Why is the AAMA 503 test standard Used?
The main reason that AAMA 503 is now so commonly specified in new construction projects is that it helps to act as a "quality control measure" to provide some assurances to all interested parties (i.e.-owners, architects, installers, waterproofing consultants, and builders) that the fenestration products being installed and supplied on a given project are capable of meeting "Air Infiltration" allowances for energy purposes, and also that the products can resist "Water Penetration" into the interior of the building.
When Should This Type of Testing Be Conducted?
This type of Air and Water Intrusion testing is primarily intended to be conducted in the early stages of new construction so that if any failures or potential problems were to be found during the testing, that that the installer, product manufacturer, and/or builder could implement remedial repairs that could then be retested as a quality check. Being able to catch any test failures and/or potential waterproofing issues early on during the construction process is very critical due to the fact that it can become quite costly to implement any type of a field repair once the building is nearing completion.
What are our Qualifications?
Fenestration Testing Laboratory was founded in 1988 and is an internationally accredited test laboratory for fenestration products and exterior building envelope systems. Through the years FTL has assisted clients all over the world by performing thousands of tests for quality control, quality assurance, R&D, and product certification purposes. FTL maintains test lab accreditations from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the International Accreditation Service (IAS), and is also recognized as an approved ISO/IEC 17025 Third Party Test Facility by: The Window and Door Manufacturers Association's Hallmark Certification Program (WDMA), NAMI's Certification Program, and Keystone's Certification Program.