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Signs You Need a New Roof

 When you first bought your home, you thought it was indestructible. As time went on, it seemed that way. However, the long winters here in the Pacific Northwest can be tough. Years and years of tough rain and snow on your roof are starting to show, but you’re not sure. Sometimes it can be tricky if the obvious isn’t noticeable.

The obvious, of course, are leaks, shingles falling clear off and holes you can see through. These situations are often times the wake-up call that can easily be prevented. If the early signs aren’t caught, you may be looking at more than just a roof replacement. Here are 3 not so noticeable signs your roof may need to be replaced.

Cracked Shingles

Crack shingles are the easiest thing to ignore. The reason is because it may be hard to spot cracks if they aren’t of a substantial size. Cracks can appear most easily at the ends. When straining and cracking happens, it’ll happen slowly and overtime. Taking a good 5-10 minutes look at your roof before you walk in, can save you ten’s of thousands of dollars in potential spending.

Age

Just based off sheer age, it can be time. If your roof is over 20 years old, then it may be time to begin shopping around. Most roofs are meant to last about that long, so if you haven’t had any major damage by then, it’s time to not take your luck for granted and begin taking a serious look at a new window.

Moss

Moss may seem like it’s a purely cosmetic issue. But it’s not. In the Pacific Northwest climate, moss is rampant and leads to other problems. Moisture and moss can lead to mold on the internal parts of your roof. 

I’m sure we’ve all seen a movie where someone is running across a roof and it caves in. The type of of effect mold can have on your roof. It weakens certain spots and will spread to the rest of the roof. 

Give us a call at (425) 527-0077 so we can begin the process of replacing your roof!

DIY Vs. Contractors.

Scrolling through your Facebook timeline will generally yield all sorts of things, such as cat pictures, memories and of course DIY videos. These videos range from cooking ideas, to organizational skills, all the way to home improvement ideas. While some are practical and definitely effective, some aren’t and can result in mistakes that’ll end up costing you too much time and money than it’s worth to do it right in the first place. 

Granted, most DIY videos are meant to be practical and minimalistic in nature. However, you do get some that are a little bit more intense than others. Some are made by professionals with their industrial grade tools. This is misleading because it does not differentiate between two different groups of people with different skills. Here are some of the cons to trying to do certain projects on your own.

 

Roof:

Roofs are a big project and may seem simple when seeing a team working on one. the truth is, that is months of work and time taken to survey each minute detail. Working on a roof also depends on your location. The type of room that is installed in Arizona is going to be different than one that’s installed in Washington. 

Installing your own roof is time costly as well. A crew of 3-4 workers can install a roof, generally in half the time a single person can do this. Not only does it take up you a huge amount of time, but the materials are not cheap either. When you go with a contractor, materials are included in the general price. with this, the cost is taken care of, and the research for getting the right roofing materials is not something you’ll need to worry about.

 

Windows:

Windows are a lot harder to do yourself. The reason being measurements, correct windows and access to manufacturers. Someone that is not familiar with measuring for windows can easily make mistakes, even though this may not be the intention, this can easily happen.

Anyone that has shopped for windows know that getting the correct window for your region is a huge part of the equation. in Texas you may only want single pane windows, while in Maine, you’ll need double, maybe even triple pane windows. This important because choosing the right number can save you on your electric bill. While the savings are relative, this is definitely a factor to consider. 

With these factors being considered, please reach out to Harley Exteriors so we can answer any questions you may have. 425-527-0077

Washington State Fair 2017

The Washington state fair is back! come out to Puyallup for fun with the whole family. The Washington state fair has been a staple for years and this year is no exception. Come see bands such as The Beach Boys, Modest Mouse and Thomas Rhett!

The Washington State Fair Foundation financially supports the scholarship and educational programs of the Fair, and preserves and improves the Fair for future generations.

Location:

Washington State Fair Events Center110 9th Ave SW 
Puyallup, WA 98371

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The fair runs from September, 1 to September, 24 and Harley Exteriors will be there everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Catch us and enter for a chance to win $10,000 off of your next home improvement project!

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.

Pierce County Fair 2017

The fair is an effort made by the Pierce County Government and the non-profit Pierce County Fair Association. The association is made up of volunteers who want to be able to put this event on for their community  andcoordinate the fair. The fair will be taking place in Frontier Park. There will be fair food and different entertainment acts for the whole family!

Harley Exteriors would love to see you, come and stop by! Ask about our Olympic Series XL energy saving windows!

Location:

21718 Meridian E

Graham, WA 98338

Show Hours:

August 10, Thursday – 10am – 10pm 

August 11, Friday – 10am – 10pm 

August 12, Saturday – 10am-10pm 

August 13, Sunday – 10am-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.

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.