Published on: November 21, 2022
Most people don’t think too much about the windows in their homes. While they appreciate the natural light that comes in, they likely don’t sit around and think about window installation facts.
However, knowing some fun facts about windows might guide you toward the best contractor and window manufacturer during your next whole home window replacement project.
We’ve put together some interesting facts about windows to get you thinking about your next window replacement project. Some of these are just fun facts while others are important details you’ll want to consider before your next replacement window project.
Did you know that window industry experts have found that 8 out of 10 replacement window installations are done incorrectly?
The replacement window industry uses many window installation methods. However, none of them integrate into the existing building envelope unless the contractor replaces the siding at the same time. Thus, when caulking shrinks or gets voids in it, water can travel between the new window installation and the building paper then into the building structure causing rot and mold.
Surprisingly, no window manufacturer recommends a fin-less window installation when replacing metal windows. So why do these window installation companies continue to use this method? Because it is quick, easy, and cheap. The window installation does not need highly skilled applicators and can be done in less than half an hour.
But when the 2FL team applied for a permit to replace windows in an apartment complex in Auburn, Washington, before we invented our patented window installation and products, the city asked that we install the windows using an AAMA-approved window installation method or install them to the window manufacturers recommended window installation directions.
The challenge we faced was that the client didn’t want the siding replaced when replacing the windows and does not want to pay the extra money for a cut-out and trim job. The building owner did not want to have to paint.
Unfortunately, AAMA and the window manufacturer do not have a recommended window installation for fin-less windows. The only way to please this customer was to install the windows without a nail fin and allow the building owner to assume the risk.
We created the Rain Jacket Flashing System because we knew there had to be a better way of doing things. Our patented method allows us to install windows that meet manufacturer guidelines and AAMA rules without installing new siding.
After years of development and testing, we found an answer to a common problem of window replacement. The Rain Jacket Flashing System revolutionizes the window installation industry and ensures a strong seal for your new windows.
Using the patented method, we can:
Scheduling an estimate with 2FL is easy. Use our online contact form or call 253-499-7786.
There is so much to learn before your next window replacement project. Here are some common questions and answers related to window installation.
Improper window installation doesn’t create a firm barrier from the elements. It can mean energy loss for your home or far worse. Improperly installed windows could harm the structural integrity of your home from water damage.
On average, it takes 30 minutes to install a window. That means that the length of your window replacement project will vary based on how many windows your home has. More windows mean more time. The average home generally only requires one traditional 8-hour work day though.
Window installation is not the best do-it-yourself project because it requires advanced carpentry skills. Plus, if you’re replacing windows on a two-story home, you’ll have to have the right equipment and ladder to get to the windows. If you get injured, you’ll have to cover the medical bills. In contrast, if you hire a contractor, they’ll have the skills to know what they are doing and the insurance to protect their people so you don’t have any surprise expenses if something doesn’t go according to plan.
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