AAMA Window and Door Installation Instructions
Milgard is a charter member of American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Our replacement and new construction windows and doors comply with and use AAMA's installation instructions. For window and door installer instructions, how to, step by step and installation guides download a PDF below.
Note: These instructions are for review only. Please contact a Milgard representative if you need a hard copy of the installation instructions.
New Construction Installation
AAMA 2400-10: Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with a Mounting Flange in Open Stud Frame Construction for Low Wind/Water Exposure (.99M pdf)
AAMA 2410-13: Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with an Exterior Flush Fin Over an Existing Window Frame (.99M pdf)
Milgard Installation Supplement
Installation Supplement: Common tools and materials for installation and guidelines for lead (233K pdf)
Essence Installation Supplement: For Essence Glider, Double Hung, Casement, Awning, Direct Set Picture, and Radius/Gable Picture replacement windows. (719K pdf)
Essence Sliding Glass Door Nailfin Installation Supplement: For the new Essence sliding glass door (341kb pdf)
Essence Sliding Glass Door Block Frame Installation Supplement: For the new Essence sliding glass door (545kb pdf)
Installation Strap Kit Parts Guide: Application of Installation Straps for Essence Windows
Field Installation Instructions for Milgard Vinyl Patio Doors
Sliding Patio Doors - Flush Fin: Step-by-step instructions with photos on how to remove previous doorways and install new flush fin sliding patio doors.
Sliding Patio Doors - Mounting Flange: Step-by-step instructions with photos on installation of a mounting flange sliding patio door in new construction.
Swinging Doors Installation Guide: Step-by-step instructions with diagrams on how to install a swinging door.
Essence Series® Exterior Trim Installation Instructions
The Use of Screws vs. Nails for Window and Door Installation
The Milgard “red label” located on each window states to use “…equivalent to a 1-¼” roofing nail,” which would include screws. The fasteners need to be corrosion resistant but that is the only other requirement. When we test our products in the lab we use corrosion resistant flat head 1-¼” long screws for and place the screws in the holes in the nail fin every 12‐16” per the red label.
Essence Finishing Instructions: General painting/staining, cleaning and care instructions for Essence Series windows and patio doors.
Stucco Tape Guidelines
Stucco Tape Guidelines: Guidelines for use of stucco tape with painted vinyl and/or fiberglass products.
Installation of Winkhaus Locking Hardware for Fiberglass Patio Doors
Winkhaus Installation Guide: Step-by-step instructions with photos on how to install Winkhaus locking hardware on fiberglass patio doors. [Note: This hardware is no longer available. These instructions are being kept here as a helpful reference.]
Installation of Milgard Standard Aluminum Sliding Glass Doors
450 Series SGD Assembly & Installation: Step-by-step 450 Sliding Glass Door assembly and installation instructions.
Installation Masters™ Training Opportunities
Take advantage of the Installation Masters™ Training and Certification Program. This nationwide training and certification program was developed by AAMA for new construction and replacement installers of windows and exterior glass doors in residential and light commercial markets. Milgard provides many of the accredited instructors.