The Dry-Fit™ System
Regardless of which style or brand of window you choose, you can relax knowing that Colorado Living will install it using our Patent Pending Dry-Fit process. The Dry Fit Process combines space aged products with cutting edge installation techniques to give you multiple layers of protection against any chance of leaking or water damage now or in the future. Guaranteed!
4 Layers of Protection
Our dry-fit process eliminates leaking problems that have plagued the replacement window industry for decades. It combines special measuring, tear out, and installation techniques to allow for a better fitting and ultimately leak proof system for your new windows.
The process starts at the measure. Technicians address the window, taking into consideration the thickness of the existing frame to determine the best way to create a “direct fit” size to the replacement window. Most companies attempt to fit the new window into the drywall opening-creating a much smaller window and setting the table for future problems to arise from the size disparity.
The first step is to properly remove the existing frame without damaging either the interior or exterior of the home. We can then correct any existing rot or leaking issues. Typically, the existing frame is surgically split, and the linneals are “scissored” out of the opening. The process allows for the proper removal of the window without damaging either the interior or exterior of the home. This allows our dry-fit specialist to get a bird’s eye view as to what damage if any, that the existing windows have caused. Usually, the damage is only cosmetic.
If the existing frame is thinner than our premium replacement frame, then we “cut back the drywall” to accommodate the proper thickness, so that the new frame doesn’t protrude from the exterior too far.
Layer 2, the second and most important step, utilizes a waterproof membrane made of rubberized adhesive covered by a cross-laminated polyethylene top. This is applied to the entire sill area, extending up the sides a couple of inches. This effectively creates a “pan” preventing any water from ever entering into the wall cavity below.
Next, the dry fit specialist will custom fabricate on a hand machine called a brake, a vinyl coated aluminum pan that fits over the polyurethane sill adhesive. It is hemmed over and falls below the sill edge, allowing water to correctly flow from the sill to the outside.
The window is then set into the opening. Once it is perfectly positioned with the wall, it is affixed with perpendicular screws directly into the studs of the home. From the outside, a very particular type of low expansion foam is added around the frame. This low expansion foam (not to be confused with the “great stuff” high expansion foam one might buy at a box store), gently fills all of the nooks and crannys of the existing framing. Once sealed, the foam dries as hard as a table, creating both an air and water barrier all around the window.
Colorado living only uses 50 year caulking to then seal around the window both inside and out. The end result is one that has many multiple levels of defense against any air, water or even pollen infiltration. It is the only way that we will install any window to ensure the highest level of satisfaction.
Our dry-fit process offers the best protection from window leaks period. Protecting from leaks isn’t the only superior component of our installation. Instead of the typical “rip & stick” method of installation used today, we cut back the drywall returns before inserting the window. As a result, our windows bring more light and more glass, when you want it most. Age old pratices of inserting the window in between the drywalls to make it fit, really shrink the openings. Not only does it look bad, but can lead to serious water problems in the future. The question is will they be around to fix any issues?