First noticed rot on left vertical trim board of this window, as well as rot in areas of the inside corner boards.
Pursuit of the origin and extent of the rot necessitated the removal of siding, corner boards, window trim, and eventually the entire window unit.
Entire window unit had to be removed. What an ugly disaster!
Rot extended into sheathing and framing and was starting into a portion of the window unit itself!
What looks like fire damage is actually ROT!
Ice & water shield originally wrapped around base of clapboards actually trapped the leak from above.
Notice the blackish water stain on cement foundation coming from behind the clapboards.
The source: unsealed flashing and nails improperly driven into what flashing there was at the top of the window.
All rotten wood removed and surrounding areas bleached. New framing installed.
All wet insulation replaced.
Proper flashing, ice & water shield, and house wrap installed.
Fortunately, window unit saved.
Also, added slope to top of window trim header on problem unit as well as windows to the right.
Those windows also had siding removed and their flashing sealed properly.
All tight to the weather. Original window back in place.
Better than new!! Hugh & Ann Aaron, Cushing, ME
Note: Daggett Builders, Inc was not the original builder. This home is fairly new.