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Old 08-17-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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The vinyl window in my dining room appears to have a leak at one of the corners. After a heavy rain I noticed water from one of the corners. After the area dried, I pourd some water onto the windo frame just inside the screen and it bagan leaking again on the inside, looks like at the seam. Not sure if this is structural damage or a drainage issue. If the seam where the side and bottom come together is bad, can this be repaired?

Replacememt window. Aluminum siding. Will work on the photos. Just wondering if the window itself can be reapired if it is leaking at the manufactured seam?

Is there a way to repair a leaking manufactured seam of a vinyl window?

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Yes, but without a picture and some more info it's anyone guess how to.
Pictures of the inside where the leak shows will do little good, need one of the outside.

New constrution or replacement window?

What type siding do you have?

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Depends, it a hair line crack or a wide gap?
How old are the windows? Most companys would warrenty it.
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Not sure if this is structural damage or a drainage issue. If the seam where the side and bottom come together is bad, can this be repaired?
I've successfully made that type of repair before with epoxy but i'ts kind of a case by case thing. Can't say with yours.

Have you checked to see if the weep holes are plugged up?
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I've successfully made that type of repair before with epoxy but i'ts kind of a case by case thing. Can't say with yours.

Have you checked to see if the weep holes are plugged up?
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Totally case by case.

Most attempts at repairs fail that I have seen.
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Most attempts at repairs fail that I have seen.
Knowing the materials your working with and proper prep are key.

If you're not dialed in with both then failure is a given.
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Knowing the materials your working with and proper prep are key.

If you're not dialed in with both then failure is a given.
Yes. Most I have seen are homeowner or poor contractor work. Adding a bunch of caulking is not going to get it done.

I would also add that most windows that are suffering from this defect are likely not worth replacing.

Plastic welding is the best option but it requires a bit more working area than does laying down some sealant.

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