One size does not fit all when it comes to choosing the right Hillsboro, OR replacement window or entry door. Every structure and every family is unique. To help you understand your options, Lifetime Windows & Doors has created this generalized rubric to match your home’s structure with the right replacement features:

The Modern Home
Often, homeowners confuse the term modern with contemporary. Our team describes the Modern Home in this way: connected to the “age of machination” (1920s-1950s).

  • Entry doors: Clean lines, geometric shapes, maximum glass and/or minimal detail (in the wood or glasswork).
  • Windows: Used in places where walls would typically be placed (i.e.: corner windows); intentional asymmetry.

The Contemporary Home
Again, not to be confused with the Modern Home. Contemporary architecture is the “right now” home. It is the present house and is eclectic without being too much of any one thing; constantly changing. If you are the owner of a contemporary home, you like to borrow bits and pieces from a variety of looks and eras. That said, here are tips for choosing the best entry door and windows for your style:

  • Entry doors: Mix it up. Choose a traditional style door in a bright color or with industrial-like hardware. Or, choose a wood door with design features which remind you of your favorite era and opt for modern-day glass design and choose from one of our many handle designs.
  • Windows: Contemporary homes are usually “open concept.” Windows can enhance this throughout the home—choose large picture windows or glass walls to complement your home’s spaciousness.

The Traditional Home
The traditional home is all about elegance, timelessness, sensibility, and organic (looking) features.

  • Entry doors: Neutral and earthy hues, practical—yet still detailed—glasswork. Wood-grain fiberglass is a great choice for the traditional home, as are double pre-hung doors or a single pre-hung door with sidelites.
  • Windows: Same as with doors—natural and earthy hues with organic-like features (wood-grain fiberglass, wood, or vinyl).

The Historic Home
Historic homes typically require customized designs and organic materials to maintain the integrity of the original structure as much as possible.

  • Entry doors: Wood material with stain to complement/match the home. You’ll want to choose hardware that matches the decade from which the home originated and glass details to suit. Depending on your home and the era in which it was built, the best option may or may not have windows, a door knocker, peephole, or sidelights.
  • Windows: Again, wood material with a style that matches or is customized to match your home’s unique structure and era.

Home styles are all very different. If you are unsure or undecided on what choices to make for your next replacement door or window project, call the professional and experienced team at Lifetime Windows & Doors—or stop by our showroom to explore your many options. We can’t wait to match your home with the perfect complementary features.

Hillsboro Lifetime Windows & Doors
14710 Southeast Lee Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97267
(503) 230-0500


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