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. 
 

Should You Replace Windows Before Selling Your House?

Spring is the most popular time of year to sell a home. The days are longer, the demand is higher, and buyers often want to time their move with the end of the school year. Thinking of selling your home this spring? You want to get top dollar! Clearing out clutter, cleaning up the yard, and making home improvements are likely high on your priority list. But which home improvements will give you the biggest bang for your buck? Window replacement is one of the best things you can do before listing your home. Here’s why.

#1: Curb appeal.
The first thing potential buyers notice is the outside of your home. When people drive or walk past it, or if they see it online it should stand out so they’re interested in seeing more. In other words, you want them to fall in love with it. Attract prospective buyers with new, energy efficient windows.

#2: Energy savings.
Today’s home buyers want to save money on energy usage. They also want a home with energy efficient products. New, updated windows are a big selling point, especially since they can save significant money during the year in energy costs. Buyers need to estimate what their heating and cooling costs will be and knowing that new windows will help keep their home more comfortable, is a selling point.

#3: Recuperated cost.
Home improvements require money. However, investing in upgrades for your home will help you get more money for your home and ultimately, you will recoup some of those costs. If your home already has the improvements that buyers are looking for – like energy efficient windows, doors, and siding – they won’t need to negotiate with you to come down in price so they can do the upgrades themselves.

Selling your home is a big decision. Ensuring that it is as move-in ready as possible is one of the best ways to make your home appealing to buyers. So, if you are planning to list your home soon, let us help with the improvements beforehand. We proudly carry Simonton and Milgard Windows. These brands are known for their exceptional quality and durability. Our team of experienced window installation professionals will get the job done with superior attention to detail! That way, you can get your home selling process rolling. So, call us today for a free quote! 

Which Sliding Glass Doors Are Right for Your Home?

Does the patio door in your home look and function how you want it to? Perhaps it’s time to consider a replacement. A new sliding glass door can bring in natural light and enhance your home’s beauty. Here are some things to consider when you are figuring out which patio door is best for you.

Fiberglass Doors:
These are very durable doors that are low maintenance and highly efficient. Some fiberglass sliding glass doors come in exterior frame colors so you can match them to your home’s style.

Moving Glass Walls:
Moving glass walls add affordable luxury to homes and are customized to fit your space. We carry moving glass wall systems 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 completely weather stripped to ensure no cold air leaks in or warm air leaks out. Opening and closing is seamless because of the tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers. These are perfect for homeowners that love to entertain, because they provide easy access to the inside and outside of the home.

Vinyl Doors:
These doors are a wonderful option for replacement patio doors. They work well in tight spaces or in rooms where furniture is close to the door. Vinyl is a very versatile material that works well with different architectural home styles. It is also incredibly energy efficient and requires little maintenance.

Aluminum Doors:
For contemporary or modern homes, aluminum sliding glass doors are a popular option. If you are replacing your current patio door, consider adding another small window to the side of the patio door to create a wall of windows. This allows for enhanced light and an even more unique look.

Our experienced professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors are ready to help with your replacement patio door project. We’re happy to provide free quotes! We proudly serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington.  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 with us.

How to Prepare Your Roof for Fall

We’ve already had a rainy September and looking ahead, we will likely have more breezy, wet days. Now is the best time to prepare your home – and your roof – for the fall. Here are some tips on how to do that.

#1: Clean the gutters out.
If leaves and other debris are let unattended in your gutters, serious clogs could develop. Clogs could lead to built up water that sits on and around your roof, which could pose a problem. So, before the rains start up again, be sure to clean your gutters out well and keep them emptied throughout the season.

#2: Clean debris off the roof.
Sticks, pine cones, and other leaf debris should be removed from your roof. Debris buildup keeps moisture in, and that can lead to damage, mold, or algae growth on your roof. Make sure there is no debris, nests, or leaves blocking roof vents or vent pipes, too.

#3: Do a quick inspection of your roof.
Look for signs of damage on your roof. Are there areas of deterioration? Are there missing shingles or other areas that could be potential problem spots? Now is the time to correct any problems on your roof. If there is significant damage on the roof that cannot be corrected with a few small repairs, a roof replacement may be in order. Our team of experienced roofing professionals can help! We will ensure you have a new, reliable roof installed just in time for the cooler autumn months. Contact us today to learn more about a potential roof replacement project, or to get a free quote.

The fall season can be a dangerous time for roofs with powerful rain and wind, with lots of falling debris. Make sure you set aside time soon to get your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced. It is important to ensure that the roof is reliable and capable of keeping you comfortable and protected during the coldest months of the year.

Ready to learn more about your roof project? Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors has been serving customers around Oregon and Southwest Washington for over two decades. We have the expertise you can trust. So, contact us today!

Creative Living Room Design Ideas

When you get home after a long day, the living room is often the spot where you want to kick back and relax for a while. This is probably one of your most comfortable rooms and ensuring that it is designed not only for comfort, but functionality too, is important. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration for a total redecorating project, or you just need a few simple ideas to freshen up your space, here are some ideas that can make your space inviting and up to date.

Upgrade Your Lighting:
New lighting can transform your space with a totally new look. Buy brand new light fixtures to brighten the space and work with your specific style. Whether it’s elaborate and glamorous, or something classic, table lamps or floor lamps are a great way to change up your living room style.

In addition, don’t forget about maximizing the natural light that comes from your windows. Don’t block your windows with big, bulky furniture. And, if you have drapes or blinds, open them to bring in the Pacific Northwest sun. Have your windows seen better days? Consider a window replacement project for your home. New windows not only add beauty to your home, but they add value and can even help you save money on your energy bills. Not to mention, they are incredibly quiet and will last for a long time – that’s a win-win!

Find a Focal Point:
Whether it’s a big picture window in the middle of the living room, or a one-of-a-kind statement piece that captivates the eyes of people that enter the room, a focal point in your living room is a must-have.

Pick the Right Colors:
Color makes all the difference in your living space. Whether you like bold wall colors, or something more neutral, pick colors that work with your living room layout. If you have a small space, avoid dark colors, as this can make the area feel smaller. If you love one color, consider using it in different shades. For example, a charcoal gray wall would look lovely with a lighter gray couch. Then, match wwith gray and silver accent pillows or lamps. Mixing textures and colors is fun and can bring life to the space.

Think about Your Entryway:
Don’t neglect the entrance into your home that leads into the living space. What does your front door look like? Has it seen better days? A stunning new front door that welcomes people into your living space sets the tone for your home. Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors has a wide selection of front door options for you – you can even order a custom door!

At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we love helping our customers with their renovation projects. Whether it’s a simple one-room addition, a redesign, or something that requires larger scale work, we can help. Contact us today for a free quote for new windows, doors, or to learn more about our siding and roofing services!

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Two Ways to Go Green

There are many different conversations out there nowadays of how to “go green.” If you think about the many options, it can seem a little overwhelming. Where do you begin? Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything all at once. Taking small steps to make your home more environmentally friendly is a great way to start. Here are some key ways you can go green.

#1: Unplug.
Did you know that unused electronics can be draining energy but also draining your bank account? Hundreds of dollars could be saved each year simply by putting your computer or television on standby when you’re not using it. If you make this change, you’re on your way to doing a small part in helping conserve.

#2: Use natural lighting.
Every time you turn on a light, you’re paying for it! Even though our winter days can seem dark and dreary, try to take advantage of natural lighting as much as possible. This will help reduce your energy use. It will also help bring in warmth from the sun, and it will also create a more welcoming atmosphere inside!

#3: Replace drafty doors and windows.
Windows and doors that are old and inefficient are often leaky. They can let warm air escape in the winter and cool air escape during the summertime. Seasonal drafts can cause your heating or cooling system to work harder. That means increased energy use and higher utility bills! New Energy Star® certified windows and doors are not only a great way to help you go green, but they will also help add value to your home and will bolster curb appeal!

Ready to take steps to go green in your home? We’re happy to provide free quotes on replacing your worn windows or doors with new ones that are energy efficient and insulated. We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington. Whether it’s new windows or doors, new siding, or a roof replacement, our professional team can help you get your home updated so you can do your part to stay comfortable and help the environment. Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are, then contact us today for information on how to get your appointment set up!

 

Is Your Patio Ready for Patio Season?

The Pacific Northwest is known for the rain, but when springtime weather starts, it means longer days and sunnier weather! Now is the perfect time to spruce up your patio space so you can enjoy the time outside. Here are some great ways to get your patio ready for patio season.

Tip #1: Pressure wash the patio and steps.
Looking to improve curb appeal with minimal work? Pressure washing can do the job! A thorough pressure washing job is an effective and inexpensive way to remove mildew and dirt buildup that has accumulated throughout the winter and early spring months.

Tip #2: Get a sliding glass door installed.
What better way to enjoy the great weather than by installing a new sliding glass door? These doors allow bright natural light to make its way through your home and on warm days, you can open it to bring in fresh air! Not to mention, when you’re entertaining on the patio, you can have the ease and convenience of keeping the door opened so you can go in and out. We install a variety of sliding glass doors, including French in-swing or out-swing doors, stacking glass doors, and bi-folding glass doors that open like an accordion.  Not sure which style would look best in your home? Contact us today for recommendations on which one fits your space best.

Tip #3: Get new windows.
The beauty of springtime in the Northwest is unmatched. It’s green, things are blooming, and the sun is out! What better way to enjoy the outside scenery than with spacious new windows? Windows that are cracked, old, and leaky can hinder your outlook! Replacement windows will help minimize energy bill costs, keep you comfortable, and will reduce noise. We are proud to carry several window brands and styles that work well with your home’s style, and we will work within your budget.

Patio weather is here, so get ready to enjoy it and let us help you get everything ready. We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our professional team can help you get your home’s exterior updated and beautiful. Ready to get started? 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 with us.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Window Installation

If you’re considering updating your home with new windows, you likely have several questions about what the process looks like. Window installation is generally a straightforward process, especially for our team of experienced installers at Lifetime Windows & Doors. We have experience working on homes of various sizes and styles and no matter what your home’s layout is, we can help get your new windows installed and ready to go. Many homeowners have questions about what will happen during window installation. Here are some of our frequently asked questions and our answers to help guide you.

Question #1:
How long will the install process take?

Answer:
This depends on how many windows and doors are being installed, as well as the type of install the customer is getting. Your installation technician will confirm all this information at the time of the final measure, after the job is secured and before the products are ordered.

Question #2:
My estimator said that they would test our house for lead. What happens if this comes back positive?

Answer:
We are a lead-safe company and pay close attention in following all precautions when a house is tested positive for lead. For each window that is installed, we will tarp it off, so dust and dust particles are kept to a minimum. We will also ask that all children, pregnant women, and animals are all kept away from the installation area until everything is completely installed and cleaned up.

Question #3:
Do I need to be home during the installation?

Answer:
No, there is no need to stay while we’re doing the installation. We regularly do installations for customers while they’re at work. We can do installations while you’re at work. We treat every home with respect, whether you’re at home or not, so you can trust that we’ll take good care of it while you’re gone.

Question #4:
How does the installation process work exactly? Will the installers take all of the windows out at once?

Answer:
Our installers will work on one window at a time. We will never leave an open space at the end of the day.

Getting new windows in your home is exciting! You’ll soon be able to enjoy the benefits of new, energy efficient windows. New windows will keep your home quieter and you’ll also notice that they’ll keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, because there will not be any air leaking in or out. This also translates to lower utility bills and saved money at the end of the year.

Lifetime Windows & Doors has over 20 years of experience installing windows for customers of all kinds! We’re proud to carry a variety of window styles and brands that will fit well into your specific home’s style and most importantly, we will work with you to find windows within your budget. Our window options are Energy Star certified and come with great ratings, so you know you’re getting the best product for your money. We are also offering several specials that can help you save money. Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are! Right now, we’re offering 30% off 7+ windows! Contact us today for information on how to get the installation process started.