Tips for Exterior Door Maintenance

Your doors are some of the first things that people notice about your home. What impression do your doors make? It’s easy to forget about your exterior doors. However, keeping them maintained should be an important part of your home maintenance to-do list. Here are some tips on how to keep them maintained well.

#1: Keep weather changes in mind.
Do you have wood exterior doors? These doors are prone to slight shrinkage in the colder weather and expansion in the hot weather. Your goal should always be to have the doors sealed properly. That way, the door will do its job no matter what the weather does outside. Weather stripping around the door frame is key. Keeping the door sealed with paint that combats moisture is another way to keep it protected.

#2: Clean it.
Cleaning the exterior doors isn’t something you have to do often but wiping it down well at least twice a year is a great idea. Now that our Pacific Northwest weather is changing to be a little colder, it’s a good time to clean your doors well. Simply use a gentle cleaning agent like baby shampoo or diluted dish soap with a soft cloth or sponge to wipe dirt or fingerprints off it. Rinse it with a small amount of water and then let it air dry completely or wipe it clean with a dry towel.

#3: Check for damage.
Your exterior doors play a big role in your home and are put to good use. While you’re cleaning the doors, check for any wear and tear. For example, look for peeled paint or any damages to the frame.

#4: Replace old doors.
When was the last time your exterior doors were replaced? If they are old and energy inefficient, consider replacing them before the coldest days of winter hit. New doors can help keep warm air in and will reduce energy usage.

Our team at Lifetime Windows & Doors has been installing exterior doors for customers around the Pacific Northwest for decades. Doors add curb appeal and will help save energy, too! We have the experience, knowledge, and positive reputation that you expect, so contact us today to get your door replacement project started.

Why You Should Update Your Home This Year

Home improvements require some planning and preparation and 2019 is the right time to make those updates that you’ve been thinking about!  Starting small is a great way to go with small touches that make big statements, like new lighting fixtures or accent furniture. But when it comes to the bigger changes, our expert team at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help. Here’s how:

New windows: Not only do new windows bring in more natural light and help lighten your mood during those cold, dreary days, but they will also be energy efficient, which means your utility bill will be lower! Not to mention, new windows are extremely quiet, which translates to a more peaceful inside space!  We are proud dealers of Milgard and Simonton windows, which are known for their quality workmanship, attention to detail, and energy efficiency. Contact us today for information on which windows could work with your home’s unique style and most importantly, your budget.

New doors: A new front door not only makes a statement, but it adds curb appeal and sets the tone for the rest of your house. If your front door has seen better days, we can help with a replacement! A new door will not only look good, but it will also help keep cold winter air out and warm air inside! We have an infinite number of choices available for doors and carry a variety of brands including Therma-Tru, Buffelen, Simonton, Codel, and more!  Whether you need a simple replacement or something more custom, we can help!

We think 2019 is a great time to replace your windows and doors! We can even help with new roofing and siding projects. Our experienced team of professionals is ready to help get your home to look and feel how you want it, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Contact us today to get an appointment scheduled so you can start getting your home renovation project started!

Contemporary Home Remodel Ideas

If you are a homeowner that is about to embark on the journey of remodeling, you are probably doing lots of research on the details of the process. Figuring out styles and preferences is the fun part and choosing contractors for the specific projects takes time and energy. If you love contemporary home styles and are ready to remodel your space to reflect all things contemporary, we can help.

Windows and Patio Doors:
Patio doors and windows add so much to a remodeled space because they allow natural light in to brighten each room. Contemporary style patio doors and windows have thinner frame profiles in order to maximize the view. Picture windows, moving glass walls, and large doors are some of the most common contemporary styles that can play off the rest of the home’s design. Windows are often left uncovered to let in lots of natural light and glass panels are common to make the indoor and outdoor mold together a bit. Window shapes in contemporary homes are generally rectangular with straight lined grid patterns.

When it comes to remodeling, the details matter, especially the little ones. Once you have your new windows and doors installed, decorating with hardware can accent the space more. Contemporary design is all about clean, smooth surfaces, so ask us about window locks that have hardware that do not protrude like traditional styles. There are door latches that are integrated into the rail, so they look flat and smooth and other “smart” locks that are integrated into window frames, too.

When you combine your new windows and doors with updated interiors with neutral colors and furniture that has square lines, it will add balance and symmetry to your contemporary space.

Ready to get started in your project? 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 and beautifully contemporary. 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.