A.B.E. Doors & Windows Blog

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


12 August 2013
Soft-Lite Introduces Simulated Divided Lites

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.


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