Window Caulk Failures

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for caulk failures. Since caulk is usually the primary means of sealing elements of a window system together and to the surrounding condition, caulk failures are often part of a window leakage problem. Email me for a great caulking contractor at mark@chicagowindowexpert.com To the uninitiated, caulk is gooey stuff you buy in a tube at Home Depot…

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups When good windows happen to bad installers WARNING This article contains profanity, which is not gratuitous but rather fundamental to the art, as well as being a true and accurate expression of my frustration with aspects of the window industry. We can put a man on the moon, so why do we sometimes do bad window replacement?!? The…

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups Part 2

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups When good windows happen to bad installers Part 2, continued from Part 1 #6. Crappy caulking: Joints too tight! Caulk is supposed to be a permanently flexible material that can stretch and contract when the substrates move, such as when an aluminum window frame shrinks in cold weather. But here’s the rub: Caulk can only stretch 30% to…

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