The Steel Window Institute (SWI), a group of steel door and window manufacturers who provide the public with general and technical information concerning the industry’s products,  announced Monday that it has completed a periodic review and update of its Steel Windows and Doors Specifications and Detention Specifications.

These specifications, which incorporate current ASTM standards, offer valuable information that helps define the minimum performance requirements of steel doors and windows and meets the needs of architects, specifiers, homeowners and developers.

“They also provide reference to the quality and standards which should be applied to the material and product, assuring architects that the product they purchased is being delivered,” said Ryan Carlson, chair of SWI’s technical committee.

The door and window specifications are broken out into five sections, including hot rolled, cold rolled and fire rated. The detention specifications cover various types of security windows, such as steel maximum/moderate and stainless-steel options. With the materials and manufacturers’ products clearly defined, the latest version of ASTM standards references the performance for air infiltration, water penetration, and, in the case of non-weatherstrip sections, structural requirements that steel doors and windows must meet or exceed. The specifications also include sections on product inspection, installation, and cleaning.

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