Common Expansion Joint Field Problems

Reducing Jobsite Callback Headaches and Costly Rework
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Inpro
Presented by Matthew Fisher

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine common floor joint oversights regarding blockouts, concentrated loads, and coverplate specification.
  2. Discover the types of interior wall expansion joint systems, and how to accommodate obstructions, changes in direction, and functional requirements.
  3. Examine and compare building envelope joints and recognize the importance of proper detailing for transitions.
  4. Identify the types of expansion joint fire barriers and the dangers to life safety when seams and intersections installations are not assembled to specifications.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

In this course we will discuss how to anticipate many of the most common, reoccurring problems we witness revolving around expansion joint choices and their implementation. Our hope is these lessons help you head off issues as you detail your project and perform your site walks.

You may say - “proper installation and quality control is the Contractor’s responsibility”, which is true. But given the range of duties these hard-working passive building devices undergo, it truly takes all parties to ensure they are specified correctly, are well understood, and achieve the proper functionality and longevity expected. That process all starts with the product choices you detail.

We will review common pitfalls for interior and exterior applications with regard to drawing coordination, substrate preparation, fire protection details, and waterproofing steps in order to maximize product lifespan.


Photo courtesy of Inpro Corporation


 Matthew Fisher, LEED-AP, CDT is the Senior Product Manager for the Expansion Joint Systems division at Inpro®.  He has 22 years of experience in architecture, construction management, and building materials management.  Trained and serving six years in practice as an architect, Matthew knows the design process and the importance of design intent.

His seven years in construction management gave him a depth of expertise and understanding of the rigors and pressures of building projects on time and on budget.  For the last six years, he has been the expansion joint systems product manager at Inpro, and enjoys the ability to continue his learning by working with architects and contractors in the field.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional, and also holds the Construction Document Technologist credential.


Inpro Founded in 1979, Inpro® is a global provider of high-performance, design-forward architectural products for building professionals.

Inpro's product categories include door + wall protection, washrooms, expansion joint systems, privacy, elevator interiors, architectural signage, and commercial window treatments.


Originally published in March 2022