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Giving Thanks To Our Wonderful Customers

Giving_Thanks_To_Our_Wonderful_Customers.jpgOn behalf the Windows on Washington Team, we would like to wish all of our customers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is one of our most cherished national holidays, and an opportunity for us to get together with friends and family, and to pause and reflect on the things for which we can be thankful.

Many WoW staff will be enjoying a delicious home cooked meal, talking and laughing with their families. Like many Americans I'm sure they will also settle in to watch some football.

Of course, there are many things we can be thankful for: our families, health, a well-stuffed turkey and great company. This year however, we would also like to thank you, our loyal customers.

Throughout the year we've had the opportunity to work on diverse home improvement projects all over Virginia and Maryland. We are grateful for the trust you've placed in us to deliver these important projects that improve the look, feel and value of your home. It is a responsibility we take seriously, and we hope our work is helping you enjoy an even better Thanksgiving.

We would also like to thank the many customers who have taken the time to send us testimonials to post on our website, and for their kind words on review sites like Yelp!

We know that time is a precious luxury, so for people to make the effort to offer such positive feedback is always humbling. It is an important validation that we are delivering what we promise, and truly living our commitment to deliver quality workmanship and value for money.

Your positive reviews also help other people find us, and offer a vital insight into how we can bring a customer's home improvement dreams to life. At a time when consumers have more choice than ever before, your positive words make all the difference.

Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to working with you again soon.

And once again, thank you.

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A Guide To Saving On Heating Costs With The Right Insulation

insulation2.jpgWinter is just weeks away, and the cold weather is about to arrive on our doorsteps, looking for ways to sneak into our homes.

As the winter chill sets in, most homeowners want a solid barrier from the outside cold. But most turn to additional heating, either through fireplaces or wall heaters. Not surprisingly, most American homeowners see their energy costs spike in Winter.

It is not helped by thermal exchange, the process whereby heat escapes from your home through windows, cracks and unseen cavities, replaced by cold air from outside.

But the best way to keep your house warm and to regulate its internal temperature is to prevent the cold from entering in the first place.

This is where insulation comes in.

Keep The House Warm In Winter And Cool In Summer

There is a stack of science out there about heat transfer and thermal exchange, but all you really need to know is this: in winter, heat escapes your home. And in summer, it tries to return. Insulation regulates the temperature of your home regardless of the weather, offering you and your family a comfortable living environment all year round.

It does this by trapping the warm air inside your home. It also acts as a barrier to the cold air trying to enter. With correctly installed insulation, you will find your home less reliant on heaters and fireplaces to maintain warmth and comfort throughout winter.

Improve The Durability Of Your Home

Insulation also helps air seal your home, which reduces humidity and moisture entering the house. It prevents the nasty mold build up that cause the structural elements of your house to warp and rot.

Things You Need To Know About Insulation

There are four standard types of insulation used in residential buildings, each of which can play a major part in keeping your home warm this winter and reducing your energy bills:

  1. Blanket Insulation

    Filled with mineral fibers, including rockwool and fiberglass
  2. Polyurethane And Polyisocyanurate Foam Insulation

    Sprayed into the crevices and cavities of a home by a professional installer
  3. Loose Fill Insulation

    Consisting of cellulose, rockwool and/or fiberglass, contained in pellets or fibers and installed with pneumatic tools
  4. Rigid Insulation

    Typically packaged in boards or pipe fittings and is typically used to insulate wall sheaths and foundations

Free Insulation

Windows on Washington is offering a free insulation upgrade to homeowners who purchase new windows, roofing or siding before the end of the year. Click here to find out more about our free insulation upgrades.

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Topics: Air Sealing and Insulation

Five Things You Need To Know About Air Sealing Your Home This Winter

Most homes have numerous sites where cracks or gaps allow for the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. While these gaps are typically most noticeable during the winter when cold air seeps into the home, they can cause problems all year round.

The air sealing process locates and permanently closes these gaps to create an airtight envelope around the house, preventing the exchange of air and facilitating more efficient heating and cooling.

Not sure how to air seal your home? Read this handy blog to get started 

Basic air sealing is something that any homeowner can do with simple tools from a hardware store. Windows on Washington can also provide comprehensive air sealing service, which provides a professional grade assessment of the home’s air leakage and a thorough, professional grade air sealing work scope.

If you’re thinking about air sealing your home this winter, here’s five things you need to know:

1. Air sealing saves you money

It will come as no surprise to most Americans that heating and cooling accounts for almost half of the energy use in a typical US home. In fact, research conducted by the Department of Energy revealed that heating and cooling makes up 48% of total energy use. As you might expect, this means that heating and cooling is the largest energy expense for most US homes.

Yet most homes experience air leaks, the process where outside air enters, and conditioned air exits your home. Reducing and removing those leaks means your home can maintain a consistent temperature, helping you save money on your heating and cooling costs.

2. Prevention is the best cure

Long-term air leakage allows moisture to freely roam around your home, and over time can cause mold build up and wood rot. Being proactive about air sealing prevents these problems before they occur, saving you costly headaches and hefty replacement bills in the future.

3. Air sealing can be inexpensive

Air sealing is easy and cost-effective. Most of the tools and equipment you need are available at any hardware store. Here’s a couple of simple air sealing techniques you can complete in just a few hours:

  • Caulking
    Caulk is a multipurpose substance that seals air leaks created by gaps, cracks and joints. Ideal for sealing cracks less than 1/4 inch wide, it’s a common product found at every hardware store and is quick and easy to apply.
  • Weather stripping
    This is the process of sealing the openings around doors and windows to prevent air from entering and escaping. This can include any material that helps block airflow, including foam, vinyl, felt and tape.

4. It can improve the durability of your home

Air leaks lead to elevated indoor humidity, especially in attics and basements. This can lead to mold deposits, and cause the structural elements of your home to warp and rot. Air sealing closes those leaks, reducing humidity and internal condensation that impacts the structural integrity of your home.

5. We are available to help

At Windows on Washington, our experts use advanced technology to find the areas in your home where air leakage is occurring and then create a comprehensive solution to seal those areas.

Once your home has been properly sealed, you will enjoy many years of energy efficiency and savings on utilities along with an improved comfort level throughout your home.

To find out more about saving on heating costs with the right windows, air sealing and insulation, download our free eBook.

Download the Guide to Saving on Heating Costs

Topics: Air Sealing and Insulation, Energy Efficient Home

A Guide To Saving On Heating Costs With The Right Replacement Windows

Winter is only a few weeks away, and no doubt you have already started to feel the chill sneak into your home. But before you reach for the thermostat, or put another log on the fire, have you ever thought about replacing your windows? It can have a major impact on your home’s ability to retain heat.

If new windows are on your to-do list, here are some handy tips to help boost your home’s heat retention before the chill sets in.


A hot topic: how windows impact heat loss

Windows are an essential part of every home, providing light, warmth and ventilation. But they also play a major part in a home’s energy efficiency.

Windows, especially older single pane varieties, become a vehicle for temperature transfer; the exchange of thermal energy between environments. In simple terms, it means that during winter older style windows allow too much heat to escape – up to 40%.

Thankfully, the technology behind windows and window frames has become much more sophisticated. Homeowners have more choice now than at any point in history, and stand to benefit from huge cost savings from advanced technology and sleek design.

Replacing your windows

There are a number of new products available on the market that promise to make your home more energy efficient.

Today, windows come in a massive array of varieties. Double and triple pane glass offers unprecedented energy savings, while high-tech finishes and coating prevent temperature transfer.

But not all windows are created equal. House design and window orientation play a big part in determining which product offers you the best energy efficiency.

Things to consider when upgrading your windows:

  • The energy performance rating of different windows
  • The climate of where you live
  • The orientation of your home in relation to the sun
  • The placement of windows around your home

Through the looking glass… how different windows can help your home retain heat

Insulated windows

Windows with two or more panes of glass. Triple pane windows have become a staple on the market, and offer the biggest energy savings for your home.

Gas fills

The spaces between the glass of a double or triple pane window can be filled with a specialized gas – either argon or krypton – which is more resistant to temperature transfer than air.

Heat-absorbing tints

A special glaze that absorbs solar radiation.

Low-emissivity coatings

A coating that reduces heat transfer. This finish typically costs about 10-15% more, but have been shown to reduce energy loss by up to 50%.

Reflective coatings

Reduces the transmission of solar radiation, blocking more light than heat.

Spectrally selective coatings

Filters out up to 70% of heat, without blocking any light.

Don’t forget the frame

The window frame itself plays a vital role in regulating internal temperature, working with the glass to prevent heat transfer. Frames come in a variety of materials, including aluminium, vinyl, fiberglass and metal. Energy efficiency is best achieved when the window frame matches your selected window and it’s finishing.

Always use a professional

Replacing your windows can be a daunting task. There are many options to choose from, lots of buzz words to learn and it is vital to have them installed properly.

Windows on Washington only uses the highest quality replacement windows on the market. Always use a professional to install your windows to ensure safety, and maximum value for money.

Find out more

Contact Windows on Washington to request a free estimate to see which products would suit your home. You can also download this free ebook that teaches you how the right windows, air sealing and insulation can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

  Download the Guide to Saving on Heating Costs

Topics: Windows, Triple Pane Windows

Home Air Sealing Tips: Find Air Leaks With $1 Bill Or Try These Other Ways

Home_Air_Sealings_Tips_-_Find_Air_Leaks_With_1_Bill_Or_Try_These_Other_WaysHave you ever heard of the $1 bill test? The premise is that you shut a door or a window on a $1 Bill. If you can remove the bill with little or no resistance, it’s a sign that air is leaking out — and you’re losing money.

The science behind it may be open to speculation. But this little experiment teaches us a more significant lesson: that there are simple things we can do around our homes to assess our energy efficiency — or inefficiency, as the case may be.

Most homes experience a phenomenon called ‘air leakage.’ This occurs when outside air enters, and conditioned air exits your home. Reducing that leakage is a cost effective way to reduce the heating and cooling costs of your home.

But there are benefits beyond energy efficiency too. Air leaks lead to elevated indoor humidity, especially in attics and basements. This can lead to mold deposits, and cause the structural elements of your home to warp and rot.

But how do you find those pesky little leaks? The US Department of Energy has the following advice:

Visual Inspection

On the outside of your house, inspect all areas where two different building materials meet, including:

  • Exterior corners
  • Water faucets
  • Siding and chimneys
  • Foundation and bottom layer of bricks or siding

On the interior, inspect:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Door and window frames
  • Attic hatches
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Electrical outlets

Building Pressurization Test

If you are having difficulty locating leaks, you may want to conduct a basic building pressurization test to increase infiltration through cracks and leaks, making them easier to detect. Here’s how:

  1. Turn off all combustion appliances such as gas burning furnaces and water heaters on a cool, very windy day.
  2. Shut all windows, exterior doors and fireplace flues.
  3. Turn on all exhaust fans that blow air outside, such as your clothes dryer, bathroom fans or stove vents, or use a large window fan to suck the air out of the rooms.
  4. Light an incense stick and pass it around the edges of common leak sites. Wherever the smoke wavers or is sucked out of or blown into the room, there's a draft. You can also use a damp hand to locate leaks; any drafts will feel cool to your hand.

The Flashlight Test

At night, shine flashlight over all potential gaps while a partner observes the house from outside. Large cracks will show up as rays of light, although smaller cracks may be harder to see.

For A More Detailed Picture, Ask The Experts

Finding those cracks can be tricky business. That’s why at Windows on Washington, our experts use advanced technology to find the areas in your home where air leakage is occurring and then create a comprehensive solution to seal those areas. Once your home has been properly sealed, you will enjoy many years of energy efficiency and savings along with an improved comfort level throughout your home.

Request For A Free Insulation Upgrade for Fall-Winter 2015

Topics: Air Sealing and Insulation, Energy Efficient Home

4 Elements Of Successful Gutter Maintenance

Fall is in full swing, meaning your gutters and downspouts are at risk of becoming clogged with leaves, branches, bird nests and wayward Frisbees.

And while it may be the least glamorous of home improvement jobs, gutter clearing is one of the most important. Without regular checking, clogged or poorly flowing gutters can lead to roof leaks, foundation leaks, rotted framing and mold.

At WoW we know a thing or two about gutters and gutter systems, so here’s what we do to make sure the gutters are flowing at our homes.

1. Commit to regular inspections

Sadly, gutter maintenance isn’t one of those things that can be done once a year. It takes regular maintenance to ensure that debris isn’t secretly building up, waiting to overflow when the next heavy rainfall arrives. Schedule a seasonal inspection (with extra checks in Fall) so you can keep a close eye on your system. And if you’re the type of person who cannot stand the thought of gutter checks, try incentivizing the process and allow yourself a reward at the end of another successful gutter inspection.

2. Prune surrounding trees and vegetation

It’s no surprise that the biggest culprits contributing to the debris in your gutters are usually the trees from your very own property. Regular tree maintenance and pruning can limit the amount of leaves and branches that make their way into your gutters. If possible, we recommend keeping overhanging branches at least 15 feet away from your roofline.

3. Consider rain gutters and leaf guards

If all your maintenance and best efforts still can’t keep the water flowing, it may be time to invest in a better system. A number of new products are available that can help with just about any gutter problem. One such product is a rain gutter, which holds all the water that comes down off the roof and sends it to the nearest downspout to be released away from your house. This prevents water from rotting out your fascia boards or running down the side of the house.

You can also install leaf protection that can help eliminate vegetation and debris from getting clogged in your gutters. Most leaf protection systems are maintenance free, and can almost eliminate the need for seasonal gutter cleaning.

4. Safety at all times

A gutter check inevitably means dragging out the ladder and/or getting on the roof. It’s a job never to do alone. Make sure you’ve got a spotter who can keep an eye on your safety. We also recommend taking your cell phone with you — just incase your ladder decides to leave you stranded.

And if all else fails…

Call in the experts. Windows on Washington can design and install a gutter system, complete with leaf protection, to keep your gutters functioning efficiently and minimize maintenance. As always, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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Topics: Gutters

What’s Better Than Insulation? Free Insulation.

You have never had a better incentive to get those home improvement projects completed before winter. If you purchase windows, siding or roofing from Windows on Washington before December 31, we’ll give you a free insulation upgrade in your attic.

That’s a savings of up to *$1000. Use it to put some extra presents under the tree this Christmas (or buy a little something nice for yourself!)  Actually, with the money you’ll save on energy bills each year, you’ll be able to put some extra presents under the tree every Christmas.

But if that’s not enough, here are four more reasons you should consider getting an insulation upgrade before winter sets in:


1. Save (even more) money

Over 60% of a home’s heat can be lost through poorly insulated walls and attics. By properly insulating your home, you become less reliant on heating and air conditioning to create a comfortable environment.

2. Keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer

We could wow you with some science mumbo-jumbo about heat transfer and thermal energy exchange, but all you really need to know is this: in winter, heat tries to climb out of your windows, walls and attic. And in summer, it tries to climb back in. Insulation regulates the temperature of your home all year round, giving you and your family a comfortable living environment, regardless of the weather.

3. Improve the durability of your home

Insulation helps seal your home, which reduces the amount of humidity and moisture entering the house. It prevents the nasty mold build up that can cause the structural elements of your house to warp and rot.

4. It’s free

What more can we say?

If your Fall to-do list includes improvements to your home windows, roofing or sidings, now is the time to act. Contact us today and make the most of this free insulation upgrade before it’s too late.


Request For A Free Insulation Upgrade for Fall-Winter 2015 *The value varies based based on the square feet of the attic space. Non transferrable.

Topics: Air Sealing and Insulation

Three's A Charm: How Triple Pane Windows Can Slash Your Energy Costs

Winter is just around the corner meaning we're looking for ways to keep the house warm and our energy costs down.

But instead of throwing another log on the fire, or cranking up your heaters, have you ever considered upgrading your windows? Windows are the biggest influencer in retaining - or transferring - the heat and cold from outside.

While most homes will have the standard double (or dual) pane windows, triple pane windows have been shown to improve energy efficiency around your home by anywhere between 20 - 30% (or up to 50% if you still have single pane windows).

For the energy conscious, triple pane glass could be the ideal way to make sure your home stays warm in winter - and cool in summer. Here's how:

Added insulation

The additional pane of glass allows for a specialised gas to be injected into the spaces between the panes. This gas, which can be either argon or krypton, is trapped between the panes and absorbs temperature.
Likewise, the additional pane allows us to cover the glass in a low emittance coating that stops temperature transfer. Once your house has reached the ideal temperature it won't be influenced by the weather outside. This is the case for winter and summer.

Reduce condensation

The added insulation and extra glass also helps control internal humidity and reduce cold drafts. These nasty elements usually combine to cover your windows in condensation - an unwelcome visitor on those frosty winter mornings. But with triple pane windows the temperature of your home is much better regulated, making internal condensation a thing of the past.

Don't take our word for it.

Check out one client's story to find out how our 800 okna triple pane windows reduced the energy costs around his home.

Things to consider before you upgrade

  • The extra glass of a triple pane window adds additional weight to the frame of your window and the wall of your house. It's also a much heavier window, which is something to keep in mind when opening and closing.
  • Triple pane windows are also more expensive than their double and single counterparts, but they have the potential to pay for themselves in reduced energy bills depending on your local climate and the number of windows in your house.
  • Some companies may claim that triple pane windows reduce sound pollution, but evidence of this nature is largely anecdotal.

Contact Windows on Washington today and see if a triple pane upgrade is the right option for you.

Topics: Windows, Triple Pane Windows, Energy Efficient Home

Windows On Washington Give Thanks To Their Customers

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Windows on Washington would like to thank our fantastic customers for your wonderful reviews on Yelp!

Recently we received the great news that Windows on Washington is one of the highest ranked home improvement businesses in Dulles area, with an average of 4.5 stars. We'll be receiving a bunch a badges to add to our website and stickers to display in our store.

Meanwhile, Houzz has rated us as one of the key influencers in their online community. We are regular contributors to their online platform, offering tips, advice and articles for people delivering projects around their own homes. Two more badges of honor will be added to our website.

To receive that kind of recognition is wonderful. But what's truly pleasing is that it shows our work and our philosophy is connecting with our customers.

It's also a testament to our hardworking staff who approach each project knowledgeably, professionally, and respectfully, delivering the best possible home improvement solutions for our customers.

To anyone who has taken the time to write a positive review about us, I'd like to pass on my deepest appreciation. Earning your trust, praise and respect at a time when customers are spoilt for choice, this is something that we truly value, and we won't take it for granted.

Living our philosophy

Anyone who has worked with us knows that our philosophy is a simple one: Be upfront and honest. We value great customer service, quality products and world-class workmanship. And we're not in the business of up-selling products our customers don't need. We treat you the way we would want to be treated in our own homes. We pride ourselves on this philosophy, and we're thrilled that you've recognised it in our work.

But the really good news is...

...we're planning to get even better. We'll be launching some fantastic new product offers this Fall, as well as some great new eBooks to help you get the most out of your home improvement projects. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more information. On behalf of everyone at the WoW team thank you, and we're looking forward to working with you again soon.

- Eric

Windows on Washington Earns 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Windows on Washington Earns Angie's List Super Service 2014 Award
Windows on Washington Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

For the fifth consecutive year, Windows on Washington has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.  We would like to thank the entire WoW Team for your tireless and consistent efforts in providing the best customer service in the industry!  We would also like to thank our wonderful customers that put their trust in WoW to make their homes more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient.

“Only about 5 percent of the contractors in the Washington, DC Metro market have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on

Topics: Doors, Windows on Washington, Windows

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