A.B.E. Doors & Windows Blog

18 January 2022
Income Tax Refund? Consider These Home Improvements
Income Tax Refund? Consider These Home Improvements

 

In a few weeks, we will all be collecting our receipts and financial statements in preparation of filing our income tax returns. If you are one of the lucky ones getting some money back, consider investing back in your home if spring projects are on your to-do list.

 

If you are looking to get the best return on investment (ROI), the following improvements may help your home retain or increase it’s value.

 

Bath Remodel

Who doesn’t enjoy an up to date bathroom! Plus if you are anticipating a move soon, it’s one of the rooms potential buyers focus on. Your tax return may not be thousands of dollars, but changing the vanity, installing a rain shower-head and updating the lighting can really transform the space.

 

14 January 2022
Congratulations Makena!
Congratulations Makena!

Life is all about celebrating the little things and we have a lot to celebrate in the A.B.E. family. Today, we’re highlighting the achievements of our office manager’s daughter, Makena Seng.

 

27 December 2021
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing our customers all the best!

 

16 December 2021
When to Replace Door Locks
When to Replace Door Locks

 

Nothing lasts forever, including the locking mechanisms on your doors. We’ve highlighted some scenarios that should warrant replacing, to ensure your home is safe & secure.

 

 

You Bought a New Home

One of your first tasks after signing those mortgage documents should be replacing the home’s locks. You really don’t know the kind of people that lived there or who they may have given a spare key to over the years. You want to go to bed with the knowledge that only your family has the privilege of coming and going into your new abode.

Besides the obvious front and back doors, also check for locks on cellar doors & doors leading to or attached to the garage.

If you are using an existing garage door opener, you may want to look up how to re-code the opener.  

15 November 2021
The Small Business Difference
The Small Business Difference

In this day and age we have a world of goods at our fingertips via the internet. We can order a product that will be at our door in just a few days or look up information to solve practically any problem. While these solutions are handy, they lack personal service and attention to detail, which are still important. Let's not forget the ways small businesses can enhance your shopping experience.

The difference of knowledge.

Have you ever done a bit of research to replace a part, ordered it, only to have it not fit? Now you’re on the phone, chatting with someone miles away and getting little resolved. Small business owners spend hours making sure they know their inventory inside and out. You can rest assure if a replacement part does not fit or work properly, they will get to the bottom of it. Earning your trust is essential to the heart of their business.

27 October 2021
Know the Dangers of Lead Poisoning
Know the Dangers of Lead Poisoning

 

You may not think lead exposure is still an issue after all these years, but approximately 4 million households in the United States have children living in them that are being exposed to lead. It is shocking to know that over 1 million children, most under the age of 5, have lead poisoning. This is why it remains so important to identify where lead may be present, recognize the signs of lead poisoning and seek treatment if necessary.

 

That fixer upper may look charming, but the walls and woodwork may contain lead based paints if the home was built prior to 1978. 

30 September 2021
The Fish Tank Conversation
Window Wells, Water, and You

On the heels of every rainstorm, the phone here at A.B.E. Doors & Windows starts to ring off the hook. Every third call begins with the same dialogue, “After the rain last night, I need to replace my basement windows,” someone will say. To which I begin our patented, ‘Fish Tank Conversation.’ Here’s the long and short of it.

 

 

15 September 2021
Prepping Your Home for the Seasons Ahead
Prepping Your Home for the Seasons Ahead

 

We’ve had a few days that remind us the cooler seasons are coming...along with the weather it brings. Now is the time to be proactive in getting your home and garage ready for harsher weather. Here are some suggestions to keep the heat in, and the water out of your home and garage.

 

Outside the Home

Remember last year’s snow that dropped 2 feet in most areas? As it melted, many homes experienced leaking and damage around windows and doors that had small gaps or cracking where a nice tight seal should have been. If you have any windows or doors that are ground level, check them for gaps that may be problematic. You may be able to address smaller cracks by replacing caulking or using a spray insulation product. If you see larger holes or rot, replacement of the whole window may be required and a professional should be called.

13 August 2021
Signs Your Garage Door Needs to Be Replaced
Signs Your Garage Door Needs to Be Replaced

 

We all appreciate getting the most life out of items around our home, but there comes a time when things need to be replaced. Your garage door may still look okay and function well, but it is important to know the signs of when the door needs to be upgraded. Consider the following:

 

 

Frequent Maintenance Calls

Yearly maintenance is common, but if you find yourself calling the service techs more often, it may be time to replace. The time and money spent on these calls, plus labor and parts can add up quickly. Not to mention a faulty door could pose harm to your family and the contents of your garage. Investing in a new door is a wise investment.

16 July 2021
How to Choose a Welcoming Color for Your Front Door
How to Choose a Welcoming Color for Your Front Door

 

Ready to add some color to your front door, but not sure where to start? We’ve come up with some great ways to try a little color or go bold and really make a statement.

Get ready to be inspired.

 

 

A Classic Approach

Not ready to fully commit to a lot of color? These suggestions still up the ante on your front door, while adding delightful curb appeal.

15 June 2021
Basement Window Maintenance Tips
Basement Window Maintenance Tips

 

We don’t often talk about the basement area when it comes to doors and windows. If left unchecked it, can be a hot spot for drafts, moisture and leaks. It is important to check over these areas and make the appropriate repairs.

 

Door/Cellar Doors

These two largest areas of access should be checked at least once a year. Start by inspecting the frame around the door, is it still tight or are you seeing some warped areas or evidence that it may be pulling away from the door itself? Also note the wear to weather stripping or caulking. Replacing these can be a smart, cost effective solution. Safely check for air leaks by lighting an incense stick and gently move it around the doors frame. Note any areas that blow the smoke.

Check for any water damage as well. Look for discoloration, sagging paint around the area or the presence of mold. Mold can be tricky to identify at times, look for small white or black dots or give the area a sniff test. 

11 May 2021
Garage Door Safety Month
Garage Door Safety Month

 

 

Did you know that your garage door is the largest, heaviest moving object in your home? As such, you want to make sure this area is safe for all family members that use it. Watch out for these possible areas of trouble and take steps to correct them today.

 

Faulty Safety Sensors

These sensors are used to reverse the direction of the door should something cross their beam. Over time the sensors can get moved or debris can block the beam, making the sensors unable to read if an object is in it’s path. You can test them by closing the garage door and using a long handled broom to break the beam. If the door does not stop immediately and reverse it’s direction, it would be wise to call a professional to trouble shoot and fix this problem.

07 April 2021
5 Common Window Hazards
5 Common Window Hazards

 

As we transition into warmer days, many of us are opening windows to allow the cool breezes in. As you reopen your home this spring, take note of these potential window hazards and correct any areas to ensure your home is safe for all.

 

 

Depending on the screen to keep things in.

Window screens do an excellent job of keeping bugs and critters from entering your home. They are not designed to handle a child or pet pushing on them from the inside. Don’t rely on them to handle that kind of weight. 

15 March 2021
Signs You May Need to Replace Your Garage Door Opener
Signs You May Need to Replace Your Garage Door Opener

We all have long lists of home improvements we want to get accomplished. Replacing your garage door opener is probably not on the top of that list, but at some point, it will need to be replaced. Look for these tell-tale signs it may be time to swap this model for one that has more power, better reliability and smart home features.

 

The overall unit seems sluggish.

Your opener works hard to raise your garage door every day. The average opener is lifting and closing that heavy door about 1500 times a year. While garage doors, with proper maintenance, can last 20 to 30 years, the life expectancy of an opener is around 10 years. All that wear and tear will start to catch up eventually. If you see that the door is opening slower than usual or seems to be catching and jerking slightly, it is probably time to replace your unit. 

17 February 2021
Winter Weather Insulation
Winter Weather Insulation

 

Can you really work in this kind of weather?” We hear this a lot when the temperatures turn chilly and the snow starts to fly. The answer is YES, we can complete many product installations, so you don’t need to delay areas that need replacement.

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