At Windows on Washington, we provide our customers with professional, innovative and quality home improvements. We care deeply about our work and always go the extra mile to make sure each job is done right the first time. Our customers can count on our experience, expertise and extra care to make their exterior home improvements goals a reality.
Windows on Washington stands by our products, service and workmanship with some of the strongest warranties in the marketplace, including:
Windows – Lifetime
Doors – Lifetime
Roofing - 10 years
Siding – 10 years
Gutters – 1 year
Skylights – 2 years
Should you have the need of any warranty service, please click the link below and our Customer Service Team will be in touch promptly. As always, our Team works hard every single day to fulfill our mission statement:
The Windows on Washington Mission Statement:
At Windows on Washington, we provide our customers with quality products and expert workmanship to improve the comfort, beauty and energy efficiency of their homes. And we do it with unparalleled service. Our work is not complete without your total satisfaction.
Replacement windows can be a large investment for homeowners, and one of the most frequently asked questions we field is "Are they worth the investment?" Don't just take our word for it, consult with other sources as well. Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual report detailing the return on investment (ROI) for various home improvement projects. In 2014, replacement windows ranked one of the highest returns for the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. When you sell your home you will receive up to 96% return on your window investment. What is difficult to really measure is the return you will enjoy while you still live in the home for increased beauty, comfort and energy efficiency. Below, you'll read a note from one of our WoW-ed customers that addresses the value they realized from their investment in replacement windows while living in the home.
You may not remember me, but you and your crew installed 20 Okna windows about a year and a half ago in our house. Everything fit and worked great, but our first winter was hard to judge the energy savings since we had just converted from propane to natural gas. The first summer saw higher than normal temperatures, but our electric bill was considerably lower than previous years. The highest monthly gas bill we saw from Sept 2013 to November 2013 was $36. This morning I woke up to a 3* F outside temperature. The few windows that had not been replaced, and were the STARMARKS (3 bathroom thermo pane and 3 door windows) had ~1-2 inches of ice at the bottom. Looking at the Okna windows, I found no ice and not even condensation! As an engineer, I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to see our December and January gas bills to see the savings.
I just wanted to drop you a line while I was thinking about it and say thank you for your product and services. I’ve dropped your name to many friends and will absolutely sing your praises for the service and products after this winter.
DG and SG
Let Windows on Washington show you how we can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient with replacement windows. We are committed to serving your window needs, so we offer a wide variety of window products and options to meet your home improvement goals. Please contact the experts at Windows on Washington today to experience the WoW Factor for yourself.
At Windows on Washington, we often hear the question from frustrated homeowners, "Why is my brand new roof already failing? I expected at least 15-20 years out of my investment!"
We compiled the top 5 reasons for a new roof to fails:
1. Poor workmanship - A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
- The best shingle in the world is only as good as the professional putting it on. If you surveyed the entirety of roof leaks, workmanship would be far and away the number 1 culprit.
- Improperly nailed shingles, flashing shortcuts, poor detail work on penetrations and improper roof-to-wall intersections are some of the most common examples of poor workmanship that can lead to shingle blow off, leaks, property damage and even mold growth.
2. Penny-wise and pound-foolish material strategies - Saving a little can cost a lot!
- Skimping on items like edge metals, proper code observed coverage of Ice/Water shield, using cheap sealants and pipe collars and the re-use of flashings are just some of the cost corners that contractors will use to cut costs. Consumers often eat this up, accepting the bid from the cheapest roofing company. While the cost differential between the best materials and the least expensive can add up on a roofing project, the quality is more than worth it. An unexpected leak can far outweigh the expense differential on materials and impacts the realized cost of the roof replacement.
3. Inadequate or improper ventilation strategies - Ventilation is an often overlooked aspect of roofing. The idea that "if what was there before worked, it should continue to do so" is prevalent in the industry.
- Proper attic and roofing ventilation is imperative to maintain a dry and healthy attic space. In addition, proper attic ventilation is your protection from pesky ice dams that form after heavy snows.
- Continuous, balanced and passive ventilation is ideal and easily accomplished if the roofing contractor is familiar with current ventilation technology and options and takes the time to do it right.
4. Flashings - Many masonry chimney flashings are produced in a manner that is more ornamental than functional.
- The stepped appearance of chimney flashing is designed to mimic the proper reglet cut and tuck into the mortar joint. However, roofing contractors often cut corners and simply caulk the joint. As this caulking breaks down over time, the homeowner is left with a clear and rapid pathway for water to bypass the flashing and enter the home.
- Tucking the flashing into the chimney surface is ideal and will ensure that flashing will hold up for the duration of the roof, but the labor to do so is more expensive than the shortcut.
5. Poor Workmanship - This cannot be highlighted enough, so it deserves 2 places in our top 5!
- Watch for caulk - it is not a replacement for proper technique and application! However, many low quality roofing installers will use caulk to correct or hide problems that should be addressed in a more professional or costly way. As the caulk breaks down over time, you will face problems such as leaks, gaps and premature material break down.
- The careful and conscious roofer should "think like water" to make sure that every application is redundant and always aimed at creating the most durable and leak proof finished product. It is difficult to maintain focus on that goal when trying to complete the project as quickly and cheaply as possible.
||The best way to make sure your roof does not fail is to hire a competent roofing company. Researching the roofing companies in your area can be daunting. The best place to start is with company review sites to weed out the companies you do not want to work with. Then choose a few to research their websites and to finally call to your home for an estimate.
Let Windows on Washington guide you through the process of installing a new roof. The experts at WoW are happy to provide you with not only the information and research you need to make the right choice for your home, but also the expert installers that will do it right the first time.
The Mid-Atlantic region is taking Winter Storm Pax warnings seriously, and for good reason. Many homeowners are quickly preparing and securing their homes for another winter blast. Here are some tips from Windows on Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help you in those preparations.
Before the storm:
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed.
- Clear away any loose debris around your home.
- Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else could get damaged in the winter weather.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- Stock up on fuel for your generator.
- Gather blankets and firewood to help keep your family warm in the event that the power goes out.
- Take pictures of your home inside and out for insurance purposes.
- Make sure you prepare a space for your pets.
- Prepare a list of emergency numbers in case the power is out for an extended amount of time. (Include plumbers, electricians, the power company and roofing companies to contact for emergency repairs.)
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
- Stay off the roads during the storm to allow emergency vehicles access to the roadways.
- Bring your pets in out of the storm.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Inspect your home for damage.
- Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
- Call in a professional for any damages you need repaired.
Windows on Washington has doubled our efforts to prepare for the winter storm's aftermath. We pledge to take care of our customers' homes after the storm. Please be mindful of storm chasing home improvement contractors that will prey on homeowners after a major storm. Choose a local contractor that you can trust and that will be around long after the storm is gone. Here are some links to help you choose the right contractor for the job.
10 Tips on Choosing a Roofing Contractor After a Storm
10 Tips on Finding the Right Contractor
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CONGRATULATIONS on the purchase of your new roof! It's one of the best investments that you can make into the long term maintenance and structure of your home. The best way to ensure a fast and uneventful installation is to prepare appropriately. Here are Windows on Washington's top 5 tips on how to prepare for the installation of your new roof.
1. Access To Your Home
Before your roofing installation begins, it is generally advised that you clear one side of your driveway for the collection of roofing materials. Likewise, in order to protect your vehicles, park all boats, RVs, cars and trailers away from the installation area to prevent damage. In order to properly clean up during and after the installation, you will need to provide the install team with access to all areas of your yard. Make sure the gates are unlocked and any pets are secure.
2. Attic Entrances and Stored Items
There is no perfect solution to keep the items you store in your attic space pristine during the installation of a new roof. Although your roofing installers will clean debris from the attic and take care with your things, there is no sure fire way to keep all dust and debris off stored items. Items that would be harmed by dust or debris or are substantially fragile should be removed during installation. Likewise, after your installation, open your attic entrance carefully in case any dust or debris remains.
A new roofing system installation turns your home into a temporary construction site and can often stimulate the curiosity of children. It is important to keep them away from the work area at all times. In addition, it is possible that materials and equipment will remain around your home for the duration of the installation. Items such as sharp metal flashing, nails, ladders and such can present a hazard to children of all ages. Keep your children safe by reminding them of the possible dangers and supervising them at all times during the installation.
Because of the noise and presence of unknown persons, some pets find a roof installation very unpleasant. You may decide to board any particularly anxious pets with family, friends or your vet for the duration of your installation.
Although you may be prepared for the noise and commotion during your roofing project, your neighbors may not be. It is wise to take the initiative to notify your neighbors in advance that the approaching project may cause a temporary increase in noise and traffic. Letting neighbors know in advance gives them an opportunity to move cars if necessary and sets a positive tone in case they have an issue during or after the installation. A quality roofing company will clean up during and after the project to minimize the inconvenience to your neighbors.
Preparing your home for the installation of your new roof is the best way to make sure things go smoothly. At Windows on Washington, we are extremely proud of our Roofing Division, as they always maintain the same high quality standards for which Windows on Washington is known. In addition, our experts can help guide you through your roof installation from start to finish. We carry a variety of quality products ranging from Certainteed for asphalt roofing to Decra for steel roofing because we are committed to serving all of our customer's roofing needs. Contact Windows on Washington for a free roof quote today and see what the WoW Factor can do for your home!
- We are a fully licensed, bonded and insured family owned, local company. With WoW, your home improvement dollars stay in our area, and we give back to our community by supporting local charities and children's activities.
- We live our mission statement everyday - Our work is not complete without your 100% satisfaction!
- WoW's outstanding customer service has earned us a 5-star Yelp rating, the Angie's List Super Service Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.
- WoW provides a written estimate valid for one full year and a proven track record of meeting the estimated project amount, so there are no surprises.
- WoW has a beautiful showroom where you can come meet with our professionals and view our entire product line.
- WoW believes in educating homeowners about their home improvement options so our customers can make a fully informed decision without high pressure sales tactics.
- WoW makes home improvement plans a reality. We have made thousands of homes in the Metro Area more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient.
- We only use best in class products. We have done the research so you can feel confident in the value of your purchase.
- WoW Installations are rooted in our deep understanding of building science and always follow industry best practices.
- WoW stands behind our work with a lifetime warranty on our workmanship, including a complementary accidental glass breakage warranty.
At Windows on Washington we take great pride in our best in class products, professional installation and outstanding customer service. Click on the link below and experience the WoW Factor for yourself.
Saving money on energy bills is a goal that every homeowner strives for, but few realize just how easy it can be. Windows on Washington has highlighted 4 DIY projects that will not only cut your energy bill but also increase the comfort of your home.
Seal Windows and Doors - Windows and doors are a primary means of drafts and air infiltration for you home. One of the best ways to save on your energy bill is to make sure that your windows are properly sealed.
- Caulk - Inspect the caulk around your windows and doors. Re-caulk any areas that are missing, dry or peeling.
- Weather Stripping – Make sure the weather stripping around your windows and doors has a tight seal. Replace old or faulty weather stripping.
- Locks – Engage the locking mechanism on you windows and doors to create the tightest seal possible for the unit.
- Door Threshold – If you can see daylight under your door, you are watching your utility dollars flow right out of your house. Have your threshold adjusted so that there is a tight seal between the bottom of the door and your home. You may need to install a door sweep to reinforce this seal.
Air Seal Your Home - General air leakage throughout the home is rarely thought of as a place that you are loosing energy dollars. Here are a few areas to consider sealing to save big on your energy bill.
- Electrical Boxes – These boxes on the exterior walls of your home are not typically insulated behind the plates, which causes air infiltration. Simply install foam gaskets behind the outlets and switch plates for an easy, affordable fix.
- Exhaust Fans and Vents - When vents and fans are not in use, they are most assuredly leaking air. Consider installing an insulation barrier or buying a removable magnetic cover to reduce air flow and help prevent leaks.
- Recessed Lighting - Recessed light fixtures are often installed without the proper surrounding insulation. To avoid any potential fire hazard, we suggest consulting with a professional before insulating these areas.
- Basements and Crawl Spaces - Adding insulation, where possible, can prevent the convection cycle of air infiltration in the home.
- Gaps In Exterior Walls – There may be gaps around the pipes that come through your exterior walls. These gaps can be a source of considerable air leakage, but can be fixed with simple foam sealing.
Insulate Your Attic - The attic is one of the biggest culprits for air leakage and energy loss in your home.
- Attic Insulation - If your attic does not have the proper level of insulation for the climate conditions of your geographic region, you are throwing money away. If the insulation in your attic is less than 11 inches of fiberglass or 8 inches of cellulose, consider adding more to keep the cold air in during the summer and the warm air in during the winter. Consult local guidelines for maximizing the insulation value.
- Attic Hatch - Many homeowners invest in additional insulation for their attic, but leave the hatch exposed to air leakage. Adding weather stripping around the frame and 4 inch foam board to the hatch can help reduce this energy loss. If your attic hatch has attached stairs, an attic tent can also be effective.
Seal Your Chimney - A fireplace seems like the best thing to help keep your home warm, however it is one of the number one places in your home that causes increases in your energy bill due to air leakage.
- Damper – Keep your damper closed when not using your fireplace.
- Specialized Damper – Use a chimney balloon or a spring-loaded fireplace damper to close your chimney and prevent cold air from coming into your room.
- The experts at Windows on Washington are committed to educating home owners on the energy efficiency of their homes. For a professional analysis of your existing windows, doors or insulation, call our experts today for a free consulatation. As always, we also provide free estimates for all your home improvement needs.
Every year, customers ask us which projects they should apply their home improvement dollars to get the highest return on investment. Our customers are very savvy and know that they need to focus on not only the energy savings they expect to receive from their exterior home improvement, but also where they would gain the most if they decided to sell their home after the renovation.
One of the most respected reports that provides analysis on the return on investment (ROI) homeowners receive for home improvement projects is from Remodeling Magazine. Their 2014 report has just been released for 35 of the most common remodeling projects, for both the interior and exterior of the home. The report compares these projects and their respective ROIs nationally, regionally and in major cities around the US. Once again the Washington, DC area out-preformed the National and South Atlantic regions with higher ROIs.
Replacing your siding this year could net you up 124% of your investment. Advancements in technology and manufacturing have given homeowners several types of siding from which to choose.
||99.2 % ROI
|Fiber - Cement
||124 % ROI
|Foam - Backed
||105 % ROI
Custom Window Replacement
Replacement windows can start paying for themselves the minute they are installed through reduced energy costs. In addition, potential home buyers look very favorably on attractive, new, energy efficient improvements.
|| 96% ROI
|| 96% ROI
The front entry or garage doors are the focal point of a home, and can reduce curb appeal significantly when they need to be replaced. A beautiful new door can make a great impression on a guest or potential buyer, which dramatically impacts curb appeal and increases the value of your home.
|| 89% ROI
When a home is being sold, the number one item that a home inspector will assess is the roof. Even if the roof has some lifespan left in it, many home purchasers will negotiate for a reduction in sale price to compensate for any perceived future maintenance or replacement costs.
At Windows on Washington, we pride ourselves on our commitment to continued research on building science and exterior home Improvements. Our Team is well versed in Replacement Windows and Doors as well as Siding and Roofing. They are ready to demonstrate how energy efficient improvements can save you money once the project is complete as well as provide estimates from this Cost vs. Value Report on your potential longer term ROI. Ask the experts at Windows on Washington what the “WoW! Factor” can do for your home.
Windows on Washington Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.
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 consumer review service in 2013.
"We are excited to announce that Windows on Washington has won the Angie's List Super Service Award for 2013. The 2013 award continues to show our commitment to service and stands in a long line of Angie's List Super Service Awards from 2010, 2011, and 2012. We would like to take this opportunity to tell our terrific customers how much we appreciate their trust in us. It was a pleasure to have earned your business and hope that you enjoy the increased efficiency, comfort and beauty that our home improvements created. We also want to extend a big "Thank You!" to the entire hard working WoW Team that helped make our customer's home improvement plans a reality."
“Only about 5 percent of the companies Windows on Washington competes with in Northern Virginia and Maryland are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 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, have a fully complete profile, 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 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie's List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 2 million paid households use Angie's List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie's List complaint resolution service.
At Windows on Washington, 100% customer satisfaction is our number one goal!
The WoW Team knows that the only way to achieve this goal is with quality installations and best in class products. We spend countless hours training our staff to handle any issues that may arise during construction projects. We also work tirelessly to choose the best quality windows, doors, siding and roofing materials to ensure the complete satisfaction of our homeowners.
Don't take our word for it! Check out Windows on Washington on Customer Lobby, Yelp or Angie's List, where our team has won the Super Service Award for 3 years running. Read what just one of our customers had to say about their window replacement project:
We replaced all of our windows a year and a half ago. I did extensive research on many area companies and was shocked to see the wide range of quality and price. Warning, there are many poor performers in this industry who try and charge extremely high prices for average windows and use very high pressure sales techniques. There were a lot of them to sort through. We decided to use Windows on Washington (WOW) and were very pleased. They offered exceptional quality and the price was very reasonable, $575 - $800 per window for Okna 800 series triple pane argon gas filled replacement windows (range depends on the hardware selected). We used the basic white handles because we have bright white trim. The performance of these windows are at the high end of the industry and the white matches bright white trim vice the blue/ white of most replacement windows. We decided on Argon gas windows. Krypton gas windows are not worth the extra expense. Both are noble gases with Krypton more dense, under Argon on the periodic table, but perform very similar as an insulator in windows. The more important factor is how the windows are constructed, preventing the escape of the gas and how they shed exterior water. The Okna windows don't use a drain hole system, which always clog up over time, creating problems. Instead the exterior mill work is sloped to shed water, a much better design as seen in the industry journals. Also the windows operate smoothly and have rigid supports across the tops of the windows preventing drooping over time. They come with a lifetime warranty that includes accidental breakage and gas loss. Since we installed the windows, we have seen a consistent 15 - 20% savings over our old original single pane windows, on energy usage each month based on TH (gas) and KW (electric) units used during similar average temperature months. Also, the WOW installers did not damage our extensive landscape near the house. They were professional and quick, everything was done in a day. Ask for Eric, he's the owner to come by for an estimate. No high pressure with him. He lets the product and price sell the job. ....David
We call an experience like that the "WoW Factor!" We put our customers first by providing as much information and research as possible so that they can make an informed decision about their home improvement project without the high pressure sales tactics that are so common in our industry. Let the experts at Windows on Washington show you how we can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient. If you would like to experience the "WoW Factor" on your next home improvement project, please give us a call today at 703-378-1190 or click the link below.