Hired to tackle poor installation and severe rot on 20-year-old unclad wood windows, builder Matt Risinger shows the difference that proper installation and contemporary replacement windows can make. 

In the latest series of videos on Build with Matt Risinger, Austin-based builder Matt Risinger works on a stucco and stone house with a major rot problem. Un-clad wood windows were installed facing West towards storms and an unruly sprinkler system, meaning lots of moisture exposure. When paired with poor installation, constant moisture exposure led to rotting and deterioration of the windows and surrounding walls. Caught early enough to avoid major structural damage, the issue created an opportunity to replace the windows, add proper weatherization and opt for a more modern solution that maintains the luxurious feeling of wood on the interior, but introduces a tough aluminum-clad exterior for no fuss maintenance.

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In the first of two episodes, Risinger addresses the installation mistakes that led to poor protection against water leakage, and walks step-by-step through the proper replacement window installation and moisture barrier technique.

The second episode in the series addresses how Risinger and team utilize Marvin’s Contemporary Studio products in a novel way to minimize the appearance of wood framing between enormous panes of glass. The more minimal look helps achieve the sleek and contemporary aesthetic the homeowner desired, especially in a large opening facing a pool and beautiful canyon. The Marvin dealer helped developed a unique engineering plan involving a 5/8 steel plate to take the place of multiple studs, reframing what was previously nine individual panes of glass down to four for a contemporary look that still flows with the architecture of the home.

The result? A dramatic transformation that not only brings the home up-to-date structurally to protect it against the elements, but also demonstrates the opportunity to change the look and feel of a home through smart window replacement choices.

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Products Used:
Marvin Contemporary Studio Line

Posted by:The Marvin Family of Brands

The Marvin Companies is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business, headquartered in Warroad, Minn. with more than 5,200 employees across 10 cities throughout the United States. The Marvin Family of Brands represents Marvin's fenestration portfolio, which includes Marvin Windows and Doors and its handcrafted wood and wood clad products that are made to order; Integrity Windows and Doors, which pioneered the fiberglass window category with the introduction of its patented Ultrex® fiberglass material; and Infinity Replacement Windows, which offers homeowners a premier line of Ultrex replacement windows with distinctive design. Marvin and its Family of Brands are distributed nationally through a network of independent dealers and are also exported internationally. Visit Marvin.com to learn more.

2 replies on “A Contemporary Do-Over for a Rotting Window Replacement Job

  1. We’re glad to partner with genuine and longtime Marvin users like Matt who can help offer an in-the-field perspective on using our products. He does amazing work at many different price points – projects big and small! He’s truly and expert and a friend in the industry.

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