtown BBQ—they might just overpower the food.

If you’re looking for solutions for how to deal with window condensation in the bathroom, you may need a stronger bathroom fan. If you tend to take hot showers, you could be clogging up your bathroom with as much moisture as the Arabia steamboat in its heyday. By running the bathroom fan when you’re taking a shower or bath, you can draw moisture out of the bathroom and vent it away from your windows before the moisture can do damage.

If you take these steps to deal with window condensation and you still notice your windows have condensation between the panes, it could be a different issue.

Why Windows Get Condensation Inside

 

Condensation happens when water vapor hits a cool surface and condenses, due to the natural temperature difference. For water vapor to condense in between window panes, either the seal on double-hung windows has broken, or the desiccant, which absorbs moisture in between the panes of a double-hung window, can no longer keep up with the excess moisture. Another downside is that there’s less of a sound barrier between you and the aggravating K.C. traffic that might go on outside your window.

While you can troubleshoot the causes of window condensation and fix the problem when the panes have moisture, there’s no simple solution for how to get rid of condensation inside windows. 

If the windows in your home are older, their seals are likely held in place with caulk. Due to the daily shifts in the K.C. weather, the caulk can weaken over time, which may lead the seals to fail.

Newer windows most frequently use a glazing bead spacer to hold the glass in place, and seals on these windows can fail due to age.

How to Stop Window Condensation on the Inside

 

If you have older windows, where the seals are held in place with caulk, you may be able to replace the caulk and bolster the seal. This is usually a short-term fix because the window technician who repairs the seal can’t refill the gas that escaped from the window. Your windows will be drafty without the gas fill since the gas blocks air transfer, and your utility bills may increase as well.

Caulking seals won’t stop window condensation long term either. Most of the time, your best bet is to replace your old windows with efficient replacement windows with a seal tighter than the Chiefs’ defensive line. But when you replace the windows, you remove the problem entirely, which means the condensation should stop.

If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of condensation inside windows, take action to replace failed seals before the excess moisture damages your home. Reach out today to get a quote for replacement windows, or to learn more about options for financing window replacement so you can safeguard your Kansas City home without going over budget.

Do you know those soda commercials that make you thirsty? It’s a hot day on some tropical island, and an ice-cold can is cracked open. It’s covered with droplets of condensation, and nothing is going to refresh you more. 

 

Back here in reality, if you take those same droplets and discover them on your windows, it’s not at all relaxing. Discovering expensive water damage anywhere in your home can feel like a crisis. But before you panic, let’s look at what condensation is, why it shows up, and where it should and shouldn’t be. 

 

Condensation: a brief science lesson

 

Condensation occurs when water vapor becomes water droplets. There are two reasons this happens, and you probably experience them on the regular. 

 

The first is when the air becomes so saturated with water and it can’t hold anymore. Little droplets start to gather. This is the foggy-mirror-after-you-shower version of condensation. If you flip the switch on your bathroom fan, in a few minutes you’re back to normal.  

 

The second version of condensation happens the moment water vapor encounters a big difference in temperature and is cooled to its dew point. This is our cold soda example.  Moist air gathers and clings to a cold soda can. Or think about getting into your car on a cold morning: you crank the heat and the windshield fogs up. 

 

Windows are prime targets for condensation because they’re usually the coldest surface nearby. That moist air gathers into droplets, and suddenly the view is foggy. 

 

If you’re experiencing condensation on the outside of your windows, don’t sweat it. Exterior condensation is the sign of a good airtight window. A little sunlight and fogginess will disappear like morning dew. 

 

Interior condensation is different and deserves a closer look. 

 

Is there condensation on every single window?

 

Having condensation all over the place tells you something about the air in your home. Your windows are working like a little army, guarding the border between cold and hot. With widespread interior condensation, you’ve got humidity issues in the home. 

 

This isn’t hard to remedy, but you’ll want to address it quickly. High humidity can lead to mold, which can seriously affect your family’s health. If that moisture hangs around long enough, the mold can lead to rotting and rusting. 

 

To address interior humidity, ensure you’re running your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when appropriate. When you’re cooking, cover your pans with a lid. If you have a working fireplace (lucky you!) store your wood outdoors. You may also consider thinning out your collection of beloved houseplants. 

 

Lastly, you can always run a dehumidifier, which should lower the humidity in the home. Your foggy windows will clear up in no time!

 

Do just a few windows have condensation?

 

The plot thickens! If just a few windows are fogging up, then you have a draft. Moist air is rushing in near some part of the window, and collecting on the inside. The window’s seal is shot and it’s time to call in a pro. Have them evaluate the draft. Sometimes it’s possible to have the window resealed, but if not, then you’ll need to replace it. 

 

What should I do if there’s condensation inside the windows themselves?

 

This scenario is super frustrating for the average homeowner. If you have double or triple-paned glass, that moisture just sits there, completely inaccessible, thumbing its nose at you. 

 

If moisture is between the panes, then the seals of the windows are no longer doing their job. Originally, there was probably argon gas in there, giving you a sweet layer of money-saving insulation. If you’re seeing moisture inside the window, that argon is long gone and the window is leaking. 

 

Results? If the moisture hangs out too long, then the frame and sash of the window will start to break down and decay. Next, the moisture will get into the walls. How do you prevent this nasty chain of events?

 

You’re smart to investigate the source of your foggy windows. Water in any form is no joke inside your home—over time interior condensation can affect the integrity of the home and the health of your family. 

 

If you’ve noticed excess condensation inside your windows, it’s time to consult the experts. Don’t ignore insidious water damage in your home. Schedule a free estimate from Window Nation today, and they’ll evaluate the state of your windows and help you with the next steps.

Choosing replacement windows for your Virginia home can be daunting. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which is best? It’s important to know your home’s needs before starting your project. Consider what you’re looking to get out of your window replacement project, then choose the windows to help you achieve your goal. While you might want a bay window, is it really the best fit for your home?

If you want to lower your energy bills, you have two options. You can open the windows up and bask in the Virginian outdoors, or just consider replacing your windows with vinyl windows equipped with energy-efficient double pane and triple pane glass. If a curb appeal boost is what you need, consider adding a statement window with a unique color.

It’s also important to take note of your home’s layout and the size of the window openings you’re looking to fill. If you’re looking to replace a window that’s wider than it is tall, it might be best to go with a slider window or a casement window. If you’re looking to add a rustic Virginian character and charm, consider a bay or a bow window.

No matter what you’re looking for, our team of replacement window experts at Window Nation will be here to guide you through the process and help you choose the best options for your home. We offer a variety of window styles to meet your home improvement needs. Our replacement window guide will help guide your decision-making process.

Double Hung Windows

Double-hung windows are our most popular window style for a reason. They’re low maintenance, easy-to-use, and stylish – the perfect fit for your home. These windows open by sliding up and down in their frame, easily fitting in most window openings. Double-hung windows from Window Nation can be customized in a wide range of colors only matched by the Shenandoah in the fall. Our double-hung windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features, like double pane and triple pane glass, to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round.

Casement Windows

Casement windows from Window Nation are best in openings that are wider than they’re tall. These windows crack open like a fresh oyster when you turn the crank, adding a unique touch to any room. Because they don’t have a center post, casement windows offer an unobstructed view, perfect if you’re looking to replace the windows facing a backyard, garden, or just watching the deer frolic in the vast Virginian woods.

These windows are also some of the most energy-efficient windows available thanks to their airtight seal. Like double-hung windows, casement windows from Window Nation are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to help keep your energy costs low.

Slider Windows

Similar to casement windows, slider windows are open left-to-right; however, instead of using a crank, these windows slide across a track. Slider windows from Window Nation come equipped with a state-of-the-art track that’s easy to use. Because of their unique sliding capabilities, slider windows are best if you’re looking for maximum ventilation.

These windows are best suited for rooms with only one window, as they certainly make a statement! Consider these windows when replacing the windows facing a backyard or a garden – not only will you receive more fresh air, but you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view thanks to its sleek, low-profile frame. Well, unless you live in D.C., where your view choices are buildings or the crawl of traffic outside.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are best when you’re looking to make a statement in your home. Almost like you’re trying to distinguish an Arlington home from the tourist trap of D.C. These windows are formed with three windows, a large picture window in the center surrounded by two double-hung or casement windows on either side.

Bow windows have a rounded, curve-like appearance, while bay windows are more square. These windows can add character to your home; however, it’s important to know that these windows will dramatically alter the layout of your room so be sure you have the proper space needed. We’re not saying you need a living room with the expansiveness of Luray Caverns, just enough to keep your windows from impinging on your personal space.

Garden Windows

Garden windows project outwards and are best for replacing windows with plenty of outdoor space. These windows are commonly used to replace windows over a sink and can serve as a unique display area for plants. They’re also perfect for showing off photos from your hiking and hunting trips in the Virginian outdoors. Garden windows can function as greenhouses for plants and are best in areas with direct sunlight.

Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are the most unique replacement windows we offer because they can be in any shape! If you need a window for a unique opening, like a round window or a triangular window, our team at Window Nation can create it. With our variety of window shapes, you can give the poor suckers stuck in the NoVA traffic something to look at.

Our specialty windows are available in a number of shapes, including full circles, half-circles, hexagons, and more. Our specialty windows are available in wood and vinyl styles with the same energy-efficient features as standard windows.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement 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 beautiful NoVA home. You’ll then receive a quote that’s good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.

Summer always flies by, doesn’t it? Hopefully you made your way through most of your bucket list—a trip to the beach, a night camping under the stars, maybe even planting a garden?

It’s great to start off the season with an ambitious list, but always a little sad to see the things you didn’t get around to doing. 

Don’t worry—you didn’t miss your window. Fall is an excellent time to change out your old windows and give your home an upgrade.

It’s the season for projects

When the dog days of summer are past, it’s a real joy to spend the afternoon outside working on the house. There’s the last of the garden’s bounty to gather up, and you’ll want to turn over the soil and put the garden to rest for the winter. Once the leaves start their changes, it’s time to rake and clean out the gutters. Working outside is part of the natural rhythm of fall. 

Our window installation teams love this time of year, too.

When the crews come out to remove your old windows, there’s less work involved with keeping your interiors a comfortable temperature. They don’t have to close off parts of the house to either the winter winds or blistering heat. There are even some caulks that are used in the installation process that set up better in fall temperatures. 

If you want ease in scheduling your home improvement take a look at the fall months. Coming into the spring months, there’s a mad dash to take on home improvement. On that first lovely spring weekend, you’d be hard pressed to get a parking spot at the home improvement store. 

Come September though, this starts to slow down and it’s much easier to get crews scheduled to come out to do work on the house. It’s a smart move.

It’s almost time to hibernate

Winter is the time when windows do a lot of their heavy lifting. If you spent last winter moving your furniture away from drafty windows, if you noticed your windows frosting up when it snows, or even if you’re tired of paying more for your heat, then you know it’s time to invest in energy efficient windows

Before the temperatures dip, upgrade to vinyl replacement windows. Vinyl is a natural thermal insulator, and transfers much less heat than materials like aluminum. Heat transfer is measured by something called U-value. 

If you look at the U-value and energy star ratings of different types of windows, you’ll see that vinyl replacement windows are a surefire way to lower your heating costs. This affordable, low-maintenance material will be a real blessing in just a few short months. 

Take on that vinyl replacement window project now and you’ll have a very cozy, comfy winter.  

Company is coming.

The fall is just one long ramp of holidays— from back-to-school it’s just a short time until Halloween. Next thing you know, you’re taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven, and suddenly it’s the Christmas season.  

You’re going to need to get the house ready for guests. This fall, go beyond buying a new welcome mat and setting out a pumpkin. Getting new windows installed can give a whole new feeling to your home. New windows will boost your curb appeal—to say nothing of how much it can alter the feeling of the inside of your home. 

Rethinking the layout and size of your windows changes the light inside your home. A new window can make a small, dark room suddenly feel cheerful and spacious. 

Imagine curling up right next to an energy efficient vinyl window this fall, watching the leaves change in your backyard. When the winter days are shortest, the additional light new windows bring will be most welcome.

Window Nation is ready to get you on the schedule. We can walk you through this whole process, help you choose just the right energy efficient vinyl windows for your home, and get them installed just in time for a very cozy winter. 

Secure Your Home and Windows for the winter

It starts with just one leaf catching your eye when you’re out walking the dog. In a few short weeks that leaf turns into piles crunching underfoot. Before you know it, you’ll be bundling up in your winter coat and everything will be covered with a blanket of snow.   Some animal parts of our brains can feel winter coming right from the first fallen leaf. It’s time to get ready. In winter, our houses become our whole world. Time spent now on making your burrow warm and secure will pay off through all those chilly winter evenings. 

Stock up on emergency supplies

Weather predictions are always anyone’s best guess. You’d be wise to expect the best and prepare for the worst. Stock up now, and you’ll be ready for everything from the lightest sprinkling of snow to the heaviest surprise dump.  So what do you need? You know there’s going to be a mad rush on milk and bread, but go a level deeper. Do you have the supplies to deal with a power outage? Where do you keep the candles, and when was the last time you checked those flashlight batteries? A hand-crank radio and a juiced-up phone recharging station could be a real lifesaver.   It’s smart to use this time of year to check out all of your snow removal equipment. Make sure everything is in proper working order. After all, there’s no running out to the store for a bag of salt and a shovel when your car is snowed in. Get ahead of the problem now. 

Keep Santa’s chimney clean

Pick up the phone and schedule a chimney cleaning. Seriously, go and do it right now. This is their busy season, and for good reason. Over time your chimney builds up layers of highly flammable creosote. There are over 25,000 chimney fires per year, with a corresponding cost of approximately $125 million in property damage.   A blocked flue or chimney can also lead to carbon monoxide in the home. Check the batteries on all of your carbon monoxide detectors, and while you‘re at it, check the smoke detectors as well.  If you have a non-working fireplace in your home, make sure that the flue is closed. You may also want to consider investing in a chimney balloon to prevent heat escape during the coldest months. 

Time for tree maintenance

Now that the trees have given up their leaves, take a good look at the branches. When the rain turns to snow and the snow turns to ice, those branches get mighty heavy. Are there branches that could cause damage if they fell? Have a tree service come out and give your trees a prune. They will look so much nicer once they are covered with Christmas lights.  When you take out the ladder to hang the lights, give another look to your gutters. You may have already done a leaf clean out earlier in the season, but double-check to make sure water flows out and away from the home. Ice buildup in the gutters and on the roof will start an expensive chain reaction of repairs. Give them one last inspection to be safe.

Get ready to get cozy

Getting cozy may mean throwing on a pair of wool socks or piling on an extra blanket at night. But eventually, you’ll be relying on your thermostat. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is a big job. Make sure that your home’s heating system has gotten the maintenance it needs, including changing out the filters periodically. It’s time to swap out your home's door and window screens. When you are installing your storm windows, take a look at the overall condition of your windows. If you have windows that frost up or fog, then you’ve got a window with a broken seal. Homes lose 25-30% of their energy usage through windows. That’s a lot of heat loss! The older your windows, the higher that percentage. A drafty home costs you comfort — not to mention potentially hundreds of dollars in utility bills. It’s time to stop taping plastic over drafty, single-pane windows in the winter. Upgrade to energy star-rated, energy efficient windows, and you’ll save tons of money on utility costs, not to mention enjoying your cozy and pleasant home all winter long. Give Window Nation a call to get a free window quote and upgrade your windows today.

There’s nothing more crazy-making than wasted money—especially of the ongoing variety. You know: the subscription service that never got cancelled, the gym membership no one uses, the newspaper delivery that goes straight to recycling. It’s a slow financial leak. 

It’s so satisfying to find those leaks and plug them up. 

Here’s a tip: your windows might be costing you money—especially if they’re builder-grade

What do we mean by builder-grade? 

Builder-grade windows are supposed to be the windows you don’t need to think about. After all, when you moved into your home there were plenty of other things going on! So your contractor installed some stripped-down, no-frills, lower-quality windows for you. Thanks a lot. 

Builder-grade windows are usually single pane units that only open from the bottom, and they’re probably standard size. One size fits all. Builders don’t really work for you—after all, it’s a volume business. The more corners a builder can cut, the higher the profit margins. Get that builder-grade window in there and call it a day. 

These builder-grade windows are made to last just long enough that the builders are out of the picture, and they often don’t come with full warranties. Homeowners can maybe look at getting about five years out of these inferior windows—and those are five leaky, drafty years. 

A little backstory on those windows

Let’s take a time machine back to the day those windows were installed. Well, “installed” is probably a generous term. 

In the industry, the slang term for installing windows is “slapping” them in. The slapper, as it were, is the same person who did your framing. Installing windows is not their specialty. 

There are several important steps in the installation of a window—a trained installer will make sure your window is properly leveled, sealed and insulated. This takes time and expertise. 

Most building crews want to work as fast as possible to maximize their profits—a few screws in the flange and it’s good enough for them. It’s not surprising that the work is often sloppy and steps get skipped. 

Be on the lookout for these warning signs

Are there rooms in your house that are never really comfortable? Rooms that are hard to regulate the temperature within? Before you crank up the thermostat again, take a minute to wonder whether it could be that the window isn’t doing its job

Take a close look at your windows—can you see light around the edges of the sashes? Check in the middle where the two panes meet, and in the bottom corners. There’s your leak

Are your windows tough to close? Cheap windows are made with cheap parts. Cheap parts wear out quickly. Once those window mechanisms start to go, you won’t get a good seal anymore, and the cold air will rush in. 

Another big tell is fogging issues. If your glass always looks a little milky or steamy, then you have a window that’s costing you extra money each month. 

Builder-grade windows are made with cheap vinyl. Once the vinyl starts going, the seal around the glass unit fails, and water penetrates the panes. Even if you go down some Google rabbit hole on how to clean foggy windows, you’ll still be left with a drafty room. This isn’t a cleaning issue—this is a failed window. 

It’s time to level up

Windows aren’t just window dressing—they’re your partners in energy efficiency. Once you make the decision to get replacement windows, you’ll get a product that suits your climate, vinyl that won’t break down, and installation you can trust. 

You probably keep a wish list of upgrades for your home. Upgrading your builder-grade windows deserves to be in first place. Think in terms of return on investment. Get those windows upgraded now, and you won’t be throwing good money after bad. Sooner rather than later is a smart move when it comes to window replacement. 

Window Nation will walk you through the whole process. We know which windows are the most energy efficient for your climate, our installation teams are factory trained, and all of our windows and labor come with warranties. 

We’ll make sure the work is done right this time.