Signs You Need a New Roof This Spring

Now that springtime is here, most homeowners are outside tackling those long-awaited home improvement projects that were neglected during the winter. Your roof is an important thing to look at this spring, too. Here are some signs that you may need a roof replacement this spring.

#1: Water damage or leaks.
Leaking water in your roof or obvious signs of water damage is never a good sign. In fact, this is a major indicator that there is a problem with your roof that may require replacement. Even the smallest leak can grow and become a bigger problem. Eventually, this could cause damage to your property as well as your belongings inside.

#2: Age.
Do you know how old your roof is? If it’s at least 20 years old, it’s likely due for a replacement. It’s a fact: roofs that are over two decades old are likely at the end of their lifespan. Shingles can break down over time, becoming brittle, curled, or cracked. This causes exposure underneath, which could create mold, dry rot, or other issues to your home’s structure.

#3: Missing shingles.
With the amount of rain and wind that we get in the Pacific Northwest, it is common to have shingles go missing. However, if you have a significant number of shingles gone, your roof is not providing enough protection. Missing shingles could allow moisture to creep in, which leads to leaks and potential damage.

#4: Poor installation.
Roofing is a critical part of your home. If it is not installed correctly, or it was installed sloppily, then the roof may deteriorate or break down prematurely. If you suspect your roof was not installed to the standard of professionalism, it may be time to get a quote for a roof replacement.

Springtime is one of the best times to replace your roof. The weather is drier and warmer, and the days are longer. Our professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to roof replacements. We also proudly carry and install Malarkey Roofing Products, a local Oregon company that crafts top notch materials that will keep your home protected for a long time.

So, call us today to learn more about our roofing expertise or to schedule your free quote on a roof replacement. 
 

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.

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!

Why You Should Replace Your Roof This Spring

Your building’s roof is vital to the overall reliability of the structure. For this reason, it’s important to have a reliable roof. If your roof is starting to show its wear, or you’ve noticed that it is causing issues in other parts of the building, it is probably time to consider a replacement. Here’s why you should consider a roof replacement this spring.

#1: It protects your work or living space.
Putting off a roof replacement could increase your risk for damage to the interior of your home or business. For example, you could risk ceiling damage, dry rot, or mold. A new roof will protect the space from this kind of harmful destruction. In addition, it will add value to the space and enhance curb appeal! A new roof is an especially good selling point if you plan to list the home or business for sale soon.

#2: The weather is ideal.
Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is unmatched. It’s not too hot and it’s drying out a bit more! While we do have rainy days, the sunlight is here for longer and there are longer stretches of sunny, dry weather. This is perfect roofing replacement weather.

#3: You can use your stimulus money or tax return.
Got some stimulus money set aside for home improvements? Tax returns are also starting to trickle in, and what better way to use it than by investing it in a new roof! A new roof is an investment that will help you – it could save you from future problems or issues that are incredibly costly to fix! So, designate some of your stimulus money or tax return to put toward a roof. Planning to get it replaced before you’re forced to because of a bad leak or other damage, is the best way to go.

A roof replacement installed by our team of professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors is a great investment for your home or commercial building. We use Malarkey Roofing Products in our roofing jobs, a company committed to protecting the environment in their Energy-Star rated roofing materials. There’s no doubt about it – a high-quality roof will serve you well for many decades! You’ll be confident knowing that the roof above you is doing its job to keep you protected and safe from the outside elements.  Contact us for more details on getting your roof replacement started.

 

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!