||09-07-2011 10:29 PM
Need advice on quality of window installation?
I recently bought windows from one of the large home improvement stores and had them install them. I'm not happy with the install but I don't know if it just looks like shoddy workmanship and functionally isn't an issue or if I should be worried about the quality of the installation and potential water problems down the road. The store ordered nailed fin instead of brickmould but found an installer who agreed to make them work. He cut out the old windows leaving about an inch of the old brickmould then slid the new windows into place. The window and brickmould were level, there wasn't any overlap and on the sides, there was as much as a 1/4" gap (from the outside) between the two; I could see into my wall to the spray foam insulation. He filled these gaps with silicone.
I heard that this could lead to ice buildup inside my walls over winter so I complained. They told me that the installation was perfect except that normally brickmould would be on top overlapping this seam or gap and would essentially provide the final seal. They agreed to install brickmould. The guy came back. When I look at the "brickmould" which is just pieces of vinyl overlapping each other, I'm concerned by the unsealed seams and the poor silicone application which has left gaps between the brickmould and window. The silicone appears to be the only thing holding the brickmould on.
Do I have anything to complain about other than the amateurish appearance of it? Is this really how windows are sealed from the outside? I don't want to cause a fuss if functionally, this is fine.
Thanks for any help that you can give me.