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Got new windows but they wont install cladding on half-rounds.

Got new windows but they wont install cladding on half-rounds.

Old 04-27-07, 12:34 PM
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Got new windows but they wont install cladding on half-rounds.


We just got new vinyl windows for our house.
Our installer says they don't install the exterior aluminum cladding/trim on the top (semi-circle part) of the window, but only on the sill part for many reasons.

He says it would look ugly with the slits. The metal wont bend very well. It would let in water because the slits cannot be caulked. Etc.

Is this really true? The old trim is ugly and worn so I wanted it covered.

Old 04-27-07, 12:44 PM
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As a painter I've been on a lot jobs with circle top windows where I had to paint the top exposed wood. A few jobs were done with the aluminum but because I didn't have to paint it I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to how it was done. I think they cut and covered the 2 halfs and then used a little V shaped piece to cover/accent the splice in the middle.
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Cladding half circles is difficult, but not impossible. First you have to bend an L, then cut slits in it, as he mentioned. this covers half of the trim. Then, the slits get covered by taking a piece of metal and cutting it out in the shape of the semi-circle (or as Marksr mentioned, you might do 1/4 or 1/2 of it at a time, and have some overlapping seams.)

If they say they can't make it look good, I'd take their word for it. They probably either don't have the skills or the practice to make it look professional.

You might be able to special order some flexible brickmould trim to install there, or they might be able to make some custom trim from Azek (white cellular PVC) which would look better than the old stuff.

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