When considering entrance door hardware, homeowners are apt to have issues of appearance and convenience at top of mind, and those are important matters. Even more important, however, is the security that a well-chosen door hardware set delivers. Here are a few points to keep in mind when you're making that selection.
Properly fabricated hardware. Look for heavy-duty construction, which not only provides long service, but also can resist some attempts to damage or defeat this first line of home security.
Durable internal springs. Well-made springs prevent sagging of the door lever, helping to keep the door in condition to open promptly and without problems when you're ready to enter or leave.
Deadbolt protection. No locking arrangement offers absolute protection, but a setup that includes a sturdy deadbolt is an excellent part of safeguarding most homes.
The Trillennium Multi-point system. Still greater peace of mind is provided by Trillennium, a multi-point locking system, which imporves on the security of single-point locks. All three locking points of this product latch with a one-inch deadbolt throw. The latch and deadbolt release with a single downward movement. (Remember, a critical element of true security is the ability to exit a secured building without delay in an emergency.) The deadbolts include an anti-saw hardened steel pin, which can stop many intrusion attempts cold.
Schlage Electronic Keypad. This unit - displayed along with the Trillennium system in the A.B.E. Doors & Windows showroom - provides exceptional residential security, difficult for casual intruders or even experienced criminals to overcome. In its deadbolt version, it's available with any entry hardware from Schlage, one of the premier makers of door security equipment.
Among the many factors that make replacement windows attractive and affordable is this: In almost every installation, there's no need to change the size of the window opening.
That's important. If the opening dimensions did have to change, that would make it a job for a general contractor. It might affect the structural integrity of the wall, and it would probably mean a much more complicated, expensive project.
Window replacement as we do it is simply a matter of figuring out what the new window will be - size, design, construction, materials and so on - then removing the existing window and refitting with the new one. The wall is normally unchanged.
Of course, that doesn't mean you're limited to the same kind of window that's already in place. Some people want to switch from a twin double-hung to a sliding window, or a casement type that hinges outward. Others might want to replace a plain picture window with a smaller picture window flanked by casements left and right. Maybe the customer fancies a new bay or bow window.
Whatever the choice, (and no matter which manufacturer), the window is custom fitted at the factory to the opening it will fill. Even bay or bow types are delivered as single units, so there's no new construction needed at the installation site.
Lead Safe Work Practices – what are they and how do they pertain to homeowners everywhere?On April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation Repair and Painting Rule became fully effective.The EPA issued this law, stating that “federal law requires contractors that disturb paint surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust that can be toxic to humans and animals.Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.Though lead is especially dangerous to children under six years of age, it is also harmful to adults and can pose many health dangers.Before taking on any home renovation project, it is important for any homeowner to educate themselves in Lead Safety and make certain that any company they hire to assist in any future home renovation project is federally qualified to honor and abide by EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules (Rule 40 CFR Part 745).A.B.E. Doors & Windows is an EPA Certified Renovator and we pride ourselves in providing our customers with proper and professional installation and service.Our company and staff recognizes the significant dangers of lead poisoning and are compliant in following all Lead Safe Work Practices to assure each of our customers comfort and security.To learn more about Lead Safe Work Practices, please visit www.epa.gov.
Among the many special gifts of the holidays, one of the most powerful is hope. Hope shows itself in the warmth that families share when they gather to celebrate, looking ahead to the best for each member in the year to come. Hope shines out in the tidings of comfort and joy friends and neighbors offer one another. Hope is revealed most grandly in the dreams of peace that people everywhere share as they look to the future.
Some folks think of optimism as a little old-fashioned. But that's never been the way we've seen things at ABE Doors and Windows. From our point of view, it's always worth pausing to consider with gratitude the good fortune that so many of us enjoy as Americans - the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that is our birthright. We think that's the foundation for a positive outlook for all of us.
As we make our way through this delightful time of year and look ahead to the days to come, we have every reason to feel hopeful. Though the nation's economic recovery has been slow getting started, it does seem now to be well underway - and a better economy means better times for almost everyone. For the customers we've valued through the years, for all our co-workers and their families, and for everyone who shares our communities, our nation and our world, here's to a joyful holiday season and all the hope it brings.
For more than a hundred years, the Better Business Bureau has provided guidance and assistance to the American consumer. Today's BBB rates businesses on a scale from A+ to F, while offering accreditation to those who qualify. The Bureau also sets standards for business practices, and supports the efforts of businesses to respond to any complaints that may arise in the course of regular work.
ABE Doors & Windows earned BBB accreditation on July 14, 2008, and has maintained it ever since. On the BBB's ratings scale, ABE holds the highest rating: A+. The Bureau identifies no government actions against ABE, and reports no issues related to ABE's advertising program. For a look at the relevant web page, visit http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/windows-installation-and-service/a-b-e-doors-windows-inc-in-allentown-pa-50001077.
To be accredited and top-rated by this respected American institution is, of course, a substantial honor to ABE and all its employees. But we believe that what matters far more than our pride in these recognitions is what they mean to our customers.
While the ratings and accreditations issued by the Better Business Bureau do not constitute specific evaluations or endorsements, countless consumers have been guided by them through the years. The good name of the BBB is such that businesses who achieve their ratings and accreditations have often been patronized by consumers. And if any difficulties arise, the good offices of the Bureau contribute strongly to fair resolutions for all. We believe that ratings from the Bureau are a legitimate consideration when choosing any business - and ABE Doors & Windows is no exception.
One of the most common questions and concerns that we address around this time of year is whether or not we are able to perform product installations in the frigid months ahead.And, yes, we do! It is a well-known fact that things expand in the summer heat and contract in the freezing winter, but, by using forethought and taking proper precaution, we are still able to complete most types of installation during this cold season.We use silicone caulk that is rated for lower temperatures.We also plan each installation before arriving at the job site, in order to do our best in minimizing the amount of time the house is exposed to cold air.We prep each opening so our installers can replace an older product with the newly ordered product and have it fit right into the opening, without leaving an opening in the home longer than absolutely necessary.We also back our work up with a 5-year workmanship warranty that we offer on every installation that we do.The only time that we may need to push back any type of installation is if we should experience severely inclement weather that can cause unsafe working conditions and jeopardize the safety of our crew and the well-being of the home.In order for us to perform jobs that require the removal and reinstalling of pre-existing siding, it is crucial that temperatures be above freezing.By following these extra steps with care, winter weather is not an issue for our team of certified installers!
01 November 2013
Working Together With Mercy Special Learning Center
At the start of September, A.B.E. Door & Windows had the wonderful opportunity to welcome our newest addition to the office staff – Kathleen!Kathleen, who has been chosen to work alongside us through the Work Experience Program, offered at Mercy Special Learning Center, will be joining us every week for the duration of the 2013 – 2014 school year.Along with her job coach, Joan, the pair provides great assistance to our busy office staff by labeling product literature and compiling company folders that our estimators use in large quantity when providing free quotes to our customers.This month, we had a chance to talk with Kathleen, in the great hopes of learning more about her.
Seventeen-year-old Kathleen is most distinguished by her always cheerful, polite, humble, and pleasant personality, which lights up our office on even the dreariest of Monday mornings.She is very involved in both her studies at school and extracurricular activities.Kathleen has a great appreciation for attending Mass, and is more than happy to be an Altar server at school.She also is a member of the “Tone Chimes,” a group of musically gifted students who play bell chimes and perform for others during special school functions.Kathleen is passionate and quite talented in both gymnastics and dance, and has found a love for anything involving physical activity.She was excited to explain that she is a great at running and shares this common bond with her parents, whom are both passionate runners as well.She enjoys listening to country music and is a great fan of baseball.Kathleen is very close with her Mom, whom she admits is her best friend, and is happiest when spending time with her.
Kathleen has enjoyed her time working with A.B.E. Doors & Windows so far, though, we must mention, that it has been our absolute pleasure to be blessed with the presence of such positively lovely women in our office almost every week!We are truly fortunate and honored to be involved in the Work Experience Program at Mercy Special Learning Center.From the bottom of our hearts, we offer our deepest gratitude and thanks!
When we think about the "green" impact of the products we sell, the first thing that comes to mind is energy efficiency. And that's important - to the individual homeowner and to our society at large. The government's Energy Star program estimates that homeowners replacing single-pane windows with double-pane models can save between $126 and $465 a year, depending on where they live and how many windows are involved. Those savings, multiplied over many homes, also contribute to resource conservation and limit the production of greenhouse gases.
But that's not the only way that wise window selection can help promote a better environment. Andersen Corporation, one of our flagship vendors, has for several years carried a content certification proving that their products contain a prescribed quantity of recycled materials. It's a feature that's worth considering when you buy.
Of course, it's great to recycle. It keeps tons of materials from being wasted in landfills. But it only really helps if we close the loop by finding ways to use that recycled material. And that's what programs like Andersen's do.
The certification, issued by the third-party firm Scientific Certification Systems, proves that specified Andersen products contain a minimum recycled content between 3% and 24%. The recycled material includes pre-consumer recycled glass and wood fiber in the form of Fibrex, which is a structural composite material. Much of this is reclaimed directly from the company's manufacturing plant operations.
Keep all this in mind when you're thinking about replacement windows. The right decision can make an environmental difference. If you'd like to discuss this, call us at (610) 398-2430.
The calendar has caught up with the weather. It's fall, and so far October's featured clear and warm afternoons followed by brisk and pleasant evenings. With more to be hoped for as we head deeper into the season, it's a great time to think about installing or replacing the doors to your patio or deck - a chance to upgrade your home and make the most of these glorious days.
ABE Doors & Windows carries a number of outstanding patio doors. Our friends at Andersen build the superb 400 Series, which couples a beautiful, maintenance-free outdoor finish with natural pine or white interiors that can be tailored to any décor. Or you can choose the 200 Series, which concentrates on Andersen's most popular options in a patio door line of exceptional value. Either series delivers the outstanding craftsmanship, durability, performance and energy efficiency that have always been identified with this leading brand.
Or you may want to consider the unique feature available with selected patio doors from ProVia - internal blinds. The graceful blinds provided with these doors are between the inner and outer panes. You can tilt, raise or lower these blinds with easy-to-use fingertip adjustment slides. And because the blinds are fully enclosed, they never need cleaning. They combine maximum privacy, convenience and light control, and they're warranted for 10 years.
Completing the picture for whatever brand and style you chose is expert installation from our skilled and experienced crews. Call ABE today at (610) 398-2430 to discover more about the perfect patio doors for your home.
September is here and Fall is quickly approaching!Autumn welcomes the start of the new school year; and much of our focus is set on making sure that students (as well as ourselves) are supplied with all the required tools to be best equipped for achieving success.In the often hectic and frantic hustling of change, it is easy to forget to take into consideration exactly how the changing of seasons will affect the home that we live in – one of our most beneficial means for basic survival.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home -- typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.”On average, it has been determined that a home can lose up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy through air leaks around doors and windows.Such an essential and costly necessity makes it only beneficial to take every precaution to make certain that your home is not costing you empty and purposeless dollars.
Have you found that any garage doors, exterior doors, and/or windows have developed significant drafts over time? With each year that passes, prestigious product manufacturers within the United States (such as Raynor, Provia, Soft-Lite, and Andersen) are constantly putting to use the latest and most innovative technological testing and designs to create much more efficient and homeowner friendly replacement products.The garage doors, exterior doors, and windows that are available today provide more quality than anything that was ever available years ago.So many homeowners have fallen prey to relying on the use of home improvement “Band-Aids” – home-store bought weatherstripping and seals, caulk, door draft stoppers, applying plastic around drafty windows, etc. – which oftentimes only offers a temporary solution to an ever worsening problem and prolongs the inevitable.Specializing in all things doors and windows, we can attest that updating any problem product on your home is a beneficial and educated investment – saving you from much distress and lost money, in the big scheme of things.By considering replacing these specific products, any homeowner will gain a greater peace of mind – knowing that they are installing products that meet Energy Star qualifications and will provide for them with protection from the outside elements for many years to come.
If you find that you are interested in the replacement of any garage door, exterior door, and/or window in your home, please feel free to visit our showroom for more information or reach out to us to schedule a free estimate.
30 August 2013
Face the cold months with a superb storm door from ProVia
It's hard to believe, but the fall season is just a few weeks away. That means it's a great time to think about replacing old, worn, poorly fitting storm doors with the excellent models offered by ProVia.
The range of selections from ProVia is outstanding, with highly functional models available to fit every budget. Each storm door from this top manufacturer is constructed with tempered safety glass and a durable finish. Your new door will be your first line of defense against the worst that winter weather has to offer. (Some models can even be ordered with well-designed pet doors.) Whatever style or model you choose, a ProVia storm door is safeguarded by a Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty.
Function is vital in a storm door - but so is beauty. Entrance doors are front and center in any house's public presentation, so it's important to get this basic decorating element right. ProVia offers five storm-door lines - Spectrum, Decorator, Duraguard, Deluxe and Superview - to help you find the perfect door for your home's unique design and décor.
These doors are every bit as beautiful as they are hardworking. The Spectrum line, for instance, incorporates the InVent built-in retractable screening system for maximum convenience, while still offering a wide selection of handsome colors and hardware. Your Spectrum door can also be supplied with a color-matched closer. Decorator line doors include beautiful, original glass designs in every door, for an elegant look that's at home anywhere.
As a long-time provider of the ProVia line, ABE Doors & Windows is ready and able to help you choose the ideal storm door for your individual needs. Call us today at (610) 398-2430 - we're always ready to share our experience and find your very best choice.
16 August 2013
Clothing Drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley
After sorting through our closets for the past several months, the entire staff of A.B.E. Doors & Windows cleaned out their personal wardrobes and gave away a large collection of gently used clothing to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley. All donations will benefit this long-running mentoring program, which focuses on supporting children who most need positive fostering and inspiration in our community. Not only was this company project a unique opportunity to strengthen unity within our staff, but it also cultivated a greater sense of personal well-being. The final results were a brilliant reminder that our seemingly small acts of kindness, compassion, and selflessness do indeed add up to create a world of difference in the lives of those around us.
Picture above (viewed from left to right): Shannon Seng, Jim Lett, and Jim Lett II
Windows are a character defining feature on any home. One of the biggest mistakes that a homeowner can make, when replacing windows, is choosing a style that is wrong for the style and period of the house. The Old House Guy (www.oldhouseguy.com), a website dedicated to educating homeowners on their older homes, offers suggestions to guide them through proper restoration of their historic properties. They explain that during the 1700's and into the mid 1800's, a double-hung window sash would be composed of smaller, true divided lites. The upper and lower sash could have 6, 9, or 12 window panes in each sash. As technology improved, larger panes of glass became available. Houses constructed after the Civil War (Victorian architecture) would most likely have two window panes in the upper sash and two window panes in the lower sash. The Colonial Revival style of architecture would have six window panes in the upper sash and one large window pane in the lower sash. Although the late 19th century offered double-hung windows with one solid pane in both the upper and lower sashes, the type of window was dependent on the style of architecture at the time.
Soft-Lite has announced that they now offer Simulated Divided Lites for its vinyl windows and patio doors. These Simulated Divided Lites (SDLs) offer homeowners the opportunity to achieve a visual replica of the historically classic design of divided lite windows, at a more cost-efficient price. The SDLs are made by applying contoured grids during the production process to the outside of both the interior and exterior panes of glass. The grids are then permanently adhered to the glass with an incredibly durable adhesive. SDLs are available on Soft-Lite Elements Windows and Kingsroyal Glide Sliding Patio Doors. Products with Simulated Divided Lites are available with all of Soft-Lite's high-performance Low-E glass systems and are offered in all of Soft-Lite's interior and exterior color options. This is an exciting advancement for Soft-Lite's product line and will surely offer homeowners even more personalized home renovation opportunities that properly compliment the style and period of their home.
To get door and window installations right takes a lot of top-notch elements - the best in products, a great support staff, first-class equipment. But nothing matters more than having installers who truly know their stuff. You don't find skillful people like that just anywhere, and you don't develop their abilities overnight. As an example, take Lenny Heim, one of our veteran installers out of the Macungie area. Lenny's 20 year employment anniversary with ABE is coming up soon. When he joined us, we naturally brought him on board to our way of doing things. But we had a big headstart with Lenny. He's a natural when it comes to carpentry and related skills. Besides that, he already had lots of relevant experience. He worked for 11 years with his father-in-law as a home builder, then for a number of years on his own after his father-in-law's retirement. There wasn't much in the way of skills and knowledge for this work that Lenny didn't already have. Of course, you can't train people to care about their work. That comes from inside. You'll hear this loud and clear if you talk to Lenny - it's in his voice when he talks about the workmanship that supports ABE's five-year limited warranty. "Reputation is really important," he'll tell you. "If you do a good job, you'll get a lot of great word-of-mouth support." The word from us is positive, too - we think Lenny and the other outstanding installers from ABE are basic to our success.
When you're thinking about a new entrance door for your home, the ProVia line is a great place to start. Choose a steel or fiberglass model - either way, you'll get a door that's as durable as it is beautiful, with the look of real wood to complement any existing décor.
Still, we find that our customers really like to visualize what a particular door will look like once it's installed. Most of us don't have the fine-tuned design imagination to do that - and no one wants to make a choice they won't be comfortable with in the long run.
The good news: technology has erased that concern forever. ProVia now offers an exciting software service that lets you see exactly how things will look, before you ever install the door.
Taking advantage of this capability is very simple. Snap a digital picture of your house. Bring in or e-mail us a .jpg file of that photo, and we'll load it into the program. Then you tell us which ProVia doors you're thinking you might like. The software will plug each of those doors into the image of your house, so there's no guesswork about it - no ifs, ands or buts. You'll see in advance exactly what your door will look like, even if it's one of ProVia's specialized custom models.
Pay us a visit or call us at (610) 398-2430. Using this software is fun, and it's the perfect way to make sure you get exactly the entrance door you want.
A.B.E. Doors & Windows' experienced team will work with you to select the appropriate product for your budget and project requirements. When evaluating our product lines, we help you consider features such as energy savings, appearance, maintenance, and added security. Best of all, you'll never be limited by style, color or function, because we have the largest supplier network in the Lehigh Valley.
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A.B.E. Doors & Windows was committed to customer satisfaction from start to finish. Selection was terrific. Professional installation crew was outstanding.