New window installation is a very common home improvement, and when you install new windows it's important to caulk them well.
At least I think so.
The feature list on the house proudly proclaimed that it had efficient, new windows recently installed. To me that is always a great feature.
So imagine how proud I was so see such fine caulking on this recent new window installation!
And all over the house!
The caulking was beautiful - smooth, small bead, very clean. They even used the right caulking - not the clear silicone so popular today!
It filled all the gaps too!
Around the window frames that is.
Unfortunately around the windows, and again, all over the house, wood was rotting badly. Very badly.
Even this excellent caulker had a hard time with it.
It sure is difficult to get that nice smooth, small bead when you have to deal with those pesky, huge, rotten gaps.
I was a little shocked, I have to admit. Not only was the job not nearly completed, they didn't even paint!
Why not suggest that the rotting wood get replaced first? THEN install the windows.
The windows might be the newest, bestest, most efficientest windows ever invented. But when you install them without taking care of all the rotting spots (and again, rotting wood around the windows all over the house) it does somewhat take away from the windows as a great feature!
My recommendation: a feature might be a great feature, but if what is done is not professional it really doesn't add benefit to the house! This job has been made dramatically more difficult by having to remove rotting wood and fit the new pieces into place around new windows. Damaging the windows might be in the offing at the same time. Make sure the feature isn't a subsequent tragedy! And cause more work in the long run...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560