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The material most commonly chosen for insulating around windows is injected foam. Injected foam has the advantage of providing good thermal resistance and resistance to the passage of air and water vapour, thus allowing installation in one stage using a single product (Fig. 46). However, the foam has to be applied with great care, because the pressure created by overfilling may distort the frame and cause the window to jam or the glass to break. Care must also be taken to ensure that the foam used is compatible with the materials with which it is in contact, such as the window frame and caulking products.

4 Understanding Warranties A window is usually covered by a warranty for performance under normal operating conditions. The recommended minimum warranty for a window, both parts and labour, is one year. Make sure that the installer’s workmanship is also covered by a warranty. For example, if the installer accidentally breaks the Insulated Glazing Unit (IGU) during installation, this type of incident should be covered by the installer’s warranty. Installation errors may not show up for a few months.

44 The same basic guidelines on glazing and frame materials apply for doors as for windows. 3 Skylights Skylights can bring added light to a home and make it more attractive. However, if not designed or installed properly, they can lose far more heat than a standard roof and window, and can present special problems including water leakage, condensation, and summer overheating. 2 standard. Normally, a skylight’s thermal performance is indicated by its “U” value. Skylights should be as resistant to heat loss as possible.

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