I had 19 Marvin wood (primed, not clad) windows installed in a home addition in 1992. So far....one transom upper window has been replaced because of a failed seal; the metal piece in the window jamb has been replaced; the pane of a lower sash has been replaced because of a mysterious crack that appeared in the center of the inner glass; the jambs of one window must be replaced because the metal clip pulled away from the plastic. And now I have the problem of everyone else.....rot on the sills and jambs of 9 of the 19 windows.
These are the primed wood windows, and they have been well maintained over the years. The rot was discovered during the annual paint touch up.
The interesting thing about the rot is that it is only in the corners which makes me think that, in addition to the poor wood quality, there is a design flaw. The screens fit very tightly in the corners and there is no way for water to drain effectively.
Marvin's answer?......the only solution is to replace the complete window.....at my expense of course.
Would I buy Marvin again -----never.
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