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Old 10-19-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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I am so confused, we just had new windows installed by a reputable company but they didn't replace the J Channel, they said they put an aluminum strip there. We are concerned that water might make its way in behind our siding now. However I also just read an article that J channel is the reasoning behind all the mold, water and insect infestation. Please Help, What is the correct Way?

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Old 10-19-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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It would help if you stated what type of windows were installed.
New construction or replacement? Did they just remove the sashes or the whole window?
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They are replacement windows and they removed the whole window and installed a new one in the same hole.
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They are replacement windows and they removed the whole window and installed a new one in the same hole.
Generally, that's a new construction window. It's hard to advise when I don't know what happened.
Can you take photos, inside and out?
What brand windows and which model?
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If it fits in the existing opening, old windows jambs and casing & without any exterior work, than its a replacement window.
If they caulked well and it has a good er rating, you should be fine.
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If it fits in the existing opening, old windows jambs and casing & without any exterior work, than its a replacement window.
If they caulked well and it has a good er rating, you should be fine.
Not necessarily.

The title of the thread combined with the description throws me off.

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What were the old windows made of? Wood, Aluminum ?....... If the old windows were metal and they were flanged on the outside of the home (prime window or aka a new construction window) and they installed a standard replacement window, you need to be concerned. If they installed a replacement window with a new construction flange, you should be fine.

Standard replacement windows were designed for only the replacement of wood sashes. They should not be used as a prime window. If that is the case, you need to contact the window manufacture and have them inspect the job. They may determine that the installation was incorrect, therefore voiding the warranty.

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