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Windows and doors play an important role in a home or building’s energy efficiency and overall longevity. However, when installed improperly, they can cause:

  • Air and moisture infiltration
  • Poor aesthetics
  • Reduced security

For installing windows and doors properly, consider the following tips:

1. Follow Project Specification Criteria

It’s a good idea when installing windows and doors to use only products that meet the project’s specific performance criteria. Additionally, consulting the manufacturer’s installation instructions is key. This helps reduce the likelihood of product failure, incompatibility and ultimately, building damage.

Typically, these products will have to possess:

  • U.V., mildew and temperature resistance
  • Low-VOC formulations
  • Chemical compatibility with the adjacent building materials
  • Good adhesion to the building materials that they are applied to

2. Consider Building Code Policies

Windows and doors are often subject to certain building codes and requirements, particularly for multi-family housing. Consult with local and state officials to understand the following:

  • Clearance widths
  • Thresholds
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Impact resistance
  • Wind resistance

3. Ensure Continuity

It’s important that continuity is achieved between window and door drainage planes and adjacent construction, particularly with regards to the chosen sealant. This is because the sealant barrier provides the most protection against wind and moisture.

Bostik offers smart sealant solutions designed for installing windows and doors quickly, simply and safely while offering excellent performance. For more information on how these products improve construction overall, visit

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