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Old 05-21-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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I am planning on residing the house in the next couple months. I plan on stripping the aluminum siding and recovering with vinyl. In conversation with a builder friend he noted that I needed to plan on new window trim around the whole house; that it would not stay attached when I remove the old siding. He then of course noted he could re-trim each window for me for $650. This is truly not in the budget and not something I had expected to be a problem. The windows were installed in 2006 at which time all of the trim was of course done also, but now that I think about it I really don't know how it is attached. Guidance?
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looks like you will leave existing trim in place if that is caulk at the window trim. your installer will wrap the window in J channel as part of his vinyl siding bid, not in addition to. for 650 an opening i will fly to where you are and install J channel

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me too.seriously i would probably recommend a re wrap of the window trim....i like to return a flange onto the wall...but that's just me,i personally would charge about 200 per unit
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Whatever you decide on your window trim be sure to take your old aluminum siding to the scrap yard.

Don’t know how big your place is but you should be good for at least a few hundred bucks.
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yes, that is caulk around each window. and yes, scrap is going to be sold... about 1750sf after subtracting windows and doors. I was hoping to scrape off the caulk, wrap in J and the side around it. I'm doing the siding, that's no issue. Bending sheet aluminum is not something I've done before (and I don't have a brake to do it). His $650 is to wrap all 13 windows. Do you believe I can remove the old siding without damaging the window trim?
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I would rip all the capping off that's around the windows. I find this a hideous practice. It covers up wood that will rot along with anything in contact with it. It developed long ago as a short shrift solution to making a house, " paint free". It was never an effective solution to keeping water from getting behind the fascade.
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actually Ron it was developed to fireproof wood trim in the cities in the early 20th century,if you drive thru an old city there are still buildings with
sometimes very ornate trim that looks like carved wood that is actually metal,all done with a brake

its when caulk is relied upon to water proof around the trim is when problems arise,metal dosnt leak the caulk does


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