Windows & Doors
Replacement of Large Bank of Picture Windows

The original bank of windows was composed of adjacent individual glass units (from sliding glass doors) stuck to the framing with double-stick padding and trimmed out with 1x2s covered with formed sheet-metal. The system held up well, but the seals in the glass units failed, allowing moisture/fog to form between the double panes.

The windows were quite high over uneven ground, so I built some temporary scaffolding to do all the work. I was glad I did. There were another two windows around the corner, for a total of 8 windows.

Here the old windows and trim are removed, and the framing is ready for the new windows.

This inside view shows all the new windows. The six front windows were replaced with fixed-pane windows, while the two side windows were replaced with casement windows.

Here is a view of all the windows flashing, and trim installed and the scaffolding removed.

A dramatic evening view through the trees.

Re-Flashing and Trimming Existing Windows and Doors
After some water leakage into the house, the owner began checking the windows in order to prevent further leakage. Deeper investigation into a rotted corner of window trim led the owner to discover that there was no house wrap at the corner of the window, and no window wrap either. At that point, he called me to make a more thorough examination of the windows and doors on that side of the house. We found that the house wrap was probably cut during installation of the siding, very few nails were used to hold in the windows, no bituminous flashing was used around the edge of the windows, the ends of the window trim were not primed, the nails to install the trim were not galvanized (and were rusting badly), and no z-flashing was used above the window trim. Each of these things were compromises that could allow water infiltration and decomposition on this very exposed side of the house.

This was the uppermost window. You can see that the house wrap is only present at the top of the window, and no bituminous flashing is present anywhere on the window.

Here is the completed window trim, with flashing installed underneath, all the way around the window, and a custom z-flashing over the curved trim on top.

Here you can see where the upper bank of windows had house wrap most of the way up, but none at the top, which is where it would be needed most, and no bituminous flashing around the vinyl windows.

Here, all the bituminous flashing is in place around the windows, and flashing also added to the top, and pushed up underneath the top siding and the house wrap hiding behind it.

A closer look at the bituminous membrane flashing used around the windows.

This final shot shows most of the windows and doors that had the flashing and trim updated.

Old Aluminum Single Pane Replaced With Vinyl Double Pane

The old aluminum single pane, great source of heat loss, lets lots of sound and cold in.

Nice bright new double pane vinyl window! Much more cheery, keeps cold and sound out and heat in much better.

All Front Aluminum Windows Replaced with Vinyl

The old aluminum frames were bordered only by shutters on either side.

When we installed the new vinyl windows (pictured), we also installed surrounding trim instead of the shutters.

A view of the other two old windows and shutters.

The new windows and trim.

Window Added to Garage Wall


After! More light!

Broken Pane Replaced

The largest pane in this window had broken (upper right).

I replaced it with comparable glass and glazed it in. I think the window also needs a new paint job, but alas, it was a rental!

Bay Window Renovation

The surfaces around this window were in bad shape: OSB, dark paneling, plain drywall, no trim or molding.

I put new surfaces on the top and bottom, as well as trim around the entire window to match the rest of the house. The shades add privacy.

Window Removed, Replaced with Sliding Glass Door

Window destined to become a sliding glass door.

Window gone, slider installed.

Inside view of the above.

Inside view of the above.

Closet Doors

Frosted glass panel sliders.

6-panel folding doors.

Repair of Old Door

Sometimes a client does not need a new door, just one that works, such as on this warehouse. I hammered the door so it would fit the opening and so the latch would work. A new door in this case would cost several times what it cost to fix this one.

Repair of Rotted Exteriors

The lower portions of this exterior door frame, as well as the adjacent crawlspace vent were rotted and/or missing. Here they are replaced with rot-resistant wood.

Then painted to match.

Matthew G. Hunter
General Contractor and Handyman
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