03:56PM | 10/07/05
Member Since: 09/25/05
1 lifetime posts
We built three homes w/ Rural Development (self-help/equity program). All three have Kolby windows and all three have mold problems. Can anyone help??? Are they even still making Kolby windows - this was 3 yrs ago)? Thank you for any help or ideas as this is a very frustrating situation and probably not too healthy either.


08:05PM | 10/07/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Do you mean Kolbe windows.

This is really not the appropriate section.

You could post it in the Doors and Windows section, but probably the enviromental section would be the best.

But you need to give some details.

Mold is caused by excessive moisture levels.

Where is this mold and why do you think that it is related to the windows?

Excessive moisture levels can be caused by lack of proper ventalation or my water getting me by leaks (can be plumbing leaks, roof leaks, etc). And while windows can leak the most common problem is inproper flashing details.


12:12PM | 11/11/07
Member Since: 11/10/07
2 lifetime posts
We built our home 15 yrs ago and had the same mold problem with Kolby windows. I have no answers to your question but am interested in the same answers you seek.


12:26PM | 11/11/07
Member Since: 11/10/07
2 lifetime posts
Yes, ours are Kolbe windows. Thanks for the spell check. We did receive 2 or 3 replacements from Kolbe but have never replaced the windows, as more and more fail (about half of them by now). The half-moon window over our patio slider drips with water even in the summer. It's very puzzling because we live in the northern Sierras, near Reno, Nevada, where precip is relatively low, so excessive moisture is not an issue. We are thinking of changing brands rather than replace with the same windows. Why replace them with the same brand only to get more of the same problem? In addition, 5 of the casement mechanisms have sprung. It's been very disheartening to spend so much money on beautiful windows that need replacing. I think Kolbe has a serious quality issue.
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