26 October 2013
Recycled content and green windows

When we think about the "green" impact of the products we sell, the first thing that comes to mind is energy efficiency. And that's important - to the individual homeowner and to our society at large. The government's Energy Star program estimates that homeowners replacing single-pane windows with double-pane models can save between $126 and $465 a year, depending on where they live and how many windows are involved. Those savings, multiplied over many homes, also contribute to resource conservation and limit the production of greenhouse gases. But that's not the only way that wise window selection can help promote a better environment. Andersen Corporation, one of our flagship vendors, has for several years carried a content certification proving that their products contain a prescribed quantity of recycled materials. It's a feature that's worth considering when you buy. Of course, it's great to recycle. It keeps tons of materials from being wasted in landfills. But it only really helps if we close the loop by finding ways to use that recycled material. And that's what programs like Andersen's do. The certification, issued by the third-party firm Scientific Certification Systems, proves that specified Andersen products contain a minimum recycled content between 3% and 24%. The recycled material includes pre-consumer recycled glass and wood fiber in the form of Fibrex, which is a structural composite material. Much of this is reclaimed directly from the company's manufacturing plant operations. Keep all this in mind when you're thinking about replacement windows. The right decision can make an environmental difference. If you'd like to discuss this, call us at (610) 398-2430.

03 October 2013
Enjoy Fall More with New Patio Doors

The calendar has caught up with the weather. It's fall, and so far October's featured clear and warm afternoons followed by brisk and pleasant evenings. With more to be hoped for as we head deeper into the season, it's a great time to think about installing or replacing the doors to your patio or deck - a chance to upgrade your home and make the most of these glorious days. ABE Doors & Windows carries a number of outstanding patio doors. Our friends at Andersen build the superb 400 Series, which couples a beautiful, maintenance-free outdoor finish with natural pine or white interiors that can be tailored to any décor. Or you can choose the 200 Series, which concentrates on Andersen's most popular options in a patio door line of exceptional value. Either series delivers the outstanding craftsmanship, durability, performance and energy efficiency that have always been identified with this leading brand. Or you may want to consider the unique feature available with selected patio doors from ProVia - internal blinds. The graceful blinds provided with these doors are between the inner and outer panes. You can tilt, raise or lower these blinds with easy-to-use fingertip adjustment slides. And because the blinds are fully enclosed, they never need cleaning. They combine maximum privacy, convenience and light control, and they're warranted for 10 years. Completing the picture for whatever brand and style you chose is expert installation from our skilled and experienced crews. Call ABE today at (610) 398-2430 to discover more about the perfect patio doors for your home.