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Exterior Doors & Windows

  • Open-Joint Siding (Subscriber content)

    In the Seattle area, where I work, we get a lot of rain. From the mid-90s to the mid-2000s, there were many high-profile cases of water damage caused by improperly detailed siding, mostly on condos and other multifamily housing.

     
  • Tightening A House Shell From The Outside

    Our construction company recently completed a major remodel and energy retrofit of a split-level home in northern Vermont.

     
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    Insulating With Exterior Spray Foam (Subscriber content)

    Closed-cell foam acts as air-sealing, insulation, and secondary drainage plane in this unique home.

     
  • A-Series Double-Hung, Picture and Circle Top Specialty Fixed Windows - Canvas Color, Colonial and Custom Grilles, Flat Exterior Trim with Cornice - Black,

    Andersen Exterior Trim System

    Quickly installs on the company's A-Series, 400 Series, and 200 Series windows.

     
  • Weathertight Windows

    How a wet-climate builder details the layers to keep out the rain.

     
  • Folding Patio Door

    Andersen's new Folding Patio Door has an unusual top-hung design that allows its panels fold up and out the way easily.

     
  • Molded Urethane Window Shutters

    Fypon has added to its line of molded urethane window shutters and now offers more than 140 options, including louvered, raised-panel, two- and three-board plank styles, and Three Board shutters in rectangular and arch-top versions.

     
  • Fiberglass Window Frames

    Fiberglass windows are stronger than vinyl, insulate better than aluminum, and cost less than solid wood, say manufacturers.

     
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    Window on the Past

    As part of a recent restoration project, my partner and I were hired to restore an elaborate triangular window in the gable end of 150-year-old Howden Hall in Bristol, Vt. The problem was, there was no actual window left to restore; all we had for reference was an old sepia postcard.

     
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    Rescuing a Manufactured-Stone Wall

    A properly flashed water-resistant drainage plane is essential when installing stone veneer over a wood-framed wall.

     
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    Simple Sill Pans

    You already flash around doors and windows; you should be flashing under them, too.

     
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    A Roof Full of Windows

    Precise framing, peel-and-stick membrane, and metal flashings ensure a leakproof job.

     
  • Does the Size of a Rain-Screen Gap Matter?

    Q: Rain-screen wall assemblies seem like a good idea for protecting wood siding and paint, but they can create headaches when it comes to resolving door, window, and other trim details. Wider gaps mean that doors and windows would need jamb extensions, as well as screening to keep bugs out. But...

     
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    Air-Sealing Attics In Existing Homes

    For best results, locate the heat loss with a blower door and an infrared camera.

     
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    Products

    Engineered lumber; exterior doors

     
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    Air Leaks: Hidden Moisture Movers

    Along the coast where wind-blown rain is a regular weather feature, it's no surprise to builders that the exterior of a home must be carefully detailed to manage water. Properly installed housewrap and flashing are the key elements of an effective water-resistive barrier. But rainwater is not the...

     
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    Replacing Windows in Brick-Veneer Homes

    Tall-Wall Studs ~ Breathable Roofs~ Paperless Drywall ~ Screws for Composite Decking

     
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    On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding

     
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    Common Callbacks

    Callbacks typically result from three things: poor design, faulty construction, or the actions of a clueless homeowner. While this is true everywhere, coastal environments are a whole lot less forgiving of such errors. Wind-driven rain and infrequent drying opportunities can drive moisture deep...

     
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    Perfect Storm Flashing

    Working on Long Island, remodeling contractor Mike Sloggatt has to prepare homes to weather the occasional nor'easter. So when it comes to installing windows and doors, he's not afraid of overkill. Here, he details the flashing routine he typically employs to create a drainable, water-resistant...

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking