How to Prep Your Home’s Exterior for Fall

It’s that time of year again! Beautiful changing foliage and cool, crisp breezes mean the perfect sweater weather is upon us. Just as you change your wardrobe when the leaves begin to fall, your home needs seasonal updates too! Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home ready!

5 Quick Seasonal Tips for Your Colorado Home

Trim Back Overgrown Foliage

A good seasonal trim is always a great idea when preparing your yard for the winter months! The vibrant foliage that thrived in the summer sun can quickly get out of control if left unattended from year to year. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and trim back any unnecessary growth and prune plants that are beginning to err on the side of unruly. Not only will this keep your yard pristine, but it will give you an unobstructed view of the beautiful landscape around you.

Wash Your Windows and Exterior Walls

While your annual spring cleaning may focus on your home’s interior, there is no better time than fall to brighten up the exterior! Giving your house a bath not only gives your home that fresh face-lift it deserves but also helps remove unwanted buildup and maintains the longevity of your siding. It can be as simple as using a garden hose with good water pressure or a pressure washer for more dramatic results.

Eliminate Unwanted Draft Ways

Draft points, such as windows and doors, are a common cause of moisture exposure — one of the silent and slow potential sources of damage to your home. Moisture damage can cause everything from peeling paint or electrical issues to compromised air quality and mold. Be sure that the tracks, frames, and seals of your windows and doors are clean, properly sealed, and free of any dirt or debris.

Bring Warmth to Your Outdoors

With spectacular Colorado views, it is easy to find reasons to enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors. A chill in the air simply means you can add a warm beverage and your favorite throw blanket while basking in the fresh fall mountain air. If you want to make the experience even more spectacular, consider adding a soothing heat feature, such as a warming lamp or fireplace, to your home’s exterior. Not only will it elevate your outdoor space, but it also adds value to your home!

Reinforce the Sealed Edges of Windows & Siding

It is always a good idea to think ahead whenever doing seasonal maintenance to your home. The frigid months of winter can have detrimental effects on old, worn-out seals and other thermal barriers throughout your home. These seals are designed to keep unwanted drafts and moisture outside, where they belong. Protect your home’s interior and check the seals around your windows, exterior siding, and doors. If you notice any cracks, hardening, or breakage, it may be time to fortify the seals by re-caulking these areas before the winter freezing cycles begin. Old, dilapidated windows and doors that simply aren’t keeping your home cozy and dry anymore may warrant a replacement.

Contact Nex-Gen Windows and Doors for Your Window Needs

When it comes to replacements for your windows and doors, you want a company that has experience with high-altitude homes. Nex-Gen Windows and Doors has products that provide both form and function, maintaining the beautiful curb appeal that you have worked so hard for with the strength and durability you can count on.

Contact us today at 970-744-6508 to speak with a representative about your Colorado home!

NEX-GEN Featured in Colorado at Home

Nex-Gen Featured in Colorado at Home

WHAT AN HONOR IT WAS

We had the tremendous opportunity of being featured recently in an article from At Home Colorado. At Home Colorado publishes weekly online articles and presents engaging content about Colorado homes and real estate, from buying and selling to improvement, landscaping and design. They’re one of the premier online publications for Local real estate news, tips and home improvement ideas from across the Colorado Front Range.

Our owner, Brent Rajewski, recently sat down with Adam Goldstein from At Home Colorado to discuss the value of an expert home window product paired with premier window replacement customer service for Colorado homeowners.

Here are a few excerpts from the article to see what was discussed:

NEX-GEN FEATURE IN COLORADO AT HOME

When it comes to offering customers the most critical and effective tips about installing new doors and windows in older homes, father and son point to the importance of materials. In homes that don’t feature an existing Tyvek wrap under the door or window frame, for example, the right kind of materials are critical. Those include the proper kind of caulk, an adhesive that will properly keep out dust, dirt, drafts and bugs. It can also include the installation of heavy-duty construction tape and pans…

In addition to saving money on monthly energy bills, Rajewski said a solid seal can keep out dirt, insects, smells, condensation and even noise. Indeed, he said noisy and drafty windows and doors are often the most obvious sign of compromised seals.

“It’s about protecting the investment of your home,” he said. “Our high-performance glass keeps out the cold in the winter; it also creates a cave effect in the summer that stops about 95 percent of the infrared rays from coming in.

“It’s about creating a more comfortable environment,” he added…

That’s why training is such an important part of the approach at NexGen, Ted Rajewski said. The company’s installers attend regular training sessions outside of Colorado to keep up on the latest trends in the industry and to stay literate in the most up-to-date materials and installation techniques.

“Our guys are all certified master technicians,” he said. “Our installers go back to Warroad, Minnesota or Chicago to keep up their certifications through Marvin Windows and Doors. It’s important to keep on top of the latest trends.”

That fluency and currency can make the critical difference when it comes to properly installing windows and doors in a home that’s more than 30 years old. Retrofitting an older structure with the latest materials isn’t a haphazard endeavor – it requires a combination of materials, know-how and individualized attention.

For the Rajewskis and the rest of the crew at Loveland’s NexGen, it also necessitates a connection with the community. The fact that Brent Rajewski, the owner or the business, still draws advice and expertise from his father, who boasts a fluency built up over more than 30 years, speaks to the business’s emphasis on community, family and consistency.

“We look at our customers as our neighbors,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if we have 10 or 150; we have a connection to them.”

It’s always an honor when we have a new opportunity to share with the Colorado Front Range Community about the Nex-Gen difference. Thank you for the opportunity At Home Colorado!

Does Replacing Windows Add Value to Your Home?

All home renovations are not equal in terms of value versus investment. Due to this, most homeowners prefer to stick to high-return projects like exterior renovations (including windows!), kitchen upgrades, and bathroom updates. Replacing your home’s windows not only improves your home’s aesthetic and energy efficiency, it also adds tremendous value in the eyes of buyers if you are in the market to sell. Think about how many windows are in each room of your house, then think about how many rooms you have. As you can well imagine, the cost of window replacement can quickly add up. That doesn’t, however, mean that replacing your windows isn’t worth the expense. The key is to determine if new windows are needed, or if you want to replace them for aesthetic reasons only (which is also fine), before making the decision to renovate. We’ve put together a list of ways to tell if your windows need replacement to help you decide.

You can also get an expert’s opinion on the condition of your windows – call Nex-Gen Windows and Doors at 970-744-6508 or contact us online for a free window replacement estimate.

Signs That Your Windows Need to Be Replaced

  • Increased utility bills
    Leaking windows can significantly raise your heating and cooling bills, and the increase tends to be subtle as air leaks slowly get worse over time.
  • Draftiness
    If you can see your curtains move when the windows are closed, you might have leaking windows.
  • Warped or rotten frames
    Bending, softness, or discoloration around your windows or on the frame is a sign of moisture intrusion.
  • Stickiness
    If you’re sure that you haven’t accidentally painted a window shut and it’s difficult to open or close, it is probably warped, which is another sign of excess moisture.
  • Fogginess between the panes
    If condensation is visible between the panes of your windows, that means your seals have failed and the windows should be replaced.

If you notice any of these warning signs on your home’s windows, contact the Nex-Gen window specialists at 970-744-6508 today.

Why Choose Nex-Gen for Your Window Replacement Service?

For over 20 years, Nex-Gen has been providing high-quality window and door solutions to homeowners in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. We are a family-owned small business and we consider our customers to be part of our extended family. Our business is run on honest service and integrity, so we don’t use high-pressure sales techniques or try to push someone to make a decision that isn’t in their best interest just to make a sale. We think this commitment to quality service and premium products is visible in the positive reviews from our satisfied customers. We guarantee 100% satisfaction with our products and workmanship and offer a Peace of Mind Protection Warranty on all fiberglass window replacement products.

Call Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation window replacement consultation.

Replacing Your Home’s Windows During COVID-19

The CDC has declared window replacement to be an essential service this season, and Nex-Gen Windows and Doors is open for business and ready to serve you and your home with our new zero-contact service procedures. COVID-19 has made it necessary for us all to make drastic adjustments in our personal and work lives, but during all this uncertainty, we wanted to take the opportunity to share what our small business is doing in order to continue to operate safely and effectively.

If you need your windows replaced, give Nex-Gen a call at 970-744-6508. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our company-wide safety precautions and zero-contact service procedures.

Phone and Online Estimates Available for Your Northern CO and Southern WY Home

Here at Nex-Gen, we pride ourselves on the fact that we’ve built our business on upfront pricing and no high-pressure sales. That’s why it was easy to adapt our consultation process so that no one ever has to enter your home. We understand that not everyone feels comfortable allowing a salesperson into their home right now, and we can provide window replacement estimates online or by telephone, based on your individual preference.

For a free online or telephone estimate to replace the windows in your home, call us at 970-744-6508 today.

Our Approach to Safety During Your Window Installation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission has been to develop a set of steps to keep our customers and employees safe and healthy. Nex-Gen is working diligently to stay up to date on evolving recommendations from local, state, and national health authorities, and we will use CDC guidance to amend our procedures as necessary to maintain the safety of our community. Here’s what you can expect during your window installation service:

  • To minimize disruption, your window replacement will be completed in 1 business day.
  • All Nex-Gen employees will wear proper face protection throughout the entire install.
  • Installation technicians will maintain 4-6 feet of distance from customers and residents.
  • We will respectfully abstain from shaking hands to avoid direct contact.
  • All Nex-Gen employees have been trained on proper health hygiene and safety procedures, which includes sanitizing and disinfecting tools, vehicles, and equipment according to CDC guidelines.

To learn more about our zero-contact services, contact Nex-Gen online or call 970-744-6508. Our window installation experts are ready to answer any questions.

Why Choose Nex-Gen Windows and Doors?

Nex-Gen has been serving homeowners in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming for over 20 years. As a family-owned small business, we consider our customers to be part of our extended family, and we treat them that way. We pride ourselves in providing an honest service to our clients, we don’t use high pressure sales techniques or try to push someone to make a decision that isn’t in their best interest to make a sale. Our commitment to better service and better products is reflected in our great reviews from satisfied customers. We also promise to provide you with a seamless window replacement process that won’t disrupt your life. To ensure your satisfaction, we also offer a Peace of Mind Protection Warranty on all fiberglass replacement products.

If you’re ready for no-hassle window replacement from a company you can trust, call Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 or conveniently contact us online for a free window replacement estimate.

How to Prevent Condensation From Collecting on Your Windows

How to Prevent Condensation From Collecting on Your Windows

Finding condensation on the glass surfaces inside your home is a common issue, especially in the winter when warm air in the home meets the cold surfaces of your windows. Unfortunately, the windows themselves get the blame. Windows don’t create the moisture but instead they collect it from other sources nearby.

Causes of condensation

The most common issue is that the humidity in an area of your home is just a little too high. Like the condensation produced on the mirror when you take a shower, when there’s a significant difference in temperature between the inside and outside of your home and the air is heavy with moisture, water releases from the air and condensation is produced on the inside surfaces of your windows. The larger the difference in temperature from the inside to the outside of your home, the more condensation you’re likely to experience.

Here are a few reasons why you might experience condensation on the inside of your windows:

  • Fireplace: We know that gas and propane can release a lot of moisture in the air when they burn. If you use your fireplace often, large amounts of moisture will be released into the air. Your windows will end up collecting the excess water as a dehumidifier would.
  • Humid summer: Condensation may occur when you first heat your home after a long, humid summer. Your house may still be trying to dry out from the high levels of humidity it absorbed during the summer.
  • Inadequate ventilation: Some household appliances like washers and dryers can create high levels of humidity. Without proper ventilation, the water in the air will become too heavy and will need to drop somewhere, which usually ends up on the sills and glass surfaces in your home.

How to prevent condensation

To reduce the amount of condensation produced on the inside of your windows, we suggest:

  • Reducing the moisture sources in your home by:
    • Limiting the use of humidifiers, but consider using a dehumidifier
    • Having the gas appliances and plumbing checked for leaks
    • Reducing the number of plants in the home or moving them to a room that receives great amounts of sunlight
    • Storing firewood outside the home
  • Increasing the ventilation in your home by:
    • Opening the windows after steam-producing activities such as showering
    • Running the kitchen, bath or ceiling fans more often and for longer periods of time
    • Opening the window coverings, especially during the day

All homes will experience condensation on their windows at one point or another, but this temporary condensation should not be a cause for concern. Expect this condensation to occur during new construction or remodeling, humid summers or during seasonal temperature changes.

At Nex-Gen Home Exteriors, we offer a selection of windows that will withstand the harsh elements of the outside weather conditions. We personally stand by our products and installation. If you’re thinking about remodeling or replacing your existing windows, contact us for more information.

Is A DIY Project Really Worth It?

Is A DIY Project Really Worth It?

A do-it-yourself project is a great way to save money when remodeling different parts of your home. Each year, more and more people make the trek to their local home improvement store to purchase items and the tools to install them. Kitchen cabinetry, home appliances, and windows seem to be popular DIY projects.

While we’re not against DIY projects, we believe that there are some areas that cutting corners may not be such a good idea. Windows are one them. For windows to be effective and maintain their durability over time, the proper techniques need to be implemented when fitting it into your home. Having your windows professionally installed would be the best choice.

Saving money in the short-term is appealing to those budget-minded people, but is it worth it in the long run? According to independent market studies, 65% of service-related issues for windows are due to improper installation involving shortcuts, faulty sealants and improper flashing methods.

Why Proper Installation is Important

Improper installation leads to more damages than just the window. There are other underlying issues that can arise causing more dents in your wallet that you weren’t expecting. Some of these issues can be:

  • Air Leakage: Air can leak through the window, causing your heating/cooling system to work harder at maintaining the set temperature.
  • Water leakage: Rain pelting the window can come in through cracks and gaps that weren’t properly sealed. The wooden framing will start to rot and could invite other pests, like carpenter ants, who are attracted to moist, wooded areas. They can cause a great deal of damage if they’re left unchecked.
  • Mold and Mildew: Water seeping in where you can’t see it will ultimately lead to mold and mildew. This is not only harmful to the window’s structure, but also to your health.

DIY vs. Professional Installation of Windows

Installing your windows by yourself only saves money on the installation. If you’re not an expert, you run the risk of improperly hanging the window, which will cause damage in the future. To repair the damage, it will cost you more money out of your pocket. So although DIY projects seem like an appealing way to save money, it can turn into a larger expense than doing it professionally in the first place.

A professional installer knows how to install windows with precision. At Nex-Gen Home Exteriors, we stand behind our service and will make sure your window installation is done right the first time. We take a great deal of pride in our workmanship, so we offer our Peace of Mind Protection Warranty to fix any problems that may arise due to the installation of our products. Whether you’re remodeling or in need of a few replacement windows, contact us today to experience our exceptional customer service and learn more about our window products.

Cold Weather Doors and Windows: Why Choose Them?

Cold Weather Doors and Windows: Why Choose Them?

There are a ton of choices available for windows and doors of all types. When choosing what you want for your home, there are some factors you usually keep in mind, such as size, shape, and energy efficiency. Those that live in states with particularly cold winters, you also need to consider how well these windows and doors stand up in the wintry weather conditions as well as the other seasons. Should you consider installing ones that have cold weather benefits?

Let’s explore what these cold weather windows and doors can do for you and your home.

Benefits of Cold Weather Doors and Windows

Better insulation: Double and triple pane windows offer more protection and insulation against the harsh winter winds and cold temperatures. When you are able keep the heat inside of your home, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, saving you money.

Reducing drafts: Properly installed windows and doors will seal out any drafts. Winter, in some states, can bring some of the coldest air outside. You want to keep the cold air out and seal in the warm air so you stay toasty and warm on those cold blustery days. Some windows and doors provide durable sealing for such occasions.

Locking windows: Having the ability to lock your double-hung windows, from the inside, keeps the two sashes tightly together preventing cold air from coming through.

Storm doors: Storm doors not only keep out the rain, but they also keep the snow from seeping through. They offer an extra line of insulating protection from the cold, outside air and a bottom sweep to help prevent drafts.

Are They Worth It?

For those living in cold winter states, choosing doors and windows that offer benefits for winter weather conditions will make it worth your while. Bottom line is that you will save money in the long run, because their durability enables them to last longer and reduces the wear and tear on your heating system by improving the insulation to your home.

At Nex-Gen, we offer high-quality windows and doors that can withstand any season of the year. We want you to be comfortable and cozy during the winter months, so check out our selection of cold weather doors and windows and see what we can do for you.

3 Most Practical Reasons to go with New Windows

Purchasing replacement windows can seem like a daunting task. Of course you want a home that looks nice, is comfortable, safe, and performs well, but are new windows really necessary, and worth the investment? I mean, how much of a difference can they really make, right?

You may be surprised to find out that homeowners in Loveland, Fort Collins, and across Northern Colorado invest in home maintenance and improvement projects, like replacing old windows with newer, more efficient models. In fact, replacing your home windows may be the best investment you can make, here are the 3 most practical reasons to go with new windows. Our customers tell us that these are the main reasons that led them to make the decision to invest in new Infinity from Marvin replacement windows that are professionally installed by your local retailer, Nex-Gen Home Exteriors.

  1. Improving Comfort – You’ll stay comfortably warm all winter, and refreshingly cool during the summer’s heat because our windows are made to withstand the ever changing Colorado weather. Nex-Gen installation is air and watertight, elaborately tested to meet all existing structural and thermal performance standards as well as Energy Star standardization marks in every conceivable region. Infinity Windows use Low E glass, which increases UV blockage and reduces solar heat gain. These windows will easily reduce your annual energy consumption by about 35%. Who says you “can’t have your cake and eat it too?” You are saving money on your energy bill, while living comfortably in your home.
  2. Reducing Maintenance –The Marvin Infinity by Nex-Gen range incorporates Ultrex® Fiberglass, which is long lasting, requires almost zero maintenance and looks good even years after installation. Ultrex® lasts 8 times more than vinyl, which is the preferred material for regular windows. The material’s strong and durable nature means it will not fade, warp, rot or even dent. And, it comes with a mechanically-bonded acrylic finish so you will not need to spend a dime on maintenance. Just take a look at the image below that shows how Ultrex fiberglass compares to vinyl.
  3. Augmenting Safety – Stronger materials and more secure locking mechanisms make our replacement windows a good “first line” of defense against intruders.

Which of these three reasons will be the one you choose as the one that helps you make the decision to replace your old, drafty windows with new, high performance Infinity® Windows by Nex-Gen Home Exteriors? Homeowners in Loveland, Fort Collins, and across northern Colorado and southern Wyoming trust Nex-Gen with their investment because they know that we provide Better Product, Better Service, and Better Warranty. Let’s give your home a fresh look with new replacement windows that will provide comfort, reduce maintenance, and increase safety. Give us a call at (970) 744-6762 and we’ll schedule a time to give you a free full demonstration of what goes into making our windows the best choice for your home.

We Value a Genuine Approach

We like to do things a little different at Nex-Gen. Unlike most window and home improvement companies that you come across in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, we value a genuine approach when it comes to working with our customers. We understand that replacing your windows, doors, and/or siding is a huge undertaking for yourself and your family. This is an investment for a lifetime to not only improve your home’s energy efficiency, but also it’s safety and enhance your home’s style. From the first time you meet your design consultant to the very end of your project, Nex-Gen strives to provide you with the best personalized experience and exceptional customer service. For this reason, Nex-Gen prides ourselves on our NO PRESSURE consultative sales approach. We are here to help you not to sell you. That is where our genuinity shines through. Here it from one of our customer’s personal experiences:

“I called Nex-Gen for a quote for a new storm/security door. The sales consultant, Ted arrived in a timely manner. After looking at our current door, he said we really didn’t need a new door. Our door does need to be serviced. Nice to have an honest company to call on. Thanks Ted.”
-Rhonda Perry

We are thrilled when we are able to hear stories like Rhonda’s because this is what we aim for. We are able to be a consultant and trusted advisor. We share our experiences with you, but at the end of the day we want our customers to make the decision that’s best for their family. Not to mention, Ted is a great design consultant, and we are glad that he was able to help Rhonda and her family with a much easier and simpler solution.

We enjoy when we see positive reviews coming in that reaffirm our company culture and ethics. However, we learn just as much when we receive a negative review and see them as an opportunity to grow. Here is one instance that we felt that our genuinity of character was tested:

“I initially gave this company a good review for the work they did on our replacement windows- both the product and the workmanship. However, a couple of years later we asked them to add a new window to one room. They delayed for a couple of months after we send in our deposit. When I called, they said that one of their installers had been injured. While they send back our deposit with the understanding that we’d stay on their job list, they never called. Three months later, after many un-returned calls, they said that they were too busy for our job. I consider this a breach of contract and quite unethical. They may have bigger, better-paying customers, but that is a horrible way to treat a returning, loyal customer.”
– Alison McCormack

Initially we took on the project of altering a load bearing wall to install a window on the back side of the home that overlooks the Flatirons. At the time, we had an individual that would be a part of this project to perform the structural framing. Unfortunately, that individual was no longer able to provide us with the service to do so. After several weeks of trying to line out a crew to frame the opening, we decided that it would just be best to return the deposit and cancel the contract. We would agree that Nex-Gen also had a great experience working with the McCormacks several years ago when we originally replaced all the windows and doors in their home. Ultimately, the main reason why we were not able to complete the project was because they were requesting structural improvements, which requires cutting an opening in the home. We are not licensed in the city of Boulder to pull a structural permit. We are a window replacement company and are not required to carry the type of license that it would take to frame a house. We were upset that we tried to get them what they wanted, but in the end could not deliver.

Each experience that we have encountered, good or bad, has been an opportunity for growth. We welcome challenges and are excited when we are able to exceed our customer expectations with our genuine character, superior service, and quality product. If you are in the market for improving your home with a company that you can trust don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you and helping many more of our local community members with their window, door, and siding projects.