Window Air Sealing

Detail ID 3.0201.1
Topic
Shell Components
Subtopic
Windows
Desired Outcome

Weathertight window repairs

SF Single Family Site-Built Housing
MH Manufactured Housing
MF Multifamily Housing

Specifications

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Select sealants that:

are compatible with their intended surfaces,

allow for differential expansion and contraction between dissimilar materials,

meet the requirements of the applicable fire safety code (e.g. thermal or ignition barriers), and

for use inside the pressure boundary select low volatile organic compound (VOC) sealants that meet independent testing and verification protocols

Select safe and effective sealants

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Select:

pest-resistant materials that adequately support applied load and are permanent air barriers,

materials that meet the requirements of the applicable fire safety code (e.g. thermal or ignition barriers), and

low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials for use inside the pressure boundary that meet independent testing and verification protocols

Select safe and effective materials

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Remove any material from the sealing area that will prevent full adhesion of the selected sealant

Remove any material from the sash contact areas that will prevent a tight seal or safe operation

Surface is clean and ready to accept sealant

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Adjust window sash(es) to properly fit the jamb and allow for ease of operation and security

Verify intentional drainage is functioning correctly

Proper window sash operation and drainage

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Install new or adjust existing sash stops so as to eliminate visible gaps between the stop and window jamb while ensuring sash operates smoothly and securely

Operable, weathertight sash

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Remove existing weather stripping or sealing strips that are damaged

Install continuous and complete weather stripping on the bottom of the lower sash where it makes contact with the sill and at the top of the upper sash where it makes contact with the upper part of the window frame while maintaining the operability of the window

Mechanically installed weather stripping will be sealed to surface

Complete seal of window sash

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Adjust existing lock or install new lock so that the rails of the upper and lower sashes are flush and in full contact and no gaps are visible between the sash(es)

Securely fastened sash

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Replace any missing/damaged weatherproofing on exterior portions of window (flashing, glazing, caulking, sealant, paint, etc.)

Seal any holes in frame left by abandoned hardware

Do not seal weep holes or intentional drainage locations

Prevent water intrusion

  • SF
  • MH
  • MF
Specification Objective

Verify safe operation and size of egress windows as required by local codes

Safe egress maintained

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