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swanee 08-30-2011 09:14 AM

window weather stripping
I have older crank out windows and water seems to get under the window and sit on the window sill. Would weather stripping help and which kind should I use?
Also some of them stick when I open and close them - should I sand down the window or the frame?

Windows on Wash 08-30-2011 01:42 PM

Are they opening and closing square into the frame or are they crooked?

As long as water is not getting into the home, no weatherstripping is going to be completely water tight and you should allow the water to get out if it does get in.

swanee 08-31-2011 12:04 AM

window weather stripping
They do appear to be square in the frame. So, if I understand correctly, weather stripping the bottom is not a good idea. Would a little flange on the bottom outside edge( if there is such a thing) keep the water from getting in, or is it more likely that the water comes in the edges and drains to the bottom? If that is the case, I suppose a flange would keep the water from draining out also. The problem is that the water doesn't seem to drain away. It just sits on the sill and causes the paint to peel. There is one I have to have the frame replaced due to the sill having rotted. There are some that I repaint every year. And I'm using a good quality exterior paint. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Windows on Wash 08-31-2011 07:16 AM

The window should have a full perimeter weatherstripping, however, I would not ad an additional layer to what is already in place. If a section is missing and requires replacement, that is fine. I would not install and additional layer for fear of modifying the drainage pathway of water that gets through.

You have to accommodate the window's ability to drain any water out that gets past the weatherstripping.

swanee 08-31-2011 07:52 AM

window weather stripping
I just checked and NONE of the windows have weather stripping on the bottom. Could be the problem? There is a channel present for the slide in type of weather stripping which is what is around the rest of the window. I don't understand why there wouldn't be any on ANY of the windows. There must be a reason for it. Is that type of weather stripping even available? Your help is much appreciated.

Windows on Wash 08-31-2011 07:58 AM

Locate the manufacturer's label on the window (typically on the sash or inside the frame when open) and call them. If they are still around, they can tell you if there is supposed to be weatherstripping there and can likely provide you with the replacement sections for a small fee.

If the window is not shutting into a weatherstripping pile (i.e. inside edge of the frame via a compression seal against the sash) then you absolutely do need that weatherstripping in place. 1 layer of weatherstripping is not going to be watertight. My concern was adding more where there was already a layer.

Check with the manufacturer and go from there if possible.

Post up some pictures too if you can.

swanee 08-31-2011 08:04 AM

window weather stripping
There is no manufacturer's name on the windows. I went through this before when I had to replace some hardware. I have taken windows out and looked all around the window and the framing to no avail. Maybe the place that had the hardware could tell me who made the windows. I will call them and see. If they can't help, I will post some pictures if I can figure out how to do it! Then you can see it and maybe suggest what type of weather stripping to use.

Thanks again!

kwikfishron 08-31-2011 02:58 PM

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I will post some pictures if I can figure out how to do it!

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