Regardless of whether you’re replacing the old windows with an insert, or installing a full-frame replacement units, water management is essential. Simply caulking the perimeter of the new window unit is rarely enough.

Water leaks are the big failure we're addressing, but we’re also going to look at of the most common water concerns with replacement windows that has nothing to do with leaks: condensation. To address client concerns with window condensation, it's critical that builders understand what’s causing it and be prepared to set expectations about condensation before and after the window replacement.

To help us with this, we are joined by Steve Easley, principal of Steve Easley Associates based in Scottsdale, Arizona who does . He is a co-author of Measured Home Performance: A Guide to Best Practices for Energy Retrofits. It’s specific to California, as it was written as a report to the California Energy Commission, but it is packed with information on energy retrofits that applies everywhere.

After Steve lines us out on condensation as it relates to window performance, we will be joined by Mark Gjerde, After Sales Services Operations Manager for Andersen Windows, to help us understand best-practice approaches to replacing windows and making sure that an assessment of the existing conditions and potential for water leaks is part of every window replacement job. Included in Mark's presentation will be references to Andersen's "Installation Essentials Kit" as well as the company's installation guides. This guidance varies by the type of job and the type of window being installed, and you can use their "Installation Guide Configurator" to select the appropriate guides.