Winterizing windows and sliding doors

Old 01-20-08, 05:02 PM
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Winterizing windows and sliding doors

My hubbie and I purchased a 30 year old TH this fall and we are finding it to be the leakiest house ever. The windows are new, but not installed by a pro and they leak so much in our bedroom and living room that I had to cover them with plastic. When the wind gusts you can hears the plastic bellowing out. Its ridiculous. Not only that. The ones that are installed a little better, leak around the sides. In addition I found tonight that the framing around the sliding glass door is leaking. I need a quick fix and was thinking of robe caulking, but want to ask what others may have used and whats best. In the end, I want to have someone come out and winterize the place or see what can be done about the windows and air leaks.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Old 01-20-08, 05:27 PM
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Sounds pretty bad. Window installation isn't rocket science, but you do need to know what you're doing to reduce air infiltration. Air can come THRU windows and AROUND windows, so I'm not sure which you are experiencing. Insulation around the frames is also essential.

Not sure what to suggest for a quick fix... Dap peel & seal is a temporary caulking that you can apply and peel off later. I suppose it might be the best "temporary" fix. But it almost sounds like your windows need to be taken out and reinstalled by someone who knows what they are doing.

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