Hi, we have a full renovation underway (essentially new construction) and almost ready for windows. Approx. $5500 in windows and a french door to be installed soon (big chunk of budget for size of job) and I want to ensure install is flawless. (GC responsibilities are shared btw me and my brother in law who is not known for attention to detail).
Anyway, using Andersen 400 tw windows. Building inspector commented on his visit to review rough framing that he specifically wanted to make sure we follow proper installation of windows -- good by me. We have Tyvek on house and once some of the 40" of snow here melts we can resume work.
My questions: Andersen's install lit says we need corner guard, flashing, sill flashing, drip cap, foam backer rod, tape etc. Are there 'packages' of install gear to buy per window or do we gather separately? The low expanding foam seems very important - does everyone use/recommend this? What are most common errors/shortcuts that I should be cautious of? We also have 1 french door to install, this is a critical item, any specific pitfalls to watch out for here?
Sorry for the long post - I've been reading past info for hours but thought this topic my help others as well -- I appreciate your reading and comments very much.