Latest Articles in Methods & Techniques

  • 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 »
  • Next month, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance will launch Window & Door Dealer Days at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. The event not only addresses dealer-related business topics through education, but offers much more. For one, attendees will experience some of the newest window and door products first hand in the 4,400 square foot Dream Showroom pavilion. We... 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 »
  • First, I promise that the Talk will not devolve into a running commentary on my home improvement projects; however, as I continue to renovate my home exterior, more questions arise relating to our industry. My hope is that my experience can provide insight into the consumer experience, so please bear with me. I promise to share before-and-after photos. After successfully selecting a skylight... more »
  • Consider these factors before making an equipment purchase
    Thinking of acquiring new machinery or equipment? Assuming you’ve determined the right piece of equipment that fits your productivity and manpower needs (see sidebar), the following list is a good starting point for determining the physical plant characteristics you should take into account before making your purchase. Space Limitations Work with your supplier to determine where you want... more »
  • When I presented replacement challenges in the March/April issue, I focused mostly on full-frame replacement. Most agree this is by far the most difficult replacement scenario. Requirements for structural performance, and stopping air infiltration and water intrusion, depend on the installation, but are even more difficult to satisfy in this case. In many circumstances, however, full-frame... more »
  • Full-frame replacement represented nearly half of my replacement business, and I replaced many windows without the help of manufacturer’s instructions for a variety of reasons: replacement instructions didn’t exist, the brick façade prevented access, there was no membrane behind the façade or I encountered a combination of these circumstances. I developed techniques to counter these... more »
  • I recently ate lunch at a New York City icon:  Union Square Café.  The food, service and ambiance was almost perfect—a considerable feat when you consider the number of great restaurants in Manhattan and its yearly list of failures.  Union Square was Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, opened in 1985, in what is now a universe of Meyer greats in New York and beyond. His... more »
  • Let me preface this Talk by saying that I didn’t choose the topic based solely on the opportunity to share this after-hours picture of the Window & Door staff at the International Builders’ Show last week. (Although really, how could I pass it up?) I chose the subject of social networking events because my curiosity was genuinely peaked about the role they play in the window and... more »