Summertime Window Safety Tips

As the weather warms up and homeowners all over Oregon and Washington open their windows to soak up some of that beautiful fresh summer air, it’s important to keep window safety in mind. Unfortunately, curious kids around the country are significantly injured or suffer fatalities from falling out of windows every year. Here are some important tips for window safety in your home.

#1: Keep windows locked.
When young children are in the home, keep windows closed and locked. Usually, the locks will hinder them from opening them. If you need to open a window for ventilation, be sure to open the ones that are out of the child’s reach. Screens help protect them a little bit, but they won’t completely prevent a fall.

#2: Move furniture away from windows.
If there is furniture placed in front of the window that a child could climb on to access the window, move it. Kids love to crawl and climb. By moving beds or chairs away from the windows, it can help discourage the kids from directly accessing the window.

#3: Supervise.
If you have windows open, keep a close eye on the children. So, talk to them about window safety and remind them that they should never play close to the window or climb onto the sill. Communication and teaching them the right way to behave around open windows is an important component to keeping them safe.

#4: Upgrade your windows.
If your windows are old, inefficient, or don’t have locks that work, consider replacing them. Updated windows add value to your home and make it look nicer. New windows also ensure secure locking.

Ready to get started on your window replacement project? You can feel confident in our team of experienced professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors. We proudly carry Milgard Windows and Doors, as well as Simonton Window products. These top quality brands withstand the test of time. So, contact us today for a free ‘no contact’ virtual quote, or to learn more about our promotions and other details that can help make the project more affordable.

Inspiration for Your Home Office Remodel

For workers in varying industries around the Pacific Northwest, the pandemic changed the ‘traditional’ work environment. With routines upended and working from home becoming the new norm for many, employees of all kinds have found themselves working from their home office more often. Ensuring that it’s comfortable and functional is key to making it work for the long term. If you have decided that it’s time to revamp your home office, here are some ideas to consider.

#1: Natural light inspires creativity.
Winter in the Northwest has plenty of dark, rainy days. Bringing in as much light as possible to your office will not only inspire creativity, but it can also lighten your mood. Consider adding a skylight to your office space to enhance the light in the room. Or, if your office has only a small window, consider replacing it with a larger window or a bay window that allows you to sit with your laptop to work. New windows not only bring in light, but they help new windows save energy, which helps cut costs on your utility bill.

#2: De-clutter the space.
The less clutter you have in your office, the lighter and brighter the space will feel.  Disorganized work environments can add to your stress and make you feel overwhelmed. So, set aside time every month to clean and de-clutter your office area. Doing so will also free up brain space to complete your job duties with accuracy and attention to detail.

#3: Add access to the outside.
Depending on where your office is at home, consider how you can add access to the outside. If you have a ground-floor office, think about adding a new door that gives you immediate access to the exterior living space. Whether it’s a sliding patio door, a French door, or a moving glass wall system, we can help provide options for a customized solution that fits perfectly for your space.

For more than two decades, our experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors have helped homeowners of all kinds execute their home remodeling visions. So, whether you need windows replaced around your home, or new front and back doors, we can get you high quality products that fit within your budget. Contact us today for a free estimate on your project!

Best Ways to Secure Your Front Door

Since the pandemic, property crimes, thefts, and break-ins at homes and businesses are increasing. Unfortunately,  millions of burglaries happen every year and many of them begin at the front door. So, how do you ensure your front door is secure? Here are some tips.

Use the right lock.
Deadbolts use a locking mechanism that only open with a key. There are several different types of deadbolts to choose from – one-sided, single-sided, double-cylinder, or standard. All of them provide reinforcement against kicking. However, a single-sided deadbolt lock prevents someone from picking the lock and getting in.

Install a door alarm.
Door alarms utilize sensors that detect when the door is opened or kicked in. With a loud, blaring alarm, a burglar could be deterred from stepping into your home. Most people don’t want to be caught in the act, and a simple alarm could make them panic and move on.

Check the hinges.
Small screws in the hinges are a significant security threat. Replace small existing screws with 3-inch-long screws. This keeps the door firmly in place and strengthens it. It costs almost nothing to do this, takes just a few minutes, and protects your door.

Replace your front door.
You can have the best deadbolt and door alarm on the market, but if the door itself is weak, it will still be prone to break-ins. Your home’s front door should be solid. It is also best not to have doors with a lot of glass, as this can easily be broken, and a burglar could reach in and unlock the door that way. Not sure if your exterior doors are solid? Knock on it to see if it sounds hollow. And if it’s hollow, just a few simple kicks opens it.

At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we have a variety of door options that are solid, sturdy, and built to stand the test of time. So, whether it’s solid wood, steel, or something else, we can help find a new energy efficient door within your price range that fits your home’s unique style.

 

 

Why Professional Window Installation?

Every home is unique. So, when it comes to replacing your windows, you need experts that understand the various inner-workings of different homes and their window openings. Window installation is more than popping a new window into an existing space in the wall. It’s about expertly measuring and fitting the new windows into your home, so they are each air-tight and reliable for years to come. Here are some reasons for professional window installation.

#1: Quick and efficient process.
Have you ever try to tackle a home maintenance project that initially seemed like a piece of cake, but it ended up taking a long time? This can be a frustrating situation. Professional window installation by our team of experts at Lifetime Windows and Doors ensures a turn-key process that is done quickly and efficiently. We have the experience needed to make everything seamless – from start to finish.

#2: Tools.
Professional window installers have the right tools needed to install your windows the right way, the first time. Our tools are specifically designed to get your new windows in easily. Many times, homeowners think they have the right materials and tools to do a DIY window replacement. But, then they end up realizing that they don’t have the proper equipment to do the job the correct way. This often sends them to the store to buy expensive tools, or they end up using equipment that isn’t cut out for the job. This could lead to mistakes, damage to your home, or improper installation.

#3: The right installation.
There should be no gaps between the window/frame, and the existing wall. With a professional window installation, you’ll have peace of mind that the job is done right. Drafts and cold spots will be eliminated in your home if the windows are installed correctly. Whether it’s an egress window, a picture window for your living room, a tempered glass window for your bathroom, or a garden window in your kitchen, we know each part of the installation process, so everything is tight and secure upon completion.

Lifetime Windows and Doors has served customers around the Pacific Northwest with quality window products and installation for over two decades. We have the hands-on experience you can trust. Contact our team today to learn more about our specials! Or, ask for a free quote on your window replacement project. We are standing by to help get your home renovation project completed on time and on budget!

Must Haves for Your Home Remodel

If a remodeling project is on the horizon for you this year or next, you are probably dreaming about how beautiful your new space will look. While there are a lot of details to keep in mind, the excitement about having a new and improved area to relax and enjoy is something to get excited about. Whether it’s a home addition, building a separate accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your yard or property, or simply doing a home remodel, finding the right windows and doors is key. Here are some must haves to consider for your home remodel.

#1: Energy efficient windows.
We hear often from customers about how much of a difference they see in energy efficiency with their new window replacements. High performance windows help reduce your energy costs!  We also hear that the new windows are a lot quieter than their old windows! New, Energy-Star rated windows offer the beauty, reliability, and efficiency that you need in your home. The biggest decision you’ll make with new windows is what material you want. Our experienced team at Lifetime Windows and Doors will help give you insight and tips on what material options would be best for your space. Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood are the main options you’ll have. You’ll love having secure windows that also enhance curb appeal!

#2: Doors.
Your doors provide protection and beauty. But, they also give you a chance to give people a glimpse of your personality and style preferences. New doors are durable, energy efficient, and come in a variety of styles, finishes, and sizes. Need a custom size? No problem. Whether it’s contemporary, traditional, or something in between, we have a robust selection of front doors that will help your home make a great first impression.  Need a patio door? We have lots of options for those, too. Moving glass walls, fiberglass, or vinyl – there are plenty of choices for patio doors that will fit your indoor and exterior space. New doors for your home are a great investment.

Are you planning your remodel? Our team’s expertise and quality of workmanship is something you can count on. Contact us soon to learn more about our products, selection, and experience serving customers around the Pacific Northwest for the last two decades.

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

3 Tips for Beginning Your Custom Home Remodel

Want to make 2021 your year to achieve your own personal American dream? A custom home remodel is a great way to create a space that fits your exact needs, design preferences, and style. Here are some tips on how to begin.

#1: Set a budget.
A custom home remodel can get expensive. So, before you start anything, get your finances in order. First determine what budget you’re comfortable with. Find ways you can cut back on other monthly costs so you can make your dream a reality. Then, save that money and put it into a separate account for your home remodel. If you need a loan to get started, talk to your local bank or credit union to see how they can help. Knowing exactly how much you can comfortably spend on your remodel ensures that you’ll stay stay within budget once construction starts.

#2: Research companies.
A reliable company with a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship and great customer service is important. Unfortunately, there are companies or contractors out there that are dishonest, cut corners, or don’t follow through with their promises. When researching companies, look for those that have proven experience in their field. Ask for references if needed. Read online reviews and ask them what they specialize in. When it comes to your custom home remodel, you want durable, lasting products and detailed craftsmanship and installation that will stand the test of time.

#3: Get creative.
A custom home remodel is your chance to get creative with the things you want in your home. Maybe it’s a beautiful entry door that makes a stunning statement. Maybe it’s a big picture window in your living room that brings in natural light. Prioritize your most desired custom pieces in your home and work with companies that can help you install them. And the result will be worth the extra creative energy you put into it!

When it comes to adding new custom windows or doors, siding, or roofing to your updated home, our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors has the industry expertise you can count on. No matter how big or small your home renovation project, we have worked on thousands of residential and commercial jobs around the Northwest. So, ready to learn more about how we can help? 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!

How to Stay Comfortable While Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people go about their daily lives. It’s also changed work environments around the country. Many offices have shut down and told their employees that working from home is the new norm. If you are working from home, you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible. Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help. Here’s how.

#1: We can update your space.
Did you know that your windows play a key role in keeping your home’s heating and cooling evenly distributed? Old, energy inefficient windows can leak outside air in. That means your heat during the fall and winter months can make its way outside and cold outside air could create cold spots in your home. That means your heating and cooling system must work harder to keep the temperatures evenly distributed. Because of that, your utility bills will likely increase. So, consider window replacement for your home! We have a variety of options that will fit your home’s unique style and most importantly, your budget.

#2: Replace your doors.
Your exterior doors are also an important part of creating a comfortable home and work environment. We carry a variety of brands including Simonton, ThermaTru, Simpson! These doors are affordably priced and can even be ordered custom. Our team of installation specialists can take a look at your current doors and make recommendations for replacement based on your style preferences and budget guidelines.

Home renovations like these will not only make the space your beautiful and comfortable, but they can help increase your home’s value! That means when it comes time to sell it, you will have a greater return. The money you spend now is well worth it, because it will create an opportunity for a easier, smoother home sale later down the road.

Contact us today to talk about your home improvement projects. We have been working with customers around Oregon and Washington since 1998. We have the products you need and the experience you can count on.

How to Weatherize Your Windows for Summer

June is here, and summer will be here before you know it! Hot weather and longer days means more fun in the sun! Summer weatherization – especially weatherizing your windows – can be a great way to help keep you comfortable this summer. It can help increase energy efficiency, which could save money on your utility bill. Here are some tips on weatherizing your windows just in time for summer.

#1: Use fans and shades.
This is a simple way to save money and prepare for the summer heat. Use window coverings to keep the room dark and use fans to keep things cool inside. Be sure that the shades on the windows are kept closed during the sunniest and hottest parts of the day, so you can keep the temperatures inside balanced and cool.

#2: Caulk windows:
Leaking windows will allow hot air in and cold air-conditioned air outside. Even small cracks can cause significant leakage. Windows are one of the primary places that air is lost, so making sure everything is caulked properly around the seams is one way to make sure you can save air from leaking out.

#3: Don’t neglect window maintenance.
Home maintenance is an important part of keeping your home in tip top shape. Check your windows on a regular basis. Look for any chips or cracks, and make sure there are no issues with sealing. If you notice any issues, get on top of them right away and have them fixed, so you won’t have to budget for costly repairs or replacement earlier than is necessary.

#4: Replace windows.
Are the windows in your home cracked, old, and inefficient? We’re happy to provide free quotes on replacing your worn windows with windows that are energy efficient and insulated. Windows with glass made of high efficiency low-E coatings can decrease the amount of heat that is transferred through your windows and it will also help protect you and your family from ultraviolet rays.  We do not recommend that people add window tinting to help with UV protection or heat reduction, as these may cause excess heat to build up and could cause damage to the windows prematurely.

Not sure what options you have? Talk to us about the variety of windows that are available for your home. We are proud to carry and install Simonton and Milgard window and can help you find the right windows for your budget. 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 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.