I have a bow window that's been leaking whenever there is a hard wind-driven rain. The water appears to be entering from the top exterior and leaking down inside to the base of my window. (See photos).
I used a ladder to check the top of the bow window and there appear to be cracks in whatever sealant or caulking that our contractor used when he installed the window five years ago. On closer look, below the caulking material, there is a soft "vinyl" layer that appears torn. It looks like, in order to fix the leak properly, the window needs to be removed and the top part repaired and reinstalled before there is extensive damage to the wood.
The contractor should've probably installed a roof. But since there is no room for one, left it alone. Had I known there would be leakage problems, I would have probably had regular storm windows installed.
I'd appreciate any advice on what to do. (ie –*seal the cracks myself, hire a handyman or contractor, etc.)