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Old 05-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Hi, I have some old windows. Outer layer is aluminum, inner layer is original wooden window. Inbetween, it is the old wooden sill. Over the years, the wooden sill caught water is getting soft.

I know I should change the windwo into PVC ones. But before spending so much money, is there a way to cover the wooden sill with pvc or something to avoid further damage?

Here is a pic showing the situation. Some windows have a lot worse damage than the pic.

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I am going to replace the window. With the rotten sill, should I replace the frame as well?

Any instruction on replacing the window frame and the window?
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You could cap it but that is not a good DIY'er project and you will have to remove the storms to do it properly.

DIY project would be wood repair and paint.

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My goal was to find a cheaper temp solution.

How much usually should capping cost? Would it make more sense to just change it?
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Painting will be your cheapest followed by capping and followed by replacement.

Don't cap over any rotted wood though.
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the wood is too rodden to hold the paint now. Does it make sense to cap? All depends on the cost of capping
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No.

Don't cap rotted wood.
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so, really, only way to go is to change them into new windows.,
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By the time you figure on the carpentry work to fix them, you might be better suited.
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How did water penetrate through the aluminum and damage the wood?
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To JackOfAllTrades, a lot of times, the aluminum outer window is left open and only the innner wooden window is closed. So water accumulate on the wooden sill.

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I am going to replace the window. With the rotten sill, should I replace the frame as well?

Any instruction on replacing the window frame and the window?

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You can replace the sill without doing a full tear out but if it is rotted completely out, sometime a full tear out is easier.

Not a great DIY'er job but look around online and you will find some recommendations and videos.
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+1. It depends how bad it is, but you really don't ever want to leave bad wood in there.

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