Tips for installing your exterior doors!

You’ve decided to skip companies and do it yourself, here are tips to help you through the process. Though, if you decide to change your mind, give Harley Exteriors a call! 425-527-0077.

Pre-hung Entry Doors

Most newer homes feature exterior door openings in standard pre-hung sizes, which are ready for installation without alterations. Pre-hung doors are generally available in 80-, 84-, or 96-inch heights, and in width increments of two starting with 18 inches up to 36 inches. Pre-hung doors arrive with jambs and hinges in place.
You can purchase or order these at home renovation and hardware stores in a variety of materials including fiberglass, wood, and metal.

Doors from Slabs

If you have a door opening with an unusual size or would like a custom-made door, you may need to buy a slab — also available through home renovation and hardware stores. You’ll also need to place the jambs and hinges to make your door fully functional. Cutting your slab and attaching the jambs and hinges requires a few additional steps, and you may need help if you are unfamiliar with using the necessary tools to trim your door or to attach these key pieces. When cutting or trimming the door, you’ll want to be certain the measurements and cuts are correct so your door will not only fit securely into the space, but also so that it will offer complete protection from the elements and not be susceptible to air leaks, which could result in higher energy costs.
There are a few other factors you’ll want to consider before installing a new front door. For instance, is your floor level? If so, you can align your door with the floor; if not, you will need to compensate for this — often by shaving or trimming the door or adding shims. The same goes for the depth of the door. As noted above, it should fit securely into the opening — not only in width and height, but also depth.
If you are comfortable with process described above and have the tools at hand, then you’re likely ready to install or replace an exterior door. If you have questions,   concerns or know that your door will require special assistance, consider calling on a contractor or handyman for help with the installation.

 

Advertisements

tips for taking care of your roof!

Here at Harley Exteriors we value a good roof! Here are some tips to stay ahead of time.

 

Think Safety First

Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in the hospital. Meddling on a roof while it’s raining or covered with ice and snow isn’t the ideal way to find a leak. Trying to temporarily fix a leak could be highly dangerous. If you want to do it right, there is no quick-fix. Just take your time, and be very patient and careful to wait for Mother Nature to give you the green light.

Take Precautions

Being on a roof will put the body in positions that are not comfortable or safe. Make sure to wear rubber sole shoes to prevent slipping. Also use a harness and always work with a buddy.

Spray the Roof

Take a garden hose and go up to the roof and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it’s wintertime because it’s not safe to run water on the roof when it’s freezing out.

Keep Gutters Clean

At Harley, we offer maintenance free gutters. If you’re tired of having to clean your gutters, give us a call at 425-527-0077!

Avoid Dry Rot

Dry rot isn’t related to any type of water damage, but lack of ventilation. If a roof repair is right in the middle of the roof, there is a chance that the plywood might be deteriorating. The roof will actually sag in and cause the roof shingles to get brittle, crack and then leak. Preventing dry rot consists of installing a ridge vent, which will only work if there is a soffit vent. Holes have to be drilled through the soffit vents so cool air comes in through the bottom and pushes the hot air out through the top.

Prevent Ice Buildup

In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem.

Fix Roof Boots

Flashing, roofing, ice damping and skylights are all obvious places for potential leaks. One thing people often miss is the rubber boots. It’s where the roof fence comes up that you find roof boots. If they dry up they will cause major leaks. It’s a quick fix; purchase a new roof boot in a local hardware store. You may have to remove some of the shingles, lay a better tar under it and put it back in place.

Inspect Materials

Sometimes shingles are faulty and will begin to crack after they’ve been nailed down. Faulty installation with nails and shingles can also play a big part in leaks. Nails could be nailed too low and it will start pushing back up. Make sure to always check merchandise before getting on the roof.

Check Valleys

A valley is where the intersection of two roofs comes together. It is also called the ridge, which is again where two roofs meet at the top. Valleys are very common places for leaks because that’s where the water from the entire roof goes to and it will start sloshing back and forth.

Eliminate Leaks

It’s important not to get discouraged when a leak can’t be found. It’s a process of elimination. You’ve covered one area, installed the shingles back and sealed it watertight so at least one spot is eliminated. Now, you can try other areas.

6 helpful ways to shop for Vinyl windows

Will the Vinyl Crack or Fade?

They used to be a low-maintenance default when it came time to replace leaky or rotting wood double-hungs. But, over time, white vinyl could yellow, colored vinyl wash out, and the material itself split or crack in extreme temperatures. Times have changed. The vinyl window shown here—full-frame, fully assembled, and ready to install—comes in no-fade colors and faux-grain finishes that weather well in any climate. And its sturdy construction and insulated glass meet Energy Star criteria. Read on for other features worth a second look.

 

1. Go for Top-Quality Construction

The best vinyl has additives that protect against brittleness, yellowing, or fading. Sash and frame extrusions should have welded corners and numerous internal air chambers for strength, rigidity, and insulation.

 

2. Assess the Glass

To minimize heat loss and gain, a quality window sandwiches inert gas and “warm-edge” spacers between double panes. Low-e coatings reflect heat and protect furnishings from fading.

 

3. Study the Warranty

Look for a “double lifetime” warranty that covers potential performance problems, such as condensation between the panes, and can be transferred to the next homeowner.

 

4. Read the Fine Print

Look for an Energy Star–qualified unit; its efficiency and airtightness have been independently verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council. Windows (like this one) with Gold Seal Certification from 
the American Architectural Manufacturers Association have also passed strict structural-integrity tests.

 

5. Check the Care Instructions

Double-hungs that tilt in are easiest to clean (no need for a ladder), as are double panes with grilles sandwiched in between, as shown. Never use a pressure washer, which can damage seals and break glass.

 

6. Consider Color

Premium windows can be ordered with a different color on the exterior to match or contrast with house trim.

Festival of Sail

If you’re wanting to make some exterior improvements to your home this summer and you’re gonna be at the Festival of Sail this weekend, come stop by Harley Exterior’s booth!

The team will be at the event starting Thursday from 11am-7pm and all weekend from 9am-5pm all weekend (Friday-Sunday).

We specialize in windows, roofing and siding replacement and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about home improvement! We offer an awesome Olympic- Series XL window that can make a drastic difference in the internal temperature in your home and your energy bill.  With a double lifetime warranty you can rest assured that the windows are going to last you for years to come.

 

 

 

One of the Best Exterior Home Improvements That Can Increase Resale Value

Replace your front door

If you want to give your home a bit of an updated look but want your project to be beneficial to you, you may want to consider replacing your entryway door! Replacing your front door is one of the top renovations that increase your homes resale value and practically pays for itself. Other than the return on investment there are other great benefits to replacing your front door.

Added Home Security

 Up to date front doors will be much more durable and the locking efficiency will be much better than an older door. Harley Exteriors offers powerful steel front doors that meet stringent code requirements such as structural, impact and fire ratings. The doors are made to fit in any home due to the door being hung by Harley Exteriors Fast-Frame TM. We also offer fiberglass doors that are going to be resistant to dirt, dings and dents. You can add more home security with your sliding glass patio doors as well with what we offer: there are multi-point lock handles to add safety and if you have any pets we also offer optional pet doors.

Save on energy bill

 Insulation is going to play a key part in your home maintaining an ideal internal temperature. Replacing your front door can make a difference in your bill and how comfortable you are in your home. Because insulation was more of an expensive thing in the past, your older front doors may not be properly insulating the temperature in your home. Wood doors are going to be ones you may want to look into changing due to it has the least insulation despite the pretty appearance. Wooden doors are more like to be warped over time and lead to cold or warm air to seep in. Your best bet for energy efficient doors are going to be steel and fiberglass ones; Harley Exteriors offers more than 25 different colors and designs for entry doors.

Glass isn’t going to be the best insulator, that leads older sliding glass doors to loose heat at a faster rate than your entry door. We offer Energy Star Rated sliding glass patio doors that have a bright Euro Vinyl Frame to replace your old ones.

Replacing Your Door With Harley Exteriors

 Here at Harley Exteriors; we have many well-versed specialist who will install your perfectly measured new entry door. We offer many different styles and colors that will instantly spruce up the look of your home. We offer lifetime warranties on all of the entry doors and other products we sell and install. We are confident in the quality of our products and the work of our specialists.

If you like to find out any more information about our entry doors or any other home improvement projects we can assist with, please give Harley Exteriors a call at (425) 527-0077.

 

 

 

Maple Valley Days

Learn about the different home improvement projects that Harley Exteriors can help you with! We will be at the Maple Valley Days Festival this weekend (Fri. 3-8pm, Sat. 12-8pm, Sun. 10-8am).

We have knowledgable people who would be happy to talk to you about your home improvement needs. If you have any windows or a roof that need replacing for the summer, stop on by our booth. We have energy efficient windows that can easily help with your electricity bill, by keeping your homes internal temperature comfortable this upcoming summer and winter!

We are located locally in Bothell Washington! Call us at (425) 527-0077.

New Paint Job or New Sidings?

1. Big exterior home improvement trend of 2017:  Add more texture to the exterior of your home with new siding

By giving your home some texture on the outside it can easily boost the curb appeal and market value; creating character for your home. Siding is the very first thing that is seen of the home and will make or break a first impression. Depending on how old your home is, the siding could easily be extremely faded and look dirty. The resale value of your home will go up substantially as well with new siding. Investing in the exterior of your home with high quality sidings is one of the best home improvement projects you can do with the one of the highest return on investments.  While you could possibly paint over the exterior of your home to give it a revamped look, that brings me to the next benefit:

2. Energy Efficiency

Instead of simply painting over the outside of your home, you can increase the quality of your home by getting energy efficient sidings. With new sidings your home will be safe from the elements that it’s constantly exposed to here in Washington State. Insulation will lead to your heating and cooling costs to drop for your home. New Vinyl sidings are going to help keep your home at a comfortable internal temperature — year round. Insulation may not have been built into your home if your home is older, this is due to the insulation process was much more expensive in the past. Alside Prodigy vinyl sidings are going to be the most popular vinyl siding choice due to it’s quality and protection for somewhere like the Pacific Northwest. If you notice the electricity bill going up and drafts throughout your home it may be time for an upgrade in your siding.

3. Hidden Structural Damage

Old siding can easily lead to hidden water damage due to rainwater being able to seep into your home. There are different degrees of structural damage and sometimes may remain hidden and go unnoticed until it’s too late and you are left with a costly repair bill. It’s best to be able to find the structural damage and correct it early on.  You will want to check the exterior of your home for paint chipping/ware and cracks & gaps in the siding itself. Gaps and cracks will allow for moisture and with moisture will come mold and insects. Here at Harley Exteriors, we offer a James Hardie fiber cement siding that’s meant to be resistant to insect infestation which is perfect for this upcoming summer. With the cement siding, due to it being non-combustible and damage resistant to hail, it may reduce some home insurances as well!

To learn more about our siding options and other home improvement products we offer to homeowners in and around Seattle, WA, contact Harley Exteriors today at 425-527-0077.

Edmonds Waterfront Festival

Thinking about home improvements for the summer? Come start up a conversation with one of our window specialists at Harley Exteriors booth at the Edmonds Waterfront Festival!

Going to be a busy weekend for the Harley Exteriors team, we are going to be having a showing at the Edmonds Waterfront Festival all weekend as well as the Gig Harbor Maritime Parade on Saturday, we are going to be having a showing at the Edmonds Waterfront Festival all weekend!

(June 2nd-4th) Friday: 3pm-10pm – Saturday: 11am-10pm – Sunday: 11am-7pm

This festival comes around every year to help raise money for Rotary Club programs and services.

 

Gig Harbor Maritime Parade

Some of the Harley Exterior team will be at the Gig Harbor Maritime Parade on Saturday, June 3rd. We’ll be at the event from 12-9pm; come learn about our energy saving Olympic-Series XL windows. Ask about our double life-time warranty and other home improvement services!

This will be a fun all-ages event, so bring your friends and family as well!

Another A+ Project By Harley Exteriors

Lenard & Cindy of Shelton love there new Olympic Series Xl windows here’s what they wrote on Angie’s List

Amazing, love the windows, the customer service was excellent. Best windows we have seen and the quality is top notch. They updated our home so much from both the inside and out. Makes our 40 year old house almost look new…..Great company, and will would use them again and recommend them to friends and family. Great job!!!!