Window Replacements of Georgia prides ourselves in educating our clients on what really goes on during an installation. These pictures show what was behind the “capping” around the windows at one of our recent installations.
The homeowner bought the home not knowing their was a problem with some of the windows which had been replaced a couple of years before they bought the house. Window Replacements of Georgia suggested to the client to remove the aluminum capping to be sure their was not rotten wood on the brick mould and sills. We explained that if we found any we would replace the whole piece with PVC brick mould and/or sills. We found a lot of rot and as you can see very poor patch work by the previous installers. This was a blatant cover up!
The practice of capping is a way to add more dollars to the bottom line for the installers and they can cover up the rotten wood around window and doors. However, it causes extensive damage to the home by accelerating the wood rot problems. The homeowner is not aware of what is going on behind the capping which from the outside usually looks pretty good. Wood naturally holds moisture and by capping it with aluminum the wood cannot breath and the moisture starts to decay the wood. If the wood had any rot issues when capped it would only make it worse.
We always recommend that the rotten wood be removed and replaced with PVC brick mould and sill materials. We do not recommend just cutting out the bad places and patching it. The whole piece must be removed and replaced with PVC. The PVC is paintable and does not have the rot issues which wood is known for.
If you have questions or concerns about your windows and potential wood rot at your home, please call us today at 404-844-0999 to schedule a FREE in-home estimate. We care about quality products AND quality window installations!