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Harley Exteriors – The Installer of Windows You Can Trust in Western Washington

If you are looking for an installer of windows for your home in the Seattle, Washington, area, then look to Harley Exteriors. We are a family-owned and -operated home improvement contractor with an outstanding reputation for providing our customers with superior vinyl replacement windows and excellent customer service since our founding in 2002.

When you choose Harley Exteriors as the installer for the new windows on your Western Washington home, you will benefit from the following:

  • Skilled installations – Our window specialists have years of experience in the industry. All of our installers are extremely knowledgeable of building codes and installation procedures, and will ensure that the job is done right the first time. Plus, the installer for your windows will be certified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.

 

  • Outstanding reputation – We have earned a phenomenal reputation for the service we provide to our customers, and have earned and maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

 

  • Superior products – The windows we install are designed to perform well in the climate of the Pacific Northwest. Crafted from high-quality vinyl, our windows offer exceptional durability and are easy to maintain. Plus, they are ENERGY STAR® certified, provide year-long comfort, and may help to reduce your monthly energy costs.

 

  • Lifetime warranties – All of our products and our workmanship are backed by lifetime warranties, so you can feel confident that your investment is completely protected.

Contact Harley Exteriors to learn more about why you should hire us as the installer for your windows in Western Washington

Benefits of new Windows

When you buy a new house, it may be easy to forsake the windows. They are just as easy to walk by as the walls, rooms and doorways. 

This can be because of how boring they may look. Many new home buyers look for the aesthetics, above all.  You want to proud of your home and the easiest way to do that, is invest in products that’ll not only make your house look better, but add value through what they offer. Let’s look at what new windows can offer.

Exposure to daylight

New windows can do a lot to add new light to your home. Old windows can accrue dirt and dust that is stubborn and won’t come off with out expensive chemicals and treatment options. New windows not only add value, but also take out the hassle of trying to restore old windows. 

Adding daylight to your home will help save on electricity, too. The added light will bring a natural feeling to your home. One that will be warmed and lit by the sun. 

Easy Maintenance

When older windows begin to break down, re-caulking may need to be done, one of the panes may need to be replaced. The repairs may start to add up. If this was your car, let’s say the battery went out, then a couple weeks later, the started, then the alternator. When things start snowballing it’s better to invest in a newer car to avoid a money pit situation. 

The same can be said for older windows. Older windows can easily lead to structural and siding damage. It’s better to invest than it is to keep throwing money at an upkeep in a losing battle.

UV Exposure

When you look around your house and you see faded carpet, furniture and even portions of your wooden floor, it’s because of UV radiation coming through your windows. 

Older windows don’t have proper UV protection, simply because the technology did not exist. Now that it does, its time to invest in new windows. 

Call Harley Exteriors today, so we can help you begin the process of replacing your windows!

Is it time to replace your windows?

With the clouds turning gray, the leaves changing color and winter coats becoming more and more prevalent, so too, is the cold. Heating units are turned up in our homes because it time to time to brace for it.

New windows can make our break your wallet. It can break your wallet because when it comes time that they have to to be replaced, you’re looking at more than just your windows. They can make your wallet by saving you money on your energy bill. Here are some of the signs that you’ll need new windows.

 

Condensation

Depending on the type of condensation, you will need new windows. If you the condensation is on the inside, then that is natural. However, if its between window panes than that is an easy way to know that your sealing is cracked. Sealant that is cracked is a problem for several reasons. The biggest being, your heating bill is directly being affected by the cracking. Re-sealing doesn’t usually fix the bigger problem.

State of your window frames

The state of your window frames is a huge indicator you will need new windows. Rotting window frames aren’t just  symptoms of the obvious, but it can easily lead to structural damage. Rotting window frames hit your wallet hard and you will notice.

if your windows need replacing, give us a call here at Harley Exteriors!

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.