08:12AM | 05/27/01
Member Since: 05/26/01
1 lifetime posts
My house is only 7 years old. I have lived here three. I am a single mom, but I do a lot of simple handyman stuff. Last summer, my dad and I replaced (pieced) several rotting sections of the brick molding on the exterior of my wood windows. Now there are several more that are in even worse condition. I just cannot do this every year. Is this normal for a seven year old house??? My house is a ranch with a ROTG, so I have 11 1st story windows and 2 upstairs (they are in the worst shape since I cannot reach them). I have contacted a handyman to come out and replace the rotted wood, and seal, prime, and paint. He is charging me under 500$ for all the windows, which seems very reasonable. However, today someone looked at my windows and said that I really need to have them completely replaced, because the rot will be back next year. I don't understand that - my parents had wood windows on their last house, and in 15 years never had any rot. Do I just have bad windows? I am afraid I will be ripped off by these replacement window people that I have heard about - I just can't afford $5000 to do this. Also I have beautiful stained trim on the inside and the windows are stained to match - replacing them would look horrible inside. I am at a complete loss. Do I have any other options?

Jay J

05:10PM | 05/31/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi TiredOfScammers,

I can understand your frustration BUT the key to this problem is to find the CAUSE of the rot.

Is it from leaking/missing gutters? Is it from missing/loose caulking? Is the water running BEHIND the siding?

If it's just the window and/or frame that's rotting, the problem should be easily solvable. BUT, you have to find out the SOURCE of where the water is coming from. DON'T discount that it's running BEHIND the siding and 'showing up' at the window.

Once you've found the source/cause, I think that will tell you if what you do will have to be done in 7 years again. Your situation is IMO abnormal (unless you live in a wooden submarine ...)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J- Moderator

PS: You may consider 'capping' the wood but if the water is problem isn't solved, it may STILL rot the underlying wood! Again, fix the cause. THAT will be $$$ well spent!


10:35PM | 11/23/02
Member Since: 11/22/02
3 lifetime posts
I have a similar problem. In my case is faulty construction of the window. After trying to correct the problem for five years, I am now faced with replacing the windows. So it is essential to find the cause, befors anything is done.


03:49AM | 11/24/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
66 lifetime posts
Greetings Tired,

As I understand it you have T & G siding that sounds to me that it is not flashed properly around the windows.

I you have the 908 casing, or brick molding, replaced, I would make sure I had the flashing replaced. This is not hard to do and should not cost that much extra.

Replacement windows will have to butt up against something on the outside of your house, what did the window company plan to do?

I would reflash and replace the casing and prime and paint the casing all in one job!

Good luck,



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