Most of the old houses used wood windows. They may have looked great, but they weren’t made with longevity in mind.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (PRWEB) May 21, 2013
Jim Estrada from Property Inspector LLC, stopped by the studio for a chat with Host Ben Brashen of The Brashenomics Radio Show, to discuss windows, and how to know when it’s time to repair or replace, and the different ways they can be installed. Windows are sometimes marketed using high-pressure tactics, and promises of energy savings, but this is not always the case, according to Jim.
Ben Brashen opens the show with some general “Window Talk.” The two men spoke about how houses have hot and cold spots. Doors and windows are usually the cause of these hot and cold spots, as Jim Estrada explained. Ben asked: “Jim, I am sure my listening audience would like you to share some of your window insights.” Jim responds: “Well Ben, some of these houses in Seattle are very old, and most of the old houses used wood windows. They may have looked great, but they weren’t made with longevity in mind, because wood rots. If the termites don’t destroy the wood, the weather sure can.”
Jim goes on to say: “I always stick my probe into the wood around the windows, and you wouldn’t believe how hollow some of these window-casings are, actually being held together by the paint and the caulking. Very often, huge chunks of caulking are missing, and you can just feel the draft coming into the house. Sometimes the weather-stripping has to be replaced, it becomes hard and brittle.”
Ben asked Jim about the different window types. Jim explains that windows are either aluminum, wood, or vinyl framed, or a combination of materials. He talks about how different climates affect the different window materials in different ways. Metal will outlast wood, but is can cause condensation. Jim stated that the side of the house that gets the bad weather can have more sturdy windows installed. The best type of window installation is to use windows with “flanges” that are installed under the “siding,” as opposed to windows that are just installed and fastened into the existing opening.
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