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.

Reasons to Invest in Energy Efficient Windows

Energy efficiency is not just a trend anymore. It is a necessity in our daily lives. Many of the products and services that we use every day – from hybrid vehicles to our heating and cooling systems, boast incredible energy efficiency.

Not sure where to start when it comes to energy efficiency? Your home’s windows are a great place to begin. When installed by our professional team at Lifetime Windows and Doors, new, energy efficient windows benefit both your wallet and the planet. Here are some benefits of investing in energy efficient windows.

#1: You’ll save money in heating and cooling costs.
Whether it is the heat of the summer or the cold days of winter, your home’s heating and cooling system works hard to keep you comfortable. New windows keep the temperature inside your home tightly sealed, so no air will leak in or out. This enhanced insulation allows for reduced utility bills. Also, it helps prolong the life of your HVAC system, because it doesn’t have to work harder than necessary to heat or cool your home.

#2: You’ll have more natural light.
Natural light transforms the space in your home! With natural light, your mood and focus improve. Natural light also brings in warmth, so on the cool fall and winter days, you can benefit from the sunlight streaming through your windows.

#3: Protected furniture.
Energy efficient windows have special coating that provide protection from the sun’s UV rays. This preserves objects such as couches, chairs, rugs, and paintings.

#4: Your home will be quieter.
Because new windows are insulated and airtight, they provide incredible soundproofing. This keeps exterior noise at bay and allows you to relax and unwind comfortably in a quiet space.

New windows are an investment that you will enjoy immediately! Not to mention, they add to the value of your home. Not sure which windows are right for your space? We carry various window brands, including Milgard and Simonton products. We are happy to provide free quotes for your window replacement project and our fall special provides up to 15% off new windows and doors. So, contact us today to learn more!

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.

Kitchen Window Ideas

The kitchen in your home is a gathering place. It’s not only where you cook and prepare meals for yourself and your family, but it’s also a social spot where your friends and loved ones can connect. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, you know there are a lot of details to consider. New appliances, upgraded countertops, and maybe a new island might be on your list of additions. What about your windows? When you’re renovating a space, replacing the windows is an easy way to freshen up the space, make it more energy efficient, and bring natural light in. Here are some of today’s most popular kitchen window ideas.

Valence Grid Windows:
When compared to plain single hung windows, valence grids on your new kitchen windows add complexity and a more detailed look. These are popular not only on new homes, but older homes that have been renovated.

Sliding Windows:
These are perfect for above countertops or the kitchen sink. And, they’re easy to open and give you great control on air circulation.

Casement Windows:
Casement windows, including those in the Milgard Tuscany® series, are one of the best kitchen window choices! They not only bring in lots of beautiful Pacific Northwest light, but they also swing open on a cranking turn handle to bring in fresh air. So, say goodbye to leftover cooking smells and hello to fresh Northwest air.

Garden Windows:
There’s nothing like a stunning garden window! These windows extend out from the home a bit and give you extra space for growing plants, herbs, or for displaying décor. There is glass on every side, making it the perfect place for plants to get the light they need.

With the right windows, your kitchen will be bright, cheery, and have the perfect amount of air circulation. And, with our diverse selection at Lifetime Windows & Doors, you’re sure to find the right windows for your space. We service Oregon and Southwest Washington and look forward to helping you with your kitchen window project.  Contact us today for a free quote!

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.

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

Aging-in-Place Features For Your Home

If you are newly retired or you are thinking about retirement soon, chances are you are crunching numbers and determining what life will look like after working. Many retirees want to stay in their homes as long as possible, so making their home as updated and convenient for aging-in-place is very important. Here are some things your home should have as you set out toward your journey of retirement.

#1: Updated windows.
Chilly winter days and hot summer nights – we have a little bit of everything in the Pacific Northwest.  New windows are energy efficient and can even help reduce your utility costs each month. That’s a real win when it comes to conserving your retirement dollars!  Updated windows also help keep outside noise out, so you can kick back and relax in the quietness of your own space. And last, new windows add value to your home and enhance curb appeal!

#2: New roof.
A reliable roof is one of the most important parts of your home’s structure. A new roof is one of the best long-term investments you can make for your home. It will help keep you comfortable and protected from the outside elements. We use Malarkey Roofing Products in our roofing jobs, a company committed to protecting the environment in their Energy-Star rated roofing materials. One thing is for sure – a high-quality roof will serve you well for many decades! And, you’ll be confident knowing that the roof above you is doing its job to keep you secure and safe from whatever the weather decides to do outside.

#3: Reliable siding.
Is the exterior siding of your home showing any signs of failing? If so, don’t ignore this. This could expose your home to water, which could lead to dry rot and mold. Not to mention, it can take a hit from the sun and cold weather in the winter. Be proactive and make sure your siding is ready to go for your retirement years. If it isn’t, consider replacement with fiber cement siding. This type of siding installed by our professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors is one of the best things you can do for your home’s exterior. It is moisture and rot resistant, doesn’t crack, split, or warp, and is resistant to pests.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your home’s aging-in-place projects! We proudly serve the Portland metro area, Southwest Washington, and Central Oregon. Our experience is something you can count on, so call us today!

Window Features and How They Work

Every day, we have the honor of working with customers of all kinds looking to replace their windows in their home or commercial space. Whether it’s a large office space, or a home that is being remodeled, there are plenty of window options out there that have great benefits. Here are some important window features and how they can work for you.

Light:
Beautiful, natural light is something that we crave as humans. Windows that are placed strategically to maximize outside views will benefit your home and your state of mind! Whether it’s a big picture window to welcome the daylight in your living room, or a skylight or small window in a bedroom that brings the outside in, windows have the unique ability to bring in the light.

Privacy:
Privacy windows are a great option for spaces that still want light and air but want the option of enhanced privacy. These types of windows are available through custom ordering with obscured glass to ensure you have the privacy you want. These are especially popular in bathrooms.

Sound:
Do you want your home to be a peaceful oasis? Do you want your office kept as distraction-free as possible? Keeping outside noise out is the ticket! New windows can help with just that. Whether it is cars traveling by on a busy road or keeping rain sounds minimized on a stormy fall or winter day, new, insulated windows have foam spacers and laminated glass to keep your office or home quieter.

Ventilation:
New windows in your kitchen or bathroom are a great way to enhance ventilation. There are a variety of window options that are easy to open! Some include those that slide horizontally, or those that swing into the room or out. Casement and awning windows are hinged options that can be opened for ventilation with a simple crank, no matter what the weather’s doing outside.

We’re heading into the summer months! It’s a great time to replace your windows! Our team of window experts will replace your windows quickly and efficiently so you can enjoy them all year long! Contact us today to learn more about our summer special and to set up your free estimate!

New Windows, Old House

There are many stunning historic homes around the Pacific Northwest. They each tell a story and have unique character to them. Many of these homes have original windows. If these doors or windows are more than 50 years old, they are probably single-paned and very drafty. That means they have a hard time keeping out cold and hot air. Here are some things to consider when replacing windows in your older home.

#1: You’ll save energy with new windows.
Modern windows often have double or triple-paned glass, which offers incredible energy efficiency. You will notice a huge difference between your old windows and new ones – not just in the lack of draftiness in the home, but also in your utility bill. Not to mention, new windows provide a greater sound barrier than older windows do, so your home will be even more quiet.

#2: You won’t have to sacrifice charm.
There are a variety of new window options out there that will help you maintain the unique character of your historic home. Our experienced team at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help you determine some of the best options that align with your home’s era and find replacement options within your budget.

#3: You can customize your selections.
Whether it’s new windows or new exterior doors, there are customizable options available. That opens up a new world of possibility for getting things replaced exactly to your liking. Another thing to consider is that your current old windows may be difficult to open or may not open at all. New windows have different options to make them more functional! Some options include horizontal sliders, single or double-hung windows, bay windows, or even decorative windows with decorative glass.

Whether it’s new vinyl windows, wood windows, or something else, there are plenty of options to upgrade your windows while keeping the historic character of your home.  No matter how old your home is, our experts will help you explore your options. We’ve been working on homes around the Northwest for over two decades! We have the experience you can count on to get the job done right. Call us today to get your free quote set up.

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Windows

Your home or business are places that you spend a lot of time in. So, ensuring you have a comfortable space to live and work in is important. Windows play a big part in that. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time.

Draftiness:
If your windows are closed tightly, you shouldn’t feel a breeze coming through them. The only time you should feel a draft coming from your window, is if it’s open! If you are noticing that the windows around your home or office are drafty, chances are, you’re going to see a skyrocket in your energy bills. That’s because the heating and cooling system will need to work much harder than normal to regulate the temperature. If it’s doing that regularly, you’ll see the impact on your energy bill.

So, check around the window’s inner and outer edges to ensure that the seal or weatherstripping is intact. If it is, and you’re still feeling a draft, it might be time to replace your windows with new, energy efficient ones.

Mechanical Trouble:
Do you have windows that you have to wrestle with to open? Maybe they simply don’t open at all. Stubborn windows that won’t open or close all the way prevent you from enjoying the fresh air! Check to see if there is build-up in the tracks or rails of the windows. Perhaps you’re noticing defects or damage to the actual mechanical components of the window. If lubricating the rollers, springs, or hinges doesn’t fix the situation, chances are, you’ll need some professional assistance to get the window replaced.

Condensation:
Condensation on the windows usually happens then the air on one side of the window is cooler than the other side. This condensation is not only annoying, but that excess moisture could be a breeding ground for mold. Check to make sure the window seals are not broken, or that the window is installed correctly.

Window frame issues:
Does your window sag, warp, or have cracks in it? If you ignore issues like this with the window, you could open the area up for further damages, including moisture build up or dry rot. A full replacement is best in scenarios where there is significant damage.

Perhaps your windows need an aesthetic update because they are so old and out of date. If you own a historic property, for instance, the windows there may be very old and not energy efficient. We can help with that too! We make sure your window replacements match your style preferences in addition to the building’s character.

Now is the time to act on your window replacement project! We will work with your budget so you can find the perfect windows! Contact our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors today for a free estimate!