As a homeowner, you may have come across the term “brickmould” when considering new windows and doors. But what does it actually mean, and why is it so important?
In this blog post, we’ll dive into the definition of brickmould and explore why it’s essential for homeowners doing window or door replacements.
What Is Brickmould?
Brickmould, or exterior casing, is a type of molding used to bridge the gap between the window frame and the external siding/brick of a building. It not only provides structural support but also adds an aesthetic touch to the property. It can be made from wood, vinyl or aluminum and serves as a barrier against air and water infiltration. Proper installation of brickmould is essential to avoid water damage, reduce noise levels, and ensure the longevity of your windows.
Why is Brickmould Important?
Brickmould plays a critical role in protecting your windows and doors from the elements. It helps to prevent water and moisture from seeping into the frame, which can lead to rot, mold, and other damage. It is often installed and integrated with the window during manufacturing. Without brickmould, the gap between the window or door frame and the exterior siding or brick would be exposed, leaving your home vulnerable to water infiltration.
If a window isn’t sealed properly, it won’t be as energy efficient because warm or cool air will escape from gaps in the window. Brickmould also helps reduce noise from outside, creating a quieter environment in your home.
In addition to its functional role, brickmould also adds an aesthetic touch to your windows and doors providing a more authentic and historic look to a window opening. It can be customized to match the style of your home, giving it a cohesive and finished look. With the variety of shapes and sizes available, you can choose a brickmould that complements your home’s architectural style and enhances its curb appeal.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Material For Your Brickmould
When selecting the material for your brickmould, there are several factors to consider. Wood has a more traditional look, but it’s more susceptible to moisture damage and requires more maintenance than vinyl or aluminum. Vinyl and aluminum are the most popular option because of their durability and low-maintenance. Discuss the pros and cons of each material with your window company to determine what will work best for your home.
Brickmould vs. Aluminum Capping
While aluminum capping may be an acceptable practice, it generally does not match up to the quality of an integrated brickmould. Companies opt to cap as it simplifies the measuring process but, as a result, can lead to windows that are not measured to their full potential and have a smaller glass size than expected. It also may lead to a window not being installed centred into the opening.
In some cases, an integrated brickmould may not fit due to a small wall opening or a window that already offers a sufficient seal. It is best to consult with your window replacement company to determine if you need extra trimming or if it’s not necessary.
Even if you decide to use aluminum capping instead of brickmould, the installation should be performed by a skilled professional in order to guarantee a clean and secure fit as well as protection from water leakage and to ensure nails are not visible.
Proper Brickmould Maintenance
To ensure that your brickmould stays looking its best, it’s important to perform regular maintenance and cleaning. Over time, dirt and debris can build up on your brickmould, causing discolouration. To prevent this, it’s important to regularly clean the trim with a mild detergent and water solution (always check with your window supplier on how to maintain your windows).
Additionally, it’s also important to check your brickmould for any signs of damage and repair them immediately. With regular maintenance, you can make sure that your brickmould lasts for years and keeps your windows looking great.
Proper Installation of Brickmould Matters
A reputable window company should be aware of the importance of proper brickmould installation for both aesthetics and energy efficiency. An experienced installer will know how to properly seal the windows, check for air and water infiltration, and make sure that the trim is flush with the wall.
When replacing windows in your home, don’t forget to consider brickmould installation. It can be an overlooked part of the process, but it’s essential for proper window installation. Ask questions and make sure your window replacement company is taking brickmould into account when selecting the materials and installing your new windows. Choosing a reputable company can help ensure that your windows are properly sealed and last for years to come.
If you’re looking for a reliable window replacement company to install your windows with integrated brickmould, contact Fieldstone Windows and Doors today. We are experienced in installing high-quality windows that last, ensuring that you get the most out of your investment.