Installation Instructions: They Aren't Just for Troubleshooting

Technology continuously advances to improve energy efficiency, to enhance occupant safety and to make new building practices like modular construction possible. Although the basic methods for installing fenestration systems have remained consistent, many installation methods have also changed with the use of new technology.

Proper installation of fenestration is one of the simplest, yet often overlooked ways to guarantee the highest performance of a building over its lifetime. It is important that as new technologies are introduced, contractors and installers alike continue to stay up to date on the latest installation methods.

It is uncommon to hear about a properly installed wall system “failing.” When problems do arise, it can often be traced back to incorrect installation. As you know, re-work can be expensive, time consuming and frustrating.

Take these simple steps to reduce re-work and ensure proper installation:

  • Download the most current installation instructions and read them.
  • Supply the installer with a copy of the installation instructions.
  • Download an installation checklist specific to the system being installed.
  • When installing a system for the first time, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer on-site training.
  • Call the company representative to clarify anything that is not clear.
  • Install all components no matter how minor they appear. They were designed for a particular purpose and not installing may cause the system to not control air, water, or dead/windload correctly.

Installation is a big piece of the puzzle in ensuring a project’s success. Proper installation can avoid issues both simple and complex. By paying attention to the installation and advising installers from the start, we can ensure the highest levels of performance over the life of a building.

Steve Schohan is a marketing and communications manager at YKK AP America, where he develops marketing strategies and leads research efforts on emerging markets and trends, with an emphasis on driving industry product evolution and innovation.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors. 


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