Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Home

September is here and the official beginning of autumn will be here soon. While the weather is still nice, it’s a good idea to get outside and inspect around your home. This gives you the chance to make sure everything is ready for cooler, wetter months. Here are some fall home maintenance tips to keep in mind.

Inspect Your Exterior Doors:
Exterior doors are common sources of air leaks. Ensure the weatherstripping and seals around the doors are secure. That way, they’re able to act as a barrier against cold drafts that try to make their way inside. If your exterior doors have seen better days, now is the time to consider replacing them. At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we have a wide selection of doors that are energy efficient, stylish for any home style, and durable. If you need a custom door, we can accommodate that, too!

Look at Your Roof:
Your roof is the key to keeping you and your family warm, dry, and comfortable during the autumn weather. Now is the time to look closely at your roof to make sure there are no missing shingles or other exposure that could cause moisture accumulation this fall. Maybe your roof is decades old, and a replacement is in order. Fall is a great time to do this – we won’t have freezing temperatures and there are still plenty of dry days ahead. Our roofing experts can get your new roof installed in a timely way so you can head into the fall and winter months with confidence knowing that your home will be protected.

Make Sure Your Windows Aren’t Leaking Air:
Drafty windows? Not only is this a waste of energy, but this will cause expensive heating bills in the fall and winter months. Make sure your windows don’t have loose frames, damaged weatherstripping, cracked panes, or significant drafts. If they do, you should consider getting them replaced with windows that are energy efficient and reliable. This is not only a benefit to your comfort, but it also adds value to your home.

Our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors are standing by to help with your home renovation projects this fall. So, call us today to learn more about how we can help with window and door replacement, new siding, and new roofs. 

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!

How to Decorate Your Front Door

Fall weather is here and for many homeowners, it’s time to start decorating their front entryways for autumn. Whether it is pumpkins lining the walkway, scary ghosts or gobbling décor, or hay bales, getting your outside looking festive is fun. Don’t forget to include your front door in your decorating, because this is one of the first things that guests notice when they come to visit you!  Here are some fun fall door decorating ideas:

  1.  Adding a wreath to your front door to ring in the fall season is a great idea. Make one yourself or find a store-bought wreath that is made of grapevines or greenery. If you want to make it more colorful, you can attach white mini pumpkins or colorful fall leaves with florist picks and secure it tightly with wire.
  2.  Old wooden signs with your house number or your family’s last name can be a fun way to welcome guests to your home. Paint the number or name on there or stencil it and attach. If you don’t want to put it directly on the door itself, consider hanging it to the left or right of the front door and keep it up all year long!
  3.  The fall weather brings plenty of rain and mud, so when guests head up to your entryway, be sure there is a nice doormat in front of the doorway. Consider a harvest-themed monogrammed doormat or floor rug that is eye-catching and usable so after guests knock on your front door, they have a place to wipe their feet before stepping inside.

If the doors in your home or old and inefficient, it may be time to start thinking about replacement doors. A new door will not only look great all year long – especially when it comes to decorating for all of those special holidays. Not to mention, new doors will save energy. Old doors can leak cold autumn air inside and let warm air outside, causing your utility bills to rise.  Need a new front door installed? We have a variety of door options that will match your home’s specific style and most importantly, your budget.  We’re happy to provide free quotes and service 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 enjoy autumn. Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are, then contact us today for information on how to get your appointment scheduled.