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.

When it comes to choosing a new entry door for your home, it can feel like a daunting decision. Not only is there an incredible selection of door styles to choose from, you also have to 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 features do they come with? We’re glad you asked.

STEEL DOORS

If you’re looking to have new doors installed on your home, you can’t go wrong with steel. This 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 great for rear door security, you can get a whole lot more style and elegance from steel than this. But, it is important 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 fully compare to what can be accomplished with fiberglass, it is definitely 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 hot sunny day, but that heat isn’t going to easily get through the insulation that comes with these doors. You’re not going to lose any energy saving benefits by choosing steel.

FIBERGLASS DOORS

It has been said by many experts 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 it is 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 fairly easy to keep a steel door rust-free, some homeowners prefer to not 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 have an adverse effect on the frame and seal of an entry door. While steel and fiberglass are more resistant to this than wood, fiberglass is slightly better. This is a material that 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!

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 #11, the youngest company in the Top 20, with growth in both existing and new markets.  Read the full article here.

Fulton, MD – Window Nation is proud to announce they have once again been recognized for excellent customer service, this time being included in the Qualified Remodeler Top 60. The list, compiled by Qualified Remodeler in partnership with GuildQuality, is created based on a survey of more than 100,000 customers nationwide and scored on the correlation between overall satisfaction and specific aspects of the customer experience for many different types of projects – and then combined with GuildQuality scores nationwide.  Of the companies on this year’s list, Window Nation ranked at the top for completed jobs (over 9,000) and customer referral rate (100%), as reported by GuildQuality. 

“We place a huge emphasis on providing our customers with excellent service” said CEO Harley Magden, who co-founded the company a decade ago with his brother, Aaron. “It’s nice to be recognized for doing so, particularly since this ranking relies so heavily on data from our customers.”

The company has offices across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ohio, including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Most recently, Window Nation expanded into the Pittsburgh area.                                                                                                                                 

“We tie a majority of our customer-facing staff’s KPIs to GuildQuality metrics,” said President and Co-founder, Aaron Magden, who is responsible for the company’s exterior design consultants. “This has allowed us to provide continual training to our sales reps to ensure they are knowledgeable, friendly and leave a good, lasting impression.”

For the full list and detailed explanations about how the list was compiled, please see the July Issue of Qualified Remodeler.

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.

Fulton, MD – Window Nation received a 2017 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential home improvement industry. The award encompasses all of their regional offices, servicing customers in Ohio, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennnsylvania.

Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and home improvement professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.

Out of 600+ eligible applicants, Window Nation is one of 300+ businesses within the residential home improvement industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care.

In determining which businesses received the 2017 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to friend and the percentage of customers who responded.

Window Nation achieved a recommendation rate of 90% or above from their customers surveyed by GuildQuality.

“This is an incredible honor for us, as it’s clearly an award we earned by providing superior customer service every single day,” said Co-owner and CEO, Harley Magden. “We are proud of our entire team and grateful to everyone who chooses Window Nation for their replacement windows, doors and siding.”

For more on the 2017 Guildmaster Award and qualifications, visit www.guildquality.com/guildmaster/.

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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 350,000 windows in Ohio, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennnsylvania. Learn more here.

About GuildQuality

Over 2,300 residential construction professionals rely on GuildQuality’s customer satisfaction surveying software to help them deliver exceptional customer service and get the recognition they deserve for their commitment to quality. Join GuildQuality’s community of quality today and see your company through your customers’ eyes. For more information about GuildQuality, visit www.guildquality.com.