AAMA Hosts Entry Door Forum

July 16, 2008
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association hosted an all-day forum on July 8 to spur progress on the development of guidelines for component substitution and interchangeability within a side-hinged entry door certification program.

Twenty-one attendees–including members of the task group and representatives of the Association of Millwork Distributors and Window and Door Manufacturers Association–reviewed component testing conducted to date by AAMA, agreeing that the base exterior side-hinged door system should be tested to the air-water-structural requirements as in AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 for windows, doors, and skylights.

Based upon this testing, component substitution would be permitted per the specific test requirements as applicable within this document.

Attendees also discussed a pure component-based testing and qualification method and agreed that complete component mixing deserved additional study. The needs of the pre-hanger industry were also heard, especially as they relate to their experiences with door failures in severe weather.

“The development of requirements for whole product testing of exterior side-hinged doors has been a high priority for AAMA members and the industry,” says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “The expanded input from other associations is key in building a solid foundation for a workable rating and certification system that will facilitate code compliance and serve as a level playing field for all door pre-hangers and manufacturers. The substitution of qualified pre-hung door components within approved door assemblies is an important part of this initiative.”

To continue progress, AAMA will host another door forum on September 25 following its fall conference in San Antonio, Texas.