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6 Doors and Windows to Bring the Outdoors Inside This Winter

Winter is getting closer. For many Illinois residents, it means spending more time indoors until warmer weather arrives. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’re probably dreading the thought of staying home on weekends instead of enjoying those fun outdoor activities.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a recluse for the rest of the year due to the weather. There are plenty of great ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors into our homes through our doors and windows!

These options will bring more natural light into your home, allow for much better views of nature, along with other benefits. These benefits include reduced energy costs, boost mood and health, and add beauty to your indoor space.

Here are 6 great windows and doors to bring the outdoors inside this winter.

1. Bay or Bow Windows 

If you have standard windows, consider replacing them with a bay or bow window. These types of windows better extend out into your garden or front yard, bringing in more sunlight while expanding your space.

You’ll have a better view of the outdoors, as these windows offer a sense of openness without sacrificing energy efficiency and security. Our windows offer air-tight insulation so you never have to worry about the energy you DO use slipping out of your home. This is so important during all of our seasons.    

2. Picture Windows

If a bay or bow window doesn’t suit your home; you can try switching to a beautiful picture window. Picture windows are large fixed windows that offer expansive views and light.

It’s an innovative product that can add comfort and energy efficiency to your home. It’s one of our favorite windows!

If you live in an area with lots of greenery or just surroundings that you’d like to take in all year-round, try adding in a picture window.

3. Specialty Windows

You can also go for a specialty window. We can design many shapes to fit your home or simply create bigger and taller windows to better show the outdoor views.

Think about a room where you may spend a good amount of time, like the kitchen. Why not open up that space and bring in more sunlight? Most kitchen backsplashes are around 18 inches high, but using taller windows can extend this standard measurement.

This way, you can make the most of your home’s viewing area and available lighting. Again, by choosing bigger windows or specialty windows you can welcome the free energy in and lower your use of electricity.

4. Corner Windows

Another great choice to bring in the outdoors is a corner window, especially if a more natural setting surrounds your home. Corner windows make the most of your outdoor views, creating a design focal point from both interior and exterior angles.

This stunning window will expand your natural view and capture light from several directions. Plus, with its clean look, it’s perfect for modern homes or minimalist design lovers.

5. Sliding Doors 

Stay connected to the outside with elegant glass sliding doors. Next Door and Window offers this type of door with modern features, such as thermal efficiency, which also helps decrease your home’s energy usage.

Sliding doors can also drastically increase the natural light coming into your home and offer beautiful views of the outdoors.

When natural light fills the room, it generates gorgeous energy that makes the room feel fresher and the colors seem brighter. Plus, glass doors are a great return on investment and will cost you less than renovating an entire room.

6. Decorative Door Glass 

There are many options for decorative door glass, and you can learn more about these HERE. But to maximize your views and light skip the textured glass and opt for the larger glass with the privacy rating of 1.

As always, it’s important to consider your home and the surrounding area to pick the best products for your property. If a front glass door doesn’t seem right, maybe adding it to the back entryway will be a better fit to bring in the views.

Whatever your preference and style, we have Design and Energy experts ready to take on the project! Our experts can also help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

As mentioned above, a huge benefit of these windows and doors (besides the views) is the amount of sunshine you’ll be letting in.

We all know that sunshine is important to increase your vitamin D levels and boost your immune system, but research has also shown that it can help boost your mood and productivity.

Natural light can also help you sleep better at night. This is especially important with the battle of the blue light we’re fighting all day with our phones and computers. With all these added benefits, it’s no question that upgrading to one of these windows or doors is the way to go.

Next Door and Window can help bring the outdoors in through stylish and energy-efficient doors and windows. We offer no hassle-no pressure appointments so schedule yours today

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Can Your Windows Withstand the Seasonal Elements?

We live in a beautiful state that is blessed with all four seasons. However, unfortunately, we have to deal with rough winters and summers, and our homes can feel the stress of that as well. So it’s always a good idea to keep track of your windows to ensure that the shifting seasons don’t catch you off guard!

Season’s change—the performance of your windows shouldn’t. They should be able to give you privacy and protect you from the elements, whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter. Here’s a suggested action plan to make sure your windows serve their purpose all year round.

Step 1: Inspect Your Windows

Windows can be affected any time of year, but it’s crucial to check in before the colder seasons. Our windows can take a severe beating when harsher weather kicks in. As part of your storm season preparations, we suggest performing a thorough inspection of your windows.

Things to look for when inspecting your windows:

• rotted frames
• failed caulking
• cracked glass

Watch out for fogged glass too! Cloudiness between the glass panes is a sign of poor insulation. You will need better insulation if you want to stay warm during winter and cool in the summer.

When it comes to warming your home during winter, sufficient window insulation is key. Our products are made from high-quality materials and built using the latest technology to help protect your home regardless of the weather. Our Design and Energy Experts can help you choose the product that best suits your needs.

Step 2: Seal Your Windows

After inspecting did you discover cracks, slits, or gaps in the window unit? These openings create air leaks. Air leaks let in cold drafts during winter and cool air escape during the summer. Which is equivalent to you wasting money on your energy bills!

These leaks need to be sealed to bring temperatures back to comfortable levels. You can do this by weather stripping or caulking around the frames.

Must note, some windows cannot be salvaged by weather stripping or caulking alone. If the glass is fogging, you may need to upgrade to a window unit with better energy efficiency.

With as much as half the energy in your home going to heating and cooling costs, investing in energy-efficient, quality windows will help lower those bills way beyond wintertime.

We explain more about energy-efficient windows in this blog post HERE.

Step 3: Repair/Replace Your Windows

Sometimes a window can be fixed, but sometimes it just needs to go! Take note that window fixes can vary depending on the extent of the damage on your window.

For example, cracked frames and sills are fairly easy to repair as mentioned above. But if they’re thoroughly rotten, the window needs to be replaced.

We know that sometimes it can be hard to tell where your window stands and what exactly it needs. If gauging the damage is too difficult on your own, call in window experts to give a professional assessment.

Professionals have the proper knowledge to offer you recommendations. They will listen to all your concerns, assess your living situation, and come up with the perfect solution.

And if a new window is needed, the pros can also help you choose window designs that will blend with your home’s architectural style and decor.

Time for an Upgrade?

Give your windows a fighting chance against ever-changing weather conditions.

At Next Door & Window, we offer high-quality replacement windows from some of the most trusted names in the industry. We make sure your new windows are installed correctly and sealed tightly to keep those unwanted drafts out for good.

When you come to us with your window problems, we inspect your old windows to see the extent of the damage. Then we build you a replacement unit that matches your home’s measurements as well as your concerns with budget and style.

The materials used to build our windows are sturdy, low-maintenance, and energy-efficient. This way, you’re not constantly worried over rotting frames, fogging glass, and ballooning electricity bills.

Each window unit is also given air and watertight seal. We use an ingenious combination of rubber membrane, specialized sealants, insulating foam, and exterior cladding to ensure maximum protection from the elements.

Are you in need of weatherproof replacement windows? Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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Door Transformation with Nicole of Cedar and Rush

We recently collaborated with Nicole Regan, lifestyle expert and blogger,  of CedarandRush.com. Her mudroom was in desperate need of a new door and she knew that Next Door and Window was the best company for the job! We’re excited to share the steps along the way and the fantastic final product that has transformed her room.

Cedar & Rush Interview with NDW  

The first steps were to do an interview with our owner, Justin Bartley. Nicole was able to get tons of useful information of when it’s time to update your doors or windows, and what to look for when hiring a company.

She was also able to see the warehouse where a lot of the magic happens! The best part is that she shared that interview and all the behind the scenes photos for her readers on her blog. Click here to read that post.

Here are just a few of the great points Justin Bartley made,

“Most homeowners do not know that there are many different replacement options, some of which may be the wrong solution for their home.”

“Homeowners should thoroughly research wood clad, fiberglass, and vinyl to find the best product for their particular home and application type.”

When choosing a door and window company “Check their rating online with Google reviews, BBB, and Angie’s List. Also, ask for jobs they have done in your neighborhood.”

“Fiberglass has been the biggest trend due to its strength and durability. It’s a great option to withstand the heat and fade that can happen with dark colors.” 

“Water leaks should be the number 1 reason you are buying new windows and doors. Water can damage walls and create much more damage to your home.”

Read the full post here: Cedar & Rush Interview with Next Door & Window Owner

Here are some BEFORE photos of Nicole’s mudroom door:

Our Design and Energy expert, Gary, met with Nicole to go over her options and figure out what would work best in her space. He was also able to show her how the final result would look thanks to our visualizer tool.

With this tool, our experts can take a picture of your home and allow you to build any new door design with different styles, glass, or color options. That way you can see exactly how each door looks on your home before you buy it!

After the decisions were made and the measurements were taken, all was scheduled for installation with our expert installers. As you can see by the photo above, our installers always make sure to keep your space as clean as possible during the job.

Final Result with Cedar & Rush

To say that the choice Nicole (and Gary) made was perfect is an understatement. The new door truly transformed her mudroom! It opened up the room, brightened up the house, enhanced the colors of the furnishings, and is now saving her tons of money every year thanks to the energy efficiency offered with our doors.

Here are some AFTER photos:

We enjoyed working with Nicole of Cedar and Rush! And are excited that she loved the final result as much as we did.

Check out her full post (with many more photos) on the transformation process here: Mudroom Transformation with Next Door & Window

And, if you’re ready to update your doors and windows contact us today by clicking HERE. You’re still on time to get an installation in by Thanksgiving (wow your guests!)

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Window and Door Remodeling Process Made Easy

Curious to know how a window or door remodeling process goes with Next Door and Window? We’ll discuss everything from the free initial consultation to the installation and some of the most common questions we get. We also wanted to share some before and after photos so you can see how even the smallest update can transform your home.

Scheduling an Appointment 

Whether you saw us on social media or got a referral from a friend, we’re so happy you chose Next Door and Window. Scheduling an appointment is easy! You can do so by visiting our site and filling out the form, call us at 630-280-2748, or simply coming into one of our locations. From there, we can figure out the time that would work best for you so that one of our Design Experts can visit your home and go over your options.

You can also discuss your options in our store if that is what you prefer. We have locations in Burr Ridge, Naperville, and Arlington Heights, Illinois. Please check our site for hours HERE.

Free Consultation

For this no-hassle, free appointment, one of our qualified Design Experts will go to your home at a reserved time and discuss your options and answer any questions. Our Design Expert will assess your project and offer selections that fit your style and budget.

Another perk of the consultation is that they can show you the design you’re imagining with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying. So no need to fret on how it’ll all look in the end.

Many of the lines we carry come in both standard and custom sizes; the Design Expert will evaluate the very best size for your home needs. Once everything has been chosen, properly measured, and prepared, your new doors or windows will be ready to install anywhere between 6 to 12 weeks. It all depends on the time of year and the product purchased. The Design Expert will have the best estimate for you.

Installation Day

In window or door replacement, there’s one golden rule: new windows or doors are only as good as their installers. Even the highest-quality products will require an expert hand to make sure they deliver the superior protection and lasting performance that your home needs.

All of our installers are licensed, bonded, and insured in your city. Our team is also trained by Installation Masters—a training and certification program of the U.S. Department of Energy. Also, we’re licensed by the EPA to handle window replacements where lead may be present.

On the day of the scheduled installation, our brand-trained and certified installers will come to your home with everything they need. You won’t have to worry about a thing! We will even pull whatever permits may be needed (if required). All of our products are installed “complete”. By that, we mean there won’t need to be any staining or painting going on during installation, which keeps your home even cleaner.

The installers will also use drop cloths and runners to protect the floors. You may want to cover furniture with bed sheets for dust protection.

They will make sure to use your driveway or garage for all saw work. And they will even sweep upon completion! Dust is truly kept to a minimum on the inside of your home.

The installers will remove any old product and job-related debris from your home, and vacuum or sweep any mess created. We know how frustrating remodels are, so we set out to make this process as stress-free as possible.

Post Installation Care

Next Door and Window doesn’t just install and forget. In addition to the lifetime coverage that comes with most of our products, we provide our own five-year labor warranty to protect you against any workmanship-related defects for a long period.

Each manufacturer also offers its own product warranties. Our Design Experts can answer any warranty questions you may have about the brands you choose.

We currently have a full installation and service team in the field, so you can talk to a door and window professional immediately if your new product needs service. If the issue is bigger and someone needs to do a house call, we will schedule a convenient time with one of our service professionals. 

We’re here to answer any other questions you may have about the process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you’d like to get started with your window or door remodeling process, you can schedule your appointment HERE.

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Low E Glass Windows: Vital Sun Protection For You and Your Home

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause more damage indoors than many of us are aware of. That is why Low Emissivity (Low E) glass windows are vital to protect you and your home against the sun’s damaging rays.

Being openly exposed to UV rays while in your home without sun protection can lead to skin damage, and unfortunately, skin cancer. The issue is that the unprotected glass isn’t blocking any of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Therefore, it’s leading to the rays easily penetrating your skin.

And if that weren’t bad enough, the sun can also damage your furnishings and wreak havoc on your wood floors. Plus, it can cause you to use more energy to cool your home in the summertime, which equals higher energy bills.

Low E Glass Windows

Fret not, at Next Door and Window, we offer quality Low E glass windows to protect you, your family, and your home from the sun’s UV rays.

Low E is a thin, transparent coating that is placed on the inside surface of the glass to reflect heat and reduce the harmful rays. This coating helps lower the amount of UV and infrared light that passes through the glass without actually dimming your natural light. You still get the benefits of sunlight without the harm!

Low E glass coating is crucial in the performance of the window and can lower the energy used by a home. The coating will lessen your need for air conditioning and heating, allowing you to save money on your energy bills and also help the earth.

When heat tries to escape during the winter, the Low E coating will reflect heat back inside the glass, reducing heat loss. The opposite happens during the summer when the heat is allowed to escape from the glass and will make your home cooler.

Besides protecting your skin and home from harmful rays, Low E coating has hydro-repellent characteristics that also prevent dust and dirt from sticking to their surfaces. Any dust and dirt that does stick are easy to wash away with a splash of water.

Our Design and Energy experts are happy to answer any of your Low E glass questions and can help you find the safest most energy-efficient option for your home.

Next Door and Window carries some of the best brands in the business, including Marvin, Integrity, Infinity, and Sunrise Windows. These are guaranteed to be durable, resilient, and all feature Low E glass for optimal energy savings.

Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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