Exactly & thank you for your input to this thread.Hi
Our company installs new vinyl sills and noses. We also replace blind stop( it what storm windows are attach to) and brick mould. We charge 315 to 275 per single depending on job size and the location on the home. It takes our guys about 1- 1.5 hours per single. Are experience with wrapping the sills they still rot because the wrap will trap moisture. Depending on the age of the home it may last longer than others.Older homes built around 1983 and older have better lumber. The newer homes let say 10 years old are built with poor quality woods. Also make sure if you use pvc sills that you also upgrade your sealant. Something that will stick to plastic. We use a commercial grade roofing sealant and adhesive. Also if you replace the brick mould you must use an adhesive to glue the brick mould to your siding or sheeting. If it is painted a dark color I have seen it expand and contract away from homes. Here in Kansas City we are constantly redoing handy man and painting companies work. Good Luck to you. Check out our site and our photo gallery.
So much new wood is forced grown today with the help of science to keep up with the demand, therefore broader, softer grains = faster wood decay, including treated lumber if no air circulation is allowed.
All building products, one in construction needs to stay up to date with the changes, new products availible, methods, & legal liabilities to succeed & get the higher dollars we all desire.
On an exterior, what ever the need for caulking, I always use or recommend NP1 or Geo-cel, (Caulk a joint & try to cut it after it cures)
Readily availible at any roofing supply house as well as so many building supply places now carry it, (Not Homo-depot or Lowes) Sherwin Williams now has the same as NP1 just minor changes to not infringe on patents.
Backer cord is another material that is always on my truck. For maximum strength, caulk joints should only be a 2 point bond, not more tubes of caulking applied.
But in all fairness to all, for what ever, there is a market & just depends on the market one wishes to be in as well as qualified to be in.
I'm not saying doing something wrong for 20 years does not justify it being right.
I need to get together a few albums on here of jobs recently completed by others and because of the rapid turn over in homes from early 90's on, typical things that were caught covered over, then I was brought in to document & correct the problem. Today there is several Contractors getting into this line of work. It is profitable and "has" to be done the correct way. (there are exceptions when no follow up or phase inspections are required)
Most were not intent, just either lack of experience and or the way they were taught to do things.
Even with the amount of time I have been in Construction, I know when & where to ask what ever is needed, before doing or reporting jsut in case of recent changes.
Since late 94 or 95 til 2003 I cannot tell you the amount of litigation jobs I have been involved with from simple repairs to complete homes, from H/Os to Lawyers that do residential litigation as a practice and had the same problems of having to sue to get the Contractor to perform the needed repairs. I have also taken jobs for another Builder who was being sued by a H/O & won the case. I perform inspections & make recommendations for other builders when they feel they are close to being drug into litigation, to help prevent the litigation. I have also done consulting for Engineers when the first syn stucco law suits began around Coastal SC & the courts began requiring Engineers as expert witness, (not for design or construction, but for my experience in repairs & knowledge of construction methods typically used around here. It helped in the # of cut outs they needed to make.
My reason for joining this Forum was in hopes of offering what I am able to some working their way up or having problems with what ever & wanting to do it the best possible way.
With the time I have to devote here as well as this economic mess we are in, some of the most simple tips along with offerings of others can make the difference between being in business today and not tomorrow.
It is a great site with enough experience to resolve the most difficult problem.
I recently ran into a situation, just one that I had never had experience with before, on Metal roofing, my code books only go back to the 1995 residential building code, Tinner, one of the roofers here posted right away & offered some good info. There are some well rounded guys here with knowledge from how to market your business, to the nails per board needed, to handing the keys back over to the H/O to prevent from being sued. Where else can one get this info in one place?
Nothing beats Experience !!! (not even money) And it is all right here in one place for what ever market one is in.