About Us

From our President...

I have been in the construction and remodeling business for over 25 years with a
majority of that time dedicated to the installation of replacement windows and doors.
Over the years I have done installations in several different regions of the country.  
From the cold winters of Montana, Idaho and Washington, to the less demanding
climates of Nevada and California.

Along the way I have worked closely with both window manufacturers and
independent dealers to increase my knowledge and perfect my skills. This
experience has led to several conclusions,


#1.  Window manufacturers in general did not offer a product suitable for
replacing aluminum windows.

In the early years of the replacement window industry there were few options
available.  Window were custom sized but were typically only availiable with a
block style frame that was 3 1/4 inches thick.  This size and style of frame worked
perfectly for replacing old style wood double hung windows but did not work well
for replacing the more common aluminum framed window.


#2.   No standard installation method existed for replacement windows.

Although "new construction" installation methods are clearly defined, methods for  
installing replacement windows is largely left up to the individual installer.  The only
actual instructions that I have seen, refer to how to measure and install a window  
for replacement of an old wood double hung window. The much more difficult to
replace aluminum windows led to many different installation methods. Most of these
included the addition of wood or vinyl trim to the exterior of the window.   Many
manufacturers now offer what we call a stucco or flush fin for their windows. This
type of frame is commonly used for replacing aluminum windows and is currently  
the closest thing to a standard installation method.  The fin of this frame is sealed to
the old window frame or ( if the old frame has been removed ) to the siding of the
house with caulking.  The caulking becomes the primary seal to keep water from
entering the home. The problem with this method is that if the caulking is not
properly installed or fails for any reason the window will leak.


#3.  If it Can leak it Will leak.

Water is, I believe, the #1 enemy of your home. If it gets in where it is not supposed
to be, it will destroy every thing it touches.  If you have been in the window business
for any length of time you have undoubtedly had to deal with customer complaints of
leaking windows. The common repair for this was to go out to the job and recaulk
the window.  If the window was poorly sealed to begin with this would usually fix
the problem.  However, we have all had that one nightmare job that no matter what
we did we still had a leakage problem.  If we stop for a minute and take a close
look at what we are trying to do,( that is, take a vinyl flange and seal it to a metal
frame or stucco wall with caulking and expect it to be water proof for the life of the
home,) we would have to conclude that we are asking for trouble.  Vinyl expands
and contracts at a different rate than aluminum, the caulking used to seal between
them must be able to permanently adhere to both surfaces and withstand the
movement between them and do this for a long long time. This is a tall order for a
little tube of caulking.  The bottom line is that, although the stucco / flush fin type of
installation is trouble free for many applications, it is not a dependable way of
installing windows.


#4.  There must be a better way.

Several years ago I had to deal with one of those "nightmare" jobs that I mentioned
earlier.  This particular home was a typical Northern California home (two story ,
aluminum windows, stucco exterior ).  I replaced all the windows with stucco flange
style vinyl dual pane windows.  The original windows were completely removed
including the frames, which were collapsed into the opening leaving the stucco
exterior intact. Everything went smoothly and I had no reason to expect any
problems.  Boy was I wrong.  Some time later leakage problems started showing up
in the house.  The standard "recaulk" repair was done but didn't seem to stop the
problem.  After several more trips back to the job and a number of different water
tests, it was determined that the corners of the window frames were leaking. These
frames, by the way, were screwed together rather than being welded together which
is the standard for today's vinyl windows.  With help from the manufacturer, every
window was replaced with the newer welded corner style stucco flange window.  I
thought we were done, but as you may already know, when this much goes wrong
with a job, and I've left a number of thing out to keep this short, the last one to
touch it gets to be responsible for all future problems.  The home owner was starting
to question everything about the window installation.  So to try and regain the
confidence of my customer and put a stop to this, I devised a method of installation
that would assure him that the windows were properly installed.  Armed with my
portable sheet metal brake and a roll of white gutter coil I set about removing and
reinstalling every window in the house.  The idea was to use the gutter coil to
"reflash " the new window.  This was done by making up flashings that would install
into the area that the original aluminum window's nail fin was removed from.  The
new flashings also wrapped around the outer surface of the new vinyl window ( with
the stucco fin removed }  in such a way as to channel any water away from the
inside of the wall.  The result was that the replacement window was no longer
relying on caulking as it's primary seal against water infiltration. Caulking was still
used to fill in any gaps between the stucco and the flashing, but the flashing itself was
the main water barrier for the window.  This method worked so well that I
perfected it and began to us it on a regular basis. I christened it the "
Reflash
Method " and have to date almost a thousand  windows installed this way.  But best
of all is that I have not had even One complaint of a leaking window with this
method.

All of this is what has led to the development of my Patented Replacement Window
Installation and Flashing System.(
U.S. Patent # 6526709 ) The system uses an
interior vinyl jam liner, that provides both a primary water seal and interior trim for
the replacement window and an exterior vinyl cap that completes the installation and
provides the exterior trim.

This product is currently in a final design stage and will be available soon.
My goal with this is to provide an attractive, efficient, easy to install, water tight
system that will become the standard for the industry.

Sincerely,
Rod Jacobsen
President and CEO
BEDDOR Enterprises Inc. dba Advanced Window Trim
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