The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated the reinforced thermoplastic profile extrusion requirements standard.
AAMA 310-23, Voluntary Specification for Reinforced Thermoplastic Fenestration Exterior Profile Extrusions, establishes requirements for the material properties, including dimensional stability, weather ability and extrusion quality of rigid reinforced thermoplastic exterior profile extrusions used for assembled fenestration products. The standard was last updated in 2004.
“Reinforced thermoplastic profile extrusions are used in assembling fenestration products,” says Glenn Ferris, FGIA’s fenestration standards specialist and staff liaison for the Reinforced Thermoplastic Fenestration Exterior Profile Extrusions Review Task Group. “Establishing this specification as a standard of quality is important for their utilization in fenestration applications.”
AAMA 310-23 is meant to help educate producers and distributors and provide requirements for exterior fenestration products using extrusions from reinforced thermoplastic. Improper use of these products can lead to failures in application, function and performance. The standard presumes a working knowledge of polymeric materials, the extrusion process, physical testing and fenestration products.