16 February 2017
Why Choose an Insulated Garage Door
Insulate Your Garage Door

Bundle up!   That's what you heard from your mom as you walked out of the house every day in winter. She was determined to keep you warm and comfortable as you ventured into the chilly air.  The same principle applies to areas of your home.  Having sufficient layers can help keep the heat in and make your home more comfy as well.  Insulation in your walls and attic is common place, but what about your garage?  An insulated garage door can afford you many benefits. Here are a few to consider.

As the humble garage space has evolved over the years it has taken on a multipurpose use.  No longer is it just a space to house a car or two, but it has become an extension of your home.  Many of us use this area to do woodworking or tinkering on our cars. Some utilize the space as a workout area or a place where your teenagers can play their drums or guitars without deafening the entire household.  For these very reasons an insulated door can help maintain heat generated by a portable heater so these activities can be enjoyed all throughout the chillier months. 

A warmer space can also mean the difference of your car starting or not.  If the temperature outside is 20 degrees, your garage is about 30 degrees.  An insulated door increases that temp to around 42 degrees, which gives your vehicle a little extra edge when temperatures are below freezing. 

If your garage is attached to your home, you probably have a door that connects to a small mudroom or hallway off your kitchen.   Each time that door is opened your home feels the effects of that blast of cold air.  Having an insulated garage door can help buffer that cooler air so your home maintains it's temperature.  

Does anyone in your home work the early shift?   Or perhaps you have a night owl in your midst?  Insulated doors are denser and therefore rattle less.   That means less disturbance for those of you already asleep.  The denser door is also a great sound barrier......those drums that are being practiced on will cause less rift in the neighborhood.

Let's be real, your garage door takes a lot of abuse.  Besides the daily opening and closing, it receives the occasional bump of a basketball, catches the falling bicycle and sometimes feels the back bumper of your car.  The stronger core of an insulated door adds rigidity to the panels and helps it absorb these impacts better.  The less damage done to the door over the years can equate to less repairs and longer duration in general.

A.B.E Doors and Windows carries the Raymor Innovation Series garage doors which offers a polyurethane insulation.  Please contact us at 610-398-2430 if we can be of assistance in selecting a garage door for your home. 

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19 January 2017
Why do my Windows Always seem Wet?

 Are your windows dripping with condensation?  Cooler temps outside reek havoc on the inside of windows causing poor visibility, peeling paint and when left untreated.....rot and mildew.  This article will help you understand why windows do this and how to prevent it. 

Let's start with why this happens. Windows themselves don't cause condensation, high humidity does. Condensation occurs when water vapors come into contact with a cooler surface.  Your homes humidity levels are increased now that winter is here.  Gas and propane release moisture when burned, so heating up your home contributes to the excess moisture.  Other factors that can contribute to more moisture are:  fireplaces, a large grouping of plants, pets and our day to day activities.  If you own an older home you may not experience elevated levels of humidity because older homes tend to be a bit draftier.  This enables your home to “breath”, thus removing some of the moisture.  Newer homes, even with more energy efficient windows, can be subject to condensation as well.  Materials such as wood and concrete can release moisture in the home for up to 12 to 18 months, depending on the area you live in.  

There are several solutions to controlling the moisture in your home.  The first step is to determine the humidity level in your home.  An electronic hygrometer is an inexpensive purchase that can calculate levels in all areas.  Your home should be measuring around 40% humidity. If readings are higher, then a dehumidifier is a great choice if the affected area is one room or a particular space.  Make sure you choose the right size for your room for maximum efficiency.  If you are finding that most windows in your home are prone to condensation, then it may be time to examine your exhaust system.  A new fan motor or the installation of a timer to achieve the necessary air flow may help the overall area of your home. 

 If you are finding that neither of these solutions are helping your windows or you notice areas that are already effected with peeling, mildew or rot, it may be time to examine the window and surrounding area.  A.B.E Doors and Windows carries Anderson and Provia windows that offer you a wonderful selection to match your budget and homes décor.   Our knowledgeable team is ready to assist you and make sure your home is well cared for.

 

 

22 December 2016
Winterizing Windows
A How-To for Saving Money with Windows

By now, most of you know that Energy Star ratings are an integral way to gauge the quality of a window's thermal and energy efficiency, and we are proud to provide dozens of models that receive the highest Energy Star ratings.  Among these, we are especially proud of our line of ProVia Endure windows, which can be seen here .

Two things that make ProVia Endure especially smart solutions as replacement windows involve obscure, but incredibly important, factors in the estimation of an Energy Star rating, these factors being "air infilitration" and "condensation resistance."  

Air infilitration denotes a measurement of how much exterior air flow passes through the window pane, thus decreasing internal temperatures.  Factory-tests conducted by ProVia ensure that all their windows exceed the industry standard for this measurement before they are released on the market.  

Condenstation resistance denotes the material ability a window has to avoid condensation formation, which is a function of ambient humidity.  Just like the case of air infiltration, laboratory tests on condensation resistance are performed on all ProVia windows before they are sold and installed by ABE Doors.  

There are many ways to save on energy costs during winter, and purchasing replacement windows, such as ProVia Endure, through ABE Doors is just one way among many.  Please call, return to our site, or visit our offices for more helpful tips on saving money during the winter seasons.

 

  

16 December 2016
How to Hang that Beautiful Wreath on your Front Door

We all have the urge to hang that big holiday wreath on the front door at this time of the year. However, how do we properly hang it in order to prevent damage to our door?

There is no reason to hammer a nail into your wooden door. You do not want to end up with split wood. Purchase an Over-the-Door Hanger. They have come along way over the years; you can find them in all types of finishes. Be sure to choose a strong metal hook that has a curve, so that it hangs clear of decorative door panels. To prevent the hanger from scratching the door, here are some simple suggestions:

·        Use felt behind the hanger. Cut the felt to the size of the hanger and be sure to use a color similar to the hanger.

·        Attach little bumpers, those like the ones that are on the inside of your kitchen cabinet doors. Line these up and down the hanger.

If you have a metal or steel front door, you can purchase a Magnetic Wreath Hanger. Hang it where you want to display your wreath and then hang the wreath from a small hook. Most magnetic hangers hold up to 10 lbs.  That is quit a big wreath!

The easiest solution is if you have a storm door. You don’t want to hide your wreath between the two doors, all this does is flatten the beauty of the wreath. Instead, hang it on the outside of the storm door. If you do not want to use an Over-the-Door Hanger, there are other simple solutions:

·        Use a suction cup hook on the door that can be removed when the wreath is ready to come down.

·        3M command adhesive strips also serve the purpose in this case. They attach nicely to glass and can be removed easily. Just make sure to purchase the proper strips for the weight of your wreath.

These handy tips can be used all year round for your seasonal wreaths.

16 November 2016
Tis the Season - Tips for Holiday Lighting

It’s that time of the year. Christmas lights make the holidays festive and bright, but they come with their own safety and fire risks. Follow some important safety and energy-saving tips and have a happy holiday season with your family, neighbors and friends. 

 

Before you hang outdoor Christmas lights, decide what you're going to work on first and gather everything together. This is where having a helper comes in handy. Start with bushes, then trees, any windows, the doors and finally the roofline. 

 

Decide on the type of lights that work best and most efficient. Light-emitting diode, or LED, Christmas tree lights emit a bright, vibrant light that uses 80 percent less energy than conventional tree lights. They are also longer-lasting and stay cooler than traditional bulbs because they don't have a filament. 

 

Another option is energy-saving bulbs that use around a quarter of the electricity of standard bulbs and last up to 12 times longer. When you shop, look for government and industry-approved energy-saving logos to find the most energy-efficient products in either option in addition to rebates. 

 

When hanging lights, make sure you have firm support and never use tacks, staples, or nails. Instead, use plastic clips and insulated holders. 

 

Make sure your holiday lights are secure enough to withstand heavy winds and that you use UL approved extension cords specific for outdoor use and look for lights rated for indoor/outdoor use. 

 

Do not allow plugs and cords to sit in puddles and snow. 

 

Use a non-conducting fiberglass or wooden ladder when working with strings of lights, and stay clear of all overhead wires. 

 

Never let light bulbs touch flammable materials such as plastic or dry grass and leaves. 

 

You will probably not run into the same problems that Griswold had to deal with, like stapling your cuff to your house and nearly falling off a tall ladder, but following safety guidelines can make sure you and your family stay safe and get to enjoy this time with those you care about.

 

24 October 2016
Lead Poison Prevention Week - what you should know.

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 23rd-29th. We wanted to discuss the dangers of children being exposed to lead and how to take proper precautions.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) potential risks of lead poisoning can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems and hearing and speech problems.

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes.

Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil or from playing with toys with lead paint.

You can lower the chances of exposure to lead in your home, both now and in the future, by taking simple steps like keeping your home clean and well-maintained.

Check out the link below on Lead Poisoning Home Checklist and ask yourself the questions and make sure your home is safe. If you think your child has been exposed to lead, seek out medical attention through your pediatrician or family physician for immediate attention.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/parent_checklist3.pdf

 

22 September 2016
Stay Warm this Winter with well Insulated Windows

 Stay Warm this Winter with Well Insulated Windows

Cooler temperatures are quickly approaching and we’ll be seeking warmth and shelter indoors. Keep the cold air out by making sure your homes are well insulated, especially your windows. Leaky windows may cause colder nights and it can really impact your energy bills. Weather you live in a home or small apartment, it’s always a good idea to save some money, here are few things to consider to do just that.

You can determine if you have drafty windows by holding a lit candle or incense around the windows to determine where the leaks are coming in. There are a few temporary things you can do to insulate your existing windows if you are on a budget.

Add weather stripping or caulking around the window sides and sashes can help eliminate the cold air coming in. There are DIY window shrink wrapping that can be applied on each window.  Storm windows are always a great option to have layered protection against the elements. Available for purchase at most retail stores are insulated window treatments or coverings.

All of the above can help with temporary fixes until you are ready for a permanent fix that will eliminate your drafty breeze. New purchased and properly installed energy efficient windows can reduce air infiltration which will bring comfort to you and your loved ones, as well as reduced heating and cooling costs, tax incentives and increased value of your home.

You’ll find that you have several options to consider when selecting what type of windows you should use in your home. Before selecting new windows, determine what types of windows will work best and where to improve your home’s energy efficiency. It’s a good idea to research and understand what energy performance ratings you need for your windows based on your climate, home’s design and window orientation.

Quality Replacement Windows give your home a fresher look, easier maintenance, and added Energy Efficiency. A.B.E. Doors & Windows has a wide selection of Windows for your home remodeling or construction project to get you ready for those cold winter months.

 

25 August 2016
What to Consider when Purchasing a New Entry Door

Are you thinking about purchasing a new entry door for your home?  Your entry door is one of the first things most of your guests see and probably the most used door in your home. For this reason, you want to be sure you get exactly what you want and need for your investment. There a few variables to consider when purchasing a new entry door; design, material, safety, energy efficiency, budget & warranty, just to name a few.

Each home has its own unique look. With that being said, you want to make sure your door design compliments the rest of your home. When shopping, consider color, style, whether you want window inserts or not, while at the same time making sure you combine beauty and durability for the perfect fit.

The most popular material options for doors are steel, fiberglass & wood. Did you know fiberglass and steel doors are three to five times more efficient than most wood doors? Another great quality for purchasing a fiberglass or steel door is that they offer less maintenance than most other door options.

Any door you choose should always have the safety of your family in mind. You can choose additions to add to your door like steel frame construction, reinforced handle and deadbolt, all which provide added security.

Consider purchasing a certified energy efficient product. This will save you money while lowering your energy bills at the same time. It will add comfort and efficiency that will shield you from the cold winter months and the hot summer heat. Lastly, it can protect your belongings and valuables from fading or discoloring should you decide to go with glass inserts in your front door.

It is very important to make sure you find a reputable company that makes your home improvement project as easy as possible. A reputable company will help you select and install the best products and assist you with financing options to stay within your budget

A warranty is only good as it’s company. Each manufacturer has warranties specific to their products. In addition, some retailers may provide extended coverage on the installation of the product.

There's no greater peace of mind than knowing you have one less worry by having your doors installed by professionals.

Picking the right entry door is a huge decision. But once installed, you will have an elegant entry that make a great first impression for years to come!

 

15 July 2016
Window Care and Maintenance

There are many things around us that require regular maintenance like our car, heating & air units, garage doors and the list goes on. The correct operation and maintenance of your windows will ensure that they will perform as expected for many years to come. Here are a few tips to help protect your investment.

Wash windows regularly, avoid harsh chemicals or abrasives on the windows as well as the window hardware. Use a damp cloth with an approved cleaning solution.

Security alarms are a great addition to any home. Be sure to check your warranty to confirm what is covered, applying adhesives to attach your security sensors can damage your windows and void certain parts of your warranty.

Be careful with nails and screws around your windows, you can damage window frames, weather stripping and reduce energy efficient performance.

If you paint or stain the window frame, make sure to keep up with regular maintenance as needed to ensure windows work properly.

Keep sharp tools away from your windows, especially to clean them, like razor blades or steel wool, they can damage your windows. Keep your windows clean by using safe non-chemical cleaners.

Safety tip if you have small children, do not remove operational levers and handles off the windows to keep your little ones from opening them. This is a safety hazard and could prevent your ability to exit your home quickly should there be an emergency.

We feel an informed customer is our best customer. We hope you find the information above on window care and maintenance helpful in keeping your windows looking beautiful and performing well for years to come.  

 

07 June 2016
It's Garage Door Safety Month
It's Garage Door Safety Month

 

Can you believe it’s June already? We’re all excited for some fun in the sun! In all the excitement, let’s not forget safety first. Did you know that there is a whole month dedicated to garage door safety, you guessed it, it’s June and it’s here! Garage doors are the largest moving object in our homes. We want to make it a priority to always keep you informed of garage door safety tips to ensure a safe and happy home.

Garage doors and openers are not toys, make sure openers and control buttons are kept out of reach of children and are in clear view of the door, at least five feet from the floor. Make sure your kids and you don’t try and beat the door while it’s closing, it could be fatal!

Thousands of injuries happen each year that involve garage doors, make sure you avoid any joints or moving sections of the garage door so there can be no accidental pinching or crushing of hands.

Just as every other major appliance wears and tears, the same goes for garage doors. At times, parts of the garage are open to rust or garage sections may fall in disrepair and could cause injury and infection. Be sure to wear protective gloves, consult your owner’s manual if necessary and take action as soon as you see any sign of anything falling apart that could cause serious harm.

In the event that someone should back up into your garage door and yes it happens more often than you think, be sure to have a professional certified technician inspect the garage door even if it looks like there is no apparent damage. It’s better to be on the cautious side.

A.B.E. Doors & Windows is committed to your safety. We offer all of our customers an annual 20-point safety check, which includes checking your garage doors panels, springs, sensors, safety release, hardware, track, wiring, connections, inspect internal gears & belts, keypads and so much more. Please remember – Garage door springs, cables and hardware are under extreme tension and could cause serious injury or damage. For this reason, only qualified technicians should adjust or replace them.

You want your garage door system to operate properly and safely at all times. Make sure that your family knows how to operate and maintain your garage door. The key to safety is knowledge, we’re here to help.

 

It's Garage Door Safety Month
It's Garage Door Safety Month
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03 April 2016
National Window Safety Week
April 3-9, 2016

The goal of National Window Safety Week on April 3-9, 2016 is to help families realize the importance of windows as an escape route in an emergency and to learn to protect against accidental falls. Take some time this week to go through the window safety checklist. If you find you are in need of replacement windows, call A.B.E. Doors & Windows at (610) 398-2430.

29 March 2016
Visit Us at LVBA Spring Home Show at Stabler!
April 1-3, 2016

On April 1-3, 2016, visit A.B.E. Doors & Windows booth at the LVBA Spring Home Show at Stabler Arena (124 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015).  

Friday, April 1 5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, April 2 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, April 3 11 am - 4 pm
10 March 2016
Garage Door Spring Check Up

With Spring just around the corner, you should take a few minutes to go through our garage door spring check up to ensure that your garage door works properly throughout the season.

Garage Door Spring Check Up


If your maintenance checkup reveals anything that needs attention or you want to consider replacing your old garage door or garage door opener, call A.B.E. Doors & Windows at (610) 398-2430. Our expert garage door technicians are available 24/7 to help get your garage door working as quickly as possible.