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windows-Read the instructions Main The Durable Green Home
20% of all windows leave the factor and leak, the other percentage will leak at some time, and nobody maintains their home like they should. a builder is legally responsible for the home for 10 years for major failures, so why don't we read the instructions?? is it because most of us are men?

So so with all the different techniques we see on the job site looking at new construction do you wonder how  windows are actually supposed  to be  installed? whats up with all that tape and caulk? how come  they mount them to the raw plywood  or  osb? and who thought of using a nail gun to mount windows? how do we solve  the issue of how they are supposed to be installed? and who is responsible?

Ultimately the builder  is, but to safe guard yourself take  off the sticker of  manufacture instructions on the door or window. All manufacturers who warranty the product have basically the same details, and guess what they also match almost  exactly with little variation the weather resistant barriers (Tyvek, or other)  details.

recently I was at a job site. the Tyvek was installed (incorrectly) the windows had tape on the sill (with holes) the builder told  me a sub was installing the windows and would warranty them. the plan was to caulk them in-Where in the HECK did this come from?? CAULK THE ULTIMATE ANSWER TO NOT TAKING TIME  TO DO IT RIGHT. What did we do before  caulk? OH YEAH FLASHING - I guess grandpa did  know what he was doing after all.

I looked up the instructions just to verify, Guess what nothing to this point was done right, the sill was recommended to be panned flashed with a back dam, caulk and set window, re-flash, and ship lap all components. The install instructions are on the window or door, if you cant not find them follow AAMA or  the WRB instructions, or better yet - get yourself the water management guide from www.eeba.org  and follow them. if you don't it will leak and you  are rolling the dice. eventually every one rolls snake eyes, eventually it will catch up. Just because you see everyone  else doing something does not mean it is right. there will be some litigation in this valley on water damage, it has happened in every dry state that thought they did not get enough rain to warrant flashing correct. it is only a matter of  time  till  someone figures out there  is money to be made in looking for leaks. want an example? How  many crawl space  water intrusion companies are out doing business today versus 5 years ago?? lots-don't let it happen, the details  are easy. Remember if  you don't have the money and time  to do it  right the first time, How will you find  the money and time  to do it over the second time?  

 
Posted by Tad Duby at 12/21/2007 3:36:00 AM
Comments (4)
Re: windows-Read the instructions
Right or wrong the consumer depends on the builder to be the expert, the builder depends on the supplier or subcontractor to be the expert and nobody wants to let someone else know they are not. Even more likely they go by what they know and have no professional training. What if you had to be Certified to be a builder and pass a test? How many Registered Builders would we have then?
Posted by on 12/21/2007 8:27 AM
Re: windows-Read the instructions
This is comming, Tyvek has begun to certify installer because of the lack of knowledge on how to apply it. One of these certified contractors is Cambells siding and windows. Also AAMA has cerfied trainers to train and certify installer of windows and doors. In the valley we are seeing more window and door manafactuers or suppliers now doing the install. Why? because they cut their callbacks down which is a huge costs savings to them. and less liability
Posted by on 12/21/2007 3:59 PM
Re: windows-Read the instructions
How do you know if your builder is following the correct procedures? It seems to me if I am paying someone to build a home then I shouldn't have to worry that they are cutting corners. Because I know that happens, why should I pay someone $135 a square foot to build a home that I have to check every nook and cranny to make sure they are following rules. I don't get paid to check their work or work my job and then check their work.

Looking at low end homes I expect that but when I walk into the middle of the road price range and I don't see quality craftmanship on the surface why should I expect that underneath the surface? How do yo make sure you are getting that quality? This has been my frustration when looking at buying a new home. I am dragging my feet because the price doesn't match the quality. (corners that are not square and walls that have crooked drywall on a $400k house is frustrating or how about half walls that shift 3 inches to either side when applied pressure.)
Posted by on 12/21/2007 6:12 PM
Re: windows-Read the instructions
this is one reason you will see more third party varification on homes and commercial buildings, because the construction industry has become so segmented over the last 50 years. the focus is get in. get it done, and if it's not my job then don't worry. there are some builders out there who are on the job all the time and getting on going education. but we in america don't build homes to last a lifetime like they do in Europe. Why? some of the fault is the consumer, we have to be willing to pay for it. Whenever I hear someone complain about cost to do something right, it tells me that they have never figured out what it costs to not do it right, or they don't understand in the first place. I don't claim by any means to knowit all, but I am learning every day and looking for ways to improve the process. I know that building failures are caused by the process not being correct or improved-the people are not the cause. improve the process, you will improve the product. the Japense learned this from us after the 2nd world war, and guess who rules the car industry, tech industry, and soon coming to a town near you-the home industry. would you buy a home built by Honda over a home built by XX homes? to answer your question it is tuff. hire a third party inspector, make sure it as at least energy star rated ( third party inspection) and Be Willing to Pay for it.
I have looked at many Million dollar homes and they are usually have more problems than the low end homes because they are more complex. The building details are the same unfortunately. More education is the key.b
Posted by on 12/21/2007 9:07 PM
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