Portland Siding Leader | Lifetime Remodeling Systems

Interest is Deductible Under New Tax Law for Home Improvements

Posted by Gino Streano on Mon, Feb, 26, 2018 @ 16:02 PM

Using A HELOC To Remodel? You Can Still Write Off the Interest
A new article by Craig Webb of Remodeling Magazine is helping to clarify whether interest on a HELOC is still a deductible expense. According to the new law it depends on what you are using it for. For homeowners looking to remodel their homes the news is good as the IRS has stated that you can deduct the interest if the money was used to build or substantially improve your home. 

Here is a link to the article;

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/business/irs-interest-on-some-home-equity-loans-still-ok-under-new-tax-law_o

Tags: Siding Replacement | Portland, Kitchen Replacement | Portland, Bathroom Replacement | Portland

Ready for a New Kitchen or Bathroom?

Posted by Gino Streano on Mon, Feb, 26, 2018 @ 15:02 PM

Portland Kitchen Remodeler                                                     Portland Kitchen & Bath Remodeler                                            Portland Bathroom Remodeler

Portland Kitchen & Bath Remodeler

Kitchen & Bath Division
LRS’s Kitchen & Bath Division specializes in kitchen, bath and interior remodeling for our potential clients. Rod Hilkiah is our Design/Build Coordinator and has extensive experience as a finish carpenter (15 years), as well as being the lead estimator for some of Portland’s largest design/build firms. We are excited for Rod to lead our Kitchen & Bath Division as he provides a top-notch experience for our clients from the initial design consultation through job completion.

What To Expect
Once you contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation Rod will contact you and set up an in home design consultation to go over design ideas and start formulating a generalized quote. We will provide a quote based on the general information that we are able to gather at our first initial meeting for review. If accepted we will secure the initial deposit which will move the project into the design phase.

Design Phase
Once our quote is accepted we move into the Design Phase of the project which includes the following;

▪ Access to one of interior designers (if necessary) to help to formulate a top-notch design of your interior project
▪ Material selection
▪ Revised estimates based on the final design and material selection chosen

Remodel Phase
Once the Design Phase is completed we can schedule your remodel to get started! At this point Rod will personally manage the project start to finish with our accomplished team of in-house carpenters and sub-contractors. One of our philosophy’s is if you bid a project, you run the project. This allows our homeowners to know who they will be working with start to finish on their project. Because of this philosophy we hire people who have extensive trade experience as opposed to sales people with limited knowledge of how the construction gets done. 

Award Winning Remodeler
LRS is an Angie’slist.com Super Service Award Winner (11 Straight Years), A GuildMaster Award Winner with Guild Quality, we have received the Big 50 Award from Remodeling Magazine as well as the Market Leadership Award from Professional Remodeler Magazine. We are also a member of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry).

Kitchen & Bath Remodel Stategies
Footprint: Looking at your current layout and deciding whether you’d like to try and keep the footprint the same (no moving pipes, electrical, moving of structural walls…) or if you need to reconfigure your kitchen or bath layout it will have big implications for how much the remodel will cost. Moving plumbing, electrical and HVAC will be the largest cost driver of a new remodel.


Design: Rod Hilkiah our Design/Build Coordinator can meet with clients to come up with a design plan based on your feedback. If more extensive design help is necessary LRS works with two designers that help our clients take their kitchen/bath design to the next level. Our designers will meet with you personally, take your input and design the kitchen of your dreams. This will add to the overall cost but insures that you get the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. For clients that already have a good idea on the design of their kitchen we can get started on the bidding process right away and you can save money by bypassing the need for an interior designer.

Lighting: Lighting is often underestimated in kitchen & bathroom design and in reality is one of the most important aspects of a kitchen remodel.

Task Lighting: Under cabinet lighting in kitchens should be seriously considered as cabinets create dark spaces on your countertops where you will be spending a large amount of your time. Planning for two fixtures per zone allows for the work spaces under and around your cabinets to have plenty of light and make your kitchen shine. 

Ambient Lighting: Flush mounted ceiling lights, wall sconces and track lights create the overall mood in your kitchen or bathroom. Dimmer switches allow you to control the mood and should definitely be used.

Quality Conscious
Functionality and durability should be top priorities during your  kitchen/bath remodel. Low quality “bargain” products cause problems down the road which is why we avoid them. Focus on products that combine low-maintenance with solid warranties. These items will cost a little more upfront but will be ultra-durable, and look great over long periods of time allowing you to enjoy your kitchen or bath for years to come or get maximum value from your remodel should you choose to sell your home in the future. 

Storage
Our mantra is “add storage, not space”. Cabinets that reach the ceiling, mounted shelving units & ceiling mounted racks are just a few ways to maximize the storage space in your new kitchen  or bath. 

Great Design = Happy Clients
At LRS we take the design phase seriously as we understand that a great design equals a happy client. We provide all of the necessary resources to insure that you get the kitchen or bathroom design that you’ve always wanted. 

Tags: Kitchen Replacement | Portland, Bathroom Replacement | Portland, Interior Remodeling | Portland

Hiring a Siding Contractor, A Dangerous Game

Posted by Gino Streano on Mon, Jan, 16, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

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Hiring A Contractor, A Dangerous Game
It’s amazing to me how many clients that I meet who have had bad experiences with contractors. I had a client the other day who hired me to install new windows and custom skylights comment at how I am the only contractor they’d ever had who showed up consistently on time to every scheduled meeting. I find that sad and an indictment on the state of the remodeling industry as a whole. If your contractor can’t show up on time to a previously scheduled meeting, how is the rest of the project going to go? I tell people that assume we (contractors) are all LYING to you and make us objectively prove to you that what we are saying is true (showcasing color brochures and telling you everything will turn out great is not objective proof).  A great contractor should have no problem with providing details of how the project is run, materials and flashing types used etc... because we understand that our job is to provide answers and options to our clients that make sense.

Below I’ve outlined a few things that will help you to weed out the bad and focus on the great contractors who are bidding your project.


Accredidations, Awards, Reviews
Great companies will be accredited by the BBB, have won awards from Remodeling Magazine or other publications and will be listed in Preferred Programs from manufacturer's. Lifetime Remodeling Systems has been the top rated contractor on AngiesList.com in Portland for 11 straight years, has a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and is a Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor, a GAF Weather Stopper Contractor and a Milgard Window Dealer. 

References, References, References
Demand references up front from any contractor who is bidding your job. Great contractors are eager to show off their reference list and will provide more than you need. Make sure they provide phone numbers and addresses of their previous clients and call a couple. Talking to previous clients who rave about a contractor is a great way for you to establish a comfort level that you are picking the right company. A great remodeling company should provide 10 or more references with addresses and phone numbers of their past clientele for various projects as well as Angie’s List reports (at least 10). The references should also be job specific meaning the homes should be of a similar style and age of your home. By providing this information a contractor is backing up their claim of being great by allowing you to hear it from their previous clients, not them.

The Devil is In The Details
Once you’ve gotten past the references it’s time to move on to a detailed description of the job itself. A great contractor will provide you with written information describing their company, the job process and the materials being used. If the contractor can’t describe the process to you, than they shouldn’t be doing the job. Beware of contractors providing color brochures and making statements like "would't this look great", or "we'll work the details out once the job starts" as the are subjective statements that don't tell you waht is actually going to happen.

A great contractor will spell out for you the details of the project so that everyone is on the same page before the project starts.

Items That Should be Covered Are
1. Does the contractor use subs or in-house crews? In-house crews are always preferred if possible. This insures that the project manager has a working relationship with the crew and that the crew is fully briefed on the companies’ installation practices. Good remodeling firms will typically have a mixture of in-house crews doing the main scope of work while maintaining a list of top-quality subs for trade work (electrical, plumbing etc…) whom they’ve established a solid working relationship with over the years.

2. Who runs the project? Its best if the person you initially meet with also runs the project. This insures that wild promises aren’t made upfront by a salesman who doesn’t have to run the project. It also insures that the person you are speaking with understands the process of the job, not just how to sell the products used in the job.

3. What type of materials are being used and why? Quality contractors use top quality materials. They are easier to install, last longer and make for happier homeowners. Remember you’ll always be focused on price before you hire a contractor, but once hired you forget about price and focus on the look of the job. Saving some $$$ by choosing a guy who uses cheap a material never feels good once the project starts. For an exterior project look for contractors who use stainless steel fasteners, 50 year elastomeric sealants, lifetime warranted paint and high grade wood or siding products (i.e. GAF roofing components, composite decking, clear vertical grain cedar or Hardieplank siding). Unfortunately, the average siding job last 11.7 years due to poor quality products and faulty installation. I believe that it is our responsibility as contractors to remodel homes not just for the current owner but for future owners to enjoy, quality materials and installation will insure that the job lasts long enough for this to happen.

4. How is the Product Installed? A quality contractor will educate you on the correct way to install the products that are being offered. 90% of failures on a remodeled home are installation based. We replace the siding on 5-10 jobs annually because of poor quality installations. Many of these projects had the siding installed less than 5 years prior that has to be removed and replaced.

5. What Type of Warranty do You Offer? Manufacturer warranties are typically useless as they don’t cover any installation based failure. Since 90% of failures are caused by improper installation it is imperative that your contractor offers an “installation based warranty”. Our company offers a Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty covering any installation based failure for as long as you own your home. By using high quality materials, and in-house crews we are confident in our installations. LRS has a 20  year track record and over 2000 homes currently under warranty.


Confident Contractors, Great Results
A quality contractor will have confidence in their company and the methods that they use and should want to educate you on those methods. By educating clients on the front end it insures that you can share in the remodeling experience because you understand the steps that are being taken at every level of the project to insure that not only will your house look great, but that it will last a long time. By educating yourself about the process and working with a contractor who is knowledgeable about the work that is being done you can assure yourself that you will have a good remodeling experience and avoid the “pitfalls” that so many homeowners experience through a lack of research and price based decision making. Educate yourself upfront and choosing an educated contractor with a solid long-term reputation pays dividends once the job is finished.

 

   

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Angie's List Super Service Award Winner 11 Straight Years!

Posted by Gino Streano on Mon, Jan, 16, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

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Angie'sList.com Super Service Award Winner 12 Straight Years!
Lifetime Remodeling Systems a siding, window & roofing contractor based in Portland earns coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2016. This our 11th straight Super Service Award making us the most recognized exterior contractor on Angieslist.com!

Lifetime Remodeling Systems has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

Gino Streano President of Lifetime Remodeling Systems states, “This is our 12th straight year winning this award and we are excited that we are being recognized by our clients as a top quality remodeling firm. We are focused on customer satisfaction and hopefully this award proves that commitment to our clients and potential customers.”

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Lifetime Remodeling Systems can claim Super Service Award status for 11 years straight speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2015 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Portland Siding Contractor Wins 10th Straight Super Service Award!

Posted by Gino Streano on Thu, Apr, 21, 2016 @ 14:04 PM

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Angie'sList.com Super Service Award Winner 10 Straight Years!
Lifetime Remodeling Systems a siding, window & roofing contractor based in Portland earns coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2015. This our 10th straight Super Service Award making us the most recognized exterior contractor on Angieslist.com!

Lifetime Remodeling Systems has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

Gino Streano President of Lifetime Remodeling Systems states, “This is our 10th straight year winning this award and we are excited that we are being recognized by our clients as a top quality remodeling firm. We are focused on customer satisfaction and hopefully this award proves that commitment to our clients and potential customers.”

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Lifetime Remodeling Systems can claim Super Service Award status for 10 years straight speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2015 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Portland SIding Leader | Lifetime Remodeling Systems

Posted by Gino Streano on Thu, Apr, 21, 2016 @ 13:04 PM

 

Portland Siding Contractor
Siding Contractor | Portland, OR

Portland's Premier Siding Contractor
Lifetime Remodeling Systems is a Portland siding contractor with a focus on Craftsman renovations, LP replacmeent and EIFS replacement. We specialize in Hardieplank, Cedar & Stone replacement siding and have been siding homes in the Northwest for 19 years. Whether it's an Art's & Crafts restoration, an LP re-side, EIFS replacement or a custom cedar project Lifetime Remodeling Systems has in-house crews run by a professional project management staff to make sure you get the job done right.

Why Should I Replace My Siding?
1. New Building Envelope/Flashing Systems: When we re-side you home we completely update the building envelope and flashing systems to the latest code insuring that your house has an energy efficient, breathable & drainable system in place. The building envelope is one of the most important aspects of the house and we put a priority on making sure ours are built to last.

2. Maintenance Free: Our siding projects eliminate the need for costly paint jobs every 5 years. We use premium product lines and lifetime warranted paints to insure that your siding job will last generations. We guarantee all of our work unconditionally for as long as you own your home including our paint jobs.

3. Aesthetics: New siding can make transform a drab house into the nicest house on the block. We put a premium on design and help our homeowners to make sure that their house get's the attention that it deserves and is the best looking house on the block!

4. ROI: Exterior siding projects have the #1 return on investment of any remodeling project according to Remodeling Magazine. Talk about bang for your buck, you get a new house for less than what you'd spend on a mid-range kitchen remodel!

Siding Options? We've Got You Covered
LRS is Portland's leader in replacement windows offering multiple options depending on your needs including;

Hardieplank: Our most poular siding type by far. Durable, with great looks at a great price point makes Hardieplank the most popular siding choice in the Northwest. Whether you are restoring an Art's & Crafts or re-siding a contemporary home Hardieplank has multiple styles available to insure that you get the look you've always wanted. We are also the oldest Preferred Hardieplank Remodeler in the Portland metro area giving you peace of mind that your siding is being installed by the experts!

Cedar: Cedar is one of the oldest siding types in use today and for good reason. Classic looks & natural durability make cedar one of the most widely used siding types of the past 100 years. All of our cedar comes from Lakeside Lumber and is fully primed with a Miller oil-based primer at Lakeside's facility.

Payment Options? We've Got You Covered
LRS is committed to giving our clients the flexibility that they need to finance their remodeling project. See below for all of the options that we provide.

In-House Financing: LRS offers 100% zero down financing OAC. We use a local regional bank which keeps your money in the Northwest. This is a very user friendly program which means that there are no pre-payment penalties should you choose to pay off the loan at any time and you get a low fixed interest rate.

Credit Cards:  We accept all major credit cards except Discover.

Cash: If the project is paid by cash or check we will extend a 3% cash discount to our clients.

Request An Estimate
If you've done the research and feel that we are a good fit for your remodeling project give us a call at 503.242.4242 or Request An Estimate and one of our professional project managers will contact you, answer any questions and schedule a free in-home consultation. 

Need more information about our siding products before contacting us? Click on the button below to download our Free Siding Information Packet.

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Lifetime Remodeling Systems
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P:503.242.4242
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Tags: Siding, Portland siding contractor, Hardieplank siding contractor, Cedar siding contractor

NE Portland Siding Project

Posted by Gino Streano on Mon, Apr, 18, 2016 @ 15:04 PM

 

Portland Siding Project | Hardieplank

NE Portland Siding Project
This wonderful project was just completed in NE Portland. We were able to restore this old house to its original (or better) condition with smooth Hardieplank HZ5 lap siding and Hardie Shake accents. The entire home was painted with a Lifetime Warranted coating from Sherwin Williams.

Unfortunately many siding companies treat all houses the same and in the case of older craftsman homes they must be treated differently. LRS specializes in craftsman renovations (We've been restoring craftsman homes in Portland for over 10 years) and we have the references to prove it (10 pages and counting). If you are thinking about a craftsman renovation give us a call at 503.242.4242!

Restoring a Craftsman Home

  • Assign an in-house crew specializing in craftsman renovations (We have all in-house crews that have been with us for many years who specialize in working on older homes
  • Full lead RRP (Includes laying down heavy grade plastic, suiting up our guys for the removal and making sure the jobsite is clean once completed)
  • A complete tear-off of the original siding (or multiple layers in many cases)
  • A complete inspection of the substrate to insure there is no dry rot or insect damage that has occured (If so we can do all of the repairs in-house, no need for a seperate contractor)
  • Installation of a fully drainable, completely updated building envelope (This is includes our HydroGap drainable housewrap, all new flashing at critical areas and insulating gaps and spaces for the ultimate energy efficiency)
  • Installation of Hardieplank or cedar siding (We only install these two siding types as we believe they are the only products that can emulate the original cedar siding on these old homes)
  • Painting the entire home (We use Sherwin Williams products and offer free in-house color consultations to insure our clients get the color scheme they've always wanted)

Don't Remodel Your Remodel
It's amazing how many times I get called in on a project in which the homeowner has already started and realized the the siding contractor has no clue what they are doing and fires them while losing a significant deposit (This has happened twice already this year). Unfortunately the majority of siding contractors think that all houses are the same and they don't realize the amount of extra work that it takes to fo an exterior renovation on an older home. Once they start the project they realize that they aren't going to make any money and they either try and rush through it (Making many installation mistakes) or they use the cheapest materials possible to try and save a few bucks.

So far this year I have come in behind two other siding contractors on older homes (One walked off the job, and the other was fired halfway through the project by the homeowner due to incompetence). I tear off everything that they have done and start over to insure that everything is done correctly. We use the latest in flashing systems, stainless steel fasteners throughout, high grade Hardieplank and cedar siding components and Lifetime Warranted paints from Sherwin Williams. Most importantly we have in-house crews who care about our clients and the job that they are doing. Nobody matches our crews and their focus on a quality experience for our clients. We have multiple crew leads that have been with the firm for longer than 10 years.

Interested in re-siding your craftsman home? LRS is a Portland siding replacement expert specializing in Hardieplank line of premium siding products. We are an Elite Preferred Hardieplank Remodeler and specialize in all types of siding replacement.

For more information about our company check out our website at http://www.lifetime-remodeling.com, call us at 503.242.4242 or click below for a free estimate!

The LRS Team

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Tags: Siding Replacement | Portland

Portland Hardieplank Siding Project Complete!

Posted by Gino Streano on Tue, Jan, 27, 2015 @ 16:01 PM

Portland Siding Contractor | LRS


Sherwood Siding Project

This is a construction defect project that was just completed in Sherwood, OR. As an Elite Preferred Hardieplank Remodeler we were called out to inspect the house and provide a quote for repairs.

The existing siding had failed due to faulty installation causing major dry rot and leakage issues. We removed all of the defective siding, repaired all of the existing dry rot, installed a HydroFlash moisture management system, installed HZ5 ColorPlus Hardieplank (Pre-painted), installed HardieShake accents in the gables, and installed Cultured Stone accents on the front elevation.

The project included;

  • Removal of of old siding (Failed installation)
  • Installed HydroFlash moisture management system
  • Performed major dry rot repairs on front elevation and roof
  • Installed ColorPlus HZ5 premium Hardieplank lap siding
  • Installed HardieShake (Gable Accents)
  • Installed NT3 HardieTrim package
  • Installed Cultured Stone Accents


Interested in re-siding your house? LRS is a Portland siding replacement expert specializing in Hardieplank line of premium siding products. We are an Elite Preferred Hardieplank Remodeler and specialize in all types of siding replacement.

For more information about our company check out our website at http://www.lifetime-remodeling.com, call us at 503.242.4242 or click below for a free estimate!

Request A Free Estimate!

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SW Portland Siding Project Complete!

Posted by Gino Streano on Thu, Jul, 10, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

Portland Siding Contractor | LRS

SW Portland Siding Project
This is a craftsman siding project that we just completed in SW Portland. 

The project included;

  • Removal of of old cedar siding
  • Installing GreenFiber blow in insulation on all walls
  • Installing Hardie Shake on gables
  • Installing smooth Hardieplank lap siding
  • Installing a craftsman window trim package
  • Painting the entire home with Duration by Sherwin Williams

Interested in re-siding your house? For more information about our company check out our website at http://www.lifetime-remodeling.com, call us at 503.242.4242 or click below for a free estimate!

Request A Free Estimate!

Tags: arts & crafts, Portland siding contracor, portland window contractor, portland siding, Hardieplank Contractor Portland, Portland Hardieplank Contractor

NE Portland Siding Project Complete!

Posted by Gino Streano on Thu, Jun, 05, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

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NE Portland Siding & Roofing Project
This is a craftsman siding & roofing project that we just completed in NE Portland.

The project included;

  •  Removal of asbestos and cedar
  • Repairing structural dry rot
  • Installing a new GAF Systems Plus Certified Roof
  • Installing smooth Hardieplank lap siding
  • Installing craftsman window trim package
  • Painting the entire home with Duration by Sherwin Williams

Interested in re-siding your house? For more information about our company check out our website at http://www.lifetime-remodeling.com, call us at 503.242.4242 or click below for a free info packet.

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Tags: portland siding, Portland Hardieplank, Portland siding contractor, Portland restoration, Portland roofing contractor