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Maintaining New Vinyl Windows

Even brand new windows need to be maintained to keep them looking great and keep them valid under warranty. Vinyl windows are fairly low maintenance as is and they are meant to last a long time however you do need to do your part in maintaining them yourself.

Cleaning the glass of the windows is fairly easy and the cleaners used, you may already have in your home. A mild soap with a soft cloth or sponge is best to use; making sure that it’s not an ammonia or alcohol based cleaner to avoid streaks. Circular motions work best when cleaning the glass part of the window and wipe down with a dry cloth to avoid water spots and water damage in the frames.

Because we get so much rain here in the Pacific Northwest, the exteriors of your home windows may be pretty clean from dirt and debris. However cleaning the exterior frame a couple times a year will help prevent discoloration and deterioration. The same mild soap and can be used to clean the exterior frame of your windows. A softer material should be used to wash the clean the windows, something like a microfiber cloth or soft bristle brush; afterwards rinse with water to avoid water spots.

Window screens should be handled very carefully as they can be fragile. They are easy to clean, just use mild soap and water as usual for the windows.

When cleaning your windows, try your best to do it on a cloudier day, if the soap is exposed to direct sunlight it may dry too quickly and leave a residue.

If you’re thinking of replacing your windows all together because you may not have low maintenance vinyl windows, Harley Exteriors will offer a free inspection and quote of your current windows when you call 425 525 0077!

Northwest SolarFest 2017

The Northwest Solar project was founded on the idea of promoting the use of renewable energy and environmentally responsible practices for the community. The event at the Shoreline Community College will help to “educate, inform and inspire the community”.

Harley Exteriors is a perfect example of what Northwest SolarFest works to strive for with our energy efficient home improvements. Our replacement windows and roofs are made to keep your home warm in the winter and colder during the summer, thus creating energy efficiency in you home.

Along with being beautifully designed, our products are the most durable on the market. Our Olympic Series XL windows are made exclusively for our company and our installers are specifically trained to install them. So you know that you are getting a high quality product and the install will be done flawlessly. 

Going green in your home is a great way to start being more aware of climate change and how it affects the world. You’ll be saving on your energy bill at home and onthe earth we all call home.

Location:

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N

Shoreline, WA 98133

 

Show Hours:

July 22, Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Harley Exteriors offers Replacement Windows, Roofing Installation & Other Home Improvements for Residents of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, & Nearby Communities in Western WA.  Family-owned and operated, Harley Exteriors is proud of its team of expert installation professionals for its reputation of providing superior customer service. Since 2002, we’ve been installing custom replacement windows, as well as fiberglass shingle roofing, to homeowners in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout that time we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an A rating with Angie’s List, and have been honored with the First Security Bank Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.

Renton River Days 2017

Join us this weekend at Liberty Park for Renton River Days family fun festival! The festival is made to bring the community together through food, activities, music and art. The festival originated in 1986 and has been happening every year since. There will be a KidZone, two entertainment stages, an art market and art show, a parade and even a rubber ducky derby and many more activities! 

Our home improvement specialists will be attending the show and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our installers are professionally trained and use only the most durable products while everyone that you’ll be in contact with along the way will provide you with excellent customer service. All of our products are made to make your home energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Replacement windows

 and roofing in the Seattle area has never been easier!

Location:

1055 S Grady Way
 
Renton, Washington
 

Show Hours:

July 21, Friday – 11am – 8pm 

July 22, Saturday – 10am – 8pm

July 23, Sunday – 11am – 6pm 

Harley Exteriors offers Replacement Windows, Roofing Installation & Other Home Improvements for Residents of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, & Nearby Communities in Western WA.  Family-owned and operated, Harley Exteriors is proud of its team of expert installation professionals for its reputation of providing superior customer service. Since 2002, we’ve been installing custom replacement windows, as well as fiberglass shingle roofing, to homeowners in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout that time we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an A rating with Angie’s List, and have been honored with the First Security Bank Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.

Signs You Need To Replace Your Windows

You’re in your home everyday so you may be blind to some of the signs that you need your windows replaced. Window performance doesn’t just deteriorate overnight; it’s something that happens as your home ages so you can easily have become accustomed to these changes. Here are some signs that your home is in need of new windows.

You notice that your windows create condensation and/or frost. Condensation can be a normal, depending on the time of day and the temperatures both outside and in your home. However if you’re noticing moisture in between the panes of your windows, that means the seal of your windows are broken. With the seal being broken that means air from inside and outside your home are being transferred and your home is not energy efficient. This, of course, can lead to a higher energy bill and more money out of your pocket annually.

Another thing to watch out for would be, if your windows are hot to the touch during the warmer months and cold to the touch in the colder months of the year. That’s another clear sign that your windows are no longer performing at top level. An average of 10-20% of your homes energy is lost through just your windows alone; homeowners should take that into consideration when thinking about replacing their windows. Harley Exteriors has an excellent variety of energy efficient windows; many of our satisfied customers are able to tell a difference in their internal temperature just after a few days of their new windows being installed! If you feel a draft when you are close to a window in your home, that’s another apparent sign that you are losing energy in your home.

There are physical signs of needing new windows as well. The frame itself may show signs of rotting and/or cracking, along with noticeable color loss. Wooden windows are especially prone to decay as they are regularly exposed to moisture here in the Pacific Northwest. This can make the windows difficult to open and close and they can be potential hosts for mold and insects as well.

If your energy bill and noise in your home have increased, this may be one more sign that you need to replace your windows. Because of the energy that can be lost from your windows alone, it’s important to make sure that you have ENERGY STAR rated windows. The Olympic Series of energy efficient windows are exclusive to the Harley Exteriors Company and are made to handle the weather we get here in Seattle, WA. If you live near a busy street with old windows you may be able to help with the noise with new windows as well. New windows may be able to provide better noise cancellation.                                                                                                                                  

Your windows are part of the first impression that your home gives off, so it’s important to keep them looking attractive and beneficial to you to keep them energy efficient. Even if you don’t want to stay in your home much longer, the resale value can increase tremendously with the installation of new windows.

If you would like any information on replacement windows or any other home improvements, contact Harley Exteriors (425) 527 0077. 

Kent Cornucopia Days 2017

King County’s largest family festival is completely run by volunteers to help benefit different charities and organizations in the area.

There will be dragon boat races, a 5k fun run, soccer tournament, a parade, skateboard contests, carnival attractions, live music, over 600 vendors and a Miss Cornucopia pageant!

Here at Harley Exteriors we carry the aesthetically pleasing and durable products made to handle the weather we get here in Washington State. Our 

improvement materials are high quality and are made to help your home become more energy efficient. We provide replacement windows, roofs and siding to the Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Bothell Auburn, Bellingham, Federal Way, Kent, Marysville, Redmond and Renton areas.

Location:

Multiple Locations in Kent

109 2nd Avenue South Kent, WA
 

Show Hours:

July 14, Friday – 10am – 5pm 

July 15, Saturday – 10am – 8pm

July 16, Sunday – 10am – 8pm 

Harley Exteriors offers Replacement Windows, Roofing Installation & Other Home Improvements for Residents of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, & Nearby Communities in Western WA.  Family-owned and operated, Harley Exteriors is proud of its team of expert installation professionals for its reputation of providing superior customer service. Since 2002, we’ve been installing custom replacement windows, as well as fiberglass shingle roofing, to homeowners in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout that time we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an A rating with Angie’s List, and have been honored with the First Security Bank Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.

Everett AquaSox Game – July 2017

Everett AquaSox will be playing against the Salem Volcanoes this weekend at their home, Everett Memorial Stadium.

There are few tickets left for the game so be sure to get yours soon!

While you’re enjoying the game, come and stop by Harley Exteriors booth and ask us about your home improvement needs.

This upcoming summer is predicted to be a hot one, so now is a great time to do some energy efficient home improvements. Many of our customers have told us that they are able to tell a difference in their internal temperature after just a few days of their new windows being installed. The windows will also help with ventilation in the upcoming winter as well.

Location:

Everett Memorial Stadium 

3802 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201
 

Show Hours:

July 7, Friday – Game starts at 7:05pm 

July 8, Saturday – Game starts at 7:05pm 

Harley Exteriors offers Replacement Windows, Roofing Installation & Other Home Improvements for Residents of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, & Nearby Communities in Western WA.  Family-owned and operated, Harley Exteriors is proud of its team of expert installation professionals for its reputation of providing superior customer service. Since 2002, we’ve been installing custom replacement windows, as well as fiberglass shingle roofing, to homeowners in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout that time we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an A rating with Angie’s List, and have been honored with the First Security Bank Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.

Mill Creek Festival 2017

Our window specialists will be having a stand at the Mill Creek Festival next Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s talk about our energy efficient Olympic-Series XL windows. We’ve had multiple customers say they are able to feel a difference in their homes internal temperature just after a few days of their new windows being installed!

The event will be an all ages event with Local Art Booths, Live entertainment, Pet Plaza, Kid Plaza, Food Court, Beer & Wine Garden. The Mill Creek Days Festivals have been happening for the past 18 years by volunteers of the community.

This will be an all day event and will be a lot of family fun!

Location:

Mill Creek Blvd at 161st St SE
 
Mill Creek, Washington
 

Show Hours:

July 8th, Saturday – 11am-6pm

July 9th, Sunday –11am-5pm

Harley Exteriors offers Replacement Windows, Roofing Installation & Other Home Improvements for Residents of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, & Nearby Communities in Western WA.  Family-owned and operated, Harley Exteriors is proud of its team of expert installation professionals for its reputation of providing superior customer service. Since 2002, we’ve been installing custom replacement windows, as well as fiberglass shingle roofing, to homeowners in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout that time we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an A rating with Angie’s List, and have been honored with the First Security Bank Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.

Why You Should Replace Your Windows With Vinyl

On average 10-20% of energy in your home is lost through your windows. If your windows are older, they are more subjective to energy loss, which will lead to a rise in your utilities cost every month.

Energy efficiency is something that homeowners are going to strive for, for their future home improvements to keep their homes comfortable and utility costs lower. There are several different types of windows that you could get, however the best material that’s going to be the easiest to maintain is going to be vinyl.

Vinyl windows are going to be less of an expensive but just as durable as aluminum or wood with their own separate benefits. When comparing vinyl to wood, the biggest difference is going to be the amount of maintenance that is needed to maintain the aesthetic of wood. With wood, there’s a need to sand and repaint over time and it can peel or flake without the proper care. Wood may also be a host for rot and mold in a humid or rainy climate like the Seattle area. With the popularity of vinyl on the rise, vinyl windows are going to come in all different colors with no-fade. Aluminum is not going to be the best for energy efficiency however they do well in wet climates. The transfer of temperature is not going to be as steady in comparison with vinyl for the price difference you’ll be paying.

At Harley Exteriors, our Olympic Series energy efficient windows are exclusive to our company. The windows are manufactured here in Washington and are designed to be able to withstand the weather we get here in the Pacific Northwest. Our installers are specially trained to install our Olympic Series windows so you can feel more at peace knowing that the job is being done right. Our vinyl windows have a triple thick interior wall for maximum strength and durability. The windows block up to 95% of UV lights that enter your home to help protect against sun damage on your floors and furniture.

Our windows are Energy Star qualified and are backed by our double lifetime warranty. We offer many different styles of windows as well; single & double hung, picture, casement, bay, bow and more.

Replacing your windows at first thought can be a taxing task however at Harley Exteriors we make it extremely easy. Our window specialist can easily come to your home and inspect your current windows and you will receive a free quote.

When replacing your windows it’s extremely important to take the material into consideration; if you’re going to be replacing your windows you want to do so with a material that will last you with a great warranty.

Harley Exteriors proudly serves homeowners throughout the Pacific Northwest; including Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Bothell, Auburn, Bellingham, Federal Way, Kent, Marysville, Redmond and Renton. Contact us at (425) 527-0077.

Getting a New Roof: What to Expect Afterwards

Your roof works hard to protect you from the crazy weather we get here in Seattle, WA. With the usually wet weather we get in Washington, your roof keeps out moisture that can lead to pests, mold and hidden structural damage. Your roof is also a part of your homes aesthetic and one of the key parts in a first impression of your home. As you can see, a good quality and healthy roof is just as important to your home as a healthy foundation for you home.

With summer approaching, this is the ideal time to do a roof replacement project for your home and it will be perfect for the wintertime.

When you turn to Harley Exteriors for your roof replacement needs these are the perks that you should expect to see in the future:

Property Value Increase

There will be an increase in your property and resale value with a new roof installed. The average ROI (return on investment) for a new roof is going to be about 70%, meaning you will get back about 70% of the money spent on your new roof. Changing the color of your roof can also enhance the look of your home as well, giving your home more appeal. We offer many different colors so you can easily change up the look of your home to better match the look of your home and climate if you so choose.

Energy Efficiency

 “Energy Efficiency” is common benefit for all of our products here at Harley Exteriors and our roofs are no exception. Technology is something is constantly advancing and roofing technology is part of that. There is going to be much better insulation in more up to date roofs that are made to reflect sunlight rather than absorb. Our replacement roofing is Energy StarTM Certified, which will help with the temperature in your home and your energy bill.

Added Safety

 A roof in great condition is supposed to protect the home from the outside but an old roof may lead to more harm than good. Changing your roof can remove built up mold and mildew, which can prevent you from any health problems. If the roof is old and water is able to seep in that can lead to hidden water damage and water intrusion and that’s not something that is always visible to the naked eye. Old roofs also risk the collapsing. When you replace your roof through Harley Exteriors specialists you have the fiberglass shingles option, which is resistant to leaks and protects against harsh weather elements. There’s also a lifetime roofing system – never roof again.

Taste of Tacoma 2017

If you’re a home owner in the pacific northwest and if remodeling your home is in your future come stop by Harley Exterior’s booth at Taste of Tacoma! 

Energy efficiency is something that we all want in our homes and we can help. Harley Exteriors specializes in energy efficient vinyl windows, entry doors, fiberglass shingle roofing, as well as gutter installation and many other home improvement projects.

The Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma is celebrating 32 years this weekend from June 23rd-25th.The food festival will be taking place at the Point Defiance Visitors Center in Tacoma as usual.

The food festival benefits the local Tacoma community as well as local organizations and charities. There will an array of different types of foods available and several different stands spread out across the venue. The Taste of Tacoma is always a huge event every year and there’s more than just food. There will be many hand crafted and commercial goods vendors, live music and entertainment, a wine bar and craft beer tasting with a beer garden as well as a family fun zone! There will be something to interest everyone at this event!

Admission is free and it’s an all ages event!

 

Location:

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
 

Show Hours:

June 23, Friday – 11am-9pm

June 24, Saturday –11am-9pm

June 25, Sunday – 11am-8pm

Harley Exteriors offers Replacement Windows, Roofing Installation & Other Home Improvements for Residents of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, & Nearby Communities in Western WA.  Family-owned and operated, Harley Exteriors is proud of its team of expert installation professionals for its reputation of providing superior customer service. Since 2002, we’ve been installing custom replacement windows, as well as fiberglass shingle roofing, to homeowners in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout that time we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an A rating with Angie’s List, and have been honored with the First Security Bank Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.