Home Improvements Worth Investing In

If you love your home and plan on spending many more years there, you’ll want to make sure it’s updated to last for the long haul. Your home is likely your biggest investment, so as you plan for your future, it’s important to keep it maintained so it can keep you protected and comfortable – no matter what kind of weather we get. To maximize your comfort and keep your home maintained, consider investing in these things!

Updated Siding

It’s true: quality siding enhances the exterior of your property. But it also works to protect all parts of your home from the wind, rain, and other damaging environmental factors. Not sure if you need new siding? Here are some signs that your siding needs to be replaced:

  • Rotting
  • Mold
  • Warping
  • Bubbling
  • Cracked paint
  • Moisture issues

New roof

On average, your home’s roof will last about 20 years. However, don’t ignore any missing shingles or other damage. This could cause dry rot or other moisture damage on the exterior of your home, which could translate to big, expensive repairs.  

Our team at Lifetime Windows & Doors is always prepared to help with a free quote for a roof replacement. We proudly use products from local Portland manufacturer Malarkey Roofing for our roof replacements. These products are the best of the best and are known for superior energy efficiency, the utmost quality, and extreme durability.  

Energy Efficient Windows

Single-pane windows are not energy efficient and leave your home vulnerable to moisture issues and air leaks. This means your heating system works harder to keep your space warm during the winter and cooler in the summer and this means higher utility bills. Replacing your windows with EnergyStar® rated windows that keep your space insulated and quiet is one of the best additions to your home that you can make. You’ll notice a difference right away in your comfort, quiet, and energy savings. Not to mention, you’ll be able to reap those benefits for many years to come. 

You Can Trust Our Home Exterior Experts!

Updating your home to make it exactly how you want is important – especially if you plan on living in it for a while. Our experts at Lifetime Windows & Doors strive to make it as easy as possible to get your home renovated. From roof to siding replacement, to new windows and exterior door installation, we’ve got a range of exterior services that keep your home looking beautiful. Our certified team has served the greater Portland OR area for over two decades, so we know what it takes to deliver exceptional results. If you want help getting your house ready for long-term living, call us today to get your free estimate!

What is a Moving Glass Wall System?

If you’re looking for a way to transform your living space or your business, adding a moving glass wall can do exactly that. Moving glass walls seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living and will brighten any area with natural light. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing product!

How They Work

Moving glass walls can be customized to fit your space and are often a popular replacement option for patio doors. They come in 3 to 6-panel configurations with pocket, stacking, or bi-fold doors. The frames are crafted with aluminum and are completely weather-stripped to ensure no air leaks in or out. With steel ball-bearing rollers, they simply roll open – no heavy pulling required. 

Transforming Your Space

These floor-to-ceiling walls slide like a patio door but look like a huge window. They are the best way to open your space up – especially if you have an area that connects your home’s interior to the backyard or patio. Moving glass walls are a great option for people that entertain, or for businesses that want the option to have both inside and outside seating. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the natural light you’ll get, which can help minimize your electricity use and maybe even help reduce utility costs over time.

Your Local Experts

If you want to explore the option of adding one of these to your home or business, we can help! We proudly carry Milgard moving glass wall systems, which are cost-effective and durable. Our team of specially trained and experienced professionals have served the greater Portland, OR area for over 24 years, so we know what it takes to deliver exceptional results. Our reputation for quality workmanship speaks for itself. If you’re ready to experience Pacific Northwest living with the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living with a new moving glass wall system, call us today for a free estimate!

Exterior Door Maintenance Checklist

Your exterior doors welcome guests into your home and make a first impression. They also play a large role in protecting your most valuable belongings from intruders, harsh weather, and other environmental factors. Though they can be easy to overlook, exterior doors are crucial to the health of your home and should be regularly cared for. If you want to keep your doors in great shape long-term, follow this maintenance checklist:

Clean Regularly

Exterior doors are used frequently, and that means dirt, grime, and bacteria can build up on it. To keep it clean, regularly sanitize the inside and outside handles. Then use a gentle cleaning product and a soft cloth to wipe down dirt, fingerprints, or other dirt that has accumulated on the exterior. Rinse it with water, let it air dry, then sit back and enjoy the fresh, clean look!

Prepare for Harsh Weather

If you have exterior doors made of wood, keep in mind that these are prone to a bit of shrinkage during the colder months of fall and winter. Meanwhile, they will expand slightly during hot summer days. To keep your doors properly sealed and protected from the outside world, it’s important to ensure your weather stripping is always intact. You will also want to keep the door painted with products that combat moisture to prevent warping, rotting, or other water damage.

Repair Damage

Your exterior doors make your home look great, and they also provide an extra level of safety for your home. If the door is damaged in a way that prevents it from doing its job, don’t ignore it. For example, if there is damage to the frame or you notice peeling paint, get repairs as soon as possible. Even small problems could build over time and lead to malfunctions or damage to areas around the door, like the siding. 

Replace If Necessary

If your doors are beyond repair, or they simply haven’t been replaced in decades, it’s a good idea to replace them before the coldest days of the year arrive. New doors are energy efficient, helping seal warm inside air in place. They also help keep external noise at bay and will add value and curb appeal to your house. 

Your Local Exterior Door Experts

Want to keep your exterior door in great shape? Turn to the experts at Lifetime Windows & Doors! Our highly trained technicians have been installing doors for more than two decades, and we have an incredible number of quality options to choose from. Whether you want a custom door, a patio replacement, or a simple entry door for the front of your home, we have dozens of style options for you to choose from! Our team can also walk you through care and maintenance, so you can keep your door like new for years to come. Just call us today to get your free quote!

Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Home

September is here and the official beginning of autumn will be here soon. While the weather is still nice, it’s a good idea to get outside and inspect around your home. This gives you the chance to make sure everything is ready for cooler, wetter months. Here are some fall home maintenance tips to keep in mind.

Inspect Your Exterior Doors:
Exterior doors are common sources of air leaks. Ensure the weatherstripping and seals around the doors are secure. That way, they’re able to act as a barrier against cold drafts that try to make their way inside. If your exterior doors have seen better days, now is the time to consider replacing them. At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we have a wide selection of doors that are energy efficient, stylish for any home style, and durable. If you need a custom door, we can accommodate that, too!

Look at Your Roof:
Your roof is the key to keeping you and your family warm, dry, and comfortable during the autumn weather. Now is the time to look closely at your roof to make sure there are no missing shingles or other exposure that could cause moisture accumulation this fall. Maybe your roof is decades old, and a replacement is in order. Fall is a great time to do this – we won’t have freezing temperatures and there are still plenty of dry days ahead. Our roofing experts can get your new roof installed in a timely way so you can head into the fall and winter months with confidence knowing that your home will be protected.

Make Sure Your Windows Aren’t Leaking Air:
Drafty windows? Not only is this a waste of energy, but this will cause expensive heating bills in the fall and winter months. Make sure your windows don’t have loose frames, damaged weatherstripping, cracked panes, or significant drafts. If they do, you should consider getting them replaced with windows that are energy efficient and reliable. This is not only a benefit to your comfort, but it also adds value to your home.

Our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors are standing by to help with your home renovation projects this fall. So, call us today to learn more about how we can help with window and door replacement, new siding, and new roofs. 

Remodeling Strategies for Aging in Place

Your house is a place that has many special memories attached to it. So, when it comes time to start planning for where you’ll live as you age, it is important to consider what you will need well into the future. Many homeowners have invested their time, money, and creativity into their homes. The thought of leaving it might not seem right! That’s why many people have decided to age in place and accommodate their home so they can do that. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you start planning.

Make sure your door entryways are wide enough.
As you age, you will need to be sure that the doorways are accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes. Also, ensure the entryways and thresholds are clear of obstacles and have smooth transitions This helps prevent trips and falls.

Don’t forget about window hardware.
Aging can cause arthritis or other health problems that make your muscles weaker. So, when it comes to hardware for your windows, make sure you choose hardware that allows you to easily twist and open your windows and doors. Casement windows with cranking handles are often one of the easiest types of windows to have.

Consider adding or expanding your indoor-outdoor space.
The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to retire and age in place. To get the most out of your living space, consider adding a moving glass wall system or large patio door. These help bring in fresh air and sunlight. That way, even if your mobility is limited, you can still get outside or sit nearby to enjoy the scenery in your yard or neighborhood.  

Whether you are building an addition to your home, or you are revamping your lower level to accommodate living in your home as you get older, using top quality window, door, siding, and roof products is important. Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors has the experience you can trust with your home renovation projects. Whether it’s replacing all the windows in your home or adding new doors with wider frames, our two decades of serving Pacific Northwest homeowners is unrivaled. Call us today to schedule your free quote. 

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!