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.

Is Spring the Best Time for Siding Replacement?

The siding of your home or commercial building serves as a protective layer, keeping it safe from a variety of elements. However, it can take a beating over time. Dents, cracks, holes, or other damage – man-made or nature – can cause your siding to wear down. Take a close look at the interior of your home. Has the siding seen better days? Spring is a great time to replace the siding. Here’s why.

The days are longer and warmer.  
Although it’s not impossible to replace siding in the winter, extreme cold weather conditions make outside siding replacement difficult. The warmer temperatures and longer days that come with spring make it an ideal time for siding installation experts to get a new exterior installed quickly and efficiently without any weather-related delays.

It helps save money and conserve the Earth’s resources.
Not only does siding protect your home, but it also helps insulate it from extreme cold or hot temperatures. New siding helps you keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature. Homes with poor insulation and worn siding will have higher utility bills. New siding on the other hand, will help you save money in energy bills, simply because your heating system won’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable. Springtime siding installation ensures your home will be insulated to keep cool air inside during the summer, and warm air in during the cold winter.

Safer working conditions.
It can be very dangerous for siding installers to be up on ladders during the cold, wet, and slippery weather of the winter. At the same time, working in the heat of summer can also pose risks. Spring is the ideal time for siding replacement because the weather is drier and cooler, allowing for safer working conditions.  

New siding works wonders in giving your home or commercial building a facelift. It is an investment that not only bolsters curb appeal, but protects the structure for many years. Our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help with your siding project! We are a leading installer and supplier of premium siding from James Hardie. This cement-based siding is fire resistant, insect proof, and won’t rot. It is built to stand the test of time. Call us today to get an estimate!  

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!

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!

How to Pick the Right Siding Color for Your Home

Are you considering a siding replacement? Picking the right color for your home’s exterior is a big decision. It will be a color you’ll have to live with for a long time and it plays a big role in your home’s overall curb appeal. Here are some tips on how to pick the right siding color.

#1: Know your home’s style.
The architecture in your home will help guide you. For example, if you have a Craftsman-style home, you’ll want to stick with traditional earthy colors. Colonial-style homes are often white. Country-style homes are often lighter, so breezy yellows and blues are a popular choice. For modern homes, stone hues are a good option.

#2: Consider the size of your home.
If you have a large home, it’s usually best to avoid dark, gloomy colors. Dark colors on large spaces can make it look a little overpowering. Smaller homes do better with dark hues.

#3: Coordinate roof color.
Look at your roof. If it’s dark, it’s often best to go with a lighter siding color. If you have a roof that has a mix of light and dark, stick with a neutral siding color. If your roof is brown, light earth tones or off white could contrast nicely.

#4: Consider the neighborhood.
Walk around your neighborhood and pay attention to what other homes look like. You don’t want to pick a color that sticks out like a sore thumb – especially if you plan to sell the home somewhere down the line. You can definitely pick something that is unique to your specific taste and style but consider how that will play into the whole neighborhood feel.

Our experienced team of professional installers at Lifetime Windows & Doors are factory-trained and ready to help install your new siding. We know that your home is one of your most valuable possessions, so we will make sure the job is done right! We proudly carry and install top quality fiber cement siding. It is incredibly durable and 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.

Contact us today to learn more about getting your siding project started so it can be ready in time to enjoy the beautiful Northwest spring and summer seasons!

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!

 

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!