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However, if you have an old, outdated entry door, it might not be worth repairing.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!

Cleveland, OH – Window Nation is proud to announce a new partnership with the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers as the presenting sponsor of the team’s pre-game “Honorary Captain” program.

Through an online sweepstakes, lucky fans will be selected as the “Honorary Captain” throughout the Cavs 2016-17 home schedule. The winner will receive four game tickets, participate in a pre-game on-court ceremony, and have a photo taken with a Cavs player. Cavs fans are invited to enter at WindowNation.com/Cavs.

“As a native Clevelander, I’m incredibly honored and excited to bring this experience to the fans of this team from everyone at Window Nation,” said Co-founder and CEO, Harley Magden. “Plus, as a fan of the Cavs, I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the quest to repeat as NBA Champs!” Harley and his brother, Aaron, founded Window Nation 10 years ago, and the two native sons of Cleveland have been offering service in Ohio since 2008.

This contest will be heavily promoted through a number of Cavs-related channels, including radio broadcasts, digital media, and inside the concourse during games at Quicken Loans Arena. It’s part of a larger, multi-year partnership between Window Nation and the Cavs organization. As a team partner, expect to see the Cavs logo and marks integrated into Window Nation’s advertising across Northeast Ohio.

“We are happy to welcome Window Nation to the Cavaliers family of partners and we’re looking forward to the Honorary Captain promotion that will give lucky fans throughout the season the chance to see the Cavs live at The Q and be a special part of our award-winning game experience,” said Shelly Cayette, Cavaliers Vice President of Partner Marketing and Strategy.

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 275,000 windows in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. 

Are you thinking about a home improvement? It can be hard to decide what is a good investment and what is not. Thankfully, the folks over at the Remodeling website have done the legwork for you. Their site compares the average cost for 36 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale. Their data is drawn from 102 U.S. markets, and easily navigable on their site. But before you bounce over there, take a look at this quick break down.

What is a good investment?

Obviously, your first concern is going to be: Will this add to the quality of my life? But somewhere in your decision process you should also consider whether or not you’re going to get a return on your money. Let’s see if we can satisfy both of these criteria.

A bad investment.

When it comes to whether or not a home improvement will add quality to your life, only you can say. But when you look at the raw financial data, there are good investments and there are bad investments. On the bottom of the list are improvements like home office remodel, sunroom addition, bathroom addition, backup power generator and master suite addition. These may add to your quality of life, but they’re not going to give you a very good return on your investment. In the Cleveland area a typical bathroom addition will cost you $40,392. What do you get for your money? Well, besides the fact that you don’t have to wait to get in a bathroom, you will generally add to the value of your home by about $20,392. That’s pretty good, right? Your home is now worth $20,392 more. Yes, but you lost $20,000 in the deal. That is a lot of cash to pay for the convenience of having another bathroom.

A good investment.

What does the Remodeling Cost vs. Value report say is the best value for your home? No matter where you live, a new entry door is the best bang for your buck. In Cleveland it will give you a 86.3% return on your investment! Not only that, a new entry door will add value to your life. Every day when you come home from work you will be greeted by that beautiful entry way, and it will remind you that all your hard work has been worth it. You can’t put a price on that kind of positive reinforcement.

Getting a new entry door is also one of the least expensive ways to improve the value of your home. It even beats out garage door replacement as the most inexpensive home repair on the list.

If you haven’t looked at entry doors recently, take a peek at all of the incredible styles Window Nation has available for your Cleveland home. This is one home improvement that makes sense.

Do you have back yard envy? When you go to a back yard barbeque do you secretly covet the green grass, swing set, back deck, grilling area, garden and pool? Do you yearn to spread out your back yard and break down the fences to increase the room that you have? While pushing down fences and trespassing onto your neighbor’s property isn’t advised, here are a few ideas that you can easily do to help your small space seem bigger.

Instead of one large theme, break your back yard up into small ‘blocks’ that are individually designed and themed. Place one focus point into each block, like the kids swing set or sand box can be attractive when surrounded by blocks that are planted with colorful flowers and green grass.

Use randomly placed raised beds to add height and depth. Raised beds make it easy to grow trees, shrubbery or flowers because you can design your soil, as opposed to just dealing with what is actually there. Try a strawberry patch in one area and maybe even a yummy tomato patch in another. In the fall, plant one with bulbs and next spring they will pop up all on their own and showing you that the long Cleveland winter is over and remind you of the promise of spring and summer.

Potted plants whether green, flowered, vegetable or fruit can be moved around as they grow to accommodate the changing seasons and sunlight. If you are entertaining, and need to morph your space, then potted plants are easily moved out of harm’s way for volleyball, cricket or just space to roam.

Unfortunately a fenced in back yard will instantly feel small. The addition of an oversized door will give the illusion that the fence is smaller and your space larger. A well placed mirror or two on the fencing will also give the illusion of a larger space. The addition painted lattice also adds depth or you can train ivy to climb up your fence to hide the actual fence and again give the illusion of a continuing space.

Terracing is one of the most effective ways to utilize a small space. By using different levels it will feel like you are stepping into a new space with each level. Stone patios made of different textures and colors will only enhance this effect. Set your patio set and grill up on their own levels to set them apart from all the other parts of your back yard if barbeques are your passion. If quiet alone time is what you seek in your back yard, then a well-placed bench or hammock with a fountain nearby will surely become your sanctuary. Fountains don’t have to be large and constantly running. There are many available that are small and can be turned on and off at your convenience.

Just because we deal with four seasons here in Cleveland, doesn’t mean we can’t have lush and beautiful back yards. Turning your small back yard into a space that truly reflects you and your life style doesn’t have to be impossible or unattainable. Utilize every square foot that you have and then sit back, relax and watch it come to life. Now your back yard will be the source of envy!

And once you’ve made your back yard awesome, stop by our Cleveland showroom and check out our replacement windows. Wouldn’t it be cool to stare at your newly improved back yard through beautiful, energy efficient windows?

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.

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