Why do frames rust out fast?

Excessive premature frame rusting is caused by improper jobsite installation practices and most likely caused by the following circumstances:

  1. Grout:
    • Frames are grouted in place¬†using incorrect grout.
    • Only masonry grout (mortar) should be used.
    • Excessively thin mortar was used. This condition usually related to grout which is pumped into¬†the frame after installation.
    • The grout / mortar included agents intended to act as an antifreeze agent and the frames were not back coated prior to installation
  2. Improper frame storage.
    • Frames were not stored properly
    • Frames were stored outside or exposed to weather and/or moisture.
    • Frames were store inside (or under a roof) however the were setting in water or exposed to excessive moisture
    • Frames were acid treated (to remove mortar, concrete, drywall compound, etc.) but they were not properly cleaned.
    • Frames were scratched or damaged during the shipping and/or installation process and not properly repaired.

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