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. 

When you think about replacement windows in NoVa, you probably think about double-hung windows or bays and bows. But a less common – though equally as good – choice is casement windows They offer the same benefits as double hung windows; however, they open outwards using a crank instead of being lifted up and down. Casement windows from Window Nation are available in a variety of styles and colors, guaranteeing the perfect fit for your lifelong Northern Virginia home. Your casement windows will also save you money on your energy bills (despite the humid Virginia weather) thanks to their airtight seal keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering a window replacement project, consider replacing your old, outdated windows with replacement casement windows from Window Nation. We understand you may have questions about your windows, and we’re here to help.

When Do I Use Casement Windows?

Because casement windows open outwards using a crank it’s best to use casement windows in open areas. Casement windows are not recommended in areas close to a garage or somewhere with heavy foot traffic, like areas close to a deck, balcony, front porch, or Busch Gardens (if you live that close, we’re jealous). You might also consider using a casement window in an area where you’re looking to increase the airflow in your home. These windows open wider than double-hung windows, allowing for more ventilation.

Are Casement Windows Safe?

Casement windows are among the safest windows on the market thanks to their airtight seal and multi-point locking system. So after a day of driving in the deplorable Virginia traffic, you can feel safe in your NoVa home. These windows can also serve as egress windows, serving as an exit in case of fire. Casement windows are often used as egress in locations where space is limited, like basements.

Are Casement Windows Low Maintenance?

Casement windows from Window Nation are low maintenance and easy to clean which is great for the often inclement NoVa weather. Our casement windows are available in vinyl styles, built using high-quality virgin vinyl that will look brand new for years to come. Vinyl casement window frames can be cleaned using just warm soapy water. Your windows can also be cleaned from the inside by simply cranking your window open and removing your window screen.

Can Casement Windows be Repaired?

Most casement window issues are caused by problems with the crank, making it difficult to open your window. In most cases, casement window cranks can be easily repaired. Casement windows from Window Nation are covered by a lifetime warranty, keeping your windows protected for the time you live in your Virginia home. Our dedicated customer service team will help fix any issues you may have with your windows, leaving your windows good as new.

Can Casement Windows Open Inward?

Casement windows can open both inwards and outwards; however, casement windows that open inwards are known as inswing casement windows and are not the same as standard casements. If you’re interested in an inswing casement window, be sure to tell your exterior design consultant at the time of your appointment.

What are French Casement Windows?

Double casement windows, also known as French casement windows, are two side-by-side casement windows that open from the center. Like picture windows, these windows do not have a center post, creating an unobstructed view. We recommend double casement windows for homeowners looking to create a view as large and scenic as Luray Caverns.

What are Flush Casement Windows?

While modern casement windows have a “lip” when the windows are closed, flush casement windows are an older style of window that appears flat and flush with the frame when closed. These windows were popular in older, cottage-style homes that are common in NoVa but are seeing growth in popularity in modern and contemporary homes.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

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

When you are deciding to upgrade your home with replacement windows in Columbus, there is a lot to consider. The various window styles available can be overwhelming to most consumers.

There are single, double, and triple-pane windows available.  

While they are all equally great for seeing the perpetual overcast sunlight in Ohio, there are quite a few key differences. 

Double and triple-paned windows feature two or three panes of glass, separated by a layer of gas. At Window Nation, we use argon gas which is not toxic (unlike Michigan fans). When captured between panes, argon gas improves thermal insulation, which improves energy efficiency by slowing the transfer of heat through the window into your home or out of your home. Though, in Columbus, there probably isn’t too much heat transferring into your home.

For a typical home in Columbus, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is a great way to keep more of that money in your pocket. 

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

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 an important question to address. But there are a few other things to consider when deciding between double and triple-paned windows. 

Here’s what you need to know. 

Double Pane Windows: BEST VALUE 

You can head over to North Market and grab all the buckeyes you want with the money you save, because double pane windows are the best bang for your buck. This is why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows the difference will be as obvious as the Cavs with and without LeBron.

If budget is a factor, it makes sense to go with double pane windows for the best deal upfront. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on the rare occasion of a sunny day in Ohio, 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.  

Do you want to savor all the natural light you can get here? 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.

Triple Pane Windows : MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT 

If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperatures at any given time.  

A typical triple-pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. These are the optimal choice for energy efficiency; let your heating system take a bit of a break. 

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. Living in Columbus, you’re bound to have noisy neighbors, and triple-pane windows will make all the difference.

Triple pane glass will also provide extra security. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a Progressive Field baseball bat.

What’s the Verdict?

The good news is that, no matter what, double pane or triple pane windows will have an immediate benefit on your energy bills. 

If you’re ready for a quality of life upgrade, grab some Skyline Chili, then reach out to us today to 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 your Columbus home.  

Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.

WINDOW NATION EXPANDS ITS OHIO FOOTPRINT DUE TO INCREASED DEMAND

The state’s largest window replacement company adds 4th Ohio location with Cincinnati opening.

CINCINNATI (February 1, 2021) – The Window Nation team is once again returning to their Buckeye State roots with the opening of the company’s latest showroom at 11935 Tramway Drive, Suite B, Sharonville, adding new jobs and in-demand home solutions to the greater Cincinnati area. Services will extend to Kentucky and southeastern Indiana, as well as.

This marks the first Cincinnati showroom and 4th Ohio location for the company who also services multiple cities across Columbus and northeast Ohio.

Window Nation co-founders and brothers Harley and Aaron Magden grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where their passion for the home improvement industry began at an early age. The Magdens are third-generation home solution experts who followed in their father’s footsteps by opening their own company – now the largest window replacement company in Ohio and 5th largest nationwide. Combined, the brothers bring decades of home remodeling experience and have installed over 1 million windows to-date.

“Ohio will always be home and hold a special place in our hearts, so it’s really special to have the opportunity to help more residents there,” says Aaron Madgen, Window Nation president. “We want to give back to our fellow Ohioans, as they have been given back to us over the years. They are truly some of the most supportive, friendly and genuine individuals we’ve met along our journey – and, we can’t wait to get to know more of them throughout the Queen City.”   

Window Nation selected the Cincinnati region based on several factors, including the city’s booming housing market. Cincinnati continues to see a rise in housing prices, as more residents invest in their homes. According to Zillow, Cincinnati was recently ranked third for the fastest home price appreciation among the 50 largest metro areas in the country, just behind Columbus and San Francisco. Home values in the Cincinnati area increased by more than 15 percent between 2019 and 2020. Zillow notes that the city’s housing market will only continue to grow over the next two years.  

The Cincinnati showroom will sell replacement windows to fit every style, as well as budget, and will have experts on hand to walk customers through the home renovation process, including vinyl options, colors, sizes, styles and more. Customers are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to visiting the showroom. Window Nation team is following strict CDC guidelines including social distancing, enhanced cleaning practices, protective equipment and screenings for every appointment.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all customers, employees and their families amid COVID-19, the company is also offering residents the option to receive a virtual consultation and estimate via video conferencing. Homeowners can upload photos to receive precise measurements, and installs are completed outside with minimal disruption. Depending on a customer’s individual preferences, needs and circumstances, Window Nation experts are still available to provide in- home consultations and education, while strictly adhering to CDC safety and sanitation guidelines.

In 2020, Window Nation was re-named the 5th largest replacement contractor in the U.S. by Remodeling Magazine and the second largest non-franchise window retailer, marking the fourth year in a row Window Nation was recognized as being in the top five. The magazine looks at nearly 100,000 home remodeling companies in the country and makes its decision based on revenue, growth, surveys, customer input and more. Qualified Remodeler Magazine ranked Window Nation as the seventh largest remodeling firm in the U.S. for its total gross sales, remodeling gross sales and the number of remodeling jobs completed annually. The company also earned a spot-on last year’s Inc. 5000 list, being honored as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Other industry powerhouses, including Microsoft, Intuit, Oracle and Patagonia have also been recognized. 

Beyond providing exceptional home expertise and customer service, the company plans to have an active presence in the local community to support and foster relationships with new customers, especially throughout these unprecedented times.

The Window Nation team currently services 13 other locations throughout the U.S., recently opening a showroom in Chicago. The company also plans to a showroom in Dayton this coming May.

About Window Nation:

Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who literally grew up in the window business, learning about home improvement, customer care and the difference a quality window can make. The company provides an unsurpassed selection of premium windows, doors and siding installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 1 million windows in Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Columbus and northeast Ohio. Learn more here.

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You splurged for the energy-efficient, triple pane windows — and now one’s broken. Unpredictable Kansas City weather, 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? You can’t afford to wait, because the sunshine’s not doing you any favors during those overcast, KC winters. 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 cracks, 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 is removed, the frame cleaned up, the IGU popped in and then sealed in place. With caulking or weather-stripping to block drafts, your window will be as good as new at a fraction of the price of a replacement window. 

Sometimes, if you’re on a budget, you’ll need to pull a George Brett and do everything yourself, but it can be tricky. If you need a 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. It can be as frustrating as being asked if KC is in Kansas but, while this costs more, there are times when a window is not worth saving. Here are a few considerations. 

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 decay compromises the integrity of the window. Window replacement companies can recommend wood windows that will preserve your history as much as Union Station.

If your existing windows are nearing the end of their lifespan, 15 years or older, replacing them when the glass breaks may save you money in the long run. If you’ve got low-quality windows that are drafty and energy inefficient, this your chance to upgrade to a higher quality model you like. 

Window replacement technology is continually advancing. Features such as improved security latching, sealants, vinyl window construction, and solar protection result in more durable, easy to use windows and you can use the savings on your gas bill for more important things, like a backyard barbeque.

Protecting Replacement Windows 

Once you’ve replaced your homes windows, you want to protect your investment. We have a few suggestions to help keep your replacement windows looking like new. 

Use FlexScreens, the most durable window screen on the market. Here at Window Nation, we are excited to offer FlexScreens to accompany most of our double-hung window models. FlexScreen technology is an engineering marvel that’d fit right into the Nelson-Atkins Museum. It’s built to withstand force with a unique flexible design that will make these that last window screen you will ever need. The installation is as smooth as jazz and will prevent dents and scratches.

Keep Them Clean. Vinyl windows are low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a good reliable cleaning. A good habit is to clean interior and exterior windows in the fall and again in the spring (I know, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference here in KC). The good news, keeping your new windows looking like new is as simple as a spritz and a rinse Learn more.  

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 Kansas City home’s windows.

It’s more important than ever to be cost efficient and save money. The events of the past year have caused financial difficulties for many families, causing homeowners to look for new ways to save money. While some expenses may be out of your control, you can start saving money on your energy bill by making your home more energy efficient. Consider making small changes to your energy consumption to lower your energy bills. Simply unplugging electronics when not in use or replacing your lightbulbs with LED replacements could lower your energy costs. However, for a bigger impact, you might consider upgrading your appliances or your windows for significant savings.

Energy Efficient Windows from Window Nation

Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low. We offer vinyl windows in a variety of styles and colors, so you won’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency. Each of our windows is available in double pane and triple pane glass, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency.

Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows have two panes of energy efficient glass to keep your home comfortable while keeping your energy bills low. Each pane of glass is coated with a Low-E glass coating, reflecting over 80% of the sun’s rays to keep your home from heating. These windows are a popular option for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills without breaking the bank. We recommend double pane windows for homeowners living in moderate climates, like Maryland or Philadelphia.

Triple Pane Windows

Triple pane windows have all the benefits of double pane windows, but with an additional pane of Low-E coated glass for maximum energy efficiency. Window Nation offers two options for those looking for triple pane windows, Ultra Triple Pane and Ultimate Triple Pane. Ultra Triple Pane Windows block nearly 90% of the sun’s UV rays, while Ultimate Triple Pane windows block almost 97%. These windows are best for homeowners living in more extreme climates, like Kansas City.

Each windowpane is glazed with a Low-E glass coating to reduce the amount of sunlight from entering your home, allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder. We also insert Argon gas between each pane of glass to minimize heat transfer in and out of your home. The temperature of your windows will be close to the temperature of your home, making your home feel more comfortable while helping you save money on your energy bills.

Our replacement windows are also installed with an airtight seal to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

What Else Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills?

Replacement windows will help you save money you your energy bills; however, for a bigger impact, consider making additional changes to your home:

  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Purchase Energy Star certified products, including appliances and electronics
  • Turn off electronics, appliances, and lights when not in use
  • Keep your home well insulated, particularly if you live in a colder climate like Boston
  • Weatherize your home before the change of each season
  • Avoid using your appliances in peak times, particularly in the summer
  • Keep your thermostat lower in the cooler months and warmer in the hotter months

Simple changes could help you save big on your energy bills.

Need New 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 for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.  

There’s no place like home for the holidays! After a challenging year, it’s more important than ever to get in the holiday spirit. Your celebrations might look different this year but try to make the holiday season feel as normal as possible by adding festive touches to your home. No matter what you celebrate, adding even a few small decorations will make your home feel cozy for a holiday season unlike any other. If you need some last-minute holiday décor inspiration, our home improvement experts are sharing their best tips for decorating your home in a pinch.

Place Candles in the Window

Putting festive candles in your windows is a simple, yet elegant way to decorate your home for the holidays. You can place candles in every window, or you can select a few windows in your living room or front-facing bedrooms. The candles will give your home a warm glow and a festive feel you’ll enjoy all season long.

Display Your Holiday Cards

You get stacks of holiday cards from friends and family every year. Why not display them in your home? Use clothespins to pin them to strips of ribbon and display them in your living room. Your guests will enjoy seeing their cards on display when they come to visit for holiday celebrations!

Decorate Pinecones

Clean up your yard by collecting pinecones to make festive holiday decorations! Pinecones are versatile and can be used to make everything from Christmas ornaments to centerpieces for your holiday parties. Paint them green to make a mini Christmas tree, or paint them gold for an elegant touch – the possibilities are endless! You can even turn them into a special keepsake by having your kids or grandkids make them when they’re off school for winter break.

Create an Ornament Centerpiece

If you have too many ornaments for your Christmas tree, consider using the leftover balls to create a festive and cost-efficient centerpiece. Place color coordinating ornaments (red and green or silver and gold are recommended) in a large bowl or vase to create an eye-catching decoration. Your home will look more festive in just five minutes or less!

Add Festive Lights

Sometimes classic decorations are the best decorations. While you might not have time to string holiday lights outside, consider adding a few strands throughout your home for a festive touch. Wrap them around your bannister or on your mantels to give your home a festive glow. If you’re feeling creative, you can even use them to outline the shape of a Christmas Tree right on your wall!

Spotlight Your Home

You don’t need to cover your home in thousands of twinkle lights like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for it to look festive. You can simply place a wreath on your front door or and use a spotlight to illuminate your home for all to see! Just be careful when using a spotlight: the light can be bright, and you’ll want to make sure it’s not shining directly into your home or a neighbor’s home.

Happy Holidays from Window Nation

Though our celebrations might look different this year, the holiday season is filled with joy and excitement. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer and love through your windows and out into the world.

It’s not always easy to determine if it’s time to replace your windows. For most homeowners, it’s clear: your windows might be old and drafty, or they could be original to your home. However, for some homeowners, it might not be as obvious. In fact, your windows might not have any noticeable signs that it’s time for them to be replaced. In that case, how do you know your windows need to be replaced? Our window replacement experts compiled a list of warning signs you need to be aware of before you start your project.

Condensation

If you notice condensation between your windowpanes, we highly recommend replacing your windows. Moisture between the panes of glass is a telltale sign your seals have failed – an issue that isn’t easily fixed. If you notice seal failure, you might be able to replace the panes of glass; however, you’ll need to contact your window manufacturer for more information. In most cases, your windows will need to be replaced to fix the issue. Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with top-of-the-line window glass to ensure your windows remain condensation-free for years to come.

Drafts

Drafts are one of the most noticeable signs it’s time to replace your windows. Your old windows often become drafty over time, allowing the comfortable air from inside your home to escape. You might feel the air from outside in your home when you stand close to your windows, or you might notice higher energy bills. Energy loss through old, drafty windows accounts for nearly one third of your heating and cooling costs – start saving money by upgrading your old, drafty windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation.

Hot to the Touch in Warmer Weather

Outdated replacement windows are often single pane with little protection from the warm air outside. If you notice your windows are hot to the touch in the summer, your windows are most likely poorly insulated. We recommend upgrading your windows with modern, well-insulated replacement windows to prevent the hot summer air from entering your home.

Cold to the Touch in Colder Weather

Insulation issues only get worse in the winter – if you notice your windows are cold to the touch in cooler weather, you’ll need to upgrade your windows. Modern replacement windows are well-insulated to keep your home comfortable even in the coldest of temperatures. Well-insulated windows are particularly important in colder areas like Boston, Kansas City or Indianapolis – if you notice your windows are cold to the touch, we recommend meeting with an exterior design consultant at Window Nation to discuss our replacement window options.

Cracked or Broken Window Frames

A small crack in your window frame might not be the most urgent issue; however, it’s important to fix the cracks before they spread. If you catch a crack early enough, you might be able to repair the crack with no issues. However, if the crack continues to spread, it might be time to replace the window.

Cracked Windowpanes

Unlike cracked window frames, a crack in your windowpanes is a major issue that needs to be addressed. Cracked windowpanes aren’t just unsightly: they could spread and cause bigger problems for your home’s energy efficiency. You could replace the cracked pane with replacement window glass; however, in some cases, it’s best to replace the entire window. If your windows are more than fifteen years old or original to your home, window replacement could save you money in the long run.

Outdated and Unsightly Windows

Sometimes your windows might function well, but they look old and outdated. If your home needs a curb appeal boost, we recommend replacing your windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our windows are custom-made to fit your home’s needs. We offer a variety of style and color options, so you can find the perfect fit for your home.

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 home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.

The weather has turned suddenly across much of the United States. Not all of us saw the 55 degree drop that hit parts of the Rockies in a single day this month, but summer has come to an end and fall is taking over nearly everywhere.

It’s a welcome relief, in many ways. In this year so unlike any other, a break from high temperatures and a return to school for the kids, even if it’s virtual in many places, brings something like normalcy. But it also brings drafts from the windows clogged gutters, and expanding cracks in our sidewalks.

One good weekend of outdoor work in lovely weather can get your home ready for the lower temperatures we know are coming. Here are twelve easy ways to prepare your home for autumn.

Fertilize the Lawn

A brown lawn in spring is caused by neglect in fall. A lush, green lawn in spring is caused by a single hour of effort now. Fertilizing in fall fortifies your lawn’s root system for the winter, so it’s ready to grow come spring’s thaw. The ideal time, experts say, is 3 weeks before the first frost. For most of the country, that means early-to-mid October

Plant Bulbs and Winter Vegetables

While you’re working on beautifying the lawn, why not plant some color that will surprise you in the spring? Bulbs go into the ground in September or October in order to bloom in spring, and there are few more rewarding signs that the cold of winter has faded than the first folds of new lilies and tulips coming through the mulch.

This year, with more Americans stuck at home than ever before, gardening has made a long-delayed comeback. But the wilting of your summer tomato plants doesn’t mean your days of eating what you grow are over. Winter-hardy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and English peas can tolerate even a hard frost. October is the best time to put them in the ground.

Clean the Gutters

When autumn leaves start falling, gutters start clogging. To avoid water damage from overflowing gutters, and even worse, winter ice dams that can damage your roof, you’ll need to clean the gutters now.

Wash Windows and Repair Screens

Summer rains and splatter have probably left your windows less than clear. This is the perfect time to clean them, while being outside is still so pleasant.

And while you’re working on them, take note of any tears in the screens. Replacing screening material is surprisingly cheap and easy to do, so why let insects into your home when you open the windows to let the glorious early fall air in?

If you’re considering window replacement, autumn is an ideal time – easier than opening the envelope of your home to winter’s cold (though a good window replacement expert can safely do that, as well).

Inspect Siding for Flaws

Speaking of the envelope of your home, you’ll want it to be tight and secure when winter’s cold comes. One of these beautiful fall days is the perfect opportunity to walk around and do a thorough inspection of your siding. Small cracks or displacements can be repaired, or replaced if necessary, to ensure insulation before it’s needed.

Seal Cracks Around Doors and Windows

The second step of weatherproofing your home’s exterior is to reseal around doors and windows. Caulking small openings, or replacing worn weatherstripping, can eliminate drafts that cost you comfort and raise your heating bill.

Clean and Reverse Ceiling Fans

Another way to minimize your heating bill is to ensure that warm air circulates properly around your home. The same ceiling fans that helped cool you in summer can help warm you in winter – reversing the motion of the blades will circulate warm air around the room without producing a downdraft that makes you feel colder. But you’ll want to clean dust from the blades before you do it.

Seal Driveway and Sidewalk Cracks

The repeated heating and cooling of seasonal temperature changes inevitably creates cracks in asphalt and concrete. They’ll expand this fall, as the material cools from a hot summer of expansion. Before neighborhood kids tromp up to your door in costume this October, take a day to fill in the cracks.

Change Furnace Filters

If you have an old-fashioned furnace, you’re probably already changing the filters monthly. But many newer units have annual filters, or other long-life air filtration systems that only need cleaning once a season or so. Since winter will tax the furnace to its fullest, cleaning or changing filters now is essential to keeping your system in shape.

Change Smoke Detector Batteries

While you’re busy doing these home maintenance chores you don’t have to revisit monthly, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, just to be safe.

Check on Your Winter Equipment

The worst time to find out that your snow shovel has cracked is just after the first snow falls. Before the cold gets here, start the snowblower (if you live where you need one) to ensure it functions after three seasons of rest, check your shovels to make sure they’ll work, and stock up on ice melter before the first forecast snow of the season drives the price up.

Clean Storage Areas

Finally, recognize that we all tend to acquire stuff when we’re stuck inside all winter. Be ready for it by giving away some old stuff. Fall is a great time to sort through your closets and make space.

Replacement window projects can be costly, but did you know your existing windows could be costing you even more money? Your old, drafty windows are letting the comfortable air inside your home out, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Why continue to waste your money month after month? Upgrade your outdated windows with modern replacement windows from Windows Nation. You’ll enjoy an energy efficiency boost, helping you save money on your energy bills for years to come. You might even be abler to recoup some of the cost of your project: replacement windows have one of the highest returns on investment when it comes time to sell your home. We understand replacement windows are an investment, but you’ll enjoy savings for years to come.

Energy Efficiency Boost

Your old, outdated windows could be causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Energy loss through old, drafty windows accounts for nearly 40% of your heating and cooling costs – start saving money by replacing your windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our replacement windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter the season. Our windows are available in wood or vinyl styles, each built with top-of-the-line materials to maintain their energy efficiency for years to come.

All Window Nation windows are available in double pane and triple pane glass options to help you save money on your energy bills. If you’re looking for energy savings at a wallet-friendly price, consider choosing double pane windows. Double pane windows are built with two panes of Low-E coated glass to eliminate drafts. For maximum energy savings, consider upgrading to triple pane windows. These windows offer the same benefits as double pane windows, but with a third glass pane for superior energy efficiency. No matter the style you choose, all Window Nation windows have Argon gas between the panes and Super Spacer technology to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable year-round.

Return on Investment

It might seem counterproductive but it’s important to make upgrades before selling your home to attract potential buyers. Though window replacement might not be the most glamorous project, it’s one of the best projects to complete before listing your home. Vinyl window replacement offers a 72% return on investment when it comes time to sell your home, offering some of the best value in home improvement. Most homebuyers are interested in purchasing a home that’s energy efficient and move-in ready, and replacement windows will give your home an advantage. Potential buyers will love the curb appeal boost and energy savings, making your home more appealing.

Low Maintenance

When you upgrade your existing windows to modern replacement windows, you won’t have to worry about costly maintenance. Our windows are built with top-of-the-line materials that are built to last. Our windows are fade-proof and easy to clean, keeping maintenance to a minimum. If something does go wrong with your windows, your windows will be covered by a lifetime warranty and a dedicated team of customer service professionals who will repair your windows at little to no cost.

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 home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.