A Basic Guide to Window Capping

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There are many older houses in North Carolina and South Carolina. While these residences certainly have a lot of charm, they also tend to have features that need to be updated for either aesthetic reasons or structural purposes. One issue that often affects historic homes is wood rot. In bygone decades, wood was commonly used to make window frames, exterior molding, columns, and other features. Over time, however, even the most well-maintained wood can begin to rot.

If you don’t have the budget to completely replace your wooden window frames, but something has to be done to protect your house from serious structural damage, window capping just might be the perfect solution for you. As you read the remainder of this guide, you will find some common questions and answers about window capping. Remember, if all of your questions aren’t covered in the following paragraphs, you can always talk to your contractor before your project gets underway. He or she will be happy to help you understand the process.

What exactly is window capping?

Window capping is a facade that can be installed on wooden window frames to prevent further deterioration or damage. It is generally less expensive than purchasing new windows and is made from durable materials that will last for years. Aluminum window capping is usually the most cost-effective choice, but vinyl is the most popular option because it requires very little maintenance once it is installed.

What should I know about aluminum and vinyl?

If you’ve never spent much time doing exterior home renovation projects, you aren’t likely to know much about the properties of aluminum and vinyl. Aluminum, as mentioned above, is affordable on nearly any budget, It is, however, not quite as durable as vinyl and can sustain serious dents in even the most minor hail storms. If you don’t mind occasional maintenance and want to save money, aluminum might be the best choice for you.

Vinyl window capping, on the other hand, requires very little upkeep. It rarely sustains damage in inclement weather and only tends to crack in extreme circumstances. In regard to regular maintenance, most Carolina homeowners never do more than periodically wiping down their vinyl window capping with a gentle soap.

What does window capping actually do?

The primary purpose of window capping is to prevent water damage. When wood window frames begin to deteriorate, they can allow water to seep into your home’s siding, ultimately causing mold growth, interior water stains, and other problems. Properly installed window capping directs water away from your home’s exterior walls, ultimately keeping your house structurally intact for years to come.

If you have been thinking about having your windows capped, give the Hatch Homes team a call. We handle a wide range of window repair and replacement jobs. A member of our skilled crew will be happy to visit your home and assess your current window frames to check out their condition. If they can be capped, we will provide you with a no-obligation quote. We look forward to working with you on your upcoming job!

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