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The following articles written by AAMA staff were originally published in Door and Window Market Magazine.


Measuring Up: How to Determine the Best Expanding Foams for Fenestration, November (by Rich Rinka)
To perform as intended, an installed window must be an effective amalgam of many components. Among the possible combinations, there’s a “sweet spot” in performance trade-offs at which you’ll find optimum energy efficiency, structural integrity and integration with building envelopes. In the process, there are many types of sealants that play a role—including expanding aerosol polyurethane foams, which can greatly enhance the installation quality of prime and replacement fenestration products by sealing the rough opening against air leakage. Applied in the gap between the rough opening and the window or door frame, foam expands to assume the shape of the gap and hardens to provide a highly effective air barrier. When foam sealant that is not formulated for door and window installation is used, though, the pressure exerted by the foam as it cures and expands can induce frame deflection and compromise proper operation of sashes.

Why Invest in Training?: In Part, to Help With the Labor Shortage, October (by Kaydeen Laird)
Among the many trends impacting the fenestration industry, the shortage of skilled labor continues to top the list. Combine that with rapid technological change and the need for employee training is more imperative than ever—especially as a means for improving retention and performance. It isn’t only about new hires. Incoming employees need to be brought up to speed, but as workplace technologies and processes evolve, a lack of ongoing training leaves once-skilled workers at risk for lagging behind.

The Tale of Two Flashings: When Properly Applied, Both Stories End in Front-Line Protection, September (by Rich Rinka)
When it comes to channeling water across a building envelope from roof to ground, flashing and sealants are at the front line between fenestration units and critical weather resistant barriers (WRB). Two types of flashing have surfaced as prevalent: the self-adhering and liquid-applied varieties. That’s likely due to their relatively simple methods for application.

Playing Catch Up: Multi-Panel Doors Outsize NAFS Testing, July/August (by Jason Seals)
One of the tenets of green design includes recognizing the health benefits and energy savings of natural light and fresh air. Multi-panel doors achieve this in dramatic fashion and with those new oversized doors have come some equally large issues in testing for the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS).

Sound Reviews: Acoustic Performance Rating Standards Poised for a Fresh Look, May/June (by Rich Rinka)
Studies have shown that persistent urban background noises—traffic, jet planes, etc.—can trigger enough stress in occupants of exposed buildings to induce health concerns. Partly for this reason, acoustical performance has become a key means for manufacturers to differentiate their products as sound-dampening features—particularly windows.

Under Wraps: Guidelines for Profile Laminations Ensure Long-Term Performance, March (by Rich Rinka)
In order to assure that they’re capable of standing up to exposure to the elements, doors, windows and skylights must be made of profile materials that meet industry consensus standards for substrate materials. The same is true for their coverings. Coatings and laminates must be compatible and equally durable. These requirements give specifiers a reliable indication of a profile’s ability to resist potential damage, or degradation, due to exposure to heat, moisture, ultraviolet (UV) radiation and impact of windborne debris, plus chemicals involved in installation and ongoing maintenance.

Keeping With the Times: Documents Ensure Relevancy for Industry Stakeholders,  December 2018/January/February 2019 (by Steven Saffell)
Fenestration changes constantly. For this reason, a key mission of AAMA’s committees and task groups includes ensuring that its nearly 200 standards, specifications and guidelines are keeping up. In 2018, that process led to the development and/or update of 11 documents, ensuring that the latest versions reflect industry and technical developments. If you missed those changes, here’s a look at some of the most important.