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Window Installation in the Wild West

How To Install A Vinyl Window – Wild West Window Installation
You might think you know how to put in a window now. Possibilities are… You don’t have it. “Why would this guy know more than I do?” you might be thinking. Believe me when I say that most installers with 20 years of experience have no idea how to properly instal a window. Yeah right! What makes you such an expert? Well to start with I’m a Certified Window Installer. I was until a few months ago the Inspector for the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada in Calgary. I was often referred to as “the Association’s best inspector” I don’t know if that was true, but I heard it many times. The reason I left the association was that I was unhappy that the Association would not enforce their own rules, making my work useless. I began building houses in 1982 and have used oak for all of the windows and doors in my own home. I’m familiar with windows. Get the facts about RKC Construction
Windows with nailing fins are available from manufacturers. These nailing fins are commonly used to secure a window that has no other support. This is incorrect, as I explained in a previous post. CSA A440.4-07 is an extremely valuable text. This is the proper way to mount a window. I’m not going to try to cover anything in this article because it’s 114 pages long. Is the Building Code requiring it? Yes, at least in Alberta, and I’m sure in Canada. Article This CSA Standard is listed in the Alberta Code’s Environmental Separation section. The Standard explicitly notes that it is intended to be used in conjunction with any manufacturer’s installation instructions. This means that you must follow this Standard regardless of the manufacturer’s instructions. Is the Norm being followed by installers? No, it’s not true. More than 90% of the windows built, in my estimation, do not meet the Norm. This covers both new construction and repairs. So, if you’ve just had windows installed, there’s a good chance they’re installed incorrectly. My money would be on the table in Vegas if the chances were that good.
“What’s the difference?” you might ask. “My widows work perfectly! They look fantastic, and the Installer cleaned up beautifully when he was finished.” The difference is reliability. The cost of installing new windows in your home will most likely surpass $10,000. 00, and bigger homes costing more. How long do you want those windows to stay in place? The window will sag and move if it is not properly supported. Most modern windows are made of vinyl, which can only withstand so much stress. The frame will crack or the glass will break when the window sags. I recently went to look at a new house. I opened a casement window but was unable to close it. The window no longer suited the frame because it had sagged. This was a brand new product! I had hoped to reinstall the window, but after speaking with the Manufacturer’s Representative, I discovered that it could not be saved and would have to be replaced. Since they didn’t want to lose the Builder as a client, the Manufacturer provided the window at no cost to him. If widows are not properly mounted, they may fail prematurely, depending on how poorly they were installed.
As I previously said, I can’t possibly cover anything in the 114-page CSA A440.4-07 text. I’ll do my best to narrow it down. The majority of windows are vinyl, the majority of windows are sliders, and the majority of window replacements are full tear outs rather than being mounted within the existing frame. This should be relatively easy to handle. Don’t try to extrapolate between different materials and window styles because there are variations.

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