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mike3302 11-06-2012 12:53 PM

New house, window issues?
So we recently purchased a house and noticed some rotted wood around a couple of windows, I am looking to get some opinions on ways to fix this that won't cost a fortune.

The house is vinyl sided with felt paper under it. The windows were replaced around 2001 and are replacement vinyl windows. The framing has no sill and no flashing.

The outside of the windows have pvc trim and then j-channel on each side.

ddawg16 11-06-2012 01:13 PM

Some pictures would help.....

mike3302 11-06-2012 01:17 PM

The only picture I have at the moment is of an outside window, its in the first post.

The two windows we noticed issues with we rebuilt (frame was in horrible condition) and I didn't get a chance to take pictures due to it being a rush job before Sandy hit.

Gissle 11-06-2012 02:04 PM

It could be caused by condensation. Have you noticed any condensation on the windows, or do you think it is more likely a leak?

If condensation, then greater ventilation is required.

If it is a leak, then try resealing the windows on the outside, using a silicone sealant.

mike3302 11-06-2012 02:11 PM

There was no condensation on the windows, so it was likely a leak. There was a lot of rot and quite a bit of water, the rot has been fixed and I used Protecto Wrap on the outside to hopefully prevent any future water issues with that window.

On the rest of the windows should I just seal up around the exterior PVC trim? Is it common to not have a sill for drainage with replacement windows?

joecaption 11-06-2012 02:51 PM

Just judging by the way the trim was done that sure looks like a DIY job.
A pro would never have used those preformed corners, had any face nails showing.
Or installed the coil over the sill like that.
Just guessing but it may have been that the sills were rotted out so they just boxed the whole thing in to cover up the rot.
Replacement windows to not need a sill, the window was suppost to be wrapped then the replacement window goes in and there a strip that shipped with the window that's cut to size to fill in the gap between the bottom of the window and the old sill.
So where is this rot that you can see?
Not seeing it in that picture.
PS Tar paper never should have been used behind the siding, it should have been house wrap instead. Now moisture can get trapped inside the wall.

mike3302 11-06-2012 03:12 PM

Certainly would not surprise me if it was a DIY job. That picture does not have any rot shown, I posted it to show how the exterior was done. I'm trying to find a picture of some of the rot.

What coil are you referring to?

Some of these windows have the frame that you put replacement windows into(with the spot for the sill), but others are just screwed into a 2x4 frame that you would put new construction windows into.

What would be the best and most affordable way to fix these windows? If only the funds were available to do all new construction windows...
What should be done on the bottom with the sill and trim?

joecaption 11-06-2012 04:08 PM

Coil stock is what they used to cover up the old wood. It's sold in 24" X 50' long rolls.
You need a special machine to bend it to the shape needed that cost about $1500.00. Plus a few other tools no home owner would have laying around.
Someone that knows what there looking at really should be the one to do this and get it right.
Any GC, or real siding company should be able to do it.

Windows on Wash 11-06-2012 08:03 PM

Definitely a DIY'er (no disrespect intended) job.

If that is the opening, it needs to be cleaned off and started fresh.

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