Attorneys Investigating Potential Lawsuits Over Lincoln Windows
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Property owners experiencing problems with their Lincoln windows.
- What's the Issue?
- It is believed that Lincoln's wood clad windows may be prone to moisture intrusion, which may cause the windows to deteriorate or fail earlier than expected.
- Reported Problems
- Property owners have reportedly experienced various problems with their Lincoln windows including leaks, condensation inside glass panes, and wood frame deterioration and rotting.
Attorneys are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of property owners experiencing problems with their Lincoln wood clad windows. It is believed that these windows may be prone to moisture intrusion, which may cause the windows to deteriorate and leak. Moisture problems may also cause condensation to collect between the glass panes, making windows appear foggy or hazy.
Which Windows Are Affected?
The following Lincoln windows may be subject to moisture problems:
- Double hung windows
- Casement windows
- Glider windows
These “thermopane” windows are made with two or three glass panes that are separated by either air or argon, a gas that helps insulate the windows. It is believed that the design of these windows may be causing the problems.
Lincoln manufactures both low altitude and high altitude windows, which have different designs that may be prone to unique problems. Low altitude windows have airtight seals around the glass panes to prevent fogging and diffusion of argon; however, these windows adapt to the atmospheric pressure present at the manufacturing location and may be prone to warping, cracking and distortion if they are transported through areas of higher altitude.
While high altitude windows compensate for altitude changes by using “breather tubes,” which equalize the atmospheric pressure inside the window panes, these windows may allow water to enter the panes, causing the windows to appear foggy and potentially reducing the life span of the windows.
Although low altitude windows are considered superior, the two window designs appear identical and consumers may not realize that the windows have different levels of resistance to moisture and condensation. Furthermore, it is believed that even the superior quality windows may be prone to moisture intrusion that causes window seals to deteriorate. As a result, the wood window pane may rot and allow water or air to pass through the windows.
Property Owners Post Lincoln Window Complaints Online
Those who had Lincoln’s wood clad windows installed in their homes have taken their complaints online. On GardenWeb.com, property owners voiced the following complaints:
- “We have a house with Lincoln windows that were installed in 1994. All of the 19 windows have rotted sashes and frames and will need to be replaced. The bottom of sash falls off of the glass when the casements are opened. The frames on half of them are so rotted that the hardware has detached. It was a very poor design, the aluminum does not prevent the moisture from the wood of the frame. Then the sash and frame sit, wood to wood and rot away.”
- “These windows are HORRIBLE! They leak and we cannot even see out of them! Apparently, there is a problem with the seals. Some of them won’t stay up because the stopper is broken. Wooden windows are horrible.”
- “We have had to replace 9 windows so far and now another one has gone bad. The warranty is over now but even with the warranty it costs hundreds of dollars each time. My next door neighbor has had to replace every window in her home. They are thermopane and the seal breaks, the gas leaks and the windows get fogged.”
- “I have a house constructed in the early 1990’s. The windows are Lincoln and require total replacement. The center piece of wood holding up the glass is totally rotten. Glass is literally falling within the frames. Would steer clear of these.”
While problems including condensation may be easy to recognize, deterioration and rotting of the wood frame may occur in less noticeable areas, such as the bottom of the lower window sash or where the upper and lower window sashes meet.
What Can I Collect Through a Lincoln Windows Lawsuit?
Through a lawsuit, property owners may be able to seek compensation for the cost of their windows, as well as the costs to repair or replace windows that failed.
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