4 Expert Tips on Choosing a New Front Door

If you’re in the market for a new front door, choose one that not only adds to your home’s curb appeal (therefore increasing its value) but also boosts its performance. A front door is more than just a point of entry; it is a great way to make an impact without the cost of an extensive renovation. According to Therma Tru’s “National Home Value Study”, by just replacing your front door you can roughly increase the value of your property by $18,750. That alone is a great reason to upgrade!

Tips on Choosing a New Front Door

Below are 4 expert tips on choosing the best front door for your home. All the photos shown in this post come from our team of experts and their beautiful installations. 

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4 Key Reasons You Should Replace Your Windows This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes sweltering heat, blasted air conditioners, and/or more opened windows. Damaged, broken, or inefficient windows are known to cause discomfort as well as higher energy bills.

Maintaining your home’s windows can help ensure that it remains cozy and functional despite harsh climate conditions. Today we are sharing 4 key reasons you should replace your windows this summer.


Windows are some of the most used structures in your home. This constant use, however, can lead to deterioration. Don’t ignore that small crack or broken seal on your window. And, don’t try to fix it yourself. Remember that applying a quick fix to your window does not guarantee a permanent solution to the problem.

Things to look for when inspecting your windows:

  • rotted frames
    • failed caulking
    • cracked glass

Always remember that it is best to invest in an effective long-term solution before small window problems get out of hand.


It’s always a good idea to keep track of your windows to ensure that the shifting seasons don’t catch you off guard. When you have a broken or inefficient window, it would be hard for it to filter the heat coming from outside, especially during the scorching summer season. So instead of being comfortable and feeling protected inside your home, you end up feeling hot and sticky because of your busted window.

Before you lose your cool literally and figuratively, it’s better to replace that old window of yours with a new one. 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 the unwanted heat out for good.


As mentioned, air leaks or drafts can cause discomfort in your home, causing you to overwork your HVAC units. They will significantly drive up your energy costs. They usually come from small cracks, gaps, and crevices found in old and deteriorated windows and doors.

If you are having trouble with your windows, have a professional contractor inspect them now. You may not notice it easily, but an inefficient window that fails to regulate temperatures inside your home can cause you hefty cooling (and heating) bills.

If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on cooling (or heating), make sure to replace any old or damaged windows with energy-efficient ones. Each window unit from Next Door and Window is given an 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.


Say you’ve noticed that your windows are leaking and in need of an upgrade, then postponing that can create permanent damage, which in turn can bring on major costs. But what if the damage isn’t an obvious leak or another easy tell? We know that sometimes it can be hard to see where your window stands and what exactly it needs.

If assessing the damage is too difficult, call-in window experts to give an assessment. And if a new window is needed, our experts can also help you choose window designs that will blend with your home’s architectural style and decor. Plus, they can help you visualize this final window look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

If you’re ready to replace your windows this summer, our experts are here and ready to help. We have years of experience and extensive training to make sure that the products we install in your home perform well. If you’re wondering how the remodeling process works, you can read this post here. Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.


Home Office Window Ideas

With this unexpected shift in our routines, many of us are now working from home daily. It can be hard for some to stay inspired when working from home, but we believe that the space you create around you can help greatly.

Who can agree that it’s hard to get your job done in a dark, uninspiring room? That’s why we love the idea of creating a home office space around natural light and beautiful views (if available). Natural vitamin D helps boost your productivity so let’s find ways to open up those walls.

Below you’ll find at-home office styles that’ll inspire your space so you can bring these ideas to your Design and Energy expert. Whether you already had an at-home office or you just created one on a whim last month, these are some of the windows that will open up the room, fill your home with bright energy, and ultimately help keep you on track.

Home Office Window Ideas

Casement and Double-hung windows are some of the classic choices for home offices. Casement windows are available in larger sizes to allow for plenty of sunlight and fresh air. When natural light fills the room, it generates gorgeous energy that makes the room feel fresher and the colors seem brighter. It also makes the room more comfortable which is vital to staying focused.

Double-hung windows can follow a more traditional style that operates vertically and open freely for easy use and fresh air at various levels. As mentioned, double-hung windows are classic and a fantastic choice if you’re looking for superior strength, simplified design, and a practically maintenance-free window. Which if you’re working from home now, or take your work home often, window upkeep is not something you want on your to-do list.

A little tip: If you’re starting to lose focus in your home office, sometimes a change in scenery can help get you back on track. If you have a back yard and the sun is shining, get out there for some direct vitamin D that can boost your mood, your immune system, and your productivity.

If you don’t have that extra land, bigger windows can do magic. Move over to a living space that inspires you and cozy up to finish your projects. You’d be surprised how much a brighter, more cheerful area can improve your focus.

Lastly, we want to mention Awning windows. Awning windows are hinged at the top of the frame and swing outward with a crank or push out operation. They are great for hard to reach areas and ideal for bringing in the breeze even in wet weather. Awning windows are also great to group with other windows like casements and double-hung to allow even more sunlight into your home office or workspace.

Your Design and Energy expert will help guide you through the process of expanding your window space. You will also be able to see a mock-up of the final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

If you’re noticing that some window (or door) upgrades are needed as you clock in your hours, we’re here to help! We are currently offering virtual or in-home appointments with our Design and Energy experts to get your projects started ASAP. Schedule yours today.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Next Door & Window



Covid-19 Company Update:


The safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees, and our partners are our greatest concern. As the circumstances continue to change regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it is our mission to ensure that we are taking the necessary precautions. We will remain flexible with each of our operations to best serve you, our valued customers.

We are open for business and you may contact us by phone, email, or text and we will answer all of your questions regarding new projects, installations, or service.   All of our locations are open for business. 


Virtual Online Appointments

If you are interested in discussing a new project, we can schedule an online virtual appointment today! Get expert advice from the comfort and safety of your own home.  You can still get the information you need right now to keep your project moving forward. 

Customers with In-Home Design Appointments

When necessary, we continue to offer in-home appointments where our Design and Energy Expert visit your home to assess the condition of your current windows and doors to provide a tailored proposal for your project.  All our Design and Energy Experts are following all necessary procedures including washing and sanitizing their hands and equipment thoroughly after each appointment. Our team has been instructed to keep a proper distance from all individuals in the home. All our team members have been instructed to stay home if they are not feeling well.

Customers with Measure, Service, and Installation Appointments

The installation and service team at NEXT Door & Window has been instructed to wash their hands regularly and wash and sanitize their equipment thoroughly after each use.  Plastic zip-walls are available for use during an installation.

Our service team will keep a proper distance from all individuals in the home. All installation and service technicians have been instructed to stay home if they are not feeling well.

While we are all navigating this situation, NEXT Door & Window is committed to serving you with any need that may arise. The health and safety of our customers and employees remain our top priority and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Justin Bartley, Owner 



3 Best Windows for Your Bedroom

Imagine waking up and the first thing to greet you are the warm rays of the sun through your beautiful new windows. Windows that open up your bedroom to make it feel bigger, and bring in the light to make it feel warmer and brighter, yet are energy-efficient to help you save money on your energy bill. No wonder you’re sleeping better!

At Next Door and Window, we have the perfect windows for your bedroom to offer all of this and more.

With several types to choose from, you can mix and match windows that will transform your bedroom, while providing the comfort you need. They can also seamlessly connect your bedroom to the great outdoors as they provide an inspiring, unobstructed view.

Below we are sharing the 3 best windows for your bedroom that offer valuable benefits:


Double-hung windows are a classic style that will fit perfectly in your bedroom. This type of window helps improve ventilation as it opens halfway upward, and also promotes safety while remaining open by leaving it in “vent mode”. Vent mode allows you to lock your double-hung windows into place while they are opened slightly so that your home can safely benefit from refreshing outdoor air even when you are at work or running errands.

Since double-hung windows open vertically, they are ideal for rooms that face high-traffic areas. Looking for more privacy or better views? Double-hung windows can offer the best of both worlds depending on your needs. These types of windows do not offer as much light as other window types, but it counterbalances that with better privacy.

If you’re not too hot on privacy anyway, a whole row of these windows can make for amazing views. Whichever you choose, Next Door & Window will provide a tailored experience that guarantees peace of mind.

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With bow or bay windows, you can enjoy an expansive view of the outdoors while giving the illusion of a bigger space. Ideal for small bedrooms, bow or bay windows provides extra room that you can use for other functions such as a window seat or a mini-office.

You may normally see bow or bay windows in a kitchen or living room, but if you think outside the box, they can create a little sitting nook right in your bedroom! This is perfect for those mornings when you want to pause for a bit, sit and reflect in the comfort of your own space. Plus, we take the guesswork out of the final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

These two window styles also allow you to set your own window configuration to meet your style and needs. For instance, you can include casement windows for better air ventilation or picture windows for energy efficiency. Whatever you go with, bow or bay windows can greatly open up your room, bring in the beautiful sunlight, allow for better views, and create a more functional bedroom.

Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Read More: Transform Your Home with Bow or Bay Windows


Well-known for their versatility, casement windows offer the best energy efficiency for your bedroom. Due to the airtight seal between the window sash and frame that is created during installation, casement windows offer superior energy efficiency compared to other window styles. This will help lower your bills, keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Being the perfect temperature is key to a good night’s rest.

You can easily swing casement windows outward or inward to let the fresh breeze in and flood your room with natural daylight. To top it off, they’re easy to clean and fully customizable to meet your needs. Choose between round-top, push-out, in-swing designs, plus add a specific grille for an enhanced aesthetic. You dream it and we’ll help create it with the support of our Design and Energy experts.

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We carry a whole range of window styles and some of the best single-name brands in the business, including Marvin, Infinity, Sunrise, and Integrity. When you call on us, we give you nothing but the quality you can rely on. Contact us here and we’ll help you pick out the best options.


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