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Is caulking the answer for drafty windows?

Bought a house last year. The previous owners had all new windows installed two years before we bought it (we lived next door and saw the guys doing the job). Had an energy audit done on the house, only to find out the guys who installed the windows cut corners and didn't put inuslation around the windows before installing them, hence we get a lot of drafts. The energy audtior said the ultimate solution is to take out the windows, insulate them, and reinstall them. However, he said there's the risk of damaging the windows doing this procedure... not too mention the time and expense. So, I'm wondering, will caulking the windows and frames on the inside and outside be a reasonable alternative, or should I just bite the bullet and go for the energy auditor's solution?

Asked By: kma22263 - 1/12/2007
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first of all, the house never had insulation there in the first place. in the second place, the homeowners probably didn't want to repaint if the trim was removed to put the insulation in correctly. if you don't want to either, then just caulk the trim to the siding and the trim to the windows. this will create a dead... More
Answered By: car dude - 1/12/2007
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Well caulking would be a good alternative for now. At least this will help you to understand how much of a draft is getting in, and also give you a temporary fix in the middle of winter. If this does work, and it works good, I would just leave well enough alone. Just remember to recaulk every couple of years, or at... More
Answered By: jeff the drunk - 1/12/2007
 
You may want to try removing the inside trim on just one side of one window and take a look-see. If there's any gap at all between the window frame and the studding, you've got a few choices... caulk the gap (if it's narrow and not too deep), lightly chink it with pieces of scrap fiberglass batt (if it's alittle wider... More
Answered By: weatherization guy - 1/12/2007
 
weather stripping could be an option
Answered By: Amanda R - 1/12/2007
 
What kind of windows did they install...whole new frames or "pocket replacement" windows... More
Answered By: roadlessgraveled - 1/12/2007
 
If you can, a good solution would be to remove the window trim on the inside of the house, and inject sealing foam (available in aerosol cans) into every opening around each window frame. Let the foam harden for a few hours, trim with a sharp knife, and reinstall the trim work. This will do an amazing job for you.
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Answered By: cottagstan - 1/12/2007
 
Funny I found nothing in this question pertaining to "trim"!!! It seems there are a lot of people that are under the assumption that everybody has the same windows all over the country. There`s no "cookie cutter " answer. Caulking is a good viable option. It`ll stop your drafts, but it won`t do a thing for your R value... More
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Answered By: william v - 1/13/2007
 
I agree with william v. However, if you do have trim on the inside then carefully remove it and see if there is gap between window and rough frame. Use fiberglass insulation pieces to fill the gap, do not pack it in tightly as this reduces the r value. If the gap is very small use a good caulk to fill the void. I... More
Answered By: breezyburgee - 1/13/2007
 
Check with the company that installed them and ask if the windows are covered by a warranty. If so, ask if the warranties are transferable to the new owners... More
Answered By: mobildik - 1/16/2007
 
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