Hi this is Keith Washington, owner of KW Doors and Windows here. I would like this blog to be about building better doors and windows. With more than 40 years in the trade It’s fair to say that I’ve learned a lot about how to avoid problems with wood doors and windows. As well as manufacturing we do service of our own and other companies products and by doing this we learn what can go wrong in our particularly challenging West Coast climate. Many of the problems we encounter are caused by the lack of sufficient care in design but easily as important is the refusal of many manufacturers to invest enough time in the finishing and glazing of doors and windows.
Windows and doors must not leak air or water. They must be resistant to forced entry and wind loads, They have to endure the effects of sunlight and rain on their finish. And they should last a century or more with proper care.
Recent test requirements imposed by the provincial government only address the performance of doors and windows while in the laboratory. They do not address the long-term effects of weather on these products. Wood products pre-finishing is probably the most important step to make them last. It is impossible for even a conscientious painter to seal the most important portion, the end grain of doors and windows after they’ve been assembled and delivered to the job site especially once installed in the building.