A.B.E. Doors & Windows Blog

19 March 2019
Preparing Your Home For Window Replacement
Preparing Your Home For Window Replacement

 

If you've made the decision to replace your home's windows—congratulations!    You are on your way to saving energy, lower electric bills and an updated look for your home.   If you hired a professional company to replace one or all of your windows, take some time to prepare your home for the workers arrival and the tasks that will be completed.  Here are some tips to make this upgrade go as smoothly as possible.

 

Clear the Area

 

Making the area as accessible as possible is your first step.  Move all furniture, tables, lamps, etc away from the window being replaced.  Clear any clutter off of nearby floors and don't leave anything on staircases or steps.   If your whole house is getting new windows, you may want to consider renting a small storage container that can be left on your property. 

 

Outside your home, remove any décor you may have hanging on or around your windows.  Clear away lawn furniture or decorative items like bird baths, flags or your favorite garden gnome.  The company may need room for ladders and scaffolding if they are accessing a second story window.

17 March 2019
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Driving the Snakes Out of Ireland

 

 

We’ve all heard the legends of Saint Patrick. He was kidnapped from his home in Britain, sold as a slave, escaped, hitched his way home aboard a pirate ship, and returned to Ireland later to bring them Christianity. Interesting guy, right?

06 March 2019
Cold Weather Blues
Cold Weather Blues

 

 

I hate winter and I’m not the only one—your garage door hates the winter too. The colder it gets, the busier our service gets because the low temperatures wreak havoc on everything. 

19 February 2019
How to Choose a Welcoming Front Door
How to Choose a Welcoming Front Door

 

Come right in!  Your front door is probably one of the most hard working features in your home.  Greeting friends, opening to trick or treaters and getting shut quickly on solicitors are all situations your entry way will see over time.  When the time comes to replace it, the choices may seem daunting.  Lets break this process down into three areas you should focus on when choosing a new door.

 Cost

Determine your budget with the following things in mind.  

View this purchase as an investment.  Replacing your front door is a home improvement that has a great return on investment ratio.  That means the value you are adding to your home will be offset by the price of the door.  If you see your family moving in the next 5 to 10 years, a quality front door will lend curb appeal as well as value to your home.

14 February 2019
The Origin of Valentine’s Day
The Origin of Valentine’s Day

 

If you’re anything like me, you’re of the belief that Valentine’s Day was invented by candy companies and bored housewives. I personally camp out with all the beleaguered husbands and boyfriends, watching the weeping masses pass by the heart-frosted window panes. In the interest of giving my outlook some support, I investigated it this year.

 

01 February 2019
Back in the Day: Rolodex
Back in the Day: Rolodex

 

Here at A.B.E. Doors and Windows, we have a pretty big age gap between our employees. Our youngest team member is twenty-one and our oldest, Jim Lett Sr who first started the company in 1974, ranks as our oldest. This leads to some comical ‘Back in my Day’ stories.

Today’s blast from the past: the Rolodex!

21 January 2019
Leave the Chilly Weather Outside...Tips for a Cozy Home
Leave the Chilly Weather Outside...Tips for a Cozy Home

 

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth.

~Edith Sitwell

 

“Put a sweater on!”…Was that ever your parents response when you told them you were cold?  It's only now, as a seasoned homeowner, that I realize they kept the thermostat low so their monthly electric bill would not shock them when it arrived.  Keeping those cold drafts from creeping into your home is a challenge this time of year.   Let's explore some ways to keep the warmth in, so you don't have to wear 5 sweaters at one time! 

 

About 25% of your heat escapes your home via the roof, so examining your attic or any crawl space is important.   If you've had any water leaks or work done to your roof this past year, you should also check to make sure mold is not present in the insulation as well.  As time progresses, insulation does settle and becomes less effective, even the foam type can condense as the years go by.  A good rule of thumb is to have between 10 and 16 inches of insulation in these spaces.   If your assessment comes up short, the do-it-yourself-er can head to the home store and purchase the additional material needed.  If you don't feel confident walking around the rafters, see if a friend can recommend a company to assist you.

 

 

 

 

 

18 January 2019
It's Cookie Season!
It's Cookie Season!

It’s that time of year again and A.B.E. Doors and Windows is of two very different minds. Ninety percent of our employees [and customers] are delighted to see the return of Girl Scout Cookies. Meanwhile, our office manager, Shannon is in mourning for the next nine weeks. Being a troop leader and with two children in Girl Scouts, Shannon looks at the time between January 17 and March 10 with dread. For her, it’s a time of freezing her buns off at cookie booths and making endless change for $4.00 boxes. For the rest of us, we’re delighted to see the return of our favorite flavors.

31 December 2018
It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut
It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut

 

There’s nothing I like better than a tradition mixed with a little superstition. I personally can’t celebrate the incoming New Year without the memory of my grandfather’s voice proclaiming, “We have to have pork and sauerkraut or this year’s going to be an unlucky one.” As a kid, I had no idea what he was getting at, but the tradition has persisted in my family. After all, who doesn’t want the coming year to be a fortunate one?  

 

26 December 2018
Twas the Night Before Christmas... Why Can't I Get In?
Twas the Night Before Christmas... Why Can't I Get In?

  

It’s that time of year again. We’ve put up our tree, our wreath, our many [many] lights. The tree is lit, the house is lit, the whole neighborhood is lit. It’s nice to admire our beautiful handiwork from the front yard. It’s nice to come home after work to our beautiful well-lit house. It’s nice to—hold up… Why isn’t the garage door opening? Why isn’t the remote opening the door? Guess the universe wanted you to have a little more time to admire your beautiful decor.

16 December 2018
Safe Home - Safe Travels: Tips for Both This Holiday Season
Safe Home - Safe Travels: Tips for Both This Holiday Season

 

 

“There's no place like home.”~~~Dorothy-The Wizard of Oz

 

According to AAA, the time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve will see the highest number of people traveling. Over 93 million people will be making their way to visit loved ones near and far. Unfortunately, this time of year also sees an increase in home break ins. Let's not let that information deter you from leaving your home. A little planning and common sense will ensure your home and your family stay safe during this busy time of year.

 Safe Home  

Although it may be tempting, don't broadcast your travel plans on social media. You never know who may be following your page. Let's not give any criminal a heads up to your activities.  Those pictures of you and all the cousins wearing matching PJ's can wait till you return.

 The use of lights on a timer inside the home is an excellent deterrent, as most burglars will look for signs of no one being home.  

 

16 November 2018
Get Your Garage Prepped for the Winter Months
Garage Organization

 Did the recent snowfall catch you off guard?   Don't worry, there is still time to get your garage prepped and ready before old man winter really comes to town.  After you shovel out from this storm, keep up the momentum and make the simple changes listed here so you are ready for the next one. 

Prep and Organize

Once you have cleared your cars and any other large items out, give your garage a good sweeping.   You'd be shocked at the amount of debris you track in over the summer months.  Check the exterior for any holes or areas that critters could come in and find a warm home over the winter.   Plug them up so you don't find any chewed cords or items come Spring.  Examine windows or doors for air leakage and consider applying some weather stripping to keep those seals tight.  This is important if you have a door that connects from the garage to your home to keep those pesky drafts out.

This is a great time to examine the track, springs and mechanics of your garage door opener.  Make sure nothing is in the way of the beam that stops the door in case of an emergency.  We don't suggest you attempt to fix the springs yourself.   The tension on this item is high and accidents can occur in seconds.  Seek out a professional if you think an area needs adjusting.

05 November 2018
Stuffed
Stuffed

 

We’ve all been there—it’s Thanksgiving and the dining room table is positively packed with boisterous family and friends. It never seems to matter how big your table is or how many extra chairs you bring in from the garage. Between the delicious food and the visiting bodies, there is just never enough space.

30 October 2018
DIY Decor: Spooky Silhouette
DIY Decor: Spooky Silhouette

 

If you’re looking for a simple easy-to-put-up and easy-to-remove Halloween decoration that’s fun for the whole family, look no further than a spooky silhouette. You can make them in a variety of ways such as painting black shapes on plain paper or cutting something out of cardboard. You can put together a spooky silhouette with anything you have lying around and are limited only by your own imagination.

19 October 2018
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

 National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week has begun.  The CDC's theme is Lead Free Kids for a Healthy future.  Even with all the warnings and education, the United States still sees over half a million children with high levels of lead in their blood work.   If not treated, the child's behavior and development abilities can suffer.  Education and testing are the two best weapons we have to eliminating this problem.

 

Know Your Facts 

Up until 1978 lead was added to paint to help maintain color, increase drying time and combat moisture.  It wasn't until 1977 that the government stepped in and banned it's use in paints for the home and on toys.  In 2009, the EPA started requiring any remodeling project in which the home or business was built before 1978 to be certified.   This meant all work was to be completed by someone who was trained to conduct lead safe work practices.  Even with these new precautions, as of 2018, 37 million homes and apartments still contain lead-based paints. 

 

Is Lead Present in My Home?

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance lead-based paint was used.  Before you start thinking you need to buy a new home, let's go over the steps you can take regarding testing and ensuring your families health.

 

Visiting your doctor and getting a simple screening for lead in your bloodwork is the first step.  If the results are higher than what is a normal reading, then finding the source in your home is your next priority.

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