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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about DOORS AND WINDOWS:

What causes sweating (condensation) on the inside of windows in the winter? 

Is every exterior door of a house required to have a landing outside? 

 What are the small slots at the bottom of the outside of my window? 

Why does condensation form on the outside of some windows and not others in the morning? 

Why is the garage door track a white tube? 

What is the raised metal plate on the floor under the garage door?

 Why do I have to hold down the button to close the garage door? 

 Where is safety/tempered glass required for the windows and doors of a house?

How can I tell if a window or glass door is safety glass? 

Should a front door swing in or out? 

Why is pressure washing double pane windows an expensive mistake? 

How many exit doors are required for a house?

 How many exit doors are required for a mobile/manufactured home? 

Are openable windows required to have window screens? Will windows with no screens pass a home inspection? 

Can a bedroom door open into the garage?

What are the building code requirements for a door from the garage to the house?

What is "low-E" window glass? 

What does ANSI 297.1 on glass mean?

Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?  

What is an egress window?

How difficult is it to change a window to french doors or a sliding glass door?

How do you determine if a door is left-handed or right-handed?

Why are window security bars dangerous? 

What are the common problems you find inspecting windows?

What is causing a foggy haze on my windows? 

What do those numbers on the manufacturer's stickers in new windows mean?

What does a home inspector check on an electric garage door? 

• What is the tempered label on glass at windows and sliding glass doors called?

• Do I need to have two exterior exit doors in my house? 

• When is safety glass required for windows at stairs and stair landings?

• Can the a garage door header bracket and torsion springs be mounted through drywall? 

Is tempered/safety glass required by the building code for windows and doors? 

 What is the unusual garage door opener mounted on the wall above the door and marked "Wayne Dalton”?

• When did the building code first require tempered glass for sliding glass doors, glass shower doors, and low windows in walking areas? 

Can a door swing out over the top of interior stairs without a landing?

• Do replacement bedroom windows have to meet the current emergency egress standards of the Florida Building Code? 

Can the rail for the drive chain/belt of a garage door be mounted off-center?

Does a home inspector check doors and windows?

• Is the wood anchor pad for a garage door rail and torsion spring supposed to be nailed or bolted to the wall?

• What is the building code for fire resistance for exterior exit doors of a house? 

Is it acceptable for a door to open or close by itself?

• Does a home inspector check window blinds? 

Should I buy a house with double-pane insulated glass windows that are clouded?

• What are the code requirements for safety tempered glass for doors?

Does a garage door opener require GFCI protection by code?

How can I tell if a window or sliding glass door is double or triple pane (insulated) glass?

• Does a home inspector test all the windows in a home? 

Does a home inspector check window and door screens?

Does a home inspector check awnings? 

• Does a home inspector check shutters?

• Does a home inspector check the garage door opener? 

How do you keep double-pane insulated windows from from getting cloudy?

How long does a door last?

• What are the signs it's time to replace windows? 

Does a French door have safety tempered glass?

When is safety tempered glass required by code for glass near a door? 

Does a home inspector check insulated windows for brokens seals and lost gas?

• Can I get hurricane impact-rated windows for a mobile-manufactured home?

Why didn’t I get an insurance discount for my new hurricane-resistant windows on my wind mitigation inspection? 

• Do windows in a house have to open to pass a home inspection?

• What is code for the step-down at the landing for an exterior door? 

Does a garage door opener need its own separate dedicated circuit? 

What is the code minimum width of an exterior door? 

 What is the HUD requirement for bedroom emergency egress windows for manufactured/mobile homes?

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