You’ve probably heard the claims, “Lower your monthly energy bills and help Mother Earth!” or, “Windows have an unbeatable return on investment!”
Let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. Your windows act as shields for your home. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer, they keep the cold in. But how do they do it? And why might one type of window be better at regulating your indoor temperature than another?
Let’s talk about heat transfer.
You may have fallen asleep in science class the day thermodynamics came up, but we all know that our hot coffee is eventually going to drop to room temperature. This phenomenon is called heat transfer.
A well-made window acts like a thermos. It keeps the heat exactly where it’s supposed to be by cutting down on heat transfer from the outside to the inside of your home.
Windows have two important parts— the glass and the frame. Since the glass takes up most of the space, it has a big role to play in heat transfer.
Scientists have been hard at work on window glass. A simple single-pane glass window allows 85%-90% of the heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up on the glass, only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. Beyond that, however, the window gets too heavy to be manageable. Triple-pane glass is the most that most companies will offer. So then how to reduce heat transfer even more?
The glass itself can be engineered to be more reflective. Glass with a small amount of tin or silver oxide baked in will keep your home more comfortable since metal reflects solar energy. At the high end, if you get triple silver Low-E reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. That is truly impressive.
But glass isn’t the only factor.
Your frame and sash material matter.
How about the material that holds the glass in place?
If you have the choice between sitting on a wooden bench or a metal bench on a hot day, the answer is clear. Metal conducts more heat, making the wooden bench a safer option. Likewise, metal makes for a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy-efficient.
But wood frames still aren’t the best material.
That superlative goes to vinyl. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather-stripping can be built right into the vinyl, which means there’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time.
The good news is that someone has already done the leg work on energy efficiency.
Energy Star is a program run by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that researches energy efficiency. They run independent trials on dishwashers, refrigerators, and yes, windows. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR worked to help Americans save almost $39 billion dollars in energy costs.
If you check out their website, they’ll give you suggestions for windows for your region, and let you know how many panes of glass you’ll need to best insulate your home in your climate.
Don’t let your windows leak.
Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? Even the best thermos in the world won’t do you any good if the lid is loose. If you throw that thermos in a backpack, you shouldn’t be surprised when you open it up and there’s coffee everywhere.
In the same vein, the best window in the world can still leak without the right installation. So, partnering with a pro for installation is a must. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory-trained. We specialize in window replacement, and we’ve installed over one million windows since 2006.
When it comes to home renovation, not all projects are created equal. Pink and lime green bedroom walls in a chevron pattern? No thanks. A new outdoor pool in Minnesota? Probably not smart. The financially-savvy homeowner, when considering remodels or renovations, is probably asking a few pointed questions:
Will this renovation increase my home’s resale value?
Will this renovation save me money in the short term?
Will this renovation improve my quality of life?
If the answer to all three is a resounding yes, then you’ve probably hit upon the home renovation jackpot.
So how does home window replacement measure up? With more than a dozen things you could invest in around the house, is it a good financial move to replace your home windows?
When replacing windows, expect a handsome return on your investment.
According to Architectural Digest, that swoon-worthy magazine of celebrity house tours, replacing older windows with new ones (even if they’re not top of the line), can actually make you money. According to their calculations, you’ll get $1.15 back for every dollar you invest in this type of project.
Window replacement follows the multi-year trend of exterior improvement projects. These curb appeal updates make the whole block look better, and raise the value of your home for potential buyers.
Replacing your windows gives your home a makeover that the whole neighborhood will notice. You’ll be sure to get a higher selling price if you decide to put your home on the market. New windows announce to the world that your home is handsome and well-maintained.
New windows will save you money every month.
Planning to stay put for a while? When you invest in home window replacement, you’ll see immense benefits in the short and long term. Think about the bills you get every month for your home energy usage. What if there was a coupon that gave you a discount every month?
Installing new windows can give you that price break on heating and cooling costs. Old windows are often drafty or leaky, meaning your heating efforts in the winter and cooling efforts in the summer are less effective. New windows come with tight seals, and you can even invest further by upgrading to double or triple-paned glass.
By making your home more energy-efficient, you’ll save money on utility bills every month and make your home more comfortable throughout the seasons. Home window replacement is good for the family budget and good for the environment.
Replacing old windows can transform your house into a home.
Can you really put a price on loving your home? If you’re stuck with leaky, unappealing single-pane windows from decades ago, window replacement will not only save you money — it can transform your living space.
Lacking morning light in your kitchen or a view from your living room? Consider switching from double-hung windows to a casement window for uninterrupted landscapes. How about that dark corner of the bedroom? Once you install a new specialty window, all you’ll need is a comfy chair and you have a new reading nook.
Not only that, but window replacement lets you bring your own style and personality to your space. Whether vast, open-concept picture-frame windows, or cute farmhouse-style crisscrossing white frames, replacing your windows makes your home yours.
We know there are always plenty of home renovation projects you could take on. But home window replacement checks all the boxes — it’s a great way to increase your home’s future selling price, it will lower your monthly home energy bills, and it can add life and pizzazz to your day-to-day enjoyment of your home.
You’ve got options when it comes to how your windows open and what material they are made of. Window Nation has a great online tool that allows you to upload pictures of your home and visualize this upgrade for yourself. The Home Visualizer Toolis a great way to daydream your way into a profitable and picturesque home renovation.
Windows are an incredibly important part of your home. Not only are they an aesthetic element that can significantly increase or reduce your home’s curb appeal, but they impact your energy bills and your safety as well.
The bad news? Over time, there are lots of things that can go wrong with windows.
So how do you know when to upgrade those old windows with replacement windows, and who in Minneapolis do you trust to do it?
8 Ways To Tell You Need Replacement Windows
Unlike your plumbing or your oven, windows aren’t an appliance that just stops working one day. Here are eight hints it may be time to replace them.
If you have to use your Minnesota Vikings helmet in the offseason to keep your window open.
If something hits your window and there’s a crack in it.
If you have a window that’spainted shut, and there’s just no way to get it open.
If you have a window that’s extremely hard to slide up, or only goes halfway before it sticks.
If you hold your hand up next to it in the winter and you can feel the icy breeze coming through (even Minneapolitans have their coldness limit!).
If the latches no longer line up on the top when you close the window.
If the frame’s breaking off like a layer of ice on your car when you need to get to work.
If you’ve had your windows for more than ten years. Technology has changed quite a bit in the last decade, and it’s not exactly something you can pick up on a trip to the Mall of America. (You could be losing a lot of heat out of those old windows.)
7 Reasons To Choose Window Nation For Your Replacement Windows
We think Window Nation is the best window replacement and installation company in the area: let us tell you why.
We are a family-owned and operated company. The Magden brothers are third-generation window replacement experts.
We don’t just give free estimates — we do free in-home estimates. An exterior design consultant will evaluate and measure your windows in person and review the options that are specific to you, without taking away from your Caribou Coffee budget each month.
We have an incredible selection of over 1500 replacement windows styles and colors to ensure you get the custom look you want for your home.
We don’t just offer a warranty — we offer the best warranty. We offer a lifetime plus guarantee that will protect your investment for as long as you own your home.
Each of our installation teams has a lead installer who has installed more than 20,000 Windows & has over 16 Years of experience.
We have a reputation for doing a great job. Just ask all of our happy customers who have taken time out of their busy lives to leave us feedback online. We have a 96% customer satisfaction rating for clean-up and safety and, well over 10,000 positive online reviews.
If you’re ready to lower your energy bills, give your home a facelift, improve your quality of life, and make an investment in your home that will last for years, we’re here to help. Window Nation is # 9 in the top 10 list of largest remodelers in the United States, and we’re right here in Minneapolis.
When it comes to getting replacement windows, you can trust Window Nation. Contact us today and see how we can upgrade your home in the Twin Cities with high-quality replacement windows.
Window cost is one of the most important factors when considering window replacement. Searching for the best replacement window company to fit your needs can be daunting. With so many different companies offering similar products at different prices, how do you know which is the best choice for you?
The first step to help get a sense of your project budget is to assess your goals with window replacement accurately.
When replacing windows, homeowners are typically looking to update their homes, repair damaged windows, or improve energy efficiency. In many cases, the goal is to accomplish all those things.
Regardless of if you need to fix one window or plan to replace an entire house of windows, advances in replacement window technology guarantee an improvement in energy efficiency.
If you live in an older home (+15 years), replacing all your older windows can be beneficial on a couple of fronts. Replacement windows can increase your resale value. New windows are a great selling feature and can add a lot to the improved appearance of your home or curb appeal. Also, there is a cost-saving due to energy efficient technology. Replacement window technology has made significant strides, and savings with your heating, and cooling bills can be impactful.
Are you repairing glaring issues such as condensation, damaged sealant, or broken windowpanes for a select number of windows? If the goal is to fix afew or even one window, you maywant to consider replacing all on the same level. Ultimately, replacing multiple windows will be the most cost-effective solution. This is true for both energy bill savings and overall project costs.
Next to cost, the credibility of the window replacement company is equally important. Do your research on window styles and features and read the reviews. Home improvement is an investment and it’s important to select a company that gets it right the first time.
Unfortunately, there is no “one-price-fits-all” cost for replacement windows from Window Nation as all our windows are custom-made, causing the price of the windows to vary from project to project. The price of your windows is determined by:
Material – Window Nation offers wood and vinyl windows in a variety of styles for your project.
Style – Choose from a variety of styles, including double-hung, bay and bow windows, sliders, venting, and casement windows. Be sure to consider your home’s layout and needs before selecting the style of window you want.
Finish – Finding the perfect finish for your windows is just as important as selecting the material and style. Choose from seven different interior and woodgrain colors and over thirty exterior colors to perfectly match your home.
Installation – Installation fees often influence the cost of replacement windows. While installing the windows yourself might be cheaper, trusting a team of professionals to your project will save you the effort that comes with DIY projects. Our certified master installers will ensure your project gets completed accurately and on time.
Size of the Project – The larger the project, the higher the cost. If you’re looking to replace at least ten windows, consider splitting the projects into two smaller projects to keep costs lower. Replace only the most urgent windows first, then consider replacing other windows.
If you’re interested in receiving quotes from multiple window companies, keep in mind the price promoted in advertisements may not reflect the total cost of the windows. Many companies will use deceptive advertising to make prices appear lower than they truly are. Companies may offer windows at a lower rate; however, you may ultimately pay for a lower quality window that won’t last as long as a replacement window from Window Nation.
If you’re looking to replace your windows, skip the showroom and have our exterior design consultants come to your home to discuss the best options for your replacement project. Our design consultants will offer three different options to help you choose the best windows for your budget. The quote you receive will last for one year, but there’s no pressure to buy on the spot. For more information about the cost of replacing the windows in your home, schedule an estimate today.
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 Angi 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.
If you’re looking for an article on how to get the exact measurements for your new windows to achieve a perfect fit, you’ve come to the right place. But, you won’t find any detailed self-help information here, or a manufacturer’s “guide” to replacement window measuring. At Window Nation, we take the guess work out of measuring new windows–and we do it for free. How cool is that?
You don’t have to read a long do-it-yourself list of instructions, and you don’t have to wonder if you’ve done everything right. The best way to measure for replacement windows is to have a certified professional do it. And it is even better when that certified professional works for the company that is installing your windows. If any mistakes happen, you’re not going to be left eating the cost.
When you have a Window Nation technician do your measurements, you don’t have to know whether or not you have 2×4 or 2×6 studs. You don’t have to account for the materials your walls are made of, based on the age of the home. You don’t have to be familiar with what windows you currently have and how they differ from the windows you want to replace them with. You don’t have to know that accounting for the insulation in the trim of your new windows is vital in getting an accurate measurement. Your technician will worry about all the details.
It is also important to understand that we don’t send a salesperson to your home when you request a free in-home estimate. We send a technician with the experience needed to make sure you’re going to get the right window measurements for the new windows you’re getting. Our measure technicians average 80,000 windows measured. That is why 99.5% of the windows we install fit perfectly the first time!
You can also count on your Window Nation Measure Tech to measure down to 3 mm, ensuring a precise and tight seal. We don’t want you to lose any of the energy benefits of your new windows. Because, when you feel the difference your new window make to the internal comfort level of your home, you’re going to tell people about it. We’re counting on that.
We also want to make sure your new windows keep the moisture out. The last thing you need is to find out your walls have mold in them. It doesn’t matter if you did the measurements or we did the measurements when you find mold. You’re not going to be happy about it, and we are not in the business of making unhappy customers.
Through the years, we have installed a lot of windows, and we have learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things we’ve learned is that, no matter how much experience and education a technician has, mistakes can still happen. That is why we require our measure techs to measure each opening three times. They also follow an 18-point checklist, which includes a step-by-step review process to make sure we’ve done everything possible to make the replacement window installment a joy.
At the end of the day, what matters most to us is that we have met, or exceeded, your expectations. We want to know that you’re happy with your purchase and the service you’ve received. We want you to tell others about how impressed you were with how knowledgeable and friendly your technicians were. We want you to tell everyone how much you love your new windows. We want you to tell the world! Sure, it is a little selfish on our part. After all, your happiness helps our bottom line. But, this is a kind of selfishness we can live with.
So, put down that tape measure. Relax. We’ve got you covered. You can trust the experienced and knowledgeable technicians here at Window Nation to measure those replacement windows, and get you ready for your new replacement windows.
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/.
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.
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.
At Windows Nation, we know that picking out new windows is a huge investment for a homeowner of both time and money. Your home is the biggest investment that you will most likely ever make. Investing now in new windows can not only help protect the value of your home, but it will also help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Our windows are made from quality products right here in the United States. Our vinyl windows can be custom made to fit your style and the specific needs of your home. Thanks to our strong partnership with Pella, we can also custom design wood windows for you for that authentic feel to your classic home if that is your preference. With our Lifetime Plus guarantee you can be assured of our promise that your windows will be made to fit and made to last.
Some people are afraid that custom made windows are too expensive. Windows Nation has several different styles and plans that fit any budget. Our custom windows are made right here, which helps us keep costs down for our customers. All of our windows are made to be energy efficient which will keep your future heating and cooling costs down for years to come. Call us for a free in-home estimate and let us show you how you can have the windows you always wanted at a price that you can afford.
From start to finish, our goal is to provide you with exceptional customer service. We know that your time is valuable. From picking out your particular designs to ordering, financing, and installation, our staff will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible. Our staff is on hand to answer questions, take measurements, and show you how your new windows are going to improve your lifestyle. Before you know it, your new windows will be installed by our expert team, and you can get back to the things that are important to you in your life.
Whether you are looking to replace your windows with the same style that you have always loved or you want to go for an entirely new look, Windows Nation is here to make sure that you are matched with just the right windows for you. Call our expert staff today and get started on making your dream home even better.
Fall is such a wonderful season. Some of the best memories are made during this time of year while apple picking, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and maybe even while taking a trip to a corn maze. Fall is also a time when there’s a change in your wardrobe from flip flops to shoes and t-shirts to scarves. Since fall means a change in weather, there is also a change in the conditioning of your home. Improving and fixing up your home can be refreshing; but most importantly, it will keep your home safe and more energy efficient for the colder months to come. Maybe you have noticed your home seems a bit drafty? Have you noticed your heating bills have increased? Maybe the exterior of your home needs a facelift before another cold and harsh winter? Let’s take a look at some common fall home improvements.
Windows can do wonders on the appearance and insulation of your home. With the right window, you can transform a room and seal out harsh winds, snow, and rain. If your current windows seem outdated or small and you’re looking to improve their performance, a fall window replacement should be on your to-do list.
If you answered yes to having a drafty space within your home, another area that may need a facelift is your doors. If there is any space at all around a doorway, cold wind can enter and greatly alter the climate inside your home. Whether you are in need of an entry door, French door, or a sliding door, we have you covered, and we are willing to help you locate the best door to fit and complete your project.
Many homeowners have taken to vinyl siding for its flawless appearance and its durability, providing lasting protection for decades. At Window Nation, we take pride in our vinyl siding projects because we are so confident in our products. Not only does vinyl siding look great, but it provides a deeper barrier from harmful elements. We also provide a variety of vinyl accessories to put the finishing touches on your home and make it look complete. Along with a siding renovation, an inspection of your gutters may be in order to make sure no maintenance is needed before the long winter months.
There are other projects you may have on your to-do list this fall such as roof assessment and repair or exterior painting. With all these tasks looming, there can be times when it seems like they will never get done before the snow flies. We are here to help you. At Window Nation we want to assist you in achieving an energy-efficient and beautiful home. We offer financing, special offers, and free estimates on your fall home improvement projects to make sure you can achieve your goals; and we are known for our value and high-quality installation of your customized products. Contact us today, and breathe a sigh of relief, because at Windows Nation we solve problems by installing solutions for you.
Can you feel the excitement in the air? We are nearing the end of daylight savings time. Do you know what that means? It means that spring is almost here! The days are getting longer, and soon it may actually stay light long enough for some after work and after school outside activities! Yay! But, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year. The crocus have begun to push their way up through the hardened soil around your foundation, the buds on the trees have begun to swell in anticipation of birthing this year’s leaf crop, and the birds have begun their flight back toward the north.
Soon everything will be green and lush and the myriad of colors from the blooming flowers will add a splash of color and beauty to the dull landscape of winter. The ducks will be swimming merrily along with all of their little ducklings paddling behind. The mother eagle will soar high above in search of a meal to take back to her hungry eaglets. The ocean waters will begin to change from that deep green of winter to the warm blue hues of spring and summer.
There is no doubt about it; there is nothing quite as wonderful as the changes in springtime. With all of this beauty breaking out all around you, wouldn’t it be nice if you could jump on the beautification train and make some changes to your home’s appearance as well? Perhaps new windows to replace those old, drafty panes would be just the thing to brighten up your home this spring.
You may have been thinking that new windows are in order, but you wonder about the cost. Then there are the endless choices of which style to choose and which product would best suit your home and your taste. Double pane, triple pane, the decisions may seem overwhelming. Don’t let your fear of facing these decisions deter you in your quest. Your spring beautification project is well worth it, and the experts at Window Nation will take the stress and anxiety out of all of these decisions.
Window Nation has helped over 55,000 homeowners to realize their home makeover dreams; and 99.5% of those 55,000 never required follow-up service. On top of that, a whopping 96% of our customers would recommend us to their friends and family. Take a look at our online reviews that our customers have left and see for yourself what they are saying about us.
If a spring makeover is in your future, give us a call. We would love to take the stress out of those new window decisions and help you realize your spring beautification dreams.