20 February 2015
What Does An R-18 Insulated Garage Door Mean?
Raynor Affina R-18 insulated garage door, steel sandwich construction, includes door sections and hardware

On this record cold morning of -2 degrees, with the wind chill feel of -21 in Allentown, all of us are thinking about energy efficient products to keep your home as warm as possible. A.B.E. Doors & Windows sells the Raynor Affina garage door that has one of the highest insulating values on the market, R-18. Like most consumers, this number means nothing to them when you just say it. So I decided to perform a little experiment at my home this morning to explain what it means. I have two Raynor Affina 9’w x 7’h garage doors installed on my garage at home. My garage is attached to my home, but is not heated. I took a picture on my GMC Acadia’s dash board with the car parked in the garage. The temperature read 32 degrees. After I drove 3 miles to work, the temperature read -6 degrees. So when I ask the question, “What does an R-18 insulated garage door mean to your home?” I can say it kept my garage 34 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside!

21 November 2014
ProVia's Embarq Entrance System – Setting Standards in Door Technology
ProVia's Embarq entrance door is a thick fiberglass door with advanced insulation technology, including dual perimeter seals, bottom sweep, and special insulating channels in the side rails and headers.

When we think about technological improvements, entrance doors aren't necessarily the first thing that come to mind. Truth is, there are doors out there that are so new and advanced that they set entirely new standards in categories like green performance, product longevity, and smart use of materials. Here's a case in point: the Embarq entrance door from ProVia. Embarq is a fiberglass door. At first glance, it looks like an attractive, premium representative of its class. Only when you check it out detail by detail do you understand why it's such a departure - and such an improvement - over its predecessors. It's thicker than standard doors - 43 percent thicker to accommodate more insulation. It's made with dual perimeter seals to reinforce that insulating performance. It comes with a bottom sweep to keep unwanted elements and uncomfortable temperatures on the outside. And special insulating channels in the side rails and headers top off its outstanding insulating effectiveness. The advantages of Embarq doors aren't only about insulation. The doors come with specially designed, ultra-durable thresholds. The lock area is reinforced to keep the door latching and locking smoothly for years to come. Four heavy-duty ball-bearing hinges are standard. And the surfaces of the door, inside and out, are as beautiful as they are lasting. ProVia is the only door company to win the Energy Star partner of the year award for door manufacturing. We think they've outdone themselves with Embarq - the most energy-efficient entry door system on the U.S. market. To learn more, call ABE Doors & Windows at 610-398-2430 or stop by our offices on Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown.

02 October 2014
Signs that it’s time for replacement windows

The habit of putting things off runs deep in a lot of us. But the good news is that sometimes a few hints are all it takes to get us moving on something important.

Here's an example - what should a homeowner look for in deciding it's time to replace the windows? Here's a list of telltale signs.

- You see moisture fogging up the glass between panes.

- Panes are loose in the frame.

- You're feeling drafts around the windows.

- On really cold or windy days, the cold seems to be penetrating right through the glass.

- The sashes show signs of rot.

- Weatherstripping is torn, damaged or missing altogether.

- The window is hard to open or close.

Very often, windows that need replacement will show more than one of these problems. That's when it's time to call in a reputable replacement window company for a look.

Replacement windows are designed and built to knock out the kinds of problems we've listed here. They usually incorporate multiple panes, often with protective coatings and super-insulating gas between those panes. Their frames have built-in baffles to help retard air infiltration. The windows function the way they were built to for many, many years. And they're made to greatly limit the maintenance that's an unavoidable part of trying to keep old wood-framed windows in decent shape.

If you're seeing those warning signs, it's time to stop procrastinating. ABE Doors and Windows will be glad to inspect any windows and suggest appropriate improvements. Call us today at (610) 398-2430 for a no-charge consultation.

15 September 2014
The 2014 Remodeling 550

As of early August, Remodeling magazine published The 2014 Remodeling 550.  After hosting surveys and collecting data, this article lists the biggest remodeling companies in the United States, based on each individual company’s sales, jobs, and prospects.  A.B.E. Doors & Windows has been ranked #124 nationwide for Replacement Contractors – or, rather, companies that focus mostly on exterior home components, such as windows and doors.   We are very happy to have made such an exclusive list along with the great year of business productivity that 2014 has provided us.  A.B.E. Doors & Windows looks forward to creating even more opportunities to better serve our customers within the Lehigh Valley.