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rjmcken

11:59AM | 12/12/06
Member Since: 04/04/05
13 lifetime posts
Boy, isn't this a typical response....let's hire a lawyer! Semco's been is business since 1941. They seem to have withstood the test of time pretty well. This poster is obviously not going win any awards for class!

rjmcken

12:37PM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 04/04/05
13 lifetime posts
Wow, this guy seems to have a real anger problem! Certainly has a problem with spelling and anger management! For the record I know several Semco dealers, and this certainly doesn't sound like the manner in which any of them or for that matter, Semco, would have acted. Semco is a long time window and millwork manufacturer with a fine product. Having been around since 1941 they seem to have withstood the test of time!

markg612

08:32AM | 04/25/07
Member Since: 10/16/06
3 lifetime posts
MORE LEAKS just last night, nearly a GALLON of water squeezed out of 10 towels mopping up the mess--Nice to see you have a degree in psychology as well as window engineering mr happy talk, your experience is unique, ours is times 30. The semco warrantee is clear that the wood frames are covered, but all semco needs to do is claim installation error and poof, off the hook. These junk window are installed in 30 units in our complex and all 30 units have leaks that would require a thousands dutch boys to plug. Nearly 500 window and door assemblies and 75% are leaking and rotting. Of the contractors we've hired to repair these now 6 year old rot bombs, all totally REFUSE replace with Semco. I could have put screens on the openings and stopped more water than semco windows hold back. The photo says it all. The photo, says it all! 3 years new and the frame is completely gone. Quality you cant find anywhere else. Thank god for Pella and Andersen.

HammerTime01

07:59PM | 04/29/07
Member Since: 04/18/07
26 lifetime posts
I always thought semco was good

junktoo08

11:11AM | 05/30/08
Member Since: 05/29/08
1 lifetime posts
WE CAME ACROSS THIS BOARD AND HAD TO PUT OUR BAD EXPERIENCE WITH SEMCO WINDOWS ON, TOO. THE PRODUCT IS THE POOREST QUALITY BY FAR OF ANYTHING IN OUR HOUSE.WIND BLOWS THROUGH OUR HOUSE AS IF THE WINDOWS WERE OPEN AND RAIN COMES IN LIKE WE HAVE THE SCREENS OPEN.ALL OF OUR WOOD IS ROTTEN AND OUR SECOND SET OF BLINDS ARE RUINED FROM WATERMARKS.THE REPS FROM SEMCO ARE LIARS AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT A HARDSHIP CAUSED BY AN UNFORTUNATE ENCOUNTER BY AN UNKNOWING CUSTOMER. ALL WE GOT WAS STROKED BY THE REP THAT CAME DOWN FROM WI. HE LIED TO US AND GAVE US NO HELP. ALL WE GOT WERE STORM WINDOWS!!! WHO HAS STORM WINDOWS ON THEIR NEW HOMES? 13 YEARS LATER WE'RE STILL LIVING WITH LEAKY WINDOWS AND ROTTING WOOD.MY ADVICE WOULD BE NOT TO EVEN CONSIDER SEMCO WINDOWS!

PatDasher20

04:57AM | 12/13/08
Member Since: 12/12/08
1 lifetime posts
We remodeled 13 years ago and replaced everything with Semco windows. After 10 years one exploded. Just the outside glass and Semco replaced it for us. But over the last three years we now have had five more explode. It happens when the temperatures freeze and the outside glass simply explodes and shatters. These also sweat and leak. Some glass goes flying out and thank God no one has been standing nearby when it happens. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening. I have talked to window contractors and they have never heard of it before.

Pat

Brent11

05:33PM | 12/17/08
Member Since: 12/16/08
2 lifetime posts
I also have Semco windows installed professionally in 1990. The windows started leaking from day 1. I have their wood casement windows and the leaks are comming from water penetrating between the glass and L-chanel which holds the glass in the woood frame. It appears Semco used defective sealant and they are well aware of this problem.

In 2005, I replaced 3 of these windows with their improved Semco Clad casement windows. I can say, these didn't leak water inside the house like the old wood Semco windows did. However, I now can't crank open any of these new clad casement windows. It appears Semco still has not figured out where to buy good adhesive sealant. The alumium profile extrusions used to make the outside perimeters of the window all leak at the 45 degree cuts which have a cheap foam used to seal these open edges. I live in Wisconsin and winter temperatures cause the trapped water in these alumimum profile extrusions to expand upon freezing. The expansion of the alumimum pushes the frame inward making the window jammed shut.

I called the Semco Distributor last spring and followed up with Fax transmissions, and more calls regarding my problem. It has been 8 months now and Semco still has not responded. I took it upon myself to correct the problem by drilling several small holes to drain the trapped water. I have attached pic's showing the large quantity of trapped water in each vertical window clad side. Each hole "****ed" for over 90 seconds with water. I have attached pictures of Semco Windows LEAKING in action.... releaving the pressure.

I devised a gig that pushed the alumium back in place so the windows will function again.

As for Semco, I will keep you posted.

Brent11

05:45PM | 12/17/08
Member Since: 12/16/08
2 lifetime posts
Just an update on the SEMCO CLAD casement windows installed in 2005. After drilling 3 small holes to releave the water pressure inside the profile extrusions of the window frame, and after pushing the metal back into place, the windows will now operate correctly. I drilled the holes on the outward side of the casement wiper seal so that any trapped water could drain to the outside and not get trapped inside of this seal. As winter now sets in here, I will see if this solves the binding problem. If you look at the photo's, you can see the extreme pressure exerted on the window as it scrapped open causing the paint to be scrapped off to bare metal.

I have now caulked all 45 degree corners of the window frame to stop any water from getting into the profile extrusions of the window exterior.

Gee, if Semco could only buy some good sealents!! They might have a decent window..... NAW!!
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mrlamb

09:08AM | 12/22/08
Member Since: 12/21/08
1 lifetime posts
We have Semco windows throughout our 8 yr condo. The condensation on the interior glass is horrible. When outside temps are under 40 degrees there is condensation on all windows. If temps are lower than 20 degrees there is frost and ice.

I have never seen this problem with home windows. Does anyone know what would cause this?

It is ruining our wood frames and if the water is not kept wiped off it runs onto the floor causing more problems. Help!

We do not have a humidifier on the furnace or generate much humidity inside.
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