Winter is here and you just can’t seem to keep the cold drafts or condensation away. You’re thinking of weighing your options by using a window replacement company, but you start out by checking home improvement supply companies instead. Here are three hardware companies that can get the job done:

Lowe’s:

Did you know that Lowe’s has project specialists who can assist you with consultation? They go through the sale process much like us: schedule an online consultation, have a project specialist go over your options, and then time for install! One of the cons is a much shorter warranty--we offer a lifetime warranty at Window Nation while Lowe’s guarantees a 1-year minimum. Options are available for longer warranties, but they might cost you more.

Home Depot:

79% of Home Depot customers recommend their window and installation services. It doesn’t beat our 97% customer satisfaction rate, but it’s a resource available if you’re still uncertain about a professional window installation company. In comparison to Lowe’s, they offer a lifetime craftmanship warranty and double-lifetime warranties on window hardware and screens. Worried about price? Home Depot offers their own consumer credit card and “The Home Depot Project Loan."

Sears:

They stand by their “Satisfaction Guarantee” policy, which includes limited labor and product warranties and Sears also provide estimates over the phone. Virtual estimates can be convenient with a busy schedule, but sizing windows that you can’t physically see is tricky. At Window Nation, we rely on face to face estimates to provide the most window accurate measurements and suggestions for each customer. Sears will ask you to measure the windows and provide them with the estimate, but with us you just need an open ear to our recommendations.

Hardware stores are a fair option to replace your windows. However, if you want stronger warranty offers, less worry on measuring, and overall guaranteed window experts, Window Nation is here for you.

Are you thinking about replacing your old windows? Our job at Window Nation is not limited to just replacing your windows; we are here to guide each customer on what to expect during your installation. We want each homeowner to be delighted from the moment they pick up the phone until long after their install.

On your install day, a crew will arrive at your home and brief you on what to expect from them before beginning the project. At that time, you can ask any questions you may have. After your briefing, the following will occur:

  1. The preparation. Installers will place drop cloths around your home to catch any debris that will occur throughout the project. Then, they will proceed to remove your old windows.*
  2. Out with the old, in with new. Once the old windows are removed, the installers will clean the opening thoroughly and put the new windows in place.
  3. Insulation and sealing. After the window is put into place, the installers will insulate and seal the frame into place. This is one of the most important part of your install. Insulation is what will keep the cold air and moisture outside, saving you money on energy costs.
  4. The clean-up. After installers have completed your project, they are responsible for cleaning up. We will dispose of your old windows and remove any debris that our drop cloths didn’t catch. Shortly after your install, one of our auditors will come visit your home to make sure our team installed your windows properly.

*Remember to remove any blinds, items, or curtains prior the crew’s arrival to give them easy access to the windows. It’s also helpful to move any furniture or items away from your doors so the crew can move materials in and out.

Completion times for projects are subject to vary. While we aim to complete installs within a day, unforeseen circumstances like weather may cause a delay. If installers need more time, our service and scheduling team will with work you to discuss what to expect next.

 
It is hard to choose the perfect gift. You have to take into account what a person likes, what season you're giving the gift, how long the gift will bring happiness, whether or not the gift will be accepted, and many other subtle variables. Let's take a look at the gift giving process and see if we can determine the perfect Christmas gift, based on the information we currently have, and past Christmas failures.
 
 

There is no accounting for taste. One person might think the "Mona Lisa" is the most beautiful work of art ever created, while another sees it simply as a painting of a semi-attractive woman in a sensible dress. That is why buying anything that requires you to gauge the artistic taste or fashion sense of another person should never be attempted. Even if you know that the person you're buying for absolutely adores a good scarf, your chances of finding the right colors and the right patterns on the right scarf are almost impossible.

 
Oh, the weather outside is frightful. When purchasing the perfect Christmas gift, it is important to take note of what the weather is like outside. No one wants a new boat when the lake is frozen solid and no one wants a skateboard when there is four feet of snow on the sidewalks.

 

 
A victim of too much Christmas cheer: The perfect Christmas gift can't be something that is obsolete soon after it is given. We're not talking about something like an iPhone that will have a slight upgrade in the next 3 months. We're talking about a gift that is seasonal, like a Christmas ornament. It can be the best ornament ever, but you'll probably get a response like, "This is lovely. I'll put this on next year's tree...if I remember."

 

 
Oh, I couldn't possibly! Giving a Big gift can be tricky. Some people don't like you to out-give them. But, more often than not, this kind of gift is greeted with an "I couldn't possibly," but end with a, "This is the most amazing thing anyone has ever given me!"
 
So, our message to you this year is to GIVE BIG! Give a gift that will come in the color and style of the one you're giving it to. One that will be perfect in the bitter cold temperatures of winter or in the boiling temps of a summer heat wave. Buy a gift that will continue to bring joy, happiness, and comfort for years to come. Give the gift of a window replacement package. With new windows from Window Nation, you can't go wrong. Our agents would love to help you get everything ready for Christmas day. Call today and set up a free consultation.

Knowing how to get rid of condensation inside windows is a very important matter. Condensation covering your windows is more than just a nuisance; the potential damage to your home — in rot, mold, and mildew — is far more unpleasant. 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. Get our recommendations on tackling condensation inside windows to clear up your view and safeguard your home.

 

Causes of Window Condensation

Excess humidity is a main cause of condensation on windows. Dehumidifiers take air out of the environment, keeping moisture off the windows. Alternatively, you may try a moisture eliminator, which draws excess moisture out of the air. Some moisture eliminating products contain scents, so these can do double duty if your home has a musty odor.

If you are looking for solutions on how to deal with window condensation in the bathroom, you may need a stronger bathroom fan. By running the bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath, you can draw moisture out of the bathroom and vent it away from the home, before the moisture can do damage.

If you take these steps to deal with window condensation and you 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.

While you can troubleshoot causes of window condensation and fix the problem when the panes have moisture, there is 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 seasonal shifts in weather, 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. Seals on these windows 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 cannot refill gas that escaped from the window. Your windows will be drafty without the gas fill, since the gas blocks air transfer. 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 that have a tight seal. When you replace the windows, the condensation should stop since you have removed the root cause.

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 home without going over budget.

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.

MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN SHOPPING FOR REPLACEMENT WINDOWS

 

BUYING REPLACEMENT WINDOWS BASED ON COST ALONE

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.

RESTRICTING YOUR CHOICES TO YOUR CURRENT WINDOWS

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.

NOT HIRING THE RIGHT WINDOW INSTALLER

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.

TOP QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING REPLACEMENT WINDOWS

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:

ARE YOU LICENSED, INSURED, AND CERTIFIED?

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.

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE AND CAN YOU PROVIDE REFERENCES?

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.

WHAT IS THE COST AND WHAT DOES THAT COVER?

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.

wood replacement windowsAre you wondering if it’s time to replace those old wood windows? Find out what you need to know before you start the process of replacing old wood windows to make the best choice for your home.

WHEN TO REPLACE OLD WINDOWS

When your old wood windows are failing to protect your home, it’s time to replace them. So what does this mean? Signs it is time to replace old wood windows include:

  • Windows have gaps that let in drafts or insects
  • Windows do not provide soundproofing
  • Window frames are rotting
  • Window sashes are stuck
  • Windows are broken
  • Desire for energy efficient windows

PROS AND CONS OF WOOD WINDOWS

There are pros and cons of wood windows; review these before you start shopping for wood windows.

CONS

  • Maintaining Wood Windows: Wood windows do require regular painting, something vinyl windows don’t need. While painting windows is expensive and time-consuming, paint helps the windows last longer than vinyl replacement windows.
  • Cost: The main drawback you’ll hear is the cost of wood replacement windows; they are more expensive than vinyl replacement windows. However, that’s not all bad. For the higher price point, you will get windows with more longevity (provided you do the maintenance) and better performance in heat and humidity. The specific cost of wood windows depends on the characteristics you choose in a window, so ask your window installer for a quote to compare the numbers.

PROS

  • Curb Appeal: For historic homes, wood windows are the only choice that maintains the home’s character and value. If you replace original wood windows with vinyl windows that are not the right style and fit, expect to see your home value and curb appeal dip. Wood windows have a classic look and feel. Many window shoppers prefer them to vinyl for this reason. Aside from style, there are other reasons to choose wood windows.
  • Boosts Home Value: Wood replacement windows tend to boost home value which means you’ll get back a portion of what you spent when you go to sell the home.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Wood windows are the more environmental choice, so if sustainability is something that’s important to you, choose wood.

WOOD WINDOWS FROM WINDOW NATION

You know your windows need to be replaced and you feel confident in choosing wood windows, so what’s next?

Determine what you want in a window, get estimates, and hire a window installer to replace your old windows.

At Window Nation, we create wood windows in a range of popular styles from picture windows to casement and double hung windows. We can also create wood windows in custom shapes. High-quality wood windows start with the right materials. We use Ponderosa pine, a pine species renowned for its durability and rot resistance.

Our wood windows are crafted to Energy Star guidelines and come with weather stripping on both sides to stop drafts from passing through the window. Our wood windows are also coated with water-repellent preservative, which protects the wood from mildew, splitting, and warping that could impact performance. Just like our vinyl replacement windows, our wood windows tilt in for easy cleaning.

Browse our wood window styles today to find your perfect fit in windows, or reach out to speak to our experts about any questions you have on replacing old wood windows and when you’re ready, easily schedule a free in-home estimate for your wood replacement windows.

If you’re looking for an article on how to get the exact measurements for your new windows to achieve a perfect fit, you’ve come to the right place. But, you won’t find any detailed self-help information here, or a manufacturer’s “guide” to replacement window measuring. At Window Nation, we take the guess work out of measuring new windows–and we do it for free. How cool is that?

You don’t have to read a long do-it-yourself list of instructions, and you don’t have to wonder if you’ve done everything right. The best way to measure for replacement windows is to have a certified professional do it. And it is even better when that certified professional works for the company that is installing your windows. If any mistakes happen, you’re not going to be left eating the cost.

When you have a Window Nation technician do your measurements, you don’t have to know whether or not you have 2×4 or 2×6 studs. You don’t have to account for the materials your walls are made of, based on the age of the home. You don’t have to be familiar with what windows you currently have and how they differ from the windows you want to replace them with. You don’t have to know that accounting for the insulation in the trim of your new windows is vital in getting an accurate measurement. Your technician will worry about all the details.

It is also important to understand that we don’t send a salesperson to your home when you request a free in-home estimate. We send a technician with the experience needed to make sure you’re going to get the right window measurements for the new windows you’re getting. Our measure technicians average 80,000 windows measured. That is why 99.5% of the windows we install fit perfectly the first time!

You can also count on your Window Nation Measure Tech to measure down to 3 mm, ensuring a precise and tight seal. We don’t want you to lose any of the energy benefits of your new windows. Because, when you feel the difference your new window make to the internal comfort level of your home, you’re going to tell people about it. We’re counting on that.

We also want to make sure your new windows keep the moisture out. The last thing you need is to find out your walls have mold in them. It doesn’t matter if you did the measurements or we did the measurements when you find mold. You’re not going to be happy about it, and we are not in the business of making unhappy customers.

Through the years, we have installed a lot of windows, and we have learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things we’ve learned is that, no matter how much experience and education a technician has, mistakes can still happen. That is why we require our measure techs to measure each opening three times. They also follow an 18-point checklist, which includes a step-by-step review process to make sure we’ve done everything possible to make the replacement window installment a joy.

At the end of the day, what matters most to us is that we have met, or exceeded, your expectations. We want to know that you’re happy with your purchase and the service you’ve received. We want you to tell others about how impressed you were with how knowledgeable and friendly your technicians were. We want you to tell everyone how much you love your new windows. We want you to tell the world! Sure, it is a little selfish on our part. After all, your happiness helps our bottom line. But, this is a kind of selfishness we can live with.

So, put down that tape measure. Relax. We’ve got you covered. You can trust the experienced and knowledgeable technicians here at Window Nation to measure those replacement windows, and get you ready for your new replacement windows.

Call today for a free in-home estimate, and leave the rest to us.

Have you decided to invest in replacement windows? What made you finally decide to take the leap? Was it the incredible energy saving benefits new windows offer? If so, you’re not alone. For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is great way to keep more of that money in your pocket.

Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, “How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on energy bills?” This is a great question, and definitely an important question to address. But, deciding between these two window types isn’t as easy as calculating cost to efficiency. Here’s what you need to know.

WHY DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST

If you break down the math, double pane windows are the best bang for the buck. This is probably why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows, you’re going to notice the difference. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on a sunny day, 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% is going to get in. On a cold winter day, 90% of the heat from your furnace is going to stay inside your home and only 10% is going to leak out. In comparison, a typical triple pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. Since triple pane windows can cost ⅓ more than double pane windows, it makes sense to go with double pane windows if you’re looking for the best deal up front.

Do you like natural light? When you have two panes of glass instead of three, you’re going to have fewer coatings for the sun to get through. That means double pane windows will allow more light into your home. It is a subtle difference, but one to consider.

WHY TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST

Folks who chose triple pane glass windows choose them for the comfort. If you measure the temperature on the inside glass of a double pane window and a triple pane window on a cold winter day, the interior glass of the double pane window is going to be cooler. For this reason, homes that have all triple glass windows are cozier. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperature at any given time. This creates a high level of occupant comfort and reduces convection currents and drafts. If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option.

A reduction in energy bills isn’t the only reason customers choose triple pane glass. Some of our customers are also looking for a reduction in noise. The extra pane of glass makes this window option the number one choice for keeping noise out. If you have noisy neighbors or live near a busy street, triple pane windows can really make a difference.

If noise reduction appeals to you, there is a good chance you’re in a city. That means you’re likely to prefer triple pane glass for the extra security as well. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a baseball bat.

GETTING NEW WINDOWS IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT ON ITS OWN

You’re going to immediately benefit from getting replacement windows no matter what glass option you choose. Window technologies have come a long way, and having windows that make a good seal is just as important as getting modern ENERGY STAR efficiency.

If you’re ready for a quality of life upgrade, reach out to us today and schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. We’ll send a knowledgeable technician to your home to help you figure out what window options will work best for you. Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.

You splurged for the energy-efficient, triple pane windows — and now one’s broken. Temperature fluctuations, natural disasters, human error…there are many reasons a window could break. When you’re staring at a broken window, you may wonder, can I just replace the glass in my window, or do I need to replace the whole window? Get our thoughts below.

Replacement Window Glass Options

Depending on the problem, you have several options for replacement window glass. If the pane of glass is cracked, a window company can remove the broken pane and replace it with an insulated glass unit or IGU. There are several options for replacement glass, but your window will perform best if you replace the broken pane with the same type of glass.

With IGU replacement, the broken pane will be removed, the frame cleaned up, the IGU popped in and then sealed in place. With caulking or weatherstripping to block drafts, your window will be as good as new at a fraction of the price of a replacement window.

You can remove and replace broken glass yourself if you are on a tight budget, however it is tricky. If you need special glass (such as glass with low-e coating), you’ll need to special-order it from a manufacturer.

If something goes wrong while your windows are under warranty, contact the manufacturer before you replace broken window glass. By replacing the glass in the window with an IGU, you could unintentionally void the warranty.

When to Replace the Window

Sometimes, your best bet is to remove and replace the entire window. While this costs more, there are times when a window is not worth saving. See below for a few examples.

If the seal on your window has failed, you are best off replacing the window. Defogging services exist, but they are a quick fix for a problem that will recur until the windows are replaced. The telltale sign of a broken seal is condensation between the panes of glass, which makes the glass appear foggy.

If the muntins or munions, the dividers in a window, are also broken, you’re best off replacing the entire window and not just the glass.

With wood windows, replacement should happen if the wood frame begins to rot. While some rot can be remediated with a patch, severe rot compromises the integrity of the window. Window replacement companies can recommend wood windows that match a home’s historic character, which is your best bet to preserve the value of an older house.

If your existing windows are nearing the end of their lifespan – for instance, if they will need replacement in three to five years – replacing them when the glass breaks may save you money in the long run. The same goes for windows that don’t meet your needs. If you’ve got low-quality windows that don’t seem to do anything about those winter drafts, it might be better to not just replace the broken window glass but consider this your chance to replace the inefficient windows with something you like.

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

If you’re not sure whether you need replacement window glass or replacement windows, our experts here at Window Nation can help! We will steer you toward the right solution for your problem and may be able to arrange financing for replacement windows. Take a look at our wide array of replacement windows and glass options for windows. Contact us today to get started with finding the perfect solution for your home’s windows.

So you've made the decision to replace the windows in your home. The next step is figuring out what type of window meets your needs and where to purchase your replacement windows. Figuring out where to buy replacement windows can be tricky given that many companies use aggressive marketing to get you to buy from them. Here's how to decide where to buy replacement windows.

Home Improvement Store

Home improvement stores, such as Lowe's or Home Depot, carry several styles of windows. Many people buy replacement windows at their local home improvement store because it's convenient and they may be unaware of other options. Shoppers who like to compare different brands can see and feel windows, read specs, and form an opinion by browsing windows at their local Lowe's or Home Depot.

But are home improvement stores the best places to buy windows?

It depends. Can you trust the workers in the window department to provide knowledgeable, up to date information about different types of windows? While some workers may be highly knowledgeable—thus able to provide trustworthy information and guide you toward the best windows for your home—others know little about the products, unfortunately.

If you have standard-sized windows, the answer to, ‘where can i buy replacement windows?’ may be buying off the shelf. If your windows aren't standard sized, you will have to measure. Given that custom windows are not returnable at major retailers, there is a risk in measuring and ordering your own windows.

Window Replacement Company

Since window replacement companies specialize in replacement windows, they are highly knowledgeable about their products. If you're not sure what you need in a replacement window, you'll get personalized service from working with one of these companies. You will also be able to trust the information provided by the vendor representative more than you can trust the information provided by the worker who happens to be staffing the window department on the day you visit a home improvement store. If you’re also wondering where to buy replacement window screens or any other kind of add on (like glass options for your specific needs), replacement window companies offer a much wider selection to choose from.

How to Find a Good Window Replacement Company

If you decide to go with a window replacement company, how can you find a reliable service provider? There are tons of window replacement companies out there and they're not all created equal. The best windows are only as good as their installation. If your window installer doesn't know what they're doing, it will cost you every month.

If you have friends that have replaced windows, or if you're working with a contractor on a home remodel, ask for their recommendations. Then look into the companies they suggest. See whether the companies are certified with InstallationMasters as this demonstrates a level of professionalism. Check BBB ratings, read consumer reviews on Google or Guild Quality, and look over their websites.

Once you've narrowed down your list of potential installers, get quotes for replacement windows from a short list of companies and make your decision.

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

Your search for where to buy replacement windows can end here. Window Nation offers wood and vinyl replacement windows in a range of styles. Since 2006, we've been here to serve you no matter your replacement window needs. Contact us today and schedule your free in-home estimate to get started.