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Hi, I have an ongoing problem with Caradco, aluminum clad/wood casement windows and doors. Our house was built in 1997.No obvious problem until 2004 when 2 of the kitchen windows fogged, then in 2006 the wood rotted thru on the inside of 2 of our patio windows due to lack of seal on the outside.Up to this point we have REPLACED 6 casement windows, and I have 6 replacement windows waiting to be installed. Three days after the new replacement windows arrived, 2 more windows went! This year, 2010 so far I have had 5 window failures. Since we are over 10 years out we pay 50% + installation costs which at this point are in the thousands. I have 16 more potential failures to deal with. Any suggestions for dealing with Jeld-Wen to get replacements FOR FREE? Thanks. Foggy-window Linda
What happens to these windows is, the wood swells from dampness and causes the seal within the glass to split. That creates condensation between the glass, and a dark color often forms on the outside and transfers heat to the outside glass which is different from the inside glass. In my opinion, you don't want a CLAD style of window ever. Either buy all wood, all metal or all vinyl. Clad is a mix and that's why this occurs.