Today’s Addition Window and Door Installation
By: Ben Erickson
Our Today’s Addition master bedroom project moved one step closer to completion with the installation of the windows and doors. The addition has four large casement windows that crank out to allow plenty of morning light and fresh air into the room.
A smaller octagonal window over the breakfast bar provides a design focal point. Double glass doors opening onto the deck will allow the homeowners to step outside and greet the new day.
Window and Door Specs
The windows and doors we used feature argon-filled insulated glass with a Low-E coating and dual weather stripping for high energy efficiency. They come with a 20-year warranty and are constructed of solid pine that has been pressure treated to prevent decay, termite infestation, and water absorption. The exterior is clad in aluminum for durability while the natural wood interior may be painted or stained to match other woodwork.
Installing Windows and Doors
After the window units have been set in place and leveled, they are checked to be sure they are square. This is done by measuring diagonally from the top of the casing to the bottom of the sill in both directions. The window is square if the two diagonal measurements are the same.
The window unit is then nailed in place through the perforated vinyl strip around the outside of the facing. To further secure the unit, shims are inserted in the gap between the studs and window casings and nails driven through the casings into the framing.
The double doors to the deck were mounted on top of the treated 2×4 sole plate, rather than level with the slab, to leave room for the Uponor radiant heating system that will be installed under the flooring.
As a final barrier against the elements, the nailing strip on the outside of the windows and doors was covered with a special foil tape to prevent the infiltration of air and moisture.
Now that our addition is all buttoned up, we’re ready to get started on the interior while the brick masons tackle the outside walls. Don’t forget that you can follow all of the Today’s Addition progress.
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