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Old 07-10-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Procedure to reseal window?

I have a small leak at the top corner of one of my windows. It is installed over the typical uneven aluminum strip siding. There is a rubber seal under the frame that has been compressed to the shape of the siding.

Do I replace the seal even though it seems to be in good shape other than being compressed? Should I use a sealant under the rubber seal? Should I use butyl tape?

Thanks for your help.
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Andrew,


Yes remove the window frame and "seal". Replace using new butyl tape and you should be good to go. No additional sealant or caulk required.


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I have a small leak at the top corner of one of my windows. It is installed over the typical uneven aluminum strip siding. There is a rubber seal under the frame that has been compressed to the shape of the siding.



Do I replace the seal even though it seems to be in good shape other than being compressed? Should I use a sealant under the rubber seal? Should I use butyl tape?



Thanks for your help.
Pictures of the window would be helpful. I am wondering if it's a tip out or a sliding window. When you say it leaks have you identified the point of entry.
That being said, my egress window leaks at the top corner. I added a 1/4" wind seal on the glass to marry up to the factory seal. Purchased at Lowe's
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:09 PM   #4
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I would follow Johns advice above. Properly installed windows with butyl tape need no caulk for waterproofing. The caulk should just be for looks if desired but the window should pass a leak check with the tape alone.
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The current seal is a thick compressible rubber gasket as seen in the picture. It just seems strange to add butyl tape under the existing seal. I can't remove the seal because of the 1/4" gap that it fills.

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Old 07-11-2019, 03:46 AM   #6
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Perhaps the rubber gasket is bad. I would replace it or just butyl tape it like this:

https://youtu.be/ymKr-dBFyZI

If it is leaking it needs to be pulled. Not a hard job but need a helper.
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Thanks for the help everyone. I've ordered the butyl tape.
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