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WEATHERSTRIPPING

1. COMPRESSED FOAM WEATHERSTRIPPING: Most weather-stripping today is the compression foam type that fits into a slot in the door jamb. PICTURE COMING SOON
2. INTERLOCKING ALUMINUM OR STEEL WEATHERSTRIPPING: Many older homes will have the aluminum or steel interlocking weatherstripping that is mortised into the interior side of the door. PICTURE COMING SOON

WINDOWS

1.VINYL WINDOWS: Most contemporary homes will have vinyl windows. These are easy to install and usually have good energy ratings. For a long time, white was the only frame choice, but now many companies are offering a range of colors. However, be warned, once the windows are installed, you will be stuck with your color choice.
2. WOOD WINDOWS: Wood windows are great if you can afford them. They come in many species, most commonly pine and fir. The great advantage of wood windows is the ability to stain or paint the frames to match your interior trim. They also have aluminum clad exterior options, and PVC nail fins for easy installation.
3. ALUMINUM WINDOWS: Aluminum windows can be right for the right project, and today’s aluminum windows have a thermal-break and no longer “sweat” as the aluminum windows of yesteryear do. Also, aluminum windows can be made to color match the exterior trim.
4. INSTALLING WINDOWS: Check the installation instructions that come with your windows. They will show how the window should be installed optimally. At a minimum, you should make sure the bottom fin of the window has some flashing under it that will direct any water coming off of the window to the outside of the building wrap.
5. BROKEN WINDOW SEAL: Have an unexplained “fog” between the panes of your windows? This means the window seal has been compromised. There is no easy “fix” for this problem; the window’s glass must be replaced.

WOOD STOVES

1. PREVENTING CREOSOTE BUILDUP: It is important when burning wood, to use dry wood if it is available. Burning green (unseasoned) wood can create creosote buildup in the chimney and may cause a chimney fire.
2. MINIMUM CLEARANCES FOR FREESTANDING WOODSTOVES: Wood stoves have minimum clearances to various materials. Usually 18” from combustibles, and 6” from non-combustibles. Check your local jurisdiction for details. Note that the clearance from non-combustibles might require an additional airspace from the non-combustible wall to the combustible walls, usually 1”. PICTURE COMING SOON

 

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