I have some wooden windows that are rotting. One contractor
wants to go through and replace them. Another wants to "scab" them.
According to him that means taking out the bad part, milling a
replacement and then "grafting" it on the good part. This has a
couple of pluses, not the least of which is MUCh less cost and we
also don't have to mess with restaining the insides since they were
The home is about $400,000, so I have some concerns about
matching the current windows outside and also that it might look,
well "scabby". Any comments?
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Very routine operation for restoration work. Depending on the magnitude
od the damage the wood stabilisers and epoxy repair materials can also
do great things.
"PC Woody" brand has been very satisfactory to work with and is less
expensive than most competing products I've seen...
I've never heard it termed "scabbing", but replacing rotted sections of
a window is not uncommon. If it is done properly, there should be no
appearance issue whatsoever. Apply the spliced in pieces of wood, fill
any small gaps with filler, prime and paint, and you will never know
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One other thing I will add to compare the two contractors. The guy who
wants to replace all your windows is probably recommending that route
because that's what he knows. He probably would be a *bad* contractor
to go in and replace rotted sections with newly milled pieces. He
knows that he can order new windows, and then show up and replace them
all in one day, get his money, and then leave.
If I had to guess, I would say the guy who wants to only replace the
rotted parts probably knows what he is doing and is willing to put
extra time into doing a proper fix without making as much money on the
deal. He will need to make up the new pieces of wood, go in and cut
out the rotted sections, splice in the new pieces and then possibly put
in an epoxy filler. Then let that dry, come back the next day to sand
and prime, then come back again to paint (unless he was going to leave
that to you if that wasn't part of the deal). He will probably take
longer to do it right. If it was me, I would probably go with the
selective replacement guy rather than the whole window replacement guy,
regardless of the cost difference.
I'm with Ken and Luke - it's not uncommon, and done well it's not
noticeable. I don't think it'd be tough to match the current stuff,
unless you have some pecule windows.
When I've seen it, it's usually rotted sills and trim. Some people do
it well, some not so.
On Tue, 14 Jun 2005 20:38:59 GMT, email@example.com (Kurt Ullman)
Yes. If possible you might ask the guy doing the "scabbing" if he'll
do one window to give you an idea how it'll look and if his work is
good. He may not want to do that, however, as he'll likely want to set
up on the job just once. Whichever you use, keep a sharp eye as the
work progresses, be nice and chatty, offer drinks, etc., but don't be
afraid to call a halt if it looks sloppy.
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