Quad Window and Door System Fights the Elements and Improper Installation
OSI has introduced the Quad Window and Door System that looks to simplify the installation process and avoid mistakes. According to OSI’s website, “Over 98% of window failures are due to improper installs, not the actual window itself.” That’s an interesting statistic for sure. The dangers of improper installation include heating/cooling inefficiency and water intrusion which can lead to mold/mildew growth.
To help the installer and protect the residents, the Quad Window and Door System comprises of three elements: Quad Max Window Sealant, Quad Foam Window and Door Foam Sealant, and Butyl Flash.
Quad Window and Door System Components
Quad Max Window Sealant
Quad Max Window Sealant is designed to seal around interior and exterior windows, doors, and siding. Featuring the ability to be applied even in wet conditions, it will bond to almost any surface it encounters on the jobsite. Its ability to stretch and move with joints ensures that settling and swelling don’t break the seal that it creates. When applied in the recommended temperature range of 0 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit, it cures in 24 hours and can be painted over in just an hour. Quad Max Window Sealant also features enhanced UV protection to help it hold up against sunlight.
Quad Foam Window and Door Sealant
When you’ve got a bigger gap or crack to fill, Quad Foam Window and Door Sealant is the product you’ll use in the Quad Window and Door System. This foam features a low pressure expansion to prevent additional stress or pressure on doors and windows. It is UV sensitive, so you’ll need to make sure that it is used for applications where it will be completely covered from sunlight. The Quad foam has an insulation value of R5, so it helps to keep in your conditioned air. Once applied, it is ready to be trimmed in under and hour. Like the Quad Max Window Sealant, Quad Foam is flexible and won’t crack or dry out with movement over time. It’s closed cell structure means that it will not block out moisture that it comes in contact with.
The third component of the Quad Window and Door System is the Butyl Flash. This provides a barrier against both moisture and air for use around joints, cracks, and door flanges in exterior applications. The foil design makes it UV resistant, though you’ll still want it covered for aesthetic purposes. This won’t stick to everything. OSI recommends the use of a primer if you’re going to attach it to concrete or masonry. It also won’t stick to wet surfaces, so you’ll need to make sure that your work space is dry. Butyl Flash features self healing technology in the event of small punctures or tears.
OSI is pretty confident that their products will keep moisture out of your home. When using a certified installer, OSI backs their products with a 15 year, $10,000 policy should water intrusion become an issue and introduce mold or mildew into your home. For more information on the Quad Window and Door System, take a look at OSI’s website.