After years of living in your home, you may notice your entry doors are beginning to show signs of wear-and-tear. Left unrepaired, your doors might become drafty or difficult to open and close. You’re then faced with the difficult decision to repair or replace your doors – while it might seem easier to repair the damage yourself, is it really worth it in the long run? The home improvement experts at Window Nation have some tips to help guide your decision:

Should I Repair or Replace My Entry Doors?

It can be difficult to determine whether you should repair or replace your entry door. Some issues, like drafts or leaks, can be easily fixed with weatherstripping and caulk. If your issue is cosmetic, you could simply make a trip to the local home improvement store and add a fresh coat of paint.

However, if you have an old, outdated entry door, it might not be worth repairing. Sure, you might be saving money now by making basic repairs, but are you really saving money in the long run? You’re most likely going to have to make more repairs in the future, costing you hundreds of dollars every year. It might not seem like much money at first, but over time, the costs will add up and you could end up spending hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars to make repairs. Why continue to waste money when you could simply upgrade your old entry door to a modern fiberglass or steel entry door from Window Nation?

Why Choose Entry Doors from Window Nation?

At Window Nation, we offer so much more than replacement windows. We’re proud to offer high quality replacement entry doors to meet your home improvement needs. Choose between fiberglass and steel doors, each available in a variety of style and color options to compliment your home. Each of our doors can be customized with decorative glass options to give your home the curb appeal boost it needs. You’ll also enjoy added security thanks to a multi-point locking system standard on all entry doors.

If your current entry doors are drafty, consider choosing a fiberglass or steel entry door. Each of our doors is engineered to have an airtight seal, virtually eliminating drafts. Our doors are also equipped with a polyurethane core to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. If your door has glass, each pane will be coated in a Low-E glaze to boost your home’s energy efficiency. No matter the door you choose, you can feel comfortable knowing our doors are durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

What About My Patio Doors?

If you notice your patio doors are also looking a little worse-for-wear, we also offer French doors and sliding glass doors to meet your home improvement needs. Our sliding glass doors will enhance your home while keeping maintenance to a minimum. If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, our French doors will do the trick. Available in many style and color combinations, you’ll enjoy the view for years to come.

Ready to Start Your Project?

When you choose Window Nation for your entry door replacement project, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re working with an experienced team who will guide you through the process from start to finish. When you schedule your in-home estimate, our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your options and provide you a quote good for up to six months. We also offer Energy Star certified siding and replacement windows to give your home the energy efficiency boost it needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today!

Window Nation has partnered with WMAR ABC2 and a group of local businesses and contractors to reveal dramatic improvements to the Brooklyn O’Malley Club in Brooklyn. It’s part of WMAR’s Built Upon A Dream program where volunteers from the Maryland community come together to improve the facilities of local nonprofit organizations. It is based on ABC Network’s popular “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” 

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The Brooklyn O’Malley Club is one of the clubs run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore. They operate after-school and summer programs for local children from elementary through high school age. Brooklyn O’Malley Club underwent a physical makeover thanks to the WMAR program

“Built Upon a Dream provides a great opportunity to use our unique position as a broadcaster to connect organizations in need and local businesses that can offer solutions,” said Bill Hooper, vice president and general manager for WMAR. “For our entire team, from news to sales to production, it is a team effort and a labor of love.” 

This Built Upon a Dream project, benefitting The Brooklyn O’Malley Club, included improvements throughout the building. Workers improved everything from flooring, painting, electrical, furniture, windows, fencing and landscaping at the club. The work was completed by a group of contractors, suppliers and associated companies who make up the Built Upon a Dream team. All team member companies donated time, labor, materials and supplies to get the job done. Many of the individual corporate donations are valued at more than $25,000. The Built Upon a Dream team includes Window Nation, Manekin Construction, Under Armour, Sagamore Development, T. Rowe Price, Taco Bell, Toyota Financial Services, Nations Photo Lab, Yogibo, Fence & Deck Connection, Ruppert Landscape, Lowes, Hord Coplan Macht, BCT Architects as well as many sub-contractors, suppliers and volunteers. 

WMAR ABC2 aired the “Built Upon a Dream” special on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. to tell the story of the Brooklyn O’Malley Club dream build.On Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. sponsors and volunteers from the Built Upon a Dream team will join the Brooklyn O’Malley Club staff and the children they serve as they unveil their new facility. The Brooklyn O’Malley Club is located at 3560 3rd Street in Baltimore. The renovations will enable the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club to better serve the children, families and the local community. 

You can view a segment from the program here.

Throughout our extensive service area of Northeast Ohio, Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Northern Virginia, parents are sending their kids back to school, and many frugal parents are taking advantage of tax holidays. What is a tax holiday? It is when state governments drop the taxes on certain purchased goods that have particular significance like back to school gear for families preparing their kids for school. But this tax break is only for a limited time.

If you live in our Maryland service area, we have good news! Tax-free week for 2016 is from August 14-20. That means there is still time for you to take advantage of this discount!

There are some restrictions, however. The Maryland tax week only applies to clothing and footwear. It does not cover school supplies or computers, like in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. And, qualifying clothing and footwear must be under $100. But, hey! That is still a really good deal, especially if this is the one time of year when you get out and buy clothes for your kids. The more clothing and footwear you buy, the more you’re really going to feel the relief.

School supplies aren’t the only items that get a special tax holiday. Some states drop taxes for hurricane equipment and generators in preparation for the hurricane season. In Louisiana, they have a tax holiday for firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies to help bolster the fall hunting season; and some states give tax relief for ENERGY STAR items, to help defer the cost of electricity. In fact, February 18-20 of 2017, Maryland will have its next tax free week on these items.

Current ENERGY STAR items that are known to be tax-free during February 13-15, 2017 tax free days are air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, solar water heaters, standard size refrigerators, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and LED light bulbs. For a detailed list of qualifying ENERGY STAR products that are eligible for tax exemption, visit www.marylandtaxes.com.

At Window Nation, we have a wide selection of windows that are ENERGY STAR compliant, but the focus of Maryland’s ENERGY STAR tax exemption seems focused on helping to reduce electricity consumption in the state. When it sets its sights on helping families and business reduce their heating and cooling costs, we’ll let you know because that is where Window Nation ENERGY STAR windows shine. Until then, get out there and enjoy the discount for school footwear and clothing, compliments of Uncle Sam! Every little bit counts.

This is the time of year when everyone starts preparing for the holiday season. With Christmas still more than a month away and Thanksgiving only a week away, there is a lot you need to consider to prepare your home for the holiday visitors that will be descending on you soon! The professionals at Window Nation in Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and Ohio would like to offer you some helpful tips to prepare your home for the coming holiday season and the guests that will be joining you for your holiday festivities.

Make sure that your home is prepared for visitors that may arrive in the evening hours. It gets dark very early this time of year, so making sure that all the exterior lights around your home are working is a very good idea to help keep visitors safe. If you have a walkway into your home that has any steps or rocks, have lights installed around the pathway to make sure your visitors don’t trip while coming into your home.

Prepare your living area by cleaning up clutter and dusting, making sure to dust in the high corners of rooms to remove any cobwebs that have appeared. You should also schedule a professional carpet cleaning this time of year to make sure your carpet is looking clean and fresh for when your visitors arrive.

Have your windows professionally cleaned as well. This is something you should have done once a year- windows both inside and out should have a good clean.

Make sure that your guest bedrooms are fully stocked with whatever your guests may need. A wall mirror, fresh towels and fresh bed linens are all things that should be present in your guest bedroom.

Once your home is prepared for the holidays, you can start thinking about the more important things like all the gift buying you still need to do and then the all-important holiday meal planning!

The window installation experts at Window Nation would like to wish you all a joyous holiday season and for all of your replacement windows, siding and entry door system needs, contact Window Nation today! We can provide replacement windows in Virginia to suit your home and style that will last you for years to come. Visit our showrooms in Baltimore, DC Metro, Cleveland and Canton to see the many window, siding and door options we can provide for your home.

Only 4 companies in the United States receive this honor each year, and this year Window Nation was one of them!

GLEN BURNIE, Md., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Window Nation has been awarded a 2012 Replacement Contractor Service Excellence Award. The awards recognize home improvement companies for excellent customer service and were announced at the Replacement Contractor Executive Conference, an annual gathering of industry executives held this year in Las Vegas. The Replacement Contractor Service Excellence Award is based on surveys of customers by GuildQuality, a third-party verification service specializing in the residential construction industry and a partner with Replacement Contractor in presenting the award.

GuildQuality randomly sampled 50 recent customers of Window Nation, asking homeowners to rate the company on different aspects of service. The survey firm also asked homeowners to indicate whether or not they’d recommend the company to those they knew, or hire the company to work for them again.

“Giving great customer service is an important part of our community culture,” says Window Nation President and Co-Founder Harley Magden.

“Today, when just about any homeowner reads a company’s online reviews before picking up the phone, it’s critical to leave behind a customer who’s happy, even thrilled, with the work done and the experience of having it done,” says Jim Cory, Editor, Replacement Contractor.

Selection of the winners involved having homeowners rate companies on service aspects such as communication, the sales process, and product quality; identify any areas where company personnel fell short; and indicate whether or not they’d recommend the company to others. Winners were selected on the basis of overall scores, recommendation rate, and response rate to surveys.

Window Nation was founded by brothers Harley and Aaron Magden after they worked for years in their father’s window business. Headquartered in the Baltimore area, Window Nation operates in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. For ideas on replacement windows, siding, and doors, visit www.windownation.com.

Replacement Contractor is dedicated to exterior specialty contractors in the roofing, siding, window & door, and decking categories of the home improvement industry. Published by Hanley Wood, Replacement Contractor provides high-volume exterior contractors with sales and marketing advice, as well as tips to refine the day-to-day operation of their businesses.

SOURCE Window Nation

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