Portland Siding Leader | Lifetime Remodeling Systems

Hiring a Siding Contractor, A Dangerous Game

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

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.


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 11 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 2016 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 11th 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.

Portland Siding          Free Information Packet

 

Lifetime Remodeling Systems
Siding | Windows | Roofing
P:503.242.4242
W: www.lifetime-remodeling.com

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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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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!

Portland Siding

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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!

Portland Siding

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NE Portland Siding Project Complete!

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

Portland Siding Project | Before Portland Siding Project | After
 

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

Portland Roofing Experts

Posted by Gino Streano on Fri, Nov, 01, 2013 @ 07:11 AM

Portland Roofing Contractor

GAF: A Name You Can Trust
Lifetime Remodeling Systems is a GAF Certified Weather Stopper contractor for the Portland/Vancouver metro area. We are one of the few companies in Oregon to earn this distinction. We use GAF roofing shingles and components exclusively on all of our roofing projects as we feel the GAF brand is the finest quality roofing system available today. When you have us install a GAF roof following their strict Systems Plus guidelines you will receive thier unprecedented Systems Plus warranty covering both labor and materials for 50 years!

If you are looking for a company with a fantastic track record, expert installers who uses the finest materials available than give us a call or Contact Us for a free in-home education session.

Portland Siding


Portland Roofing Expert

 


Systems Plus Roofing System

LRS follows the GAF System Plus roofing guidelines giving our clients an iron clad 50 year non pro-rated warranty that covers both labor and maerials should anything go wrong with your roof. This warranty is also transferable. By using all premium GAF componenets and adhering to strict installation guidelines if you choose LRS for your next roofing project you can be rest assured that you will have one of the best installed roofs on the block.

See below for components we use for the System Plus roofing system.

 

Lifetime Shingles
Lifetime Shingles
GAF offers you many great Lifetime Shingle choices, including Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Technology. They're the #1-selling shingles in North America

 

 

 

Portland Roofing Contractor
Roof Deck Protection
Allows moisture to escape from your attic while providing an exceptionally strong layer of protection against wind-driven rain. Also, lays flatter for a better-looking roof.

 

Portland Roofing Experts

 

Leak Barrier
Provides exceptional protection against leaks caused by roof settling and extreme weather. Ideal upgrade at all vulnerable areas.

 

 

 

Portland Roofing Contractor
Starter Strip Shingles
Pre-cut starter strip shingles will speed installation time while helping to prevent shingle blow-offs because of their factory-applied adhesive strips.

 

 

 

Portland Roofing Experts

 

Cobra® Attic Ventilation
Helps remove excess heat and moisture from your attic that can raise your energy bills, cause premature peeling of interior paint and wallpaper, and even affect your health.

 

Portland Roofing Leader

 

Ridge Cap Shingles
Enhances the beauty and value of your home—while
guarding against
leaks at the
hips and
ridges.

Installation, Design, Perfection
LRS is proud of our work and we want to make sure that you get the house of your dreams. We will help you with basic design characteristics giving you lots of choices to insure that you get the look you want. Check out GAF's Roofing Wizard to help you decide on which shingle and color is best for your home. Also see below for the most popular colors in our area to help start the decision making process.

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Barkwood

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Birchwood

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Charcoal

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Copper Canyon

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Hickory

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Hunter Green

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Mission Brown

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Shakewood

Portland Roofing Leader
Timberline Slate

Portland Roofing Leader
Weathered Wood

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Looking For A Portland Roofing Contractor?

Posted by Gino Streano on Tue, Oct, 01, 2013 @ 13:10 PM

Portland's GAF Certified Roofing Contractor

LRS is now a Certified GAF Roofing contractor. What does this mean? Well we now can apply the same high installation standards to our roofing projects that we apply to our siding and window projects by strictly following the GAF Certified Installation Method (See below). Our GAF Certified Roofs include a non pro-rated 50 year Warranty including labor and materials. Unlike other warranty's that cover the cost of the shingle only, the GAF System Plus Warranty covers all roofing components including shingles, underlayment, starter shingles and all associated labor should the roof need to be replaced. Now that is Peace of Mind!

The GAF System Plus Roof System

GAF Lifetime Roofing System


Lifetime Shingles

Lifetime Shingles
GAF offers you many great Lifetime Shingle choices, including Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Technology. They're the #1-selling shingles in North America!

VersaShield Underlayment

Roof Deck Protection

Superior Quality Roof Deck Protection Can Protect And Beautify At The Same Time!

Superior-quality roof deck protection should protect your home by providing a critical extra layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck. It helps prevent wind-driven rain (or water from other sources) from infiltrating under your shingles and causing damage to your roof structure, or to the inside of your home. In addition, superior-quality roof deck protection will:

  • Help reduce damaging moisture that can become trapped on your roof deck
  • Provide longer-lasting leak protection than conventional “felts”
    (which can rot or become brittle before your shingles reach their useful life)
  • Help your shingles lay flat and uniform, for a better-looking finished roof Good Housekeeping


Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection is a key part of the GAF Lifetime Roofing System, and has even earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal. 


WeatherWatch

WeatherWatch Leak Barrier

  • Protect Your Property...
    Help prevent wind-driven rain from leaking through the roof deck, or melting ice and snow (caused by ice dams in harsh winter climates) from leaking into property’s interior

  • Add Extra Protection...
    In valleys and at eave and rake edges — the most leak-prone areas of the roof. Strongly recommended for chronic problem areas like skylights, dormers, vent pipes, chimneys, and other flashing areas

  • Won’t Leak...
    Helps ensure a 100% watertight seal

  • Avoid Costly Repairs...
    Due to staining on interior walls and ceilings

  • Better Appearance...
    Fiberglass reinforcement helps resist wrinkling and buckling — lays flatter under shingles

  • Saves Labor...
    Split-back release film peels off in sections, for faster installation and superior property owner value

Starter Strips

Premium Starter Strip Shingles On Every Job

Saves time, eliminates waste, and reduces the risk of blow-off...and may even help qualify for upgraded wind warranty coverage.

 

Cobra Snow Country
Cobra Snow Country Roof & Attic Ventilation

Effective attic ventilation is critical for a long-lasting roof!
A properly balanced attic ventilation system will help to:
  • Remove excess heat and moisture to protect your roof from premature deterioration
  • Prevent roof rot in your attic or roof deck 
  • Minimize peeling and extend the life of exterior and interior paint
  • Limit the growth of harmful mold 
  • Safeguard your attic possessions against mildew damage
  • Guard against ice damming in harsh winter climates 
  • Possibly reduce excessive heating and air conditioning costs
Good Housekeeping
Cobra®Snow Country™ Exhaust Vent is a key part of the Lifetime Roofing System, and has even earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal. 

Homeowner’s Best Choice


Vents Your Attic: Allows heat and condensation to escape at the most effective location — the ridge

Looks Terrific: Shingle-over design blends into your ridge line

Watertight: Passes the 110 mph wind-driven rain test

Insect Guard: Specially designed louver spacing helps keep insects out