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  • Window safety awareness is ongoing
    First, we heard the ominous “freight train” high speed wind barreling down our street in the dark of night. Then, brief silence as the 80-year old oak tree pulled up from its roots and began its fall toward our house. The crash of the trunk and branches crushing our house didn’t just startle us but made our hearts pound as limbs randomly punched through the ceiling. A moment... more »
  • Installation tips for doors
    Does your installed product operate smoothly? (Image courtesy of the author.) Doors are generally more challenging to install than windows. While many basics are similar, such as wall interface, true alignment, and the fact that both either swing or slide, some factors are very different. Doors are commonly larger and heavier and have to stand up to much more frequent operation and... more »
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      Fenestration manufacturers offer more product options than ever before to satisfy market demand. While this allows dealers to offer almost any solution to their clients, it also requires more attention on placing an accurate order. Sizing, colors, glass features and muntin patterns are all variables that enter into the equation. Manufacturers’ software typically prompts dealers to... more »
  • Fenestration installation instructions used to be very basic, as were building materials; there were only a few fenestration choices and fairly low expectations for energy performance. In many cases, manufacturers didn’t even offer installation instructions. Today, however, these instructions are not only available, they are evolving to meet industry demands. Why? Read on. 1. Manufacturers... more »
  • “Two eight five two, six over six, seven eighths muntins, four and nine jamb, with three and a half flat casing… four times.” This is what I said to Mary as she typed in the estimate—without skipping a beat. While this dialogue would be foreign to anyone outside of the fenestration industry, I bet it made perfect sense to most of you. Not only is dimensional accuracy... more »
  • In each of our regions, we become accustomed to “typical characteristics” of existing housing that affect our fenestration replacements. These include certain wall construction, exterior cladding materials, recurring window frame material, and physical sizes of the homes. This deceptively large triple located just below a 20-foot ceiling required an interior scaffold. (Images... more »
  • “…and a few moments after the Countess had broken the traditional bottle of champagne on the bows of the noble ship, she slid slowly and gracefully down the slipway, entering the water with scarcely a splash.” Ambiguity can add humor to communication (see above), but in the workplace, when we’re dealing with thousands of dollars of product, ambiguous terms and phrases can... more »
  • As a window and door dealer, do you ever find yourself wondering any of the following: Could some processes be easier? Why do certain issues continue to be a problem? Am I the only one facing them? What adjustments could make my business more profitable? If any of these questions are familiar, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there’s a place you can go for answers. Window & Door... more »
  • The vertical separation between our living space and the elements is made up of three primary sectors: the common wall area, fenestration and the installation perimeter of the fenestration. All three share similar demands as part of the building envelope—to keep weather out and climate control in. Even though a window (or door) is an independent component in itself, it’s still a window, in a wall... more »
  • Humor yourself for a moment and read this out loud really fast: nail fin; flush fin; mounting flange; frontal flange; face flange; frontal fin; non-frontal flange; mounting fin; exterior flush fin; surface flange. So far, our industry has come up with these 10 terms (and a few others) to describe a grand total of two window frame appendages. I’m actually kind of amused by this and I’m... more »