Exterior Home Trends to Look for This Spring and Summer

Does your home need a new look? Maybe you’ve lived in it for many years and it’s time to give it an update. Or perhaps you’ve purchased your first fixer-upper and it needs renovation. Here are some exterior home trends to watch for and how our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help.

Real wood.
The look and feel of real wood on a home is a classic look that can’t be replicated. More and more homeowners are adding wood elements to their home, including real wood doors.  Wood doors provide the highest level of insulation, making them an incredibly energy efficient option. Wood can also be painted any color that you want to match the rest of your exterior, or you can keep it natural. This versatility is a great selling point for homeowners that want options. We proudly carry wood door products from Milgard and Simpson.

Minimalist design.
Less is more in today’s exterior home trends. Excessive decorative elements, details that overwhelm the space, and bold colors are not as common right now. Instead, homeowners are going for simple, neutral, natural looks. Larger open spaces with big, panoramic windows are common. This brings natural light and helps spaces look and feel bigger. We carry a variety of top-quality window products from Simonton and Milgard. So, whether it’s a big picture window, a garden window, or a combination of windows replace everything currently in your home, we can help!

Indoor-outdoor living spaces.
Once the weather warms up and the days get longer, there’s nothing better than getting outside to enjoy the Pacific Northwest beauty. That’s why homeowners are finding ways to combine indoor and outdoor living spaces. Moving glass walls are one of the best ways to do that. These can be customized to fit your space and are a great replacement option for patio doors!

They come in 3 to 6-panel configurations with pocket, stacking, and bi-fold doors. They are crafted with aluminum on the structure and frame and are fully weather stripped. And, because of their unique tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers, they can be opened and closed seamlessly.

Moving glass wall systems bring the outside in. Not to mention, you’ll be able to take advantage of the natural light in the home, reducing your use of electricity. Over time, this saves money!

Ready to launch your home renovation project this spring or summer? You can trust our experience and commitment to carry the best products for your home. So, call us today for an estimate.

Inspiration for Your Home Office Remodel

For workers in varying industries around the Pacific Northwest, the pandemic changed the ‘traditional’ work environment. With routines upended and working from home becoming the new norm for many, employees of all kinds have found themselves working from their home office more often. Ensuring that it’s comfortable and functional is key to making it work for the long term. If you have decided that it’s time to revamp your home office, here are some ideas to consider.

#1: Natural light inspires creativity.
Winter in the Northwest has plenty of dark, rainy days. Bringing in as much light as possible to your office will not only inspire creativity, but it can also lighten your mood. Consider adding a skylight to your office space to enhance the light in the room. Or, if your office has only a small window, consider replacing it with a larger window or a bay window that allows you to sit with your laptop to work. New windows not only bring in light, but they help new windows save energy, which helps cut costs on your utility bill.

#2: De-clutter the space.
The less clutter you have in your office, the lighter and brighter the space will feel.  Disorganized work environments can add to your stress and make you feel overwhelmed. So, set aside time every month to clean and de-clutter your office area. Doing so will also free up brain space to complete your job duties with accuracy and attention to detail.

#3: Add access to the outside.
Depending on where your office is at home, consider how you can add access to the outside. If you have a ground-floor office, think about adding a new door that gives you immediate access to the exterior living space. Whether it’s a sliding patio door, a French door, or a moving glass wall system, we can help provide options for a customized solution that fits perfectly for your space.

For more than two decades, our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors have helped homeowners of all kinds execute their home remodeling visions. So, whether you need windows replaced around your home, or new front and back doors, we can get you high quality products that fit within your budget. Contact us today for a free estimate on your project!

Best Ways to Secure Your Front Door

Since the pandemic, property crimes, thefts, and break-ins at homes and businesses are increasing. Unfortunately,  millions of burglaries happen every year and many of them begin at the front door. So, how do you ensure your front door is secure? Here are some tips.

Use the right lock.
Deadbolts use a locking mechanism that only open with a key. There are several different types of deadbolts to choose from – one-sided, single-sided, double-cylinder, or standard. All of them provide reinforcement against kicking. However, a single-sided deadbolt lock prevents someone from picking the lock and getting in.

Install a door alarm.
Door alarms utilize sensors that detect when the door is opened or kicked in. With a loud, blaring alarm, a burglar could be deterred from stepping into your home. Most people don’t want to be caught in the act, and a simple alarm could make them panic and move on.

Check the hinges.
Small screws in the hinges are a significant security threat. Replace small existing screws with 3-inch-long screws. This keeps the door firmly in place and strengthens it. It costs almost nothing to do this, takes just a few minutes, and protects your door.

Replace your front door.
You can have the best deadbolt and door alarm on the market, but if the door itself is weak, it will still be prone to break-ins. Your home’s front door should be solid. It is also best not to have doors with a lot of glass, as this can easily be broken, and a burglar could reach in and unlock the door that way. Not sure if your exterior doors are solid? Knock on it to see if it sounds hollow. And if it’s hollow, just a few simple kicks opens it.

At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we have a variety of door options that are solid, sturdy, and built to stand the test of time. So, whether it’s solid wood, steel, or something else, we can help find a new energy efficient door within your price range that fits your home’s unique style.

 

 

2022 Home Trends to Watch For

When it comes to home design, there are a lot of different trends that come and go. In 2022, there are a few trends to keep your eye out for. If you are renovating your home this year, it’s important to know what is the most popular, and what to steer away from. Here are some things to keep in mind.

#1: Higher quality material and details are important.
People nowadays appreciate quality. The better-quality products you have, the longer they will last – especially when it comes to your home. So, if you are planning a home renovation, consider what products will not only look beautiful, but last longer. At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we pride ourselves in installing top-quality windows, doors, and roofing products for our clients. With products from Milgard, Simonton, Therma-Tru, and many more, we understand that quality craftsmanship goes a long way. Products that are durable and installed with precision and attention to detail will stand the test of time, and will also bode well for resale value, should you choose to sell your home in the future.

#2: Versatile living.
The pandemic re-shaped how we live and work, making flexible spaces are must-have. With many people still working from home or doing a combination of remote and in-office work, they need spaces that are flexible for both work and relaxation. If you are redesigning your living quarters, consider what can make it good as a flex-space. For example, could adding a French door to your home office provide quiet and a space separation between office and your other rooms?

#3: Bringing the outside in.
This trend is something that was popular, even before the pandemic hit. Plants, shrubbery, and other greenery is very popular in today’s homes. It not only brings a pop of color to the space, but it brings the beauty of nature in.

#4: Upgrading the outside.
Once the weather gets nice again in the spring and summer, there are lots of ways you can get outside to enjoy your space. Adding new siding this winter is one way to do that. New siding protects your home and gives it a great facelift. We proudly carry and install top quality fiber cement siding. This is a durable product that won’t swell, rot, or warp when it’s exposed to heat, humidity, or water. It uses ColorPlus® technology, which is uses a baked-on pre-finish that won’t fade or fade from ultraviolet rays.

Ready to get your home upgraded for 2022? Let our team of home improvement experts help! Contact us today to learn more.

Home Winterization Tips

The official start of winter is right around the corner and cold weather is already here. Now is the time to start winterizing your home, so you can be prepared for the drop in temperatures.

#1: Add insulation.
Having enough insulation in your home is a critical part of keeping your home warm during the winter. This is also one of the best ways to winterize the space. The right amount of insulation will additionally help you save money and energy. Add insulation to your attic floor, basement ceiling, walls, or any other areas where insulation is lacking or missing.

#2: Don’t ignore drafty windows or doors.
Drafts from old, inefficient doors and windows will waste energy. Caulking windows or doors can help in the short term to keep cold air from getting in, but this isn’t something that will help in the long run. It might be time to consider replacing your windows and doors instead. New Energy Star ® certified windows and doors are an investment that will not only keep you more comfortable for years to come, but they will save you money and add value to your home, too.

#3: Check the gutters.
Winter is wet and rainy in the Northwest. Make sure your gutters are cleaned out, so you don’t end up having standing water around the roof line. Clean gutters allow melting snow and rainfall to drain properly. Standing water that is left unattended could cause damage to your roof over time.

#4: Hire a trusted contractor.
Take the time to read online reviews of home improvement companies in the area. Ask them for pictures of jobs that they have recently completed and take note of any red flags that come up during your reading or discussions. Some home improvement projects need to be left only to the professionals. Whether it’s replacing your windows or doors, doing a complete roof replacement, or talking to us about new siding for your home, our experienced team at Lifetime Windows & Doors has the expertise you can trust. For over two decades, we have served the Pacific Northwest and have the reputation for quality workmanship to prove it.

Ready to work through your home winterization task list? We provide free quotes on replacing worn windows or doors with new ones that are energy efficient and insulated. We also replace roofs and siding. We proudly serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington. Don’t delay and contact us today for information on how to get your appointment on the books!

How to Reduce Winter Utility Bills

With the price of natural gas and electricity increasing rapidly, many homeowners are considering ways that they can save money on their energy bills this winter. Here are some helpful tips on how to reduce your utility bills, even during cold days.

#1: Replace doors and windows.
If you walk by the doors and windows in your home and feel drafts, it’s frustrating. These cold drafts are not only chilly, but they indicate that warm, heated air is making its way outside and cold air is getting in. That translates to wasted energy. Not to mention, your furnace system is working harder than necessary. When this happens, your utility bills will be high. New, energy efficient windows and doors are a great solution! Not only will they keep you comfortable and warm during the winter, but they’ll keep cool, air-conditioned air inside during the summer. Also new windows minimize outside noise from making its way into your home, so you can relax in a quiet space. We proudly carry a variety of window and door products from top-rated brands, such as Milgard, Simonton, ThermaTru, Simpson, and more! Our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors will work with you to determine which products are best for your space and your budget.

#2: Cut back on electricity usage.
Are there appliances or electronics that you aren’t using? Unplug them. This small, simple to-do can mean big savings over time. Battery chargers, DVD players, gaming consoles, toasters, or microwaves are just some ideas that could be unplugged when you’re away from home or if you don’t plan on using them frequently.

#3: Don’t neglect your furnace preventative maintenance.
You rely on your heating system to keep you warm and cozy all winter long. But part of making it run efficiently is making sure it’s tuned up regularly. Professional HVAC maintenance ensures that all the internal parts of the system are working at peak efficiency and not using excess energy. Also, save energy by changing or cleaning your furnace air filters. When debris and dirt build up on the filters, it causes the system to work harder to get the warm air inside through the vents. This increases energy usage and causes utility bills to skyrocket.

We’ve worked with homeowners and business owners around the Pacific Northwest for over two decades. We enjoy helping them get their buildings and homes updated with new, energy efficient windows and doors. If conserving energy is a priority for you, contact us to learn more about our home improvement services.

Autumn Home Improvement Ideas

Autumn in the Northwest is one of the most beautiful times of year! Because the cooler months keep us indoors more often, now is a great time to ensure you have all of your home improvement projects done. Here are some ideas on what things you should tackle.

#1: Spruce up your front door.
Dramatically improve your curb appeal by painting your front door! Add a pop of color to the door or go with a classic look of white or black to freshen it up. The mild days of autumn are a perfect time to paint the door, then let it dry in the sun! If your door has seen better days and a coat of paint simply won’t cut it, a door replacement is probably in order. Our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help you pick out the right door within your budget. Whether it’s a custom door, or something more basic, we have lots of styles to choose from.

#2: Make sure your windows and doors are sealed.
Water, bugs, and cold autumn drafts love to make their way into unsealed nooks and crannies. Make sure all of the sealing and caulking around your windows and doors is complete this autumn. Tightly sealed windows and doors will also help you save money on your utility bills. This is an easy home maintenance project and keeps you more comfortable this season!

#3: Check your roof.
Autumn weather gets breezy and rainy. Now is the time to make sure your roof is up to the challenge of keeping you dry and protected. Make sure your roof doesn’t have missing shingles or any other issues that could cause significant damage in the coming months. Perhaps your roof is more than 20 years old, and you’ve considered a replacement. We can help! You can trust our roofing professionals to get a roof replacement completed efficiently and with attention to detail. Contact us for a quote.

At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we have the team and experience that you need to tackle your exterior home improvement projects! Whether it’s a new roof, replacement siding, or new windows and doors, you can trust us to get the job done right. So, call us today to learn more about our services and specials.

Must Haves for Your Home Remodel

If a remodeling project is on the horizon for you this year or next, you are probably dreaming about how beautiful your new space will look. While there are a lot of details to keep in mind, the excitement about having a new and improved area to relax and enjoy is something to get excited about. Whether it’s a home addition, building a separate accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your yard or property, or simply doing a home remodel, finding the right windows and doors is key. Here are some must haves to consider for your home remodel.

#1: Energy efficient windows.
We hear often from customers about how much of a difference they see in energy efficiency with their new window replacements. High performance windows help reduce your energy costs!  We also hear that the new windows are a lot quieter than their old windows! New, Energy-Star rated windows offer the beauty, reliability, and efficiency that you need in your home. The biggest decision you’ll make with new windows is what material you want. Our experienced team at Lifetime Windows and Doors will help give you insight and tips on what material options would be best for your space. Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood are the main options you’ll have. You’ll love having secure windows that also enhance curb appeal!

#2: Doors.
Your doors provide protection and beauty. But, they also give you a chance to give people a glimpse of your personality and style preferences. New doors are durable, energy efficient, and come in a variety of styles, finishes, and sizes. Need a custom size? No problem. Whether it’s contemporary, traditional, or something in between, we have a robust selection of front doors that will help your home make a great first impression.  Need a patio door? We have lots of options for those, too. Moving glass walls, fiberglass, or vinyl – there are plenty of choices for patio doors that will fit your indoor and exterior space. New doors for your home are a great investment.

Are you planning your remodel? Our team’s expertise and quality of workmanship is something you can count on. Contact us soon to learn more about our products, selection, and experience serving customers around the Pacific Northwest for the last two decades.

Popular Patio Door Options

Summer and fall are beautiful in the Pacific Northwest and it’s the best time to sit outside and enjoy your yard space. If your patio needs an upgrade, don’t forget to include a great new patio door for your space. No matter what your specific style preference is, there’s a patio door to match it! Here are some of the most popular patio door options this year.

Vinyl patio doors:
These are usually the most common patio door options. They are affordable, durable, and are great for a variety of home styles. Sliding doors are a good option when space outside is limited. There are customizable options available too, just talk to our team about what we can do to find the right one!

Fiberglass patio doors:
Fiberglass patio doors are beautiful and built to last a long time. When the weather changes, they won’t expand or contract very much, which helps with energy efficiency. They are strong and resist rotting and are available in swinging or sliding styles.

Moving glass walls:
Moving glass walls are a stunning way to make a statement in your home – especially if you have a small area that you want to brighten up with natural light and views to the outside. We carry moving glass wall systems come in 3 to 6-panel configurations with pocket, stacking, and bi-fold doors. They’re crafted with aluminum on the structure and frame and are fully weather stripped to ensure no outside air gets in. They open and close seamlessly because of the tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers. The moving glass wall option truly transforms spaces!

We love working with homeowners to upgrade their living space. We are happy to provide free quotes on any time of door replacement project, too! We proudly serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are, then contact us today for information on how to get your appointment scheduled.

How to Design a Luxury Home Addition

If you are considering adding on to your home or simply remodeling the space to make it updated or more aesthetically pleasing, you know how much planning will go into the project. You will need to consider some of your biggest priorities, while working with your budget and a contractor that you trust. Here are some tips on how to design a space that is not just luxurious, but comfortable and usable.

#1: Think long-term.
Investing in a home addition or remodel is a huge undertaking that can get expensive quickly. So, think long-term and how you can maximize your dollars for the greatest return. Adding new siding and a roof are some of the best things you can do when it comes to the long-term investment in your home. A quality roof will last for decades. Not to mention, fiber cement siding installed by the professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors means your home has the protection it needs for years to come. It’s also important to plan for resale. If you end up wanting to relocate, think about what potential buyers will appreciate in your home and the updates you’ve made. Design a home that fits your preferences and lifestyle, but keep in mind that it should also still appeal to other buyers in the event you want to sell it.

#2: Think about your budget.
Whether you’re adding on a whole new room to your home or just updating various parts of the exterior, it is important to think through each aspect of your budget. Take your time to figure out what you are determining as a ‘must have’ and what is just ‘nice to have.’ Once you get near the end of your project, it’s better to be within your budget rather than way over it – as this can cause added stress.

#3: Choose the right company.
When you are planning for a large home addition or a project that includes updating your windows, doors or roofing, you will have some research to do. There are unfortunately a lot of companies out there that are dishonest or simply don’t pay attention to their quality of work. Make sure you read online reviews, ask for pictures of completed jobs, and make sure their expertise aligns with what you’re looking for. Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors has decades of industry expertise in home renovation space. We have worked on thousands of residential and commercial projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and our positive reviews speak for themselves.

Contact us for a free quote for your home addition or home improvement project! We have the experience you can trust and are offering specials that can help save you money! contact us today for information on how to get your appointment on the books with us