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Oct 13, 2013, 11:36 PM
New replacement vinyl windows not installed correctly?
we have old hard board siding and underneath the siding is an inch of foam insulation. The contractor replacing our windows has cut back the siding to make room for the window flange but left the foam insulation, he nailed the window in place through the foam into the studs. I just don't think this is correct. Any suggestions?
Oct 14, 2013, 06:54 AM
Need a picture.
Most likely they had to do it that way so the window trim would sit proud of the newer siding.
It also may be less likely to leak inside the wall.
Without removing the siding there's no good way to properly waterproof that nailing fin so the foam may act to keep the water out.

Oct 14, 2013, 08:11 AM
I will get a picture posted asap.
Oct 14, 2013, 08:27 AM
hope this pic posts.

Oct 14, 2013, 08:28 AM
1 more pic

Oct 14, 2013, 08:45 AM
I personally would have removed the siding not tear to shreds like that.
I also would have flashed the bottom area of the rough opening, installed the window and left that bottom piece of window flashing off.
Reason being it would allow water to get out if it ever got in behind the nailing fin.
Not a deal breaker though.
As I though he had to install it that way to be able to slide the new siding in behind the built in J moulding.
Make sure they seal all the cut ends where it goes into the J moulding.

Oct 14, 2013, 08:56 AM
sorry I am not following where you want them to caulk?
Oct 14, 2013, 08:57 AM
sorry Im not following you about caulking all the ends that were cut?
Oct 14, 2013, 09:11 AM
Sealing on top of the foam is OK, as the 1/2" of foam thickness is the sheathing on the house. They also did tape over the flanges so it shouldn't leak.

Not so sure what's going on with the siding removal - looks like a real hack job. Anyone you hires should know better than to rip siding off like that - unless all the siding is going to be removed and replaced it just makes it harder to patch back in. Also looks like the window is set up for vinyl siding - appears to have a slotted brick molding that only works with flexible vinyl siding, not Masonite like what is on the house now. This will just be a problem when trimming back to the new window.

Oct 14, 2013, 10:14 AM
yes the siding is being replaced,but yes i jacked him up for ripping the siding off instead of cutting it.
Oct 14, 2013, 10:43 AM
If he had of cut the old siding it would have punctured the vapor barrier on the sheathing.

Oct 14, 2013, 10:55 AM
Badger, was this a window contractor who did this?

If the installation isn't fixed to your satisfaction, you can complain to your state's corporate licensing and regulation department. It may do some good and help to get remediation.

Good luck.
Oct 14, 2013, 09:20 PM
can't see if the weather flashing was tucked around the framing and overlapped so water HAS to run out and then down, but otherwise, looks OK. the seaming has to be caulked. the siding has to be restored, and should have all sides of the new wuz-wood siding primed and painted. you are probably going to have to repaint that side of the house to get a paint match.

but if the unseen was done OK, rest easier.

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