How far into the wall does a window go?
We've had three huge aluminium clad wood windows installed in a newly rebuilt extension of our house, last November, and all sorts of things went awfully wrong with the installation.
No sill pan or tape was used, the huge picture windows were installed on cedar shims; no proper caulking was done or sufficient insulation installed at the top and sides of the windows; the windows did not come with a nailing flange and were not properly sealed to the house wrap but were screwed to the house frame using deck screws drilled (not predrilled) directly into the interior wood trim. And although we had ordered these windows with a fully finished interior trim, there is almost 2" of trim missing so that the window trim does not even reach the edge of the opening to meet with the interior wall. Basically this was a very sloppy job all around.
But the worst part is that the thermos panes of the windows sit clearly 1/2" outside of the wall. The back of the brick mould is 1 1/2" out from the Tyvek.
We've had to stick plastic films over the windows to avoid wasting fuel this Winter.
After we complained, the company has agreed to replace the windows and redo the installation, but is now suggesting we forgo the brick mould completely and reduce the depth of the interior wood finish. We did not take the initial measurements. They did. So I am at a loss to understand why they would want to change the configuration of the window at this point when the only thing at issue is the installation to far out of the wall.
The wall (without the final millwork cladding) is 10 3/4" thick, and the assembled window is 12 3/4" which includes the window itself (5 13/16"), the 1 7/8" brick mould, and the 5 7/16" interior wood trim.
The company is suggesting to replace these windows with windows which would have a sill extention on the outside, but no brick mould, and only 4 11/16" of interior wood trim.
Should I stick to my guns and have them redo the window as is, or is there some logic in what they are proposing to me?
The outside wall is still on Tyvek, pending the resolution of this latest reno snafu, but will ultimately be finished with millwork.
Please let me know what you think.