Brrr...Baby It's Cold Outside!, so now is the time to make sure your home is warm and as energy effcient as possible. Whether you need replacement windows, a new exterior door or simply air sealing and insulation, Windows on Washington has the solutions to all your home improvement challenges. Contact us today and receive up to $1,000 off your next exterior home improvement project!
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Windows on Washington is Home Improvement You Can Trust.
We are a locally owned and operated company focused on improving the energy efficiency and appearance of our clients' homes. Our company was founded on a simple philosophy: be upfront and honest. Many home improvement companies force homeowners to sit through three hour sales presentations and then close with high-pressure tactics to make the sale. We created a better way to do business.
At Windows on Washington, we work with our clients the way we want to be treated in our own homes - knowledgeably, professionally, and respectfully. We take the time to listen to your home improvement needs and then create a solution using best-in-class products coupled with our expert installation techniques. Whether you are looking for energy efficient replacement windows, beautiful siding, gutters, a new roof, or money saving insulation and air sealing, we have your answer. We will educate you on our approach to your project, explain your options and encourage you to do additional research.
Are your heating and cooling costs too high? Are you weary of time consuming maintenance that never ends? Are you ready to give your home the curb appeal makeover you've been considering for years?
Then you need The WoW Factor! Our experts take the guesswork out of your replacement window, roofing, siding and insulation home improvement plans. And with our "Fall Into Savings" Specials, you can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient while staying within your budget.
Don't miss out on these savings! Click the links to the right and a WoW consultant will call you to schedule a free estimate. Our consulatations are never high pressure - we provide all the technical and pricing information you need to make the right product decision for your home at a great price.
Windows on Washington will be at the Capital Home Show Friday through Sunday, September 20, 21 and 22, 2013. We will be showcasing our best-in-class replacement windows, doors, roofing, siding and gutter protection. Stop by our booth, number 829, to talk to one of our professionals about your home improvement project and a special offer for all free in-home consultations booked at the Home Show.
The Home and Remodeling Show is also presenting many seminars and special events for homeowners. Check out the schedule below:
Friday - September 20
12:00 PM - Kitchen Remodeling – Tips and Tricks: Kitchen design is about more than just style.
1:00 PM - Making Your Home More Energy Efficient - Why a green Focus Is Important
2:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER - from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
3:00 PM - La-Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
5:00 PM - La-Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
6:00 PM - MEG CASWELL - HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
7:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER - from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
Saturday - September 21
11:00 AM - Find the Best Value in Kitchen Remodeling: Make the smart choices with your money.
12:00 PM - MEG CASWELL OF HGTV’S DESIGN STAR AND MEG’S GREAT ROOMS
1:00 PM - Handy Mom
2:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
3:00 PM - La- Z- Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
4:00 PM - Meg Caswell of HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
5:00 PM - Integrating the 21st Century Home: How to Combine Energy, Audio/Video, and Security Systems with Convenience.
6:00 PM - La- Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
7:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
Sunday - September 22
11:00 AM - La- Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
12:00 PM - MEG CASWELL of HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
1:00 PM - Handy Girl 101: This new workshop is a mother-daughter DIY workshop.
2:00 PM - Finding the Best Value in Bath Remodeling: Make the smart choices with your money.
3:00 PM - La- Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
4:00 PM - Meg Caswell of HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
September 20-22, 2013
Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153
Admission: $10.00 - Adults
$7.00 - Adults Online
$3.00 - Kids 6-12
Free for kids 5 and under
Free parking is available at the Dulles Expo Center.
NEW parking options for CONSUMERS - CLICK HERE!
At Windows on Washington, we field a great deal of questions from homeowners that are dreaming of a home improvement project. We are committed to supplying our customers with all the facts, and believe the beauty, performance and warranty of the products we install speak for themselves. If you are considering a home improvement project, stop by our booth at the Home Show to discuss your home improvement plans with one of our experts or contact us by clicking on the link below.
At Windows on Washington, our mission is to 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.
When you trust Windows on Washington with your home improvement project, you’re taking the first step toward making your home improvement dreams a reality. The primary focus of our business is customer service and building lasting relationships. We offer our customers detailed, written proposals with descriptions of the product, materials, work scope, specifations and cost so that there are no surprises. With Windows on Washington, you know that you are receiving best in class products with expert installations.
Windows on Washington listens to your specific needs and home improvement challenges, then provides solutions that include the most suitable products for your project, whether it is replacement windows, exterior doors, siding, roofing or insulation. We believe that there is no “best” product that meets the needs of every homeowner. We represent a number of different manufacturers, thus allowing us to provide varied solutions for your home improvement challenges and budget.
Windows on Washington is dedicated to providing solutions to your toughest home improvement challenges, at a fair and honest price. Our experts are skilled in windows, doors, siding, roofing and insulation, so we take a comprehensive approach to improving the comfort, appearance, and energy efficiency of your home. Click on the link below to talk to one of our experts about your project today.
It’s a great time for home improvement, especially if you live in the Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Suburban Maryland area. Remodeling Magazine has released their Cost vs Value report for 2013. This report describes many different home improvement projects as well as the projected return on investment (ROI) if and when you sell the house. Just remember - while these numbers are very strong, they do not take into account the immediate energy savings you will gain, so the actual ROI can be above what is listed.
As of 2013, the average ROI for home improvement projects increased by 2.9% nationwide and saw increases in each measured category. The Metro DC area had some of the largest growth in ROI as compared to other cities, and was above the national average in every category. In addition, the highest gains on ROI were from replacement projects rather than renovating or addition projects at almost 8% growth.
We’ve highlighted a few examples of replacement projects that net the highest ROI for the year.
Custom Window Replacement
Last year, custom window replacement carried a ROI of up to 74.3% for the Southern Atlantic Region. In 2013, there was a slight increase to as much as 74.7%. However, the bigger news for the Metro DC area is that the ROI is well above the national average at 95.1%. That means that homeowners in the Metro DC area are not only apt to get almost every dollar spent on replacement windows back when their home is sold, they will reap immediate and continuous cost savings through lower energy bills while they live in the home. Couple this with the increased comfort and improved curb appeal that new windows bring, and it’s a win-win.
Entry Door Replacement
A new door can make a great impression on a guest or potential buyer, dramatically impacts curb appeal and increases the value of your home. Once again, our immediate area saw a major increase on the ROI when it comes to steel doors with a ROI of 106.2%. Fiberglass entry doors are also netting up to an 85% ROI. Many entry doors are also Energy Star Qualified, so utility dollars literally stop going out the front door while giving an fresh, updated look to the front of your home.
When a home is being sold, the number one item that a home inspector will assess is the roof. Buyers want to ensure that they are not going to have a large outlay of cash for a new roof after they move in. With that being said, putting a new roof on your home will not only net you a ROI of up to 70.4% but it’s a feature that will make a lasting impression on potential buyers and can differentiate your home. So, maybe it’s time to replace your roof to enjoy a few years of increased curb appeal before you sell your home.
Last year siding ranked as one of the highest ROI of all home improvement projects - and this year is no different. Last year, the projected ROI was 89% and this year it increased up to 96%. There are several types of siding available - vinyl siding, foam back siding and cement fiber siding - all can give a major boost to curb appeal. In addition, carefully selected siding can improve the energy efficiency of the home, resulting in increased comfort and energy savings which drive your ROI even higher.
Garage Door Replacement
Not many people think of replacing garage doors to add value to a home. However, when a homeowner invests in new garage doors, guests and potential buyers have the impression that the home is well cared for. This impression gives potential buyers confidence that the same care was taken throughout the home. In 2013, garage doors can net up to 96.9% ROI for our local area.
At Windows on Washington, we provide solutions to all your exterior home improvement challenges. Our experts are well trained in custom replacement windows, steel and fiberglass exterior doors, siding, roofing and garage doors. Contact us today to see how Windows on Washington can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient.
Now is the time to take advantage of the savings that you can achieve from making your home more energy efficient. During the colder months of the year, the energy inefficiencies throughout your home are more noticeable. Whether it is a draft by the window in the family room, the cold in the bedroom over the garage or the breeze that seems to be coming into your home from under the front door, now is the time to get these items fixed so that you can enjoy a more comfortable home and stop throwing your utility dollars out the door. Why not replace those drafty windows and doors or improve the comfort level of your home with air sealing and added insulation?
There is an even bigger reason to get going on these energy saving home improvements. Due to the last-minute deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," the $500 tax credit has been extend by Congress to make these improvements a little more affordable. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress on January 3, 2013, provides extensions of energy tax credit provisions that benefit homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements. Under section 25C, homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes for all taxable years. The credit is only redeemable if the upgrades are in place by the end of 2013.
This $500 tax credit is only available to taxpayers that have not previously used it in prior years. Here is a list of projects that Windows on Washington offers that are currently eligible for the tax credit:
Insulation - Additional insulation to walls, ceilings, or other part of your home that meet standards set in 2009 IECC.
Air Sealing - Sealing cracks around your home and ducts to reduce infiltration and heat loss in a manner consistent with the 2009 IECC.
Replacement Windows and Exterior Doors - 10% of material cost, up to $200 for replacement windows and exterior doors that meet Energy Star requirements. The replacement windows must have performance values equal to or below a 0.30 U factor and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30.
Skylights - 10% of material cost up to $200 and must meet Energy Star requirements.
The IRS requires homeowners to obtain paperwork from the manufacturer that certifies that the products used in the home improvement meet or exceed the standards outlined in the Taxpayer Relief Act. You will not have to submit this certification to the IRS when you file but you will need to keep it in case the IRS has any questions about your project. Click here to access IRS guidance on qualifying energy-efficient property.
Windows on Washington has helped thousands of homeowners in the Virginia, Maryland, and Metro DC area make their home more comfortable, beautiful and energy efficient with best replacement windows, Exterior doors, air sealing and insulation. To see how Windows on Washington can make your home improvement dreams a reality while helping your acquire the tax credit, give us a call today. We are happy to schedule a free in-home consultation to provide the answers you need to make the right decision for you home.
Windows on Washington will be attending the Dulles Home and Remodeling Show Friday-Sunday, January 18-20, 2013. We will be showcasing our best in class replacement windows, doors, roofing, siding and gutters. Stop by our booth, number 126, to talk to one of our professionals about your home improvement project.
Special Events Schedule for the Home and Remodeling Show
1:00pm - Mike Baird of Spike TV's Flip Men - Master the Flipping Craft
2:30pm - Josh Flagg of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing - Put a Dollar In and Get Two Back
4:00pm - Heloise - Hints to Remodel, Refurbish, and Redo
5:30pm - HandyMOM 101 Workshop
6:30pm - Mike Baird of Spike TV's Flip Men - 5 Steps Towards Flipping Homes
Saturday Special Events
11:00am - Mike Baird of Spike TV's Flip Men - The 7 Real Estate Myths
12:30pm - Heloise - Hints toRemodel, Refurbish, and Redo
2:00pm - Josh Flagg of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing - Put a Dollar In and Get Two Back
3:00pm - Mike Baird of Spike TV's Flip Men - Master the Flipping Craft
4:30pm - Josh Flagg of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing - Put a Dollar In and Get Two Back
6:00pm - Heloise - Hints toRemodel, Refurbish, and Redo
7:30pm - Color Trends for 2013
Sunday Special Events
11:00am - Zero Energy Homes: Say Goodbye to Electric Bills and Never Loose Power Again
12:00pm - HandyMOM 101 Workshop
1:00pm - Christen Bensten - "How to Restore with Chalk Paint"
2:00pm - Luxury Kitchens and Baths
3:00pm - Floors 101
4:00pm - How to Work with an Architect: A Case Study in Home Remodeling
Here are all of the details you will need to enjoy the event!
When: January 18-20, 2013
Where: The South Hall of the Dulles Expo Center
Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm
$10.00 - Adults
$7.00 - Adults Online
$3.00 - Kids 6-12
Free for kids 5 and under
At Windows on Washington, we field a great deal of questions from homeowners that are dreaming of a home improvement project. We are committed to supplying our customers with all the facts, and believe the beauty, performance and warranty of the products we install speak for themselves. If you are considering a home improvement project, stop by our booth at the Capital Home Show and talk to one of our experts or contact us by clicking on the link below.
Everybody does it. We make a New Year’s resolution’s on January 1st to ensure the new year is more successful than the last, but for some reason we let it all fade away through the year. Why? Maybe it’s because we set unrealistic goals or we make a resolution that takes daily time and energy and then we lose interest. Whatever the reason, it’s time to set ourselves up for success with New Year’s resolutions this year. Choose a resolution that matters to not just ourselves, but those around us. Choose one that has goals set throughout the year that are attainable and where we can see immediate and future benefits from this resolution.
One such New Year’s resolution is to make your home more energy efficient. Making this a priority in the new year can not only improve your curb appeal but also the comfort level in your home. This goal is broad enough to cover many different price ranges depending on your financial position and gives you an immediate return on investment. Feeling this reward immediately will help keep you on track to continue to make those improvements that matter.
Here are 5 projects to accomplish this New Year’s resolution of increased home energy efficiency in ascending order of the magnitude of energy savings.
1 - Lighting and Electrical
There are several small practices that you can do today to make your home more energy efficient and start saving money immediately.
- Changing your light bulbs to Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs will save utility dollars, as these bulbs utilize about ⅓ of the electricity of a traditional light bulb.
- Unplugging electrical appliances when not in use will also cut down your electric bill. According to the DOE, anywhere from 5% to 10% of residential electricity is used by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day (TV, coffee maker, DVR, electrical gadgets like iPods, etc.) Unplugging these devices, or if you use a powerstrip - switching it to the off position when not in use, will eliminate this expense.
- Whenever old appliances are in need of replacement, choose an Energy Star rated new appliance to reap additional energy savings.
2 - Energy Audit
An Energy Audit provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall efficiency of your home, as well as pinpoints the exact areas where energy loss occurs. The auditor will create a customized, professional air sealing and insulation strategy to increase your home’s efficiency, decrease heating and cooling costs, and maximize your return on investment. Some DIY measures, such as caulking or weather stripping, will also keep energy dollars from flying out the windows. In addition, because it is a relatively inexpensive home improvement, the ROI is high since utility bills are often immediately and significantly reduced.
3 - Air Sealing and Insulation
Once the energy audit is complete, you can prioritize those areas that will have the highest impact from professional air sealing and insulation. Investing in air sealing and insulation will be a little more costly than a bit of weather stripping, but according to the EPA, this improvement reduces annual heating and cooling costs by an average of 20 percent. Tackling this project will save you money year round by reducing the heat demand in the winter and decreasing air conditioning expenses in the summer. These energy and cost savings will keep your New Year’s resolution right on track.
4 - Replacement Windows, Entry Doors and/or Garage Doors
It’s now time to get serious with your New Year’s resolution with replacement windows and doors. As much as 10 to 25 percent of your central heat is can be lost through old, leaky windows and doors. There are several measures you can take to help prevent this energy loss. Caulking around the leaking areas is a best practice that can save you money in the very long term, but the results may not be enough to see a dramatic change in your energy bill and the comfort level of your home. Replacing the old windows and doors with Energy Star rated replacements will not only save money immediately on energy bills, but according to the Hanley Wood and Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report,the ROI for replacement windows and doors is between 71% and 78% at resale.
5 - New Siding
New siding gives curb appeal a big boost by making a fresh first impression. In addition, carefully selected siding can improve the energy efficiency of the home, resulting in a more beautiful, comfortable and cost effective household. Advancements in technology and manufacturing have given homeowners several types of siding from which to choose. Vinyl and foam backed siding should net up to 77.2% ROI, while the ROI of fiber cement siding could be as high as 89.7%. HGTV ranks siding replacement as the #1 project to add value to a home.
These 5 energy efficient home improvements will make your home more beautiful, efficient and comfortable - all while saving you money on energy bills. Prioritizing based on project costs and ROI will keep this New Year’s resolution realistic. To discuss which project makes the most sense for your home, contact the experts at Windows on Washington today. We offer an array of services that include: custom replacement windows, siding, roofing, entry and garage door replacement, energy audits, air sealing and insulation.
Saving money on your energy bills this winter can easily be accomplished by simply preparing all areas of your home for winter. Here are some quick tips to prepare your home for the cold weather.
Winterize Your Roof
Inspect your roof and gutters to avoid potential problems throughout the winter. (If you have a 2-story roof or it has a steep slope you may want to call a professional. Falling off a roof can be lethal even in 1-story applications. Do not take a chance with your safety, leave the roof walking to the professionals!)
Check for loose and missing shingles to protect the wood of the roof from water damage and to prevent water, snow, and ice infiltration into the attic.
Check the flashing around the chimneys and vents to make sure snowmelt and rain do not leak into your home.
Clean your gutters to allow for proper water drainage and prevent ice from forming in the gutters.
Has your home formed ice dams in the past? If so, you should have the attic and roof looked at ASAP before you let heavy snows create potentially disastrous and expensive leaks. Ice dams are often thought of as a roof issue; however, that is not the case. Ice dams are the result of poor insulation, unchecked heat loss and improper ventilation. Contact Windows on Washington for an inspection.
Winterize Your Fireplace
Using a fireplace can send valuable heat up the chimney. Use the following tips to decrease the loss of heat while still enjoying the ambiance of a fire.
Have the chimney cleaned and inspected.
Burn only fully dried hardwoods to produce the most heat output.
To prevent the drafting of conditioned air out of the room, provide an outside air source to fuel the fire.
Keep your fireplace damper closed in the winter when not in use.
Install a chimney balloon or spring loaded fireplace damper to prevent cold air from entering the living space.
Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cooler room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
Winterize You Windows
To improve the comfort level of your home and save on utility dollars, the experts at Windows on Washington suggest that you follow these tips to winterize your windows for the cold weather:
Remove your window screens and place them in storage.
Re-install storm windows or install new Low-e insulated storm windows.
Inspect the caulking around your windows to make sure they are sealed. Re-caulk any areas that are in need.
Inspect the weather stripping around your windows to make sure there is a tight seal, and replace if necessary.
Inspect all locking mechanisms to make sure they are in working order and lock the windows. Windows in the locked position create a stronger airtight seal for increased energy efficiency.
Inspect windows for any loose panes and reseal, if necessary.
Install insulated shades over the windows to help keep the heat in and the cold weather out.
Winterize Your Heater
It is a good idea to have this system serviced annually and to have your ducts cleaned out by a professional. There are also a few things that you can do yourself to improve the energy efficiency of this system.
Change the filters every 30-90 days depending on your system and the type of filters you are using. Clogged filters can disrupt the airflow and increase the amount of energy used to heat your home.
Remove any items you have near the furnace or around you air ducts and return vents. This will allow your HVAC system to run at its peak efficiency.
If your heat runs on gas or propane, make sure you have filled the tank up.
Test your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in good working order.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Winterize Your Plumbing
Because our area of the United States is subject to temperatures that are below freezing it is important to make sure your plumbing is ready for the colder weather.
Make sure any pipes that are exposed are insulated, both indoors and out.
Insulate your hot water heater with an insulation blanket.
Turn off the water supply to your sprinkler system and outside hose and faucets.
Winterizing your home will not only save you money but also improve the comfort level and energy efficiency. The experts at Windows on Washington can provide solutions to all your home improvement challenges and help make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient. Click on the link below and our professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have.