Winter is here and you just can’t seem to keep the cold drafts or condensation away. You’re thinking of weighing your options by using a window replacement company, but you start out by checking home improvement supply companies instead. Here are three hardware companies that can get the job done:

Lowe’s:

Did you know that Lowe’s has project specialists who can assist you with consultation? They go through the sale process much like us: schedule an online consultation, have a project specialist go over your options, and then time for install! One of the cons is a much shorter warranty--we offer a lifetime warranty at Window Nation while Lowe’s guarantees a 1-year minimum. Options are available for longer warranties, but they might cost you more.

Home Depot:

79% of Home Depot customers recommend their window and installation services. It doesn’t beat our 97% customer satisfaction rate, but it’s a resource available if you’re still uncertain about a professional window installation company. In comparison to Lowe’s, they offer a lifetime craftmanship warranty and double-lifetime warranties on window hardware and screens. Worried about price? Home Depot offers their own consumer credit card and “The Home Depot Project Loan."

Sears:

They stand by their “Satisfaction Guarantee” policy, which includes limited labor and product warranties and Sears also provide estimates over the phone. Virtual estimates can be convenient with a busy schedule, but sizing windows that you can’t physically see is tricky. At Window Nation, we rely on face to face estimates to provide the most window accurate measurements and suggestions for each customer. Sears will ask you to measure the windows and provide them with the estimate, but with us you just need an open ear to our recommendations.

Hardware stores are a fair option to replace your windows. However, if you want stronger warranty offers, less worry on measuring, and overall guaranteed window experts, Window Nation is here for you.

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.

Call today for a free in-home estimate, and leave the rest to us.

Have you decided to invest in replacement windows? What made you finally decide to take the leap? Was it the incredible energy saving benefits new windows offer? If so, you’re not alone. For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is great way to keep more of that money in your pocket.

Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, “How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on energy bills?” This is a great question, and definitely an important question to address. But, deciding between these two window types isn’t as easy as calculating cost to efficiency. Here’s what you need to know.

WHY DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST

If you break down the math, double pane windows are the best bang for the buck. This is probably why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows, you’re going to notice the difference. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on a sunny day, 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% is going to get in. On a cold winter day, 90% of the heat from your furnace is going to stay inside your home and only 10% is going to leak out. In comparison, a typical triple pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. Since triple pane windows can cost ⅓ more than double pane windows, it makes sense to go with double pane windows if you’re looking for the best deal up front.

Do you like natural light? When you have two panes of glass instead of three, you’re going to have fewer coatings for the sun to get through. That means double pane windows will allow more light into your home. It is a subtle difference, but one to consider.

WHY TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS ARE THE BEST

Folks who chose triple pane glass windows choose them for the comfort. If you measure the temperature on the inside glass of a double pane window and a triple pane window on a cold winter day, the interior glass of the double pane window is going to be cooler. For this reason, homes that have all triple glass windows are cozier. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperature at any given time. This creates a high level of occupant comfort and reduces convection currents and drafts. If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option.

A reduction in energy bills isn’t the only reason customers choose triple pane glass. Some of our customers are also looking for a reduction in noise. The extra pane of glass makes this window option the number one choice for keeping noise out. If you have noisy neighbors or live near a busy street, triple pane windows can really make a difference.

If noise reduction appeals to you, there is a good chance you’re in a city. That means you’re likely to prefer triple pane glass for the extra security as well. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a baseball bat.

GETTING NEW WINDOWS IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT ON ITS OWN

You’re going to immediately benefit from getting replacement windows no matter what glass option you choose. Window technologies have come a long way, and having windows that make a good seal is just as important as getting modern ENERGY STAR efficiency.

If you’re ready for a quality of life upgrade, reach out to us today and schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. We’ll send a knowledgeable technician to your home to help you figure out what window options will work best for you. Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.

There are extra costs to owning your own home. When things break down, you have to fix them. When the lawn needs to be mowed, you have to buy the gas for your lawn mower. If you want to enjoy beautiful annual flowers, you’re going to have to fork over the cash to plant them every spring. If you want to stay cozy warm through the winter, you are going to have to pay to heat your home. You don’t have a landlord to pay for any of these things. Is that why you’re here? Are you feeling the bite of that energy bill?

Are you noticing how much of your monthly income is going out the window–quite literally? Here are a few ways your home can cost you money and some ideas for keeping more of that money in your pocket, where it belongs.

WINDOW EFFICIENCY

If you have old, leaky, drafty windows, you might as well keep those windows wide open. All of that expensive heat you are generating inside your home is going right out those windows. However, it doesn’t have to. Replacing old windows with new double or triple pane windows with Low-E coatings is a cost effective way to upgrade the efficiency of your home. Find out about our energy efficient windows ->

SEALING LEAKS

There are many ways your home can “leak” precious warm (and cold) air. It is vital to do an inspection of your exterior walls and seal any holes or gaps you find. Make sure you look closely around window and door frames, or places where pipes and electrical wires (or other items) pass through your exterior walls.

If you have forced-air heating or cooling ducts in your home, be sure to make certain that these are properly sealed. The EPA asserts that a fifth of the air that flows through ductwork often leaks out. This can cost you money.

SIDING EFFICIENCY

The siding on your home is like a nice, warm blanket. Like a warm blanket, siding is great for keeping heat in your home. Siding has insulation that works to resist heat transfer. If it is warm inside, the warmth is going to stay longer. If it is hot outside, that heat is going to stay out longer. Upgrading the siding on your home is one of the best ways to lower your energy bills. It is also a great way to give your home a face lift and get excited about it again.

DOOR EFFICIENCY

All doors lose heat, but sliding glass doors are especially good at it. Not only can heat escape through old weather stripping and seals, it will also be going right through the glass. While you’ll benefit from replacing any of the doors in your home, replacing old sliding glass doors with doors that take advantage of new heat resistant technology is really going to make a difference.

REPLACE OUT-OF-DATE APPLIANCES

Old heating units and air conditioners can cost you an arm and a leg without you ever realizing it. New infrared heaters are far more energy efficient than those old, coiled heaters. There has been quite a bit of enhancement in air conditioner technology. If your air conditioning unit is older than ten years old, it is definitely time to upgrade it.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Give your home the cool and hot air when it needs it. If you have a programmable thermostat installed in your home, you’re sure to notice a reduction on your energy bills in only a couple of months.

IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE?

While we may not be able to help you with all of the ways you can make your home more energy efficient, we can get you on track with the most advanced door, window, and siding options available. At Window Nation, we have an incredible selection to help you meet your budget and get the most bang for your buck. We can also make sure these products are installed properly to take advantage of their incredible Energy Star efficiency. Reach out to one of our online representatives and let’s set up a free, in-home estimate for you. What do you have to lose–except more money out of the window?

There was a time when people had to know a wide variety of skills. But, when they started to gather together into societies, they began to develop specific skills in order to contribute to the whole. The people who worked in blacksmithing didn’t have to know how to create textiles, and the people who designed buildings didn’t have to know how to manage a farm. Everyone learned to contribute in their own way. It has been like this for centuries, without change. Another thing that hasn’t changed is how important it is to hire someone with experience. You may not have to know how to install windows to get along in this society, but when you have someone else do it for you, it is important to make sure they know what they’re doing. Otherwise, you could get water damage, mold, or heat loss.

Anyone can say they are a professional window installer. All you need to do to have the title of professional is to prove that what you do is your primary job. At Window Nation, we don’t think that is enough. Our focus is customer satisfaction, and we know that you’re not going to be satisfied with leaky windows. That is why we make sure our teams have the experience to get the job done right? How do we do this?

  • Our crews have a specialized skill set. They install windows, and nothing else. This focus fosters an environment of excellence and expertise.

  • Our crews have over 16 years of window installation experience. That is a lot of hours put into one discipline, and you reap the benefits. You know that details aren’t going to get missed. You know your windows will be tight and level. And, you know they’ll be put in fast.

  • The industry is constantly advancing, and our technicians know that they need to train to be on the cutting edge. That is why training isn’t something they do on the side. It is a part of their job. Last year they received an average of 23 hours of training, specifically in window installation.

We live in a society where you don’t have to install your own windows. You do what you do, and you pay to have someone take care of this job for you. But that doesn’t mean you should get just anybody to do it. When you need new windows, hire someone who has the experience to do it right.

At Window Nation, we know windows. We manufacture windows. We install windows. And we foster an environment of excellence that ensures an experienced installation every time. Talk to one of our online agents today and learn more.

You realize that you just can’t go through another winter with those drafty, old windows. You understand that most of your heat is seeping through the cracks in the casings and that old, worn-out framework surely does make your home seem drab; yes, you understand all of that. The thing you don’t understand is where to begin. I mean, just the thought of replacing all those windows makes your head spin. Which style, which panes, gas filled or not, wooden or vinyl…the decisions are mind boggling. With so much to consider and so much at stake, it is no wonder that you are more than overwhelmed. I mean, it’s not like you can just change your mind about the style once the new hole has been cut and they are already installed, right? No, it is far easier to just pay the added cost of heat and put on a sweater or six to keep warm this winter - Which may be true if you are turning to anyone other than Window Nation for your replacement window needs.

The replacement window specialists here at Window Nation know just how to help relieve all of that stress and anxiety. We can quickly assess your home with our free in-home estimate and help you figure out exactly what needs to be done. Based on location, direction, age, and other details of your home and its location, we can quickly help you choose the best glass and material options. We can even help you with your style choices. When new replacement windows are in your future, don’t stress; call the experts here at Window Nation instead.

We will walk you through the whole process step-by-step and will ensure that you are completely satisfied with the expert installation of those new windows. We can even offer affordable financing options if needed. After all, windows are what we do. And if you are looking for new doors or siding for your home, we do that too. For quality products and exceptional service visit the Window Nation showroom nearest you.

Summer is gone, fall has begun, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. Stress is normal, but we need to know how to limit it and keep it at a manageable level. How can we do that with the holidays upon us and the stress already beginning to build?

Are you going somewhere for Thanksgiving and feeling overwhelmed by the plans you have to make to get there. You will need to schedule your time off with your boss, figure out how you will get there, and decide where you will be staying. You need to choose which clothes you will need to bring, how much you are going to pack, and what personal items to tuck in your suitcase. Maybe you are flying and that makes you anxious or perhaps there will be family and friends there that you are not comfortable with, or just like to avoid. Are you thinking about the long lines and delays at airports? Here are some tips to make it less stressful for you, so you can enjoy the holidays.

You should always plan on arriving early for every step of your trip. This way if the unexpected happens, you still can arrive on time and not feel hurried. You never know when you will have delays, traffic jams, lost luggage, or mishaps. Know when to travel. Consider when the traffic will be lighter or choose days that are not as busy (and not as expensive) for airlines. Also, be sure to know baggage requirements beforehand. Pack some snacks and beverages for those times there are no rest areas in sight and make sure to follow airline regulations regarding snacks while flying. Return home a day early, before you have to get back to the regular grind of work or school. Take that extra day to unpack and re-adjust after traveling. You will be glad you did. Also, don’t try to do too much in a short period of time. Schedule your holiday vacation allowing plenty of time to enjoy it.

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and feeling the pressure of all the plans you have to make? You might be thinking of whom you should invite, who will actually be coming, where your guests will be staying. Then the menu needs to be planned, food has to be purchased, your home has to be cleaned and decorated…the list is endless. Can you do it? Yes, you can! Plan early and take it step by step to make it a special celebration with the ones you love.

Here are 10 tips on how to reduce Thanksgiving stress if you are hosting:

  1. Make a list of the guests you have invited, and then add an extra 2-3 to that number.

  2. Find out if anyone has a special dish they would like to bring.

  3. Ask people to help; delegate jobs to them.

  4. Ask guests if there are any dietary restrictions or other accommodations needed.

  5. Plan a menu; be sure to include all courses.

  6. Be sure you have all the recipes you will need.

  7. Write a thorough grocery list.

  8. Write a list of other things you will need like decorations and paper goods.

  9. Plan out the days that you will shop, cook and clean ahead of time.

  10. Write down when certain foods need to be cooked etc…to keep you on schedule.

Take your time to savor and enjoy the fellowship with family and friends. When Thanksgiving comes, you will be glad that you planned ahead to make it a special time for all of your guests. You can sit back once everyone has left and feel thankful for all you have: your friends and family, that beautiful home to experience the joy of Thanksgiving in, and the security, comfort, and beauty that came with those windows and doors from Window Nation, your replacement window specialists. Happy Holidays to you indeed.

At Window Nation, we take great pride in the fact that we produce windows that have durable frames that help the windows we install pass the test of time; but since a window is 87% glass, strong, durable frames are only the beginning.

There is a science to getting the right windows for a home, and this is a science we have worked tirelessly to perfect. Since we were recently rated number 6 in the country for window replacements–an impressive achievement for a 10-year-old company–we like to think that maybe we’re doing something right. Here are some of the ways we balance cost with quality and give our customers the most bang for their buck.

  • Not every home needs the same glass options. We work with our customers to find the right fit for their specific needs.

  • Homes that are in basic climates will benefit from having double pane windows. Triple pane windows are best for extreme climates. But triple pane windows cost a little more. Our team will work to determine the right combination of triple and double pane windows that will give you the most efficiency for your budget.

  • If security is an issue for you, we may suggest laminated glass. Laminated glass costs a little more, but it offers greater security and peace of mind. This glass option deters intrusion and reduces exterior noise while offering excellent energy efficiency at the same time.

  • The number of glass panes and whether or not the glass is laminated aren’t the only options that affect energy efficiency. Glass coating is also important. Have you heard of low-E coatings? Low-E stands for: low emissivity. When a window has a metallic coating, it reflects heat. The more precious the metal, the more effective it is at resisting heat. Many of our competitors use tin, but at Window Nation we use silver to strike the perfect balance between cost and effectiveness.

  • It also matters what gas you have between your window panes. At Window Nation, we offer Argon and Krypton gas options. These gases are denser than air and help to reduce convection. That means heat will have a harder time passing through.

  • The material your spacers are made out of will also play a part in the energy efficiency of your new windows. Most companies use aluminum or steel spacers, but these materials are conductive. At Window Nation, we use a non-conductive material to achieve better energy efficiency. Not only will this material do a better job of stopping the transfer of heat, but it also helps to retain the gases longer, and it doesn’t sweat like metal, so it will not rust.

So, it matters what glass you have in your windows. Trust Window Nation to steer you toward the best options for your home at a price that will better fit your budget.

If you haven’t heard yet–and we don’t imagine you have unless remodeling is your life like it is ours–but Window Nation just placed 6th on the 2016 Remodeling 550 List which is published by Remodeling Magazine. Considering the fact that we’ve only been in business for 10 years, we’re pretty pumped. So, how does a 10-year-old remodeling company place 6th out of all the remodeling companies in the United States? We’re glad you asked.

Sure, we’ve installed over 275,000 windows throughout Ohio, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia and you learn a lot when you’ve installed a lot of windows. And, sure, Window Nation was founded by two guys who are third-generation window experts; but experience isn’t the secret sauce that has made us a fierce competitor in the marketplace. It is our commitment to giving our customers what they’re looking for.

Aaron and Harley Magden, co-owners of Window Nation, say they learned their customer-centric business model growing up under the guidance of their father and grandfather. Harley says, “We believe in doing well by doing good.” That is to say: if you do a good job and make a good product, you’ll do well financially.

Window Nation now employs 246 people who share this philosophy. It is the glue that holds it all together. It is the goal that keeps everyone pushing forward. It is a way of doing business that makes everybody happy. Our customers are happy because they know we want to do right by them, and our employees are happy because they know that, at the end of the day, they don’t have to wonder if they’re going to run into a disgruntled customer at the grocery store. Of course, we’re kidding. It is so much more than that.

People really want to work for a company that does a good job. They want to know that they are a part of something that matters; and Window Nation’s employees know that we give people the best bang for their buck, lower their energy costs, increase their quality of life, and make their homes more beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to do that for a living?

Aaron says, “We believe in this wholeheartedly. There’s no shortage of great companies out there to work with. So our goal every day is to make our customers feel good about their decision, and show we’re on their side, throughout the entire process, and beyond.”

We’re excited that we’ve leaped up from 9th place last year, to 6th place this year. That means we’re doing a good job; and we know that if we do a good job…we’ll keep doing well.

Are you aware that National S’mores Day is August 10th? If you love s’mores than you probably are. It is one of the tastiest days of the year. But do you know that s’mores aren’t the same for everyone? Gasp! It’s true. Some people have different ways to enjoy this delectable, gooey treat. So, pull up a log and fire up the bonfire because we’re going to be talking about different s’mores recipes and how you can get ready for this succulent holiday.

One of the easiest treats to cook over a campfire is marshmallows, especially if you’re the type of person who burns the outside till it is coal black, and filled with warm sugary goodness. So it only makes sense that someone would decide to turn this gooey, roasted treat into something more spectacular. In fact, it was so spectacular, it was originally called “some mores,” as in, “may I please have some more.” The first published recipe for “some mores” was in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.

The original recipe for s’mores is a simple one. All that is required is a heated marshmallow and chocolate between two graham crackers. But through the years it has taken on many variations. Some of them are quite fancy. Here are a few varieties that you may find tickle your taste buds:

  • If you’re a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you may like our first recipe. It takes the original recipe and adds peanut butter to it by substituting the chocolate for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So, this yummy Reese’s s’mores recipe is graham crackers, marshmallow, and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

  • If you don’t care for chocolate, you can try replacing it with something else. There are many folks who consider a s’mores to be graham crackers, lemon curd, and marshmallow.

  • You can add fruit to the mix in many ways. You use the usual marshmallow and graham cracker and then add some yummy raspberries, blueberries or strawberries! Or make it a triple berry and add all three! If you’re a banana fan then a few slices of banana in the middle of the melted marshmallow and chocolate goodness would be great too.

  • If you want to get adventurous, you can throw in some melted caramel. Graham crackers, chocolate, melted caramel, and marshmallow are sure to have your family asking for some more.

  • Some people take a different route. Instead of changing the filling, they replace the crackers–well, not entirely. They use dark chocolate graham crackers, which are sort of like turning your s’mores into Oreo cookie melts. And who’s to say that you can’t change up the fillings with these also! Just think, melted marshmallow with caramel sauce in-between two warm and gooey chocolate covered graham crackers! YUM!

There are lots and lots of options when it comes to making s’mores, everyone’s tastes and styles are unique. Here at Window Nation we know all about unique styles, and options. We have hundreds of options when it comes to windows and doors. If you’re looking for the window and door people with s’more options and the best service around then look no further. Give us a call today!