When it comes to increasing energy efficiency and controlling moisture in our homes, buildings as well as commercial buildings, doors and windows play a very critical role in this, and this makes them very important materials in construction. Improper or poor design and substandard installation can cause air infiltration, moisture invasion and poor performance of the doors or windows.
To ensure consistency, and high-quality windows and doors installations, there are guidelines which have been put in place to guide the installation of doors and windows in the commercial building industry as well as the remodeling industry. These guidelines apply to the installation of exterior glass doors and window systems, including sliding and hinged glass doors. The guidelines cover both replacement and new construction projects.
Besides, the guidelines offer tips, lessons, and advice on design, specifications and the installation of door and window systems. Here are a few tips for can be followed during the installation of new doors and windows.
All windows and doors are designed to meet the expected performance levels on the windows and doors to be installed. Relating the water performance capabilities of the doors and windows to be installed with the specifications of the project can significantly reduce the damages caused by water because of improper selection of the doors or windows.
Make sure that you rebalance
It is good to rebalance the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems if you install energy efficient doors and windows in an existing building. Rebalancing of the HVAC systems after the installation of energy efficient windows and doors helps in accommodating the reduced levels of air infiltration via the doors and windows.
If you fail to rebalance the HVAC systems, it can lead to the creation of negative pressures in the building. This can result in howling and whistling noises and water invasion in areas that had never happened in the building.
Installation of exterior glass doors
If you want to install exterior glass doors in dwelling units with many families, consider the following cautions and pointers:
- The doors should have a clearance width of at least 32 inches for wheelchairs. This should be measured from the face of the door to the stop of the door when open 90°.
- Exterior door edges and sliding tracks should not exceed a half to three-quarter inch high. If the thresholds and levels change in these locations, they can be beveled with a slope not exceeding 1:2.
- The clearance width for an accessible route inside the house should be at least 36 inches.
- If a patio or balcony has doorways leading into other rooms, the doors should be wheelchair accessible.
Windows flush should be kept with face in surface barrier applications. The windows should not extend past the exterior building’s front or past the outer water barrier in surface-barrier wall systems which are do not have water resistant barriers behind the surface skin.
Follow the installation instructions
Never install the windows, doors or frames without following the manufacturer’s installation guidelines or consulting the necessary parties. Every door, window or frame has its unique design characteristics, and the manufacturer usually gives guidelines how these products should be installed to achieve their maximum performance.