New Window Caulking - Did they do it right?

Old 01-23-06, 09:28 AM
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Question Window Installation - Did they do it right?

We just got new windows installed - triple pane.

They guys installed them from the outside, removing the back stops and then placing them against the interior stops. They only fully caulked around the window on the inside. The only caulk on the ouside was around the alumninum trim they put on the outside.

Is this ok - or should they have caulked the window on the outside, put the trim on and then caulked that too? They told me if would have been a waste of caulk and time. I am concerned that my windows might not be properly sealed.

Anyone have thoughts on this?

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Old 01-23-06, 05:07 PM
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I never ever caulk around windows on the inside, only on the outside. In my opinion, caulking the inside usually looks bad- if not right away, then years later.

If I install windows from the outside, I run 2 beads of caulk- one along the window jamb and another along the window to seal both sides of the new stop. I don't run a surface bead after the stop has been installed, I push the stop into the caulking. Then once the window is clad with the aluminum trim, I use caulking that is the same color as the aluminum trim to keep water from getting behind the cladding.

I would imagine that your installers probably did a fine job.

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