Not-so-fun-fact: the typical American family spends $2,000 a year on their energy bills. Unfortunately, tons of energy and money are wasted through leaky windows, ducts, old appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems. 

While windows can be one of the most beautiful features of your home, drafty windows can be a burden to your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, inefficient windows are responsible for 25% of residential heating and cooling energy use. This causes extra strain on your heating and cooling systems – and higher electric bills. 

If your home has old, outdated, consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient windows.

We offer wood and vinyl windows in a variety of style and color options, so you don’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency.  

Our windows are available in two glass options to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round. If you’re looking for maximum value, consider selecting windows with double pane glass. These windows are equipped with two glass panes coated in two layers of Low-E coating, blocking almost 80% of UV rays from the sun.  

Triple pane glass, however, is the best choice for homeowners looking for maximum energy efficiency. Like double pane windows, these windows are equipped with two layers of Low-E coating. However, triple pane windows include a third pane of glass, blocking 90% of UV rays from the sun. 

Window replacement is a major investment, and we understand you may not be ready to start such a large project at this time. If you’re looking for smaller, more manageable ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider our tips: 

  1. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. 
  2. Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use sensors, dimmers or timers to reduce usage.  
  3. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Even in standby mode, these electronics still use several watts of power. 
  4. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and air-dry dishes and laundry. 
  5. Look for ENERGY STAR ® labels on products such as light bulbs, home appliances, and electronics. ENERGY STAR ® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. 
  6. Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended. 
  7. Consider using a programmable thermostat to control the temperature of your home from the convenience of an app. 
  8. Regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch. 

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an in-home estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and discuss your options so you can find the best fit for your budget. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. If you’re considering financing your project, we also offer budget-friendly deals to help you get the windows of your dreams. When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule your in-home estimate at WindowNation.com 

As colder weather approaches, homeowners become aware of drafts. One familiar cold spot in the house is exterior doors. It is noticeably cooler around exterior facing doors this time of year. 

While energy efficiency is typically a big piece of the decision, when considering replacing your front door, looks are equally important. Replacing your home's entry door accomplishes more than just creating a cozier interior.   

Your entryway is a big part of your home's curb appeal.   

Not only does the entryway make an impression on you, but a good-looking front door can also do wonders for your home's resale value. With so many door styles available, choosing a new entry door for your home can feel like a daunting decision.   

Not only is there an incredible selection of door styles to choose from, but you also must take into consideration the material of the door.   

For a long time, wood has been the material of choice for many homeowners. Its beauty and durability made this material ideal. But, with advancements in science and fabrication, wood is no longer the best choice.   

When it comes time to replace a door, most people turn to fiberglass and steel to safeguard their investment.   

Fiberglass and steel are both more resistant to the elements, easier on maintenance requirements, better on energy efficiency, and often a less expensive option than wood. But how do they compare to each other? And what are the accompanying features?   

Let's break it down:  

STEEL DOORS  

If you're looking to have new doors installed on your home, you can't go wrong with steel. It is a versatile material that comes with a lot of options. Some may even surprise you!  

  • When you think of a steel door, do you picture an old rusting door on the back of a building that only gives access to an alleyway? While a reinforced steel door is excellent for rear door security, you can get a whole lot more style and elegance from steel than this. But, it is essential to note that when it comes to home security, steel might give a hair more protection than fiberglass.  
  • Steel doors can come with a woodgrain. It's true! At Window Nation, our exclusive accent finishing technique creates a finish that gives our steel doors the appearance of real wood if you want a door that looks like a fine oak door but has the durability and low cost of steel, no problem! While the wood finish on a steel door can't thoroughly compare to the same look with fiberglass, it is worth taking a look at, especially for the cost.  
  • Do you want windows in your new doors? There is a wide selection of glass options available for steel doors. You don't have to worry about fiberglass beating out steel in this department.  
  • While steel is strong and durable, it is more prone to scratching and denting than fiberglass. Though it is possible to fix dents with an auto-body repair kit, and cover scratches with putty and paint, this is something to consider when getting steel.  
  • Steel can become hot to the touch on a warm sunny day, but that heat isn't going to get through the insulation that comes with these doors easily. You're not going to lose any energy-saving benefits by choosing steel.  

FIBERGLASS DOORS  

Some in the industry advertise that fiberglass comes with all the benefits of steel, without any of its limitations. This is only partly true.  

In almost every way, fiberglass doors are slightly better than steel. But, this material will crack if struck hard. Steel will not.  

Here are some other things you may want to know about fiberglass.  

  • There are many styles, colors, and grains to choose from when selecting fiberglass as the material for your new doors. If you're looking for doors that will closely approximate the look of real wood, this is the best option.  
  • With fiberglass, you don't even have to think about rust. While it is relatively easy to keep a steel door rust-free, some homeowners prefer not to have to worry about it. If that sounds like you, fiberglass is the way to go.  
  • Fiberglass isn't as heavy as steel, but that doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice having that satisfying "thunk" sound when you close your fiberglass doors. At Window Nation, we manufacture the internal structure of these doors to simulate the same weight of wood. You'll be happy with the sturdy sound you'll get with this option.  
  • Exposure to heat over time can cause doors to crack, swell, and warp, which can harm the frame and seal of an entry door. While steel and fiberglass are more resistant to this than wood, fiberglass is slightly better. The material will hold up against extreme temperature fluctuations and keep its shape for a long, long time, but you'll have to pay a little more for this added durability.  

When it comes to getting a new door for your home, you can't go wrong with either of these two materials. If you've been thinking about upgrading, let Window Nation help. Schedule your free, no-obligation in-home estimate today, and let's get started! 

The holiday season is approaching. All of us here at Window Nation has an obvious affinity for one decorating custom, seeing candles glowing through the warm windows of a home. It is common to display a candle in the window as a simple and elegant decoration to celebrate the Holiday season.

The tradition of having candles lit in your window during the Holidays is different for each culture. The origins differ based on religious beliefs and even regions. No matter where your family comes from or how they celebrate the holidays, the use of lights has become a tradition used by many to brighten up their home and make it feel festive for the holidays.  

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Here in the United States, the tradition of lighting candles in the windows of homes during the Christmas holiday was brought by the Irish.  

From the mid 17th through the late 18th century, the British government created oppressive laws in an attempt to restrict the practice of Catholicism in Ireland. During this time of religious suppression in Ireland, there were no churches allowed. Catholic Priests were forced to hide out in the wilderness in caves.   

The priests would sneak back into town during the night to have mass with fellow believers in their homes. During Christmastime, Catholic families would leave their doors unlocked and a candle burning in the window to let the priest know he was welcome in their home.   

With the many waves of Irish immigration to America, the tradition took root here and continued to evolve. For example, in colonial times, a lit candle in a window let travelers know they had a safe place to stay. The candle also served as a signal amongst neighbors that the home was open to receive visitors and to light the way for returning family members.   

In modern times, the custom of the candle in the window may have lost its traditional meaning, but the practice lives on. The invention of electric candles has made the tradition even easier and safer to use in your windows.   

The reasons are different, but the candle in the window is still a simple and beautiful way to light up your home and make it festive for the holiday season. Just remember to clean your windows to maximize the holiday glow!   

Adding holiday cheer to your home is always exciting this time of year. You can use your candles to direct family and friends to your home to share in new holiday traditions and memories. Enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer and love through your windows and out into the world. 

Are you on the edge of making one of the smartest upgrades you’ve ever done for your home? When it comes to getting a return on investment, replacement windows are hard to beat. But picking out new windows isn’t as simple as pointing at a picture in a catalog. There are a lot of details to consider. After all, you’re going to have those windows for a really long time. You don’t want to be stuck with a purchase you’re not completely happy with.

At Window Nation, customer satisfaction is our top priority. When you’re happy, everybody wins. That’s why we’ve put together this list of top considerations when choosing new windows. Take a quick peek and see if you’ve thought of everything.

WHAT FEATURES MATTER MOST TO YOU?

New windows come with new features. It is important to take a few moments to think about what features matter most to you. Some windows can be opened and will allow air to flow in. Some windows do not open and are meant to let the light in. Garden windows will give you three angles of light that will not only add ambiance to the interior of your home, it will make things a lot brighter. Bow and bay windows can give you an area to put a place to sit and enjoy a good book or a spot to place plants and decorations that sparkle in the sunlight. Double hung windows are great for letting a little light in, but where they shine is in how easy they are to clean.

WHAT WINDOWS WILL FIT THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME?

If aesthetics are important to you, you’re going to want to take into consideration the style of windows you’ll be putting in. Grid windows may be perfect for a Colonial or Cape Cod style home, but you might want to go with a double hung if you have a cottage style home. Round portholes may be perfect for a Victorian or Neo-Victorian home, but a modern home will look better with a picture window. It also matters where you place the window. Even if the window style complements the style of your home it can look out of place if it is put in the wrong spot.

SHOULD YOU GO WITH WOOD, FIBERGLASS, OR VINYL?

When it comes to cost vs. performance, nothing can touch vinyl. It is the perfect choice if you want inexpensive windows that look beautiful and last a long time. The only big drawback to vinyl is that you’re stuck with the color. Vinyl isn’t going to take a coat of paint. But, for some people, this is a small price to pay for the convenience and functionality of vinyl.

If the aesthetic of wood is important to you, and you’re not content with the wood-like appearance of vinyl and fiberglass, you’ll have to pay extra for those windows. You’ll also have to pay extra to maintain those windows. Wood needs to be stained and painted for preservation. And wood will offer less protection against insects.

Fiberglass is a good common ground between vinyl and fiberglass. It costs more than vinyl, but it is more durable and has the ability to take a coat of paint. But, unlike painting wood windows, adding a new color to fiberglass window frames is not a necessity. It is just a nicety.

WHAT COMPANY IS THE RIGHT COMPANY?

All window companies aren’t created equal. It is important to pick a company that has good reviews, a solid warranty, and excellence in installation. You can have the best windows in the world, but if those windows are installed incorrectly, you could be dealing with water damage, heat loss, bug infestations, air flow issues, and a general loss of comfort throughout your home. You may also be stuck paying out big money when something goes wrong.

At Window Nation, we offer one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, so you can be sure that you’re protected if anything ever goes wrong. Our installation teams are led by experienced and certified professionals who will make sure you windows fit perfectly and, most importantly, seal perfectly. And we are an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, so you can trust that we’ll treat you right.

There are a lot of details when it comes to choosing replacement windows. Let us walk you through the process from start to finish. Click on our online agent to get started today.

Fulton, MD – Window Nation is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Receiving the Angie’s List Super Service Award is an incredible honor” says Co-Founder and CEO Harley Magden. “We pride ourselves on assisting our customers every step of the way, this award shows we’re succeeding in that goal”.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

About Window Nation: Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who 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, siding, and doors installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 350,000 windows in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. Learn more here.

Fulton, MD – As the waters rushed down historic Main Street in Ellicott City on July 30th, 2016, Mrs. Yu only knew one thing – they had to find a way to stay alive. The flood waters were unlike anything local residents remembered, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, many beyond repair. And while Mrs. Yu and her husband found safety, their home was devastated. Windows cracked, walls damaged, and furniture, clothing and personal items had to be completely replaced. Unfortunately, the family had no means to do it.

“The Yu family came to Howard County from China about 15 years ago,” said John McBeth, the founder of DreamBuilders, a local organization who works to repair homes damaged by natural disasters. “Mr. Yu is a handyman and the home was in desperate need of repair even before the floods came through. So we reached out to everyone in the Howard County community to pitch in and help. Window Nation was one of the first to volunteer.”

Window Nation’s Founder and CEO, Harley Magden, said that as soon as he heard about the family and the situation, he knew exactly why Window Nation was in the perfect position to help.

“Being in the historic district, it’s not easy getting replacement windows,” he explained. “We had to work with our factory to have custom windows built that replicated the historic nature of the original home, and then bring out a team familiar with historic homes to install them. But, this is a local family right in our backyard and we were more than happy to help.”

Headquartered in Fulton, MD, only about 5 miles from Ellicott City, Window Nation has partnered with DreamBuilders on similar projects in the past.  “Harley has a big heart!” said McBeth. “As soon as each project is over, he and his brother, Aaron immediately ask ‘what’s next?’.”

“We were so glad to see the new windows going in,” said Mrs. Yu through a translator. “I was moved by the love of Window Nation.”

To see photos and videos of the home repair, please visit https://www.windownation.com/window-nation-cares.

About Window Nation: Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who 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, siding, and doors installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 350,000 windows in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. Learn more here.

 

This month draws attention to an important issue for many households. National Window Coverings Safety Month takes place each October to help raise awareness for the necessity of having safe and secure windows and blinds that reduce the threat of injuries including strangulation. Many models of window coverings today still use long cords that are a direct threat to the safety of your children.

To help families across the country reduce the threat of the hazards associated with window coverings, here are some tips:

  1. Do not allow pull cords to hang loose where a child can access them. Cord free blinds are always a better option.

  2. Watch out for bottom chains on vertical blinds which pose many of the same risks as pull cords for small children crawling or playing on the floor.

  3. Keep your child’s bed or crib away from the windows and especially do not let any cords hang near the bed.

  4. Try to instill safety first with your children when they are playing near windows and glass doors. By establishing strict safety rules at a young age they will better understand the risks involved as they grow up.

  5. Be sure that you are installing only window treatments with high safety standards including safety devices such as cord free hardware and control wands.

Many families are already taking advantage of safe windows from Window Nation. These fiberglass composite window replacements are durable to stand up to your family and the elements. And even better, they offer optimal blinds with no cords which means no risk of strangulation.

If you are living in our large service area including Ohio, the DC metro, the Delaware Valley, Northern Virginia, or Pittsburgh, be sure to check out the many safe and energy efficient window replacement options from Window Nation. To learn more about window replacements including safe window coverings, please contact us 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.

The August issue of Qualified Remodeler ranks their annual list of the Top 500 companies ranked by Revenue.  Window Nation ranks #7, the youngest company in the Top 20, with growth in both existing and new markets.  Read the full article here.

Window Nation was once again noted by Inc Magazine as one of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in the US.  We are also proud to be one of only 61 companies in the Baltimore area who made the list – read the Baltimore Business Journal’s coverage here.