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kevin79
Seal around window frames
kevin79

I just had a "home energy audit" and they come up with some recommendations for me. They were willing to do them all for just over $7000 so I decided to try to do some on my own. A few of the recommendations that they have are to caulk/seal around the windows. I just had replacement windows put in and they said those are sealed good but that the area around the old window frames need to be sealed. How do I seal that area? Can I get to them without removing the siding?

The also recommended sealing around the door frames. How do I do this?

I also have a bay window that is really drafty. They said that the area underneath is not sealed/insulated well. What is the best way to seal/insulate it?

dj1
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dj1

I admire your spirit of DIY, but you need Sealing 101, and the best way is to search vids on YouTube or Google.

There is so much written on this subject already, no point in repeating.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Insulating the windows and doors is relatively easy- just remove the interior moldings, loosely fill the spaces with fiberglass insulation (or use low-expansion spray foam), then replace the moldings. Caulk around the moldings and in the same area outside. The bay window may have other considerations based on it's construction.

You don't mention how big the house is or what type of siding is there, but for a $7K price to do these simple things it's either a huge mansion or a huge error to use whoever quoted the price. At that price the added insulation would probably not pay itself off till your Grandkid's retired in that house! What I would recommend is that you do the doors and windows inside and while you're working on them get several (at least 3) insulation contractors to quote handling the rest. If money is an issue this can be done in stages addressing the "worst first", but the end cost will be slightly higher due to multiple contractor trips.

Phil

kevin79
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kevin79

Thanks. I will do the easy stuff and get more quotes on some of the work.

ordjen
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ordjen

Jeez, I wonder what the payback period would be on that $7000. That would be the the entire gas bill for my house for 7 years! They must be talking major insulation and mechanicals updating. Mere caulking ain't going to make a huge difference.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

They're not alone. I've heard of several companies offering a free inspection so they can recommend their "specialty" work at highly inflated prices :mad: Replacement windows, insulating, and duct-sealing are the big ones around here. They couple a good sales pitch with a vulnerable un-knowledgeable homeowner and make out like the bandits they are.

This is why you must ALWAYS get several opinions and estimates. I'd love to bill at a 5X rate too, but I'm not going to rip anyone off, ever. Couldn't live with myself if I did.

Phil

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