Remodeling Trends to Watch

Thinking about remodeling this year? With tax season approaching, many homeowners may be looking to use some of their tax return to invest in home improvement projects. Every year, there are a lot of different trends in home renovations. Here are some popular trends happening already this year to keep an eye on.

Natural Light:
This trend never goes out of style. Natural light brings out the natural beauty of your home. Not only that, but more light exposure can also boost your state of mind and create a more positive atmosphere inside the home. Consider adding skylights or replacing your windows for larger ones to bring in more of that gorgeous Pacific Northwest sun.

Spacious Windows:
A big, expansive piece of glass makes a big impression in any room. Whether it’s a new sliding glass door, a large picture window, or a moving glass wall, there are many different options for homes of all styles! Our team of experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors can advise you on which options you have for your specific space.

Expanding Outdoor Space:
People are spending more and more time at home these days. So, expanding the outside living space is a great idea! When you’re thinking about your home improvement project, consider your exterior! So whether it’s a new siding project, upgrading your roof, or adding a new sliding door that brings you out to your porch, patio, or deck, maximizing outdoor livability is key.

Classic Window Frames:
How old are the windows in your home? If they are decades old, they are likely not energy efficient and could be costing you money in wasted energy. Replacement windows are a great investment for your home. Some of the most popular window trends recently have been new windows with black frames and those with natural wood trim. Both options are classic, but casual, allowing them to work with modern, traditional, or contemporary home designs.

Since 1998, we’ve been helping customers with their home improvement projects! So, contact us today to get information on window or door replacement, siding, or roofing updates! We look forward to working with you to make your home exactly how you want it.

Spring is Coming: Is Your Exterior Ready?

The official start of spring is in just a couple of weeks. The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and the sun is starting to shine more often! Looking for inspirations for your home’s exterior? Here are some tips on making sure the outside is ready to go for the changeover to spring.

#1: Think about your siding.
Siding protects your home from the variety of Pacific Northwest weather elements all year long. Not only that, but it is also vital to creating great curb appeal! If you can see that your current siding material is falling apart or cracking, this could cause damage to the rest of the space. So, don’t delay in getting it looked at by our professionals.

We specialize in installing fiber cement siding which is incredibly durable. It is also moisture, rot, and pest resistant, and withstands extreme weather. Additionally, it won’t crack or warp. Our experienced team at Lifetime Windows and Doors can do a complete inspection of your current siding to determine what can be done to get your home’s exterior protected and looking great.

#2: Add a sliding door to the exterior.
One of the best parts of springtime weather is sitting outside and enjoying the great outdoors. Having an outdoor living space – even if it’s a small one – is a great addition to your home. Consider adding a new patio door, French door, or moving glass wall system to your home that leads to the exterior living area. This is a functional upgrade that also adds beauty to your home.

Ready to start your spring home improvement project started? We proudly carry a variety of brands and designs of windows, doors, and siding that will fit your budget and home’s style. Let us help provide a free quote on replacing your old doors, siding, or window new and energy efficient products. We proudly serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington. Contact us today to get an appointment scheduled so you can determine what your options are!

 

Tips for Renovating Your Home Office

With the pandemic changing how we conduct business and regular ‘work life’, many people have changed their routines and continue to work from home. Because you’re spending more time at home in your office, ensuring that it’s comfortable and functional is important. Trying to figure out ways to make your office fit your new work-from-home lifestyle? Here are some tips.

#1: Personalize it.
Your home should be a calm space where you can relax and be yourself. Personalizing your space is one way to express your personality and your unique tastes. Whether you prefer more modern décor, or a mix of retro and traditional, there is really no right or wrong when it comes to making your home what you want it to be. After all – it’s yours! Personalize your home office with whatever is meaningful to you. Family heirlooms, photos of past trips,  souvenirs you’ve saved from life, or a comfortable chair that you found at a thrift store a few years ago – design it in a way that inspires you.

#2: Bring in the light.
This last year has been a whirlwind of emotions. That’s why bringing in as much mood-boosting light as you can is key. Consider adding a new skylight to your office space. Does your office have small, outdated windows that are old and energy inefficient? Consider replacing your windows with new, energy efficient ones. New windows will add a greater amount of light to your workspace and make it more cheerful. Not to mention, new windows save energy, which helps cut costs on your utility bill.

#3: Add a door.
Not every home can add a new door that leads to the outside space. But if your space allows, consider how you can add this into your renovation. This is an affordable way to add access to your exterior living space and it also helps bring in fresh air and light! Whether it’s a French door, sliding patio door, or a custom door that is crafted specifically for your space, we can help find the right exterior door for your home.

Our team of experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help you get your home updated to be exactly how you envisioned it. So contact us today for a free estimate on your window, door, siding, or roofing replacement project!

Eco-Friendly Home Remodel? Don’t Forget the Windows

If you’re planning a home remodel in 2021 and want to update it to be as eco-friendly as possible, we can help! Wondering what makes your home green? Natural light with new energy-efficient windows, a new heating and cooling system that assists with bolstering indoor air quality, and environmentally friendly siding or roofing products can all help make your home more sustainable. Wondering what to look for when adding energy efficient windows to your home?

Materials:

Vinyl:
These frames are basically maintenance free and durable. The best part: they are great at helping insulate your home, and that translates to less energy usage.  They are also affordable, customizable, and work well in both traditional or contemporary homes.

Fiberglass:
These are some of the strongest frames available. The window frame expands and contracts at about the same rate as the surrounding insulated glass, which helps with energy savings. This material is moisture resistant, which means it won’t warp, split, or bow.

No matter which type of windows you choose, new windows help keep warm air in and cold winter air out. And in the summer, the opposite is true: they keep your air-conditioned air inside and the warm summer heat out. This means your heating and cooling system won’t have to work as hard to heat or cool the home. And because of that, your utility bill won’t skyrocket, and you will be doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

We are proud to carry a variety of energy efficient doors and windows from Simonton and Milgard. Contact us today for options, so you can update your home, increasing its curb appeal and making it even more comfortable!

 

Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home

Natural light – even during the dreary, rainy days in Oregon and Washington this time of year – does the body good. Real light brings warmth and a welcoming atmosphere to different rooms in your home. Here are some benefits of ensuring you have plenty of natural light in your home.

#1: Comfort.
Ahhh, a special chair or spot on the couch is so relaxing after a long day. Having light in your home that is aligned with your home’s interior design is great. Find where the sun hits your home at certain parts of the day and maximize those areas. Determining when and how the sunlight hits certain parts of your home will also help control the temperature inside your living space too. During the cooler months, ensuring your shades are kept open will help bring heat from the light coming through. On hot summer days, knowing the hottest parts of the house will help make sure you can keep curtains or blinds cracked or shut so direct sunlight doesn’t heat up the space too much.

#2: Saved energy.
Using natural light rather than false light will save energy. Energy efficient windows will also help you conserve energy. Less energy use translates to lower utility bills and more money in your pocket. Not to mention, you’ll be glad knowing that you’re doing your part to help the environment!

#3: Better health.
Natural light is an important part of having a healthy body and mind. Without enough light, your body and mind can suffer. Natural light helps increase productivity, bolster concentration, and sometimes it just lifts the spirits. Keep the curtains and blinds in your home open as much as possible. Taking advantage of the sun – even on gray days – will help give your body what it needs. If you have a space in your windows for flowers or plants to grow, consider placing them there. This adds additional beauty!

Let us help bring more light to your home this year! The new year is here and it’s the perfect time to plan your home renovation projects. Contact our experienced team of window installation specialists at Lifetime Windows and Doors today. We look forward to helping you get your new windows installed so you can reap all the benefits that natural light has to bring!

3 Tips for Beginning Your Custom Home Remodel

Want to make 2021 your year to achieve your own personal American dream? A custom home remodel is a great way to create a space that fits your exact needs, design preferences, and style. Here are some tips on how to begin.

#1: Set a budget.
A custom home remodel can get expensive. So, before you start anything, get your finances in order. First determine what budget you’re comfortable with. Find ways you can cut back on other monthly costs so you can make your dream a reality. Then, save that money and put it into a separate account for your home remodel. If you need a loan to get started, talk to your local bank or credit union to see how they can help. Knowing exactly how much you can comfortably spend on your remodel ensures that you’ll stay stay within budget once construction starts.

#2: Research companies.
A reliable company with a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship and great customer service is important. Unfortunately, there are companies or contractors out there that are dishonest, cut corners, or don’t follow through with their promises. When researching companies, look for those that have proven experience in their field. Ask for references if needed. Read online reviews and ask them what they specialize in. When it comes to your custom home remodel, you want durable, lasting products and detailed craftsmanship and installation that will stand the test of time.

#3: Get creative.
A custom home remodel is your chance to get creative with the things you want in your home. Maybe it’s a beautiful entry door that makes a stunning statement. Maybe it’s a big picture window in your living room that brings in natural light. Prioritize your most desired custom pieces in your home and work with companies that can help you install them. And the result will be worth the extra creative energy you put into it!

When it comes to adding new custom windows or doors, siding, or roofing to your updated home, our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors has the industry expertise you can count on. No matter how big or small your home renovation project, we have worked on thousands of residential and commercial jobs around the Northwest. So, ready to learn more about how we can help? Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are. Then contact us today for information on how to get your appointment on the books!

Can Windows Be Replaced During the Winter?

December and January bring cold temperatures – windy days and nights, frost on the car windshield, and layers of clothing to keep warm. When temperatures drop during the winter, it is easy to get cold easily, even inside your home. This is especially true if you have windows or doors that are leaking cold air inside. If you have been contemplating window replacement and you are wondering if doing that during the winter is a possibility, we have good news.

Winter weather won’t prevent you from getting new windows installed in your home.

Our team of experienced installation experts take extra precautions to ensure your home stays as warm as possible during the install. We work as quickly as possible while still maintaining superior accuracy.

Why should you replace your windows this winter?

Comfort: Winter weather can be cold and uncomfortable. New windows will reduce air leaks and help keep your home more evenly heated. Also, you’ll be able to save money in energy usage. Why? Because your heating system won’t be working harder than it needs to in order to keep you warm. If your windows need to be replaced, you don’t need to wait for warm spring or summer weather.

Schedule: Spring and summer months are some of the busiest for home improvement companies like ours. Winter weather often means a more open schedule, making it easier to get your windows installed as soon as possible.

Deals: We understand that replacement windows are an investment for your home. That’s why we regularly provide deals and specials that help save you money! In fact, we are currently offering $350 off each installed window with a 5-window minimum. We are also offering a zero down, zero payment, and zero interest plan until 2021 on approved credit. Questions? Our team can provide additional details and information for you.

If you are considering new windows for your living space, now is the time to act! We will work with your budget so you can find the perfect windows that fit your home’s specific style and layout. Contact our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors today for a free estimate!

Benefits of Adding a French Door to Your Home

Homeowners always seem to have a never-ending to-do list.  But taking the time to do them right provides a great result: an updated space that is fresh, bright, and updated.  Maybe a new French door is exactly what your space needs. If you’ve thought about adding one, now’s the time to act! Here are three reasons why you should consider installing a French door in your home.

#1: Let there be light!
French doors bring beautiful light indoors! If you have a space that feels dark or closed in, a French door can open a room significantly, even making it feel bigger. And this is especially helpful during the darker days of fall and winter when you are longing for as much sunlight as possible!

#2: Stunning designs.
French doors come in many unique designs. So, no matter what your specific home design is, French doors come in a variety of different options. They can slide or hinge, opening into the room or out. You don’t need to sacrifice design for the perfect French door!

#3: Increased property value.
Any time new doors are added to your home, you are doing your part to increase the property value. And updating your space with a French door is no exception! And this is a great investment that will add beauty to your living space and will help make selling your home a little easier later down the road.

We carry French doors from Milgard or Simonton. Contact our team of experienced home improvement professionals to see which doors fit your home’s style and most importantly, your budget. We serve customers in the Portland metro area, Central Oregon, and Southwest Washington area. So no matter what your door questions are, we can answer them! Let us help you with your home renovation project and install a new French door before 2020 is over. Contact us today for information on how to get started.

 

How to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Temperatures

November is here. Temperatures are cooler. The leaves are falling, and winter will be here before we know it. Is your home ready to keep up with the cold weather? Here are some tips on getting your home winter weatherized.

#1: Stay on top of preventative maintenance for your heating system.
Maintenance on your heating system is important. It prolongs the life of your system and ensures you’re comfortable all season long. Professional HVAC technicians will clean the filters, make sure all of the inside components of the machine are working well, and if there is any issue or repair that needs to be repaired, they will let you know and get things running.

#2: Check your windows and doors.
Your windows and doors work in tandem with your heating system. How? If you have a great heating system that pumps warm air to your home, but leaky windows and doors that let all the warm air out, you’re in trouble. New, energy efficient windows and doors that are installed with the proper sealing will help keep you comfortable not only in the winter, but in the summer too, when your cool air-conditioned air tries to escape. We carry a variety of quality window and door products from Milgard, Simonton, ThermaTru, Simpson, Masonite, and more!

#3: Check your roof.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its rainy weather during this time of year. Is your roof able to keep you dry? If it’s old or leaky, or if you’ve repaired it many times, it’s likely time for a full roof replacement. A new roof keeps you and your family protected from the various elements we have – rain, snow, wind, and ice. And it adds value to your home! So contact us right away. We’ll answer questions about a potential roof replacement. We work closely with local Portland manufacturer Malarkey Roofing and we use only factory-trained installers.

So get ready for the change of weather and contact our team of experienced professionals. We proudly serve the Portland metro area, Central Oregon, and Southwest Washington. We’re standing by to help get your home project started!

 

 

Why DIY Window Replacement is a Bad Idea

“Do it yourself” (DIY) projects are popular. But that doesn’t mean they are all a good idea. Home improvement projects can be expensive and doing them yourself can save money. However, when it comes to window replacement, relying on experienced window installation contractors is key. Here’s why.

#1: It can get complicated.
Measuring for windows is more complicated than you might think. Incorrect measurements could cause big problems including gaps or leaks around the windows. Windows that won’t fit into existing frames can be a difficult problem to fix. In addition, removing existing frames means cutting through connectors and caulk. Without the right tools and training, you could bend or chip the framing or damage another important area around the new window space.

#2: Do you know how to level?
Leveling your windows is critical. If they are not leveled accurately, they will be installed crooked. The crooked windows will sink, settle, and shift. Over time, that could pull away from the frame and leave leaks and gaps that allow heat, cold air, or humidity into your home. And this wastes energy and lets out your heated or air-conditioned air, too. This in turn, makes your heating or cooling system work harder than necessary.

#3: Mistakes can be costly.
Unfortunately, DIY mistakes are common. Improper installation could cause water to get inside your windows or window frames which could lead to mold or dry rot later down the road. All of this translates to expensive fixes and even health problems.

#4: Industry standards must be adhered to.
Did you know that certain home improvement projects require permits or code inspections? If you don’t have the proper paperwork done, you could be looking at a fine later. Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors are trained to install windows according to proper building codes outlined by city and state requirements.

Our professional window contractors are expertly trained for proper assembly and careful installation. So, save yourself time, hassle and potential stress by hiring our team to do the work for you. Our work and positive reviews speak for themselves. Whether you choose Milgard or Simonton Windows, our product selections are of the highest quality in both energy efficiency and innovation ratings! We will work with your budget and your style preferences. So call us today for more details on getting your window replacement project started this autumn!