Shims are essential in the window and door installation industry. These thin pieces of material fill small gaps or spaces between two objects. But there’s more to shims than meets the eye! They come in a variety of styles and materials.
It’s a good thing they do, because in the window and door replacement world, nothing is square. As installers go to retrofit new, modern, energy-efficient windows and doors into older homes, they run into frequent problems with aging buildings, sagging sills, and non-square openings. The new windows and doors come from the factory square. So, it’s a square peg and round hole scenario if you will.
Here are just a few of the most common types and some of the benefits of each.
As indicated above, the most common form of shim is wooden — the classic 8-inch tapered. Why is it used so frequently? It’s …
But, wood can rot or decay over time as well as shift, expanding and contracting along with the weather.
This style is made from a combination of recycled wood fibers and plastic resin. This combination makes the shim more durable and resistant to rot, swelling, and splitting, especially compared to the traditional wooden ones.
There are two types of specialty shims we see often in the window and door installation industry: horseshoe and stackable shims.
It may seem obvious, but this style is shaped like a horseshoe. Horseshoe shims are typically made from plastic or other synthetic materials. But the biggest advantage is using them for irregularly-shaped windows and doors. In addition, they’re …
Also obvious, this style can be stacked or layered on top of one another. These shims are typically made from plastic or other synthetic material and interlock to make them more secure. These shims are …
No matter the job, there’s a shim that will work. Although we’ve covered the most-used shims, we have a variety available to get your tough jobs done. Best of all, the Elevated team can recommend other products and solutions, including sealant and Sawzall blades. We’re your partner to help keep your jobs running better and faster. At the end of the day, we make you and your company more efficient and effective.