On December 22nd we had a mason, Mike Cacka, (of Canby, Oregon) come to the house and repair the chimney. He removed the old brick, and completely rebuilt the structure using new brick. The new brick will last a lifetime not like "used" brick that suffers from crumbling due to weather exposure. Mike did a fine job and he obviously knew what he was doing! Remember it was December. It was cold and wet. Mike got right to work between rainy days, and had the job done without a hitch.
Next we called Interstate Roofing, and worked with Ronnie Slichter. He promptly came out to the house, did a estimate of the time, and costs involved in re-roofing the home. The following week a team of six men showed up with a dumpster and materials. Our choice of roofing material was an architectural grade composite product. In four days the job was complete, and the grounds were picked up. A tear off creates an amazing amount of debris. Interstate supplies a container for all of it, and then takes it to a recycling location to have it used for other applications.
During the process of re-roofing and repairing the chimney we determined that new windows and exterior doors would be highly advantages to keeping our energy efficiency in check. The old windows were single pane and not safety glass. Several of the windows were a very dated style louver design. They are commonly used in trailers and in warmer climates. In our area they didn't seem prudent considering what heating and cooling costs are.
After searching on-line for a window company, I came across a familiar face at LifeTimeWindows. Eric Peterson is one of the owners at LifeTimeWindows and the son-in-law of a special friend, Audrey Howe. Eric measured each window and door carefully for us. He then suggested two styles of windows and doors. Each choice would be a great improvement and give us what we wanted. We chose Milgard windows due to their low profile and energy efficiency. Within ten days the windows and doors were delivered, and installation began. It took three days to complete the job. We couldn't be more happy with the outcome. The two man team who did the installing were meticulous and detailed. We would recommend this company to anyone looking for new windows and doors, LifeTimeWindows! Give Eric a call like we did! You won't be sorry!