Grand Prize winner at Harley Exteriors

While in New York getting ready to take their vowels, Christian P and Felicia D of Snoqualmie were selected and accepted the grand prize of $10,000 worth of windows. We at Harley Exteriors would like to congratulate the couple on their up coming wedding on the 21st and winning the $10,000 grand prize in home improvements from Harley Exteriors. We will have plenty of pictures when they return from there Honey Moon.

Congratulations from all of us at Harley Exteriors

 

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Another AquaSox Winner

Congratulations to Pam and Randy F. Winners of two tickets for the AquaSox from Harley Exteriors. Come see us Tuesday July 17th for a chance to win tickets and an end of the year drawing for 2018 Signed AquaSox JerseyIMG_8763

Don’t have Air conditioning?

Here is the Pacific-northwest, A/C is not as standard as we sometimes hope to be. Here are some tips to stay cool at night!

1) Get the right pillow

The head is the hottest part of the body so you want to keep it as cool as possible. Conventional pillows surround your head, trapping in the heat. A smaller, firmer pillow, although less comfy will allow more air circulation. Both foam and Buckwheat pillows are ideal for warmer months, providing good air circulation and excellent neck support. This cervical pillow is made of a non-toxic polyurethane foam with an open cell structure, allowing for optimum air circulation, and includes 4 unique “ear holes” to eliminate heat buildup while side sleeping and take pressure off your ears.

If you’re looking for a modern solution, you could try the Chillow. This is a blue pad that sits on top or inside of your existing pillow. It’s filled with a hi-tech cooling material which means it doesn’t need power or refrigeration. We haven’t tried the Chillow yet, but it seems to be fairly well reviewed over at Amazon.

 

2) Go lo-tech

As the saying goes, “there’s no school like the old school”. When it comes to air conditioning, there are good reasons to embrace this concept. Most AC units are expensive, inefficient and end up rotting on a landfill site. So instead of adding to the global pollution in the world, how about building your own super lo-tech air conditioner with these three simple household items – an electric fan, a large mixing bowl and some ice cubes.

Simplicity is the key. Place the ice cubes in the bowl, in the path of the airflow coming from the fan. The warm air causes the ice to melt, dispersing a cool breeze around the room. If you don’t have any ice, you can use other frozen or chilled items. Whilst obviously not a serious alternative to commercial AC systems, as a one-off solution, it’s a super cheap and relatively environmentally friendly way to tame your room temperature.

 

3) Sleep like a pharaoh

The so-called Egyptian method requires either a bedsheet  or a towel large enough to cover your body. Soak the sheet in water, then put it in the washing machine on spin cycle -or just wring it out to stop any dripping.

When you go to sleep, cover yourself with the damp sheet. This will keep you cool via the magic of latent heat, the same process that sweating uses to cool your body down. You’ll need some air circulation in the bedroom for this to work – an open window is fine. Variations on this theme include wearing damp clothes to bed and hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window

 

 

AquaSox!

Congratulations to Rex H. for winning 4 box seats to any AquaSox game of his choosing!

Harley Exteriors is a proud supporter of your Everett AquaSox. Come down and stop by our booth! We are here to answer all your home improvement questions!

Give us a call, today 425-527-0077!

 

 

 

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Tips for your Exterior Doors!

Everyone wants to take care of their home. Here are some tips to take care of your exteriors doors. Though, if they are beyond repair, give us a call at Harley Exteriors! 425-527-0077.

 

What about ongoing maintenance? Are there annual upkeep tasks that you would recommend?

Spot-check the finish at least every year. Because of the stronger sun we have in the South, I see a lot of peeling paint. Here, paint chalks very quickly and doesn’t last nearly as long as it does in the rest of the country. But as long as you care for the door by keeping it painted, you’re not likely to have issues. I’d say that around here, a front door probably needs a fresh coat of paint—and at least a little sanding—every five years. It depends on the level of exposure it gets. If the door isn’t covered by a porch and is out there in the full sun, you may need to paint it as often as every two or three years.

 

Parents always scold children for slamming the door, but the sun and the rain are really a door’s worst enemies, right? Are there any steps you would recommend taking to minimize with the vulnerability of an entry door installation to the elements?

Front Door Maintenance

If there were one rule in home exterior maintenance, it might be this: Don’t skip the door. With their frequent daily use and constant exposure to the elements, even well made, properly installed entry doors are prone to wear and tear. Given their partly utilitarian role in the home, doors are too often taken for granted and left out of monthly or annual upkeep routines. That’s a mistake, according to contractor, author, and owner of Austin Home Restorations, Scott Sidler. Here, Scott tells us what threats exist to the appearance and functioning of doors, and more importantly, what can be done to ensure that the door enjoys a long life. 

Front Door Maintenance - With Plants

What about ongoing maintenance? Are there annual upkeep tasks that you would recommend?

Spot-check the finish at least every year. Because of the stronger sun we have in the South, I see a lot of peeling paint. Here, paint chalks very quickly and doesn’t last nearly as long as it does in the rest of the country. But as long as you care for the door by keeping it painted, you’re not likely to have issues. I’d say that around here, a front door probably needs a fresh coat of paint—and at least a little sanding—every five years. It depends on the level of exposure it gets. If the door isn’t covered by a porch and is out there in the full sun, you may need to paint it as often as every two or three years.

Parents always scold children for slamming the door, but the sun and the rain are really a door’s worst enemies, right? Are there any steps you would recommend taking to minimize with the vulnerability of an entry door installation to the elements?

Many door jambs come with a factory finish on the side that’s visible to everybody coming and going in the house. But the back side of the jamb is usually left unfinished. So when we install a pre-hung door—whether it’s a fiberglass, steel, or wood door—we always make sure to back-prime the wood jamb to give it that much more resistance to moisture and insects. The other thing you can do is a borate treatment. It’s nothing complex. Borate either brushes or sprays on. Once applied, it migrates through the jamb, helping to the lengthen its life at minimal extra cost. It takes five minutes.

 

Tips for your Exterior Doors!

Everyone wants to take care of their home. Here are some tips to take care of your exteriors doors. Though, if they are beyond repair, give us a call at Harley Exteriors! 425-527-0077.

 

What about ongoing maintenance? Are there annual upkeep tasks that you would recommend?

Spot-check the finish at least every year. Because of the stronger sun we have in the South, I see a lot of peeling paint. Here, paint chalks very quickly and doesn’t last nearly as long as it does in the rest of the country. But as long as you care for the door by keeping it painted, you’re not likely to have issues. I’d say that around here, a front door probably needs a fresh coat of paint—and at least a little sanding—every five years. It depends on the level of exposure it gets. If the door isn’t covered by a porch and is out there in the full sun, you may need to paint it as often as every two or three years.

 

Parents always scold children for slamming the door, but the sun and the rain are really a door’s worst enemies, right? Are there any steps you would recommend taking to minimize with the vulnerability of an entry door installation to the elements?

 

A Contractor’s Tips for a Long-Lasting Front Door

To keep entry doors looking and performing their best, heed the advice of contractor, author, and old house expert Scott Sidler.

By Bob Vila

Front Door Maintenance

If there were one rule in home exterior maintenance, it might be this: Don’t skip the door. With their frequent daily use and constant exposure to the elements, even well made, properly installed entry doors are prone to wear and tear. Given their partly utilitarian role in the home, doors are too often taken for granted and left out of monthly or annual upkeep routines. That’s a mistake, according to contractor, author, and owner of Austin Home Restorations, Scott Sidler. Here, Scott tells us what threats exist to the appearance and functioning of doors, and more importantly, what can be done to ensure that the door enjoys a long life. 

Front Door Maintenance - With Plants

What about ongoing maintenance? Are there annual upkeep tasks that you would recommend?

Spot-check the finish at least every year. Because of the stronger sun we have in the South, I see a lot of peeling paint. Here, paint chalks very quickly and doesn’t last nearly as long as it does in the rest of the country. But as long as you care for the door by keeping it painted, you’re not likely to have issues. I’d say that around here, a front door probably needs a fresh coat of paint—and at least a little sanding—every five years. It depends on the level of exposure it gets. If the door isn’t covered by a porch and is out there in the full sun, you may need to paint it as often as every two or three years.

Parents always scold children for slamming the door, but the sun and the rain are really a door’s worst enemies, right? Are there any steps you would recommend taking to minimize with the vulnerability of an entry door installation to the elements?

Many door jambs come with a factory finish on the side that’s visible to everybody coming and going in the house. But the back side of the jamb is usually left unfinished. So when we install a pre-hung door—whether it’s a fiberglass, steel, or wood door—we always make sure to back-prime the wood jamb to give it that much more resistance to moisture and insects. The other thing you can do is a borate treatment. It’s nothing complex. Borate either brushes or sprays on. Once applied, it migrates through the jamb, helping to the lengthen its life at minimal extra cost. It takes five minutes.

Editor’s note: Borate products are inexpensive and readily available at The Home Depot, which is also a great place to buy a entry door. The retail chain sells the full line of doors made by Masonite, a long-established leader in the product category whose fiberglass, steel, and wood doors come with a limited lifetime warranty when purchased at The Home Depot. If you need help choosing a new door, check out Masonite Max. Offered jointly by Masonite and The Home Depot, Masonite Max is an easy- and fun-to-use tool that guides you through the process of designing the perfect door for your project.

4th of July safety tips for you animals!

Here at Harley exteriors, we love our pets just as much as anyone else. Here are some tips to keep them safe this 4th of July!

 

  1. Keep dogs and cats inside your home
  2. Turn on the radio or TV to muffle noise
  3. Have proper pet identification on your pet (their collar with tags and consider a microchip as well).
  4. Distract your pet by playing with them.

What if You Find a Lost Pet?

Be on the look out for other pet parent’s fur babies that might have run away during the grand finale! Knowing what to do when you find a lost pet can help reunite that pet with their owner faster. This can bring relief faster to the owner and pet, as well as give you a warm fuzzy feeling for helping.

 

Be Prepared with Pet Insurance

If an accident or injury does occur during the Independence Day celebrations that results in a visit to the veterinarian, a Pets Best pet insurance plan can help make veterinary bills more manageable. Visit PetsBest.com to learn more