When it’s time to upgrade your windows and doors, hiring the right contractor for the job is vital to the durability and high performance of your new windows and doors. At StateLine Exteriors, we are an OSI Certified Installer, which means our crew is trained and experienced at using the right products to ensure you get the optimal results you deserve.
Smart homeowners get equipped to make an informed choice when vetting an exterior contractor. What is so special about OSI products, and why is it important that your contractor uses them when installing your new windows and doors?
The Strength of OSI Products for Window and Door Installations
OSI makes high-performance sealants, adhesives, and foam insulation. Hire a team that uses these well engineered products during your home exterior remodel, and you’ll be thrilled with the outcome.
The difference between caulk, sealants, and adhesives:
- Low strength caulk and putty are designed to fill voids.
- Medium strength sealants deliver high performance and are multi-functional.
- High strength adhesives are used to bond surfaces.
The Versatility of Sealants
Medium strength sealants
Sealants are versatile. And while they are similar to adhesives and caulking, they have different properties that make them unique. Sealants have a lower strength than adhesives, but they have greater flexibility. They have more uses than caulking (which is only designed to fill small voids). Sealants have a variety of functions:
- They improve the looks of your home’s joints by filling gaps between materials.
- Sealants create a barrier against moisture, air, dust, dirt, noise, and vibration. They can also boost thermal insulation.
- They maintain a seal for the lifetime of where they are applied.
Installation considerations for sealants
Experienced contractors will look at a variety of facts and take them into consideration before choosing the proper sealant.
- What type of material will the sealant be applied to? Is it coated with stain, paint, or oil?
- What are the joint’s dimensions? What is the size of the gap?
- What type of joint construction will the sealant be applied to?
- What are the sealant’s performance characteristics? Is it resistant to moisture, extreme temperatures, and harsh UV rays?
The Amazing Strength of Adhesives
High strength adhesives
Adhesives form bonds either through mechanical or chemical adhesion depending on the surfaces they are bonding to.
- Mechanical adhesions form when two porous materials like wood and concrete are bonded together. The materials physically become interlocked with the adhesive. Once the adhesive dries, the two materials are anchored together.
- Chemical adhesion forms when bonding non-porous surfaces like plastic, glass, or steel.
When choosing an adhesive, you need to consider if the surfaces being bonded together are porous or non-porous. Adhesives work well when one of the materials is porous. Also consider whether the adhesive will be applied indoors or outdoors. Long-term performance is impacted by the temperature and humidity, so contractors take them into consideration when an adhesive is chosen.
- OSB (Oriented Strand Board – or engineered wood)
- MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard – an engineered wood composite)
- PVC trim
- Metal, steel
Hard-Working Foam Insulation
Proper installation requires the right foam installation for your home upgrade. Insulating foam sealant is one of the softest, yet toughest parts of your home’s renovation. Foam sealant is a water, vapor, and thermal barrier that conforms to any space and endures a host of conditions. Why is foam used for insulation? Because its ability to expand and its easy curing makes it hardworking. It secures large gaps against heat, cold, and water. It’s more efficient and durable than caulking, fiberglass insulation, or dry cellulose.
Foam seals and insulates, making it a complete solution for remodeling needs. Just keep in mind they don’t tolerate UV rays. There are a variety of foam choices, and while they are used effectively for window installations, they can also be used in other renovation projects.
You Deserve Premium Installation for Your Doors and Windows
At StateLine Exteriors, we are an OSI Certified Installer, so you can rest assured that we will use the right adhesives, sealants, and foam insulation to ensure you get the best long-term performance out of your new windows and doors. To start a conversation about your next home upgrade, contact us today.