If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-02-28 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
If you’ve done any serious remodelling work on your home, then it’s likely you’ve been met with the signs of water infiltration in some aspect: rotting wood or sheathing, soaked insulation as well as mould and mildew growth. Notably, these signs can be recognized around a poorly or improperly installed window.
Correctly sealing windows so that they are both airtight and watertight is incredibly important for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature as well as avoiding issues like heightened energy costs, as well as health risks.
So, how can you make your windows watertight? We promise the process isn’t too complicated and can be completed by the novice or expert alike. Read on for our step-by-step guide!
One of the main reasons why your windows might not be watertight is due to poor installation. Further, there is an expectation that siding is more effective than it actually is in keeping the moisture out of the wall cavity. It’s important to mention that no matter how well siding is installed, moisture can still easily leak into the house wrap or further, into the frame.
If water does find its way onto the house wrap, it slides down it and manages to worm its way into small cracks or openings. As mentioned, when water finds its way into a wall cavity, it can easily cause mould and mildew growth. Mould and mildew in your home involve serious health risks. It is bad for both materials in your home as well as the humans living inside.
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If you’re starting from scratch and installing new windows, first and foremost it is important to read the instructions. Detailed instructions should be provided as part of any window kit, and these should be diligently followed in order to avoid water infiltration. Most window installation instructions will address forming a waterproof sill pan as well as shimming the window so that it works properly.
To do this, before installing the window it is suggested that you make an x-cut into the house wrap and staple the resulting tabs into the opening. However, the top tab needs to be cut so that it covers the windows top flange. Following this, add pan flashing as this will collect and drain any water that finds its way into the window. If you are in a colder climate, we recommend that you apply a spray adhesive to improve how the pan flashing holds up.
Run it tightly along the insides of the window opening, folding any excess over the house wrap. It’s also recommended that you staple the flashing in place to prevent them from moving. You can find both house wrap and pan flashing at your local hardware store.
Now will be the time when you install the window into place. In most cases, you will need to add caulking to the perimeter of the rough opening. Line the opening with caulk and flange, making sure it is correctly sealed. Before the caulk dries, it is crucial to have the window in place. However, the bottom of the window should stay caulk free, as sealing the bottom can trap water in the pan flashing, and this will lead to mould and mildew growth. Once the window is in place, there should be shim space on each side of the jamb. Now, check that the sill is level. If you find it’s not level, insert shims under one or both side jambs.
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your window weatherproofing project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with top-rated contractors. Fill in the form on the homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will get estimates from trusted professionals.
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