Feb 01, 2020 9:46 am
Noticed today after seeing a bucket load of ants coming through the window that there is quite a sizeable gap between one of my windows and the cladding. The gap is all around, but much worse on the top left corner, where you can see in the pic that it has pulled out the sealant that was originally used suggesting at some point that gap was much smaller.
It was not like this when the house was built 4 years ago, so I am after some thoughts on what might be causing it as I cannot think of any good reason. The inside is as good as the day it was built which is even stranger. Though worth noting about 12 months ago the fixed window pane which is toughened glass spontaneously shattered.
I would have expected the window to be fixed to the frame and the cladding also fixed to the frame so would think everything should move together not move apart like this.
Next question how to fix it? Should I call the builder (whom I have had lots of issues with in the past) as I would suspect this could be or could lead to a structural issue so still within structural warranty period.Or some other way? Last thing I want to see is the gap stuffed with sealant.
Re: Gap between window and external cladding2
Feb 01, 2020 10:15 am
I had a quick look at your build posts......Pity you took a lot of photos of the finishes and non of the structural frame work?
Also putting them up on homeone is as safe as bricks (excuse the pun)
because they stay here as a permanent record and help others..unlike links to file sharing sites which disappear
The wall /framework will need to be inspected and surveyed in order to locate the root cause
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the builder may claim it's a maintenance issue, but lack of stiffness and resulting deflection is a structural issue hth
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Re: Gap between window and external cladding3
Feb 01, 2020 10:47 am
Thanks for the reply.
During the build I was living overseas, hence why hardly and pics and one reason I think I've had so many issues! But a friend of mine took some pictures including these of the frame. The window in question is the right most and is in a little recess which is why it is cladding rather than bricks like the rest of this side of the house.
There is a window on the top level that looks like it has moved a little too, but being shorter and up high hard to tell from the ground. On the front and the other side of the house there are another 4 windows built into cladding that look tight and as one would expect.
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