Fall Protection 101

When undertaking window installation projects, don’t forget to consider fall protection. According to the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2015 International Building Code (IBC), with Washington State amendments, if the sill height above finished grade on the exterior side of an operable window is greater than 72” and the sill height above the finish floor on the interior side of the operable window opening is less than 24”, then window fall protection should be provided.

Child Looking out Window

One simple way to avoid the need for window fall protection is to install your window at such a height that the sill sits over two feet from the finished floor on the inside. If you’re doing a remodel or replacement and the window sill is already sitting closer than two feet to the floor, you’ll need to consider fall protection. This can come in the form of window opening control devices, preventing the window from opening more than four inches, or a window fall prevention device.

Code requirements for window and door installation can be overwhelming to sift through. If you have questions about guidelines or specific projects, our New Construction team is here to help you interpret and implement code requirements!

Seven Steps To Ease Your Fears About Cold Weather Installation

The first blast of winter is upon us and the chill inside your home tells you your windows or doors need to be replaced. Don’t put it off until better weather arrives. We’ll protect your home from the elements during installation and new windows or doors will make your home comfortable year-round.

Installation Manager Craig Rowe and Lead Installer Steve Hudson outline our process for cold weather installs:

1. We Plan Ahead.

Planning ahead will keep us from going in and out of the house unnecessarily and limits the amount of time your door or window opening is uncovered. This includes making sure we have adequate plastic for temporary walls (if necessary), plenty of floor protection pads and a thermos of hot coffee! Caulk, foam insulation, and weather barrier membrane are moved to a warm area to keep them ready-to-use.

2. We Protect Your Home From Dirt and Weather.

Floor padding protects against dirt, snow, water or construction debris that might be tracked into the house. Plastic is hung over nearby openings to reduce the amount of cold air entering the home and to reduce dust transmission. Plastic or padding is placed on any surface or object in the installation area to prevent damage and protect from dust. Delicate hanging items are removed from nearby walls. When possible, temporary weather barriers are created using spring loaded posts and plastic sheeting to close off the installation area from the rest of the house. We also check that all tools and supplies are in place before work begins.

3. We Work On One Opening At A Time.

It might be more efficient to do it differently, but in cold or other extreme weather conditions, we work on one opening at a time to reduce the weather exposure inside your home. And we don’t stop working on that opening until it is filled.

We don’t stop working on an opening until it is filled…even if it means we work through lunch, darkness or whatever it takes.

– Door Store and Windows Install Team

4. We Make Sure The New Product Is Ready.

New product pre-install preparation, such as the removal of packaging and wrapping materials, is completed prior to the removal of the old product so the new product is ready to install.

5. We Double Check Everything.

Prior to removing the old product, we double-check the opening measurements to make sure it will accept the new product. We also check the product against your contract specifications to ensure the right product is being installed. Double-checking keeps us from fully removing the old product only to be surprised if it doesn’t fit.

6. We Remove The Old Product…Quickly!

The extra time we spend double-checking the product and opening size usually allows us to quickly remove the old product and immediately begin prepping the opening for the new product. Once the old product is removed, the opening is thoroughly cleared of debris.

7. We Place The New Product…Quickly!

The ready-to-install product is placed into the opening and final installation begins. This critical step involves attention to detail to ensure a proper weather barrier is created. The product is leveled, shimmed and fastened. Expanding foam is added in the gaps between the product and the opening to create a lasting weather-tight seal. Final installation details such as installing trim and adding hardware is completed and your new window or door is ready to make your home more comfortable.

If you’re ready to make your home more comfortable with new windows or doors, give us a call. We’ll ease your fears about cold weather installation and make sure your experience is outstanding.

Energy Efficiency Tips by Lou Mandredini

We found this excellent video by home improvement expert Lou Manfredini.  You may have seen Lou on the NBC Today Show.  In this short clip, Lou outlines his ideas on how to save energy, save money and increase the comfort of your home.  You can lower your gas and electric bills,

Thanks Marvin Windows and Doors for this informative video.