A.B.E. Doors & Windows Blog

27 March 2024
Welcome, Scott!
Welcome, Scott!

Welcome, Scott!



We’d like to welcome a new member to the A.B.E. Doors & Windows family. Introducing Scott! He started as an installation technician, specializing in garage doors in January 2024. Scott comes to us with years of experience in making your home look beautiful as he used to be a landscaper. He’s been married forty-one years to his elementary school sweetheart. He has three cats, two sons, and lots of grandkids! We’re grateful to have Scott as one of our valued employees.

31 January 2024
Our Year in Review
Our Year in Review

As we ring in the New Year 2024, I’d like to take the time to review our highlights from 2023. As you’ll see, we have a lot to celebrate. 

We’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year!

We welcomed four new employees: Austyn, Ryan, Joe, and Matt. Hopefully you’ll get to see each of them, depending on the work we may do in your home. 

It’s with heavy hearts that we saw Tom finally retire. He had been our main commercial service technician for the past forty-seven years, since 1977.

A.B.E. Doors and Windows brought on Sugarcreek in 1996, that’s Provia before it was even Provia. We started with their storm doors and storm windows. We’ve now been partnered with them for twenty-eight years! Provia is ushering in a whole new line of colors and decorative glass styles for 2024. 

We’re a Raynor dealer and have been happily carrying their garage doors since 2000. That’s twenty-four years! Raynor continues to innovate every year, bringing out more modern styles like the Aspen Contempra to keep up with the changing market. 

We’re looking forward to moving into our brand-new showroom sometime in spring! So, stay tuned for all the upgrades that the New Year has in store for everyone here at A.B.E. Doors and Windows!

29 December 2023
Welcome Matt!
Welcome Matt!

We’d like to welcome a new member to the A.B.E. Doors & Windows family. Introducing Matt! He started as an installer in September 2023 and comes to us with two years of experience. He enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trails in his free time and has a black Labrador named Lucy. We’re grateful to have Matt as one of our valued employees.

27 December 2023
Welcome Joe!
Welcome Joe!

We’d like to welcome a new member to the A.B.E. Doors & Windows family. Introducing Joe! He started as an installer in July 2023. When he’s not spending time cooking chicken and rice for his daughter, he can be found on the golf course. We’re grateful to have Joe as one of our valued employees.

20 December 2023
Welcome Ryan!
Welcome Ryan!

We’d like to welcome a new member to the A.B.E. Doors & Windows family. Introducing Ryan! He started as a service technician, specializing in garage doors in June 2023. Ryan comes to us with eight years of prior garage door experience. He is a homebody who loves spending time with his family, including two young children and a dog. He’s recently tried out some hunting in his free time and has high hopes for adding it to his long list of hobbies. We’re grateful to have Ryan as one of our valued employees.

06 December 2023
Welcome Austyn!
Welcome Austyn!

We’d like to welcome a new member to the A.B.E. Doors & Windows family. Introducing Austyn! He started as an installer in May 2023. He enjoys fixing motorcycles and cars in his free time and he’s looking forward to getting his next tattoo. We’re grateful to have Austyn as one of our valued employees. 

28 November 2023
Welcome HomeStory Doors!
Welcome HomeStory Doors!

Welcome HomeStory Doors!

A.B.E. Doors and Windows has recently brought on a new line of products. We are now offering HomeStory Interior Doors! Since we only bring on the manufacturers that really impress us, you can rest assured about the quality of their products. 

HomeStory uses a laser-measuring device to accurately measure the opening of your interior doorway and then uses a CNC machine to perfectly cut the hinge and hardware locations to match your existing frame. This means you will have no disturbed trim and virtually no mess. 

With their wide variety of interior doors, you can find almost anything to suit your needs. There are quite a few neutral color options, a selection of clear or privacy glass, and a variety of grid patterns available. From bi-fold doors to pocket doors, from French doors to sliding doors, from mirrors to pantry doors, HomeStory has it all. 

Using our trained estimators, we’ll get you a quote on updating your interior doors. So join us in welcoming HomeStory into your home.

Check out the website here: HomeStory Allentown (homestorydoors.com)

20 January 2023
Moving Day!
Temporary Showroom

Moving Day!

A.B.E. Doors and Windows has moved! While we had been in our converted homestead for forty-two years (since 1980) our working family has been thinking about upgrading the showroom for many years. Finally, we are beginning the process as you might have noticed if you’ve recently driven down Hamilton Blvd. For now, we haven’t moved very far—just up the street to 5930 Hamilton Blvd, Suite 6 in the Shepherd Hills Shopping Center.

The little office is our home for now, but we’re all looking forward to moving into our cushy new digs in early 2024. We’ll be upgrading all of our full-size samples and visuals. Provia has so many amazing products to offer that we just haven’t had the space to show off before, but all that will change once our new showroom is in place. We’ll be moving right back to 6776 Hamilton Blvd once the new building is constructed so don’t get too used to seeing us at Shepherd Hills.

Now that we’re all unpacked in our temporary showroom, do take the time to stop by and see all that we have to offer you. Until then, pardon our growing pains. 

01 April 2022
Congratulations Dylan!
Congratulations Dylan!


Life is given meaning by celebrating little victories and we have another success story here at A.B.E. Doors & Windows. Our general manager’s son, Dylan, just received his second-degree black belt in karate.

Dylan has been practicing martial arts since he was six years old. At thirteen, he has spent the past three years training to advance from first- to second-degree and that day has finally come. In order to prove his skillset, Dylan had to present all his previous forms to a panel of judges. Following that, he had to break four boards with four different techniques and demonstrate his talents with a staff. In the final phase, he had to endure ten one-minute rounds of sparring with opponents of varying experience, from beginner students to sensei.

But the way of the Peaceful Warrior is about using your mind as much as your body. Dylan had to explain to an audience what being a black belt meant to him. He showed maturity far beyond his years when he considered this question and revealed that it was difficult for him to answer. Martial arts has been an integral part of his life for seven years now and he’s grown up with these teachings in mind.

Now that he has surpassed expectations and earned his second-degree black belt, Dylan will begin the process of becoming an instructor and role model for the younger students of Lehigh Valley Martial Arts. He will continue to walk the path with the Seven Signs of Respect in mind. We at A.B.E. Doors & Windows look forward to seeing him reach his third-degree.

Congratulations Dylan!

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.

Makena has been playing the viola since the fourth grade, improving steadily so that this year—in the eighth grade—she has graduated to the First Chair in Springhouse Middle School’s Honors Orchestra. The prestigious position could not have gone to a more worthy candidate.

Congratulations Makena!

Makena’s favorite song to play is Trepak from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and we should all look forward to the day she can perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. In the meantime, Makena is happy to use her considerable skills to inspire others.

“Even though you might not play perfectly the first time, mistakes are what make us better. Mistakes help us become great.” – Makena Seng, 2022

03 January 2020
Benefits of Planking
Benefits of Planking


Here’s the truth—working in an office is dull. We’re stationary all day everyday like a bunch of barnacles stuck to a ship. Lucky for us, our office manager Shannon is one of the most active people I know and she motivated my coworker, Joe, and me to start off our morning strong with our now-trademark Office Plank.

In the beginning of November, Shannon started a Three Minute Plank Challenge. The goal was to be able to complete a three minute plank. Joe and I expressed interest in doing it with her, but we all live quite far apart and don’t really have an opportunity to work-out together after work. Hence, the ABE Doors and Windows Morning Office Plank! We started off at one minute which felt like death incarnate. Now, at the end of December, we find ourselves in a position to be at a cool two minutes for the start of the New Year. We all look back on one minute planks fondly now—those were the days!

There are many benefits to planking in the office. First off, it’s a team-building exercise (literally)! Since the plank is an exercise that uses your own bodyweight, you don’t need any equipment to do it. Plank is a strength training exercise that promotes endurance, improves your skeletal strength, aids in focus, and is a reminder to breathe properly. For those of us that work in an office, the plank promotes good posture and helps diminish back pain. Planking targets muscle groups that are frequently knotted with tension so stretching them first thing allows us to decrease stress before helping our customers.

Beginning the morning with a brief exercise as a team to some upbeat music also sets the tone for our day at the office. It gives us a moment to decompress and support each other because we all want to see ourselves succeed and reach three minutes. It’s already shocking to think that one minute used to be a serious challenge and now we’re almost up to two minutes. Go us! We will be continuing our Morning Office Plank into the New Year and beyond. We invite anyone looking to improve their day to join us!

26 September 2019
Go Green!
Go Green!


It’s that time of year again—every kid’s nightmare and every parent’s dream. It’s Back to School Season! It seems like everywhere you go this time of year, you’re bombarded with colored folders, giant binders and notebooks, divider and tabs, pens and pencils, markers and crayons in every color, glue sticks and staplers. It looks like our office supply closet multiplied by about a thousand.

As our manager, Shannon, was doing all her back to school preparations for her family, she brought up something that I hadn’t really thought about. Though we endeavor to recycle the obvious things in our office such as paper, water bottles, and shipping materials, I didn’t even realize that markers and crayons could be recycled! There is a frankly terrifying number of markers and crayons going into the landfills every year as parents and teachers alike dispose of last year’s dried-out or broken supplies and purchase brand new ones.

The National Crayon Recycling Program was started in 1993 and has recycled over 120,000 pounds of crayons to date. Since crayons are made with a petroleum base, they take many years to break down in the trash. Instead, used and broken crayons arrive at the Crazy Crayon workshop, are sorted by color, sterilized, melted down, and hand-poured into beautiful shapes. Crazy Crayon’s idea is to get kids involved in recycling with their slogan, “Color a Clean Earth.”

ColorCycle was started by Crayola in 2013 to help schools find an innovative solution to their surplus of used markers. All you must do is box up a minimum of 100 markers and ColorCycle will send a prepaid label so you can ship it to them. Crayola recycles not only their own markers, but any brand of plastic markers including high lighters, Sharpies, and dry erase markers. Unfortunately, the program is only available to schools, but the fact that it’s out there is still great.

So, let’s all do what we can to go green!

30 August 2019
Don't Look A Gift Horse...
Don't Look A Gift Horse...


We all have our favorite folksy sayings and our general manager Marc is no exception. Recently, we were chatting in the office about getting things for free and Marc hits us with a kernel of wisdom—‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.’ At first, I thought that was the end of it, but Marc expanded on his lesson by asking if I knew the origins of that expression.

Well, I decided to break it down. ‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’ is a proverb that can be most basically explained as ‘don't question the value of a gift.’ Like most proverbs, it’s a callback to a bygone era. It refers to the practice of evaluating the age of a horse by looking at its teeth. A horse’s teeth grow as they age and looking at its mouth is the simplest way to judge the health and value of it. Not that I’ve ever been given or received a horse, but it seems to me that a young horse would be a better gift than an old one. Examining the gift that someone has just given you can be seen an insult and rightly so. You should always be grateful that someone has given you anything, regardless of its preconceived value.

So, how about sharing your personal favorite saying so that I can teach something to Marc instead?

28 May 2019
Know What's Below
Know What's Below


“Know what’s below,” sounds like the tagline to a campy horror movie. While it might not be the best advice for dealing with the mole people or the creatures from under the stairs, it’s actually sound advice when beginning summer projects. Every nine minutes, an underground utility is damaged by third-party excavation. If you call 811 three days before beginning a digging project, they will come and mark the underground utility lines for you.

I know I hate it when the power goes out, so this is a simple enough thing to do to avoid a major problem. Striking a single line can cause fines, repair costs, outages, serious injury, and even death. In fact, third-party excavation is the number one cause of serious injury and death involving natural gas pipelines.

Whether performing minor landscaping or major excavation, safeguard yourself from hazards relating to underground utilities by calling 811 three days before any digging project. It’s the law!

20 May 2019
The Menace: Lanternflies
The Menace: Lanternflies


We’ve all heard about them, read about them, had the misfortune of seeing them or stepping on them. Yup, lanternflies—plant-hopping insects native to China, Vietnam, and east Asia—are taking over Pennsylvania. They’ve been invading since 2014 and are now officially established in Berks and Lehigh Counties. They’re nasty buggers that feed on woody plants, stunting their growth and even eventually killing them. They present a serious threat to our industries of grapes, fruit trees, and logging. [Those of you that enjoy wine should especially care since we need grapes to make wine.]

Now, taking down an invasive species isn’t something the average person can really do, but we can all do something to help stop the spread of lanternflies in our area. Since A.B.E. Doors and Windows services much of the Lehigh Valley, we have now started checking our vehicles to the best of our abilities when we move between job sites to make sure we’re not transporting any lanternflies or eggs. Eggs and flies alike can be crushed and eliminated.

This is something you can do at home as well, especially now that it’s the season of yard work. As you’re bringing out patio furniture or starting to grill again, check these items for deposits of eggs which can contain between thirty and fifty lanternflies. Egg deposits can be scraped off and destroyed in quite a few ways [with alcohol for one].

While you’re working on your yard, also keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Tree of Heaven’ or Chinese sumac. It’s the lanternfly’s preferred tree to eat and lay eggs on. You can use these trees to set a trap for the lanternfly if you are so inclined by spraying it with systemic pesticides through the months of June to August.

There is good news though. One of the funguses native to Pennsylvania has been found to prey on the lanternfly, but we’re all going to need to pitch in if we want to try to get rid of these bad bugs once and for all. So, when you see those lanternflies, happy stomping from all of us here at A.B.E. Doors and Windows!

08 April 2019
Kidnapped: A Team-Building Exercise
Kidnapped: A Team-Building Exercise


It was a typical Friday at A.B.E. Doors and Windows… until we found ourselves kidnapped by the dastardly science teacher and infamous serial killer, Miles Fish. Fortunately for us, Miles had stepped out to cover his tracks and left us alone in his alchemy laboratory for precisely sixty minutes. That was all the time we had to put together clues from his previous victims and escape with our lives. The owners of A.B.E. Doors and Windows had booked a team-building experience with Captured Lehigh Valley, an Escape Room.

Having never attempted an Escape Room before, none of us knew quite what to expect. All we really knew was that we had some time off from work and were going to get to have some fun with each other. The coming Escape Room had been the talk of the building all week. Once we arrived, our technicians, office, and sales staff were divided into three teams. We had been told ahead of time that the chance of escaping was about 33% and we all scoffed—please, we’re smart.

Well, we were in for a challenge, let me tell you! [Now, I won’t tell you anything about the puzzles, since half the fun was going into them completely blind.] We worked together through the first few quickly and without too much trouble, giving us a seriously false sense of security. Once we had our handcuffs off and free reign of the lab, that was when the trouble really started.

The Escape Room—though maybe the size of a living room—was absolutely packed with details. There were Halloween-style severed body parts, more locked drawers and cabinets than I could count, maps and books and photographs, and even a fake hatchet splattered with blood. Even though I expected us to descend into pandemonium the second we started, our group actually worked very well together. We solved most of the puzzles almost to completion, but it just wasn’t enough.

Our time ran out before we could escape. [We did give our ‘Game Master’ a little scare with the fake hatchet when he came in to let-us-out-slash-murder-us.] Afterwards, we met up with the rest of our coworkers and found that only one of our three groups had escaped. 33% chance proved to be right on the money after all!

Though I usually cringe when I hear the words ‘team-building exercise,’ I have to admit that it was an absolute blast. I hope we do something like this again in the future. Hopefully we’ll all make it out alive next time!

31 December 2018
It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut
It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut


There’s nothing I like better than a tradition mixed with a little superstition. I personally can’t celebrate the incoming New Year without the memory of my grandfather’s voice proclaiming, “We have to have pork and sauerkraut or this year’s going to be an unlucky one.” As a kid, I had no idea what he was getting at, but the tradition has persisted in my family. After all, who doesn’t want the coming year to be a fortunate one?  

It was only recently that I was able to figure out what all the superstition was about. It’s a combination of Pennsylvania Dutch and German roots. While it has a lot to do with the way the harvest [of cabbage aka sauerkraut] and butchering seasons fell around the holidays, it also has a fun idea behind it.  

The lore is that a pig roots forward in search of food while a chicken scratches back. In other words, it’s an instruction to look forward to the New Year rather than back at the old one. According to my grandmother, eating any poultry for the New Year will cause all your happiness to fly away with the feathers. The trick behind getting everyone to eat sauerkraut is that it’s green like cash money. [I’ve never found sauerkraut to be green unless it’s gone off so I think that one is more of my grandfather getting us kids to eat our odd-smelling vegetables.]  

So, here in Pennsylvania, our New Year’s Celebration has a unique smell. Whether you can get behind our tradition or have a fun one of your own, have a Happy New Year!

19 April 2018
Who's Who in Business
Door & Window Replacement


 Every year Lehigh Valley Style conducts a survey of local residents to determine which businesses are delivering the highest level of service, products and commitment to the consumers they serve. 

We are honored to have been chosen in this year’s Who's Who in Business, under the category of Door & Window Replacement. 

A.B.E. Doors and Windows is proud to be serving the Lehigh Valley area and beyond for over 40 years.  When we started this company, our philosophy was “Treat employees, customers, & business partners as you would want to be treated."   That principal is evident in every area of our business and is displayed by each member of our staff.  


We would like to thank you...our customers...for participating in this survey and for recognizing our business as a leader in the Lehigh Valley.  We value the personal and business relationships we have made over the years and appreciate your choosing A.B.E. for all your window and door needs.  



01 May 2017
A.B.E. Doors Mother's Day Contest
Read below for specific instructions on how to enter and win our Mother's Day Contest with a beautiful flower bouquet provided by Dan Schantz Greenhouse & cut flowers.


To enter, please visit our Facebook Page
and "LIKE" the contest post pinned to the 
top of our FB page.  
Please share with your friends so 
they get a chance to enter too!
The contest will run through May 10th with the winner announced on May 11th.

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

The A.B.E. Doors & Windows booth will highlight some of our garage door, window, and door products, such as:

ProVia Entry Door

Admission to the home show is $7 per person (children under 12 are free).  Free parking is available.

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.


15 August 2014
2014 National Top Specialists

We are happy to have been notified that A.B.E. Doors & Windows has been recognized in Window & Door Magazine’s national 2014 Top Specialists rankings.  According to the publication, the Top specialists list is Window & Door’s first effort to identify the largest independently owned specialty window and door companies in the United States, based on sales volume.  In light of celebrating our 40th anniversary as an independently owned and operated business, we are honored to have been recognized nationally and published as a Top Specialist.  A.B.E. Doors & Windows is excited to continue moving forward, especially as we transition into the second generation of our company.   As we gain a much grander perspective of all that is to come in the future, we look forward to continuing and expanding upon the services that we offer to homeowners and businesses in the Lehigh Valley.



05 May 2014
ProVia Honors A.B.E. Doors & Windows with Platinum Club Award

On April 8th, 2014, A.B.E. Doors & Windows was recognized as a member of ProVia’s Platinum Club.  As specified by ProVia, this award “is a performance-based recognition program for a select number of dealers who excel in service, installation, and promotion of ProVia’s products.  As a homeowner, you can rest assured the product you purchase through a Platinum Club Dealer will be furnished by one of the best dealers in the industry.”  As a Platinum Club dealer, A.B.E. has exclusive access to ProVia’s new Embarq™ fiberglass entry system, which is currently the most energy efficient entrance door available in the U.S. Market.  This door was introduced at ProVia’s Platinum Club Dealer event as the first creation of ProVia’s new way of thinking, “EnVision” – which pushes the door manufacturer one step closer to fully realizing their personal philosophy of creating unrivaled efficiency in home building products.  A.B.E. Doors & Windows is pleased to have been recognized as one of ProVia’s best – and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide our customers with unbeatable service and full access to the most leading edge technology when it comes to energy efficient door replacement.


18 April 2014
Meet our Staff: Jim Osborn

This month, A.B.E. Doors & Windows would like to focus a spotlight on one of our employees, whose outstanding efforts makes him shine brightly among the rest.  Working with us since 1993, Jim Osborn (better known to us as “Jim O”) began his career at A.B.E. as an installer and service technician.  He has acted as our Warehouse Manager/Product Distribution Manager since 2001, making certain that every detail of each customer’s installation needs is fulfilled.  Jim finds great pleasure in interacting with many diverse customers throughout the course of a workday, particularly when he is able to deliver the exciting news that we are ready to schedule an installation date with them.  Outside of work, Jim appreciates life most when he is able to spend it with Kathi, his wife – especially when they are able to escape on quiet mornings and take their boat out fishing.  Jim also finds much happiness in spending as much time as he can with his grandson.  All of us at A.B.E. Doors & Windows are so very grateful for the dedicated and reliable contribution that Jim provides our team, every day in so many ways.  Thank you for the last twenty-one years of service, Jim O!




31 January 2014
Lead Safety - What You Need To Know

Lead Safe Work Practices – what are they and how do they pertain to homeowners everywhere?  On April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation Repair and Painting Rule became fully effective.  The EPA issued this law, stating that “federal law requires contractors that disturb paint surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”  Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust that can be toxic to humans and animals.  Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.  Though lead is especially dangerous to children under six years of age, it is also harmful to adults and can pose many health dangers.  Before taking on any home renovation project, it is important for any homeowner to educate themselves in Lead Safety and make certain that any company they hire to assist in any future home renovation project is federally qualified to honor and abide by EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules (Rule 40 CFR Part 745).  A.B.E. Doors & Windows is an EPA Certified Renovator and we pride ourselves in providing our customers with proper and professional installation and service.  Our company and staff recognizes the significant dangers of lead poisoning and are compliant in following all Lead Safe Work Practices to assure each of our customers comfort and security.  To learn more about Lead Safe Work Practices, please visit www.epa.gov.


17 December 2013
Hope for the holidays

Among the many special gifts of the holidays, one of the most powerful is hope. Hope shows itself in the warmth that families share when they gather to celebrate, looking ahead to the best for each member in the year to come. Hope shines out in the tidings of comfort and joy friends and neighbors offer one another. Hope is revealed most grandly in the dreams of peace that people everywhere share as they look to the future. Some folks think of optimism as a little old-fashioned. But that's never been the way we've seen things at ABE Doors and Windows. From our point of view, it's always worth pausing to consider with gratitude the good fortune that so many of us enjoy as Americans - the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that is our birthright. We think that's the foundation for a positive outlook for all of us. As we make our way through this delightful time of year and look ahead to the days to come, we have every reason to feel hopeful. Though the nation's economic recovery has been slow getting started, it does seem now to be well underway - and a better economy means better times for almost everyone. For the customers we've valued through the years, for all our co-workers and their families, and for everyone who shares our communities, our nation and our world, here's to a joyful holiday season and all the hope it brings.

22 November 2013
Winter Installation

 One of the most common questions and concerns that we address around this time of year is whether or not we are able to perform product installations in the frigid months ahead.  And, yes, we do!  It is a well-known fact that things expand in the summer heat and contract in the freezing winter, but, by using forethought and taking proper precaution, we are still able to complete most types of installation during this cold season.  We use silicone caulk that is rated for lower temperatures.  We also plan each installation before arriving at the job site, in order to do our best in minimizing the amount of time the house is exposed to cold air.  We prep each opening so our installers can replace an older product with the newly ordered product and have it fit right into the opening, without leaving an opening in the home longer than absolutely necessary.  We also back our work up with a 5-year workmanship warranty that we offer on every installation that we do.  The only time that we may need to push back any type of installation is if we should experience severely inclement weather that can cause unsafe working conditions and jeopardize the safety of our crew and the well-being of the home.  In order for us to perform jobs that require the removal and reinstalling of pre-existing siding, it is crucial that temperatures be above freezing.  By following these extra steps with care, winter weather is not an issue for our team of certified installers!

01 November 2013
Working Together With Mercy Special Learning Center

At the start of September, A.B.E. Door & Windows had the wonderful opportunity to welcome our newest addition to the office staff – Kathleen!   Kathleen, who has been chosen to work alongside us through the Work Experience Program, offered at Mercy Special Learning Center, will be joining us every week for the duration of the 2013 – 2014 school year.  Along with her job coach, Joan, the pair provides great assistance to our busy office staff by labeling product literature and compiling company folders that our estimators use in large quantity when providing free quotes to our customers.  This month, we had a chance to talk with Kathleen, in the great hopes of learning more about her.

Seventeen-year-old Kathleen is most distinguished by her always cheerful, polite, humble, and pleasant personality, which lights up our office on even the dreariest of Monday mornings.  She is very involved in both her studies at school and extracurricular activities.  Kathleen has a great appreciation for attending Mass, and is more than happy to be an Altar server at school.  She also is a member of the “Tone Chimes,” a group of musically gifted students who play bell chimes and perform for others during special school functions.  Kathleen is passionate and quite talented in both gymnastics and dance, and has found a love for anything involving physical activity.  She was excited to explain that she is a great at running and shares this common bond with her parents, whom are both passionate runners as well.  She enjoys listening to country music and is a great fan of baseball.  Kathleen is very close with her Mom, whom she admits is her best friend, and is happiest when spending time with her.

Kathleen has enjoyed her time working with A.B.E. Doors & Windows so far, though, we must mention, that it has been our absolute pleasure to be blessed with the presence of such positively lovely women in our office almost every week!  We are truly fortunate and honored to be involved in the Work Experience Program at Mercy Special Learning Center.  From the bottom of our hearts, we offer our deepest gratitude and thanks!


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.


13 May 2013
Technicians Receive Certification

At A.B.E. Doors & Windows, we believe that it is absolutely essential to provide all of our customers with superb service and satisfaction.  We constantly research, study, and fully educate ourselves in the leading products that we supply and install.  This journey can, many times, lead us to receive professional training directly from our manufacturers.

On April 15th and 16th of 2013, four of our technicians, Bob Blickley, Gary Harter, Lenny Heim and Rich Reinhart, participated in and completed ProVia's Installer Certification Program at their manufacturing facility in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  During their visit, our installers not only gained improved knowlege into ProVia's superior product line through plant tours and demonstrations but also received hands-on professional training in preparation, installation, and service techniques to better serve our customers.  Each technician graduated this intensive two day training experience with personalized certificates of training completion and enhanced service capabilities.

A.B.E. Doors & Windows consistently strives to perform at our absolute best in order to provide each of our customer with a satisfying experience.


07 March 2013
A Rewarding Relationship Worthy of Praise

Over the past ten years, A.B.E. Doors & Windows has worked together with Mercy Special Learning Center in providing our Showroom as a worksite for the Work Experience Program that is offered to the school's students.  Every Monday, since the start of the 2012 school year, one of Mercy's students, Irina, comes into work dutifully with her job coach, Joan.  Together, they provide greatly appreciated assistance to our busy staff by labeling all of our product literature and putting together company folders that our estimators rely on when providing free quotes to our customers.  This month, we were given an opportunity to sit down with Irina and had the great pleasure of learning more about her.

Irina, who is 16 years old, looks forward to attending school every morning and enjoys her studies in Reading.  She is a very busy student and hard worker, participating daily with food preparation in the kitchen at school, rolling silverware, and delivering lunch trays to classrooms.  Irina is also a member of the Tone Chime Choir, performing for others during special occasions and Mass.  Her favorite extracurricular activities include swimming and practicing gymnastics at Parkettes.  Outside of school and work, Irina has a passion for horseback riding, something that she has been doing since the age of 9.  She enjoys spending time outdoors and is looking forward to the weather becoming warmer.  Irina loves listening to music and some of her favorite artists include Rihanna, Usher, Dave Matthews Band, and Ke$ha.  Irina's sunny disposition, authenticity, compassion, and kindness shine brightly in everything that she says and does.  Joan expressed that the most satisfying part of her job is working alongside and interacting with the students she is paired with and witnessing their personal growth.

We consider ourselves truly blessed to be involved with such a terrific program at Mercy Special Learning Center and are honored to have Irina and Joan's presence in our office.  A.B.E. Doors & Windows holds deep gratitude and admiration for both of these lovely women.  We thank you eternally for your selfless hearts and the uplifting positivity that you emanate into the world!


19 February 2013
ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 Program

A.B.E. Doors & Windows is proud to carry a quality product that is recognized time and time again for its superior design.  Soft-Lite Windows have been awarded the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient mark in 2013.  This program is an extension of ENERGY STAR that is designed to recognize the most energy efficient products within their category . To comply, windows must meed a u-value rating of < or equal to a .20.  Soft-Lite's Elements, Pro, and Barrington windows were all recognized as meeting these ratings.

What does this mean to a homeowner who is looking to replace their windows?  Soft-Lite's windows are thermally efficient and have been proven to be very effective at increasing energy efficiency and reducing air infliltration.  THis gives you the peace of mind that you have one of the most efficient windows made on the market today.

For more information on Soft-Lite and their ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 products, please visit www.energystar.gov


06 February 2013
Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for 2012

We are pleased to announce that energy efficiency tax credits on windows, entrance doors, and patio doors are available again.  As of January 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has been reenacted to allow homeownersto claim up to $200.00 for windows and up to $500.00 for entrance doors/patio doors.  Window & Door Magazine, a publication of The National Glass Association, stated that "the bill reinstates the 25c tax credits that expired at the end of 2011 and extends them through the end of 2013."  Homeowners are allowed to claim 10 percent of the total cost of the prorduct (not including labor) and can only receive a lifetime tax credit limit of $1,500.00.

This blog is not to be considered legal or tax advice; it is for awareness purposes only.  For more information on the requirements of applying and filing a 2012 Residential Energy Credits Form 5695, pleas visit Energy Star's website at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index, or contact your tax professonal.


24 January 2013
Technician Builds Playground in Haiti
Gary Harter, a dedicated and hard-working technician of A.B.E. Doors & Windows for the last seventeen years, went on a mission trip with Lifechurch of Allentown to build a playground at the site of a Haitian Elementary School

"...We are all called.  Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.  It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you're supposed to be, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing.  And that is what I want for all of you [...] to live from the heart of yourself.  You have to make a living; I understand that.  But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."

- Oprah Winfrey


Haiti made world-wide news in early January in 2010 when an earthquake of horrific magnitude occured in the epicenter of the country within the Dominican Republic, devastating an estimated three million people in total.  Dedicated efforts of rescue and relief have continued since the quake to try to piece back together a country of wounded individuals and communities that had been so tragically broken.  One such organization, Mission of Hope, hosts non-stop and continually expanding projects that provide many specific needs to the Haitian people.

Two weeks ago, Gary Harter, a dedicated and hard-working technician of A.B.E. Doors & Windows for the last seventeen years, went on a mission trip with Lifechurch of Allentown to build a playground at the site of a Haitian Elementary School.  Gary, and a small but powerful team of eleven other volunteers, joined forces with Mission of Hope in Haiti and erected a playground over the course of only four days.  The playground was then presented to both the school children and community with a dedication ceremony.  Harter expressed how emotionally overwhelming the entire experience was for him.  "To see these kids, who have absolutely nothing, run out onto that playground and play and laugh and have fun.  That's something that they will be able to do for years to come.  This trip has given me a greater appreciation for everything that we have in the states, such as electric, running water, safe drinking water at our fingertips, and homes that are structurally safe."

Amidst the poverty, desperation, and unimaginable loss of the everyday within the country of Haiti, it is comforting to know that such brilliant rays of hopeful light shine through the darkness in the form of seemingly simple acts of kindness, generosity, and selflessness of brave and loving individuals.  All of us, here at A.B.E. Doors & Windows, are in awe of such tremendous strength of heart and are eternally grateful to those who are involved in making such significantly positive differences in others' lives, whether it be here at home in our local community or for those in need many miles away.


To learn more about Mission of Hope, please visit their website online at http://www.mohhaiti.org.


25 April 2012
Welcome to our team, Ellen Rauch!

A.B.E. Doors & Windows is pleased to welcome Ellen Rauch as the newest addition to its family. Working for us on a temporary basis since January of 2012, Ellen was made a permanent member of our office staff on April 9. As a Customer Service Representative, Ellen is fully enjoying her work experience thus far:

"I'm absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be a part of a company who embraces and embodies teamwork and strives for greatness always. It's truly a blessing to work amongst co-workers who genuinely care about assisting others and are personally driven to always provide the best quality of service possible. I honestly don't consider my employment with A.B.E. as just a career - each day is unique and offers new opportunities for me to utilize every single one of my skills in interacting with and assisting others. I love that my realm of work engages and challenges every aspect of my being, and I am excited to continue experiencing new things, learning from them, and growing stronger as an individual and profesional. I am honored to be a part of something so much greater than myself, and I am thankful for all that A.B.E. Doors & Windows has given to me thus far."

Ellen, who just celebrated her twenty-fifth birthday yesterday, is now our youngest employee and will be utilizing her passion for writing by regularly contributing to both our Facebook page and blog. Outside of work, Ellen's interests include music, movies, reading, and pop culture. She also enjoys volunteering within the community and has recently become involved in taking both kickboxing and acting classes.

We congratulate Ellen on her dedication and hard work thus far, and we look forward to seeing what her future holds within A.B.E. Doors & Windows.

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