AAMA Updates Voluntary Specifications for Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and published performance requirements for fiber-reinforced thermoset profiles used in windows, doors and skylights as AAMA 305-06, "Voluntary Specifications for Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles."

The document sets minimum requirements for dimensional stability, flexural properties, pultrusion quality, weatherability, weight tolerance, water absorption, and heat resistance for those profiles that are used in the manufacture of windows, doors and skylights, according to Larry Livermore, AAMA Technical Standards Manager. The document also includes a new section (6.3) that lists criteria for evaluating fiber-reinforced substrate performance and appearance.

"The AAMA Fiberglass Material Council, which was responsible for updating this document, has fine-tuned performance specifications to reflect the latest thinking in the industry," said Livermore.

"AAMA 305-06, in conjunction with AAMA 623, 624 and 625 -- new documents currently being balloted -- will eventually facilitate AAMA certification of fiberglass windows and doors. Ultimately, this will assist architects and owners by helping to ensure consistently higher quality in the fiber-reinforced thermoset components which are used in AAMA-certified fenestration products," he added.

In the coming months, AAMA expects to continue to release announcements on the availability of certification for these products. AAMA 305-06 is available through download, CD or paper copy at a cost of $12.00 ($6.00 for members). CLICK HERE to visit the AAMA Online Publications Store or contact AAMA by calling 847-303-5664.

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