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Windows Replacement vs New Construction on a brick home

Windows Replacement vs New Construction on a brick home

Old 07-29-03, 09:45 AM
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Windows Replacement vs New Construction on a brick home

I have recently purchased a 50 year old brick home. It has the original wood double hung windows. The wood sash and framed has been alumiun/vinly overed on the out side. I want to replace them with some new efficent windows so that they will look better and so that I can get rid of the storm windows. The one thing that I don't like about the replacement windows is that the outside frome would stay and it just does not look that good. If I go with the new construction windows then they have the nailing flang on the outside and my house is brick.

So what options do I really have.

Old 07-29-03, 01:48 PM
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Well, IF you go with new construction window, you're STILL gonna have some kind of trim around the outside that doesn't come with the windows.....just like you do now. And it MAY just be worse, since NC windows are made to stock sizes and you'll have to live with whatever fits ( or likely smaller ) you existing openings. So you're gonna PAY to have the existing window trim taken out, new put in and then wrapped....waste of money.

New Constructions windows are an excellent way to go in new construction....you prepare a rough opening, stick the window in, nail around the fin and side or brick RIGHT UP TO the window.

But when the brick is already there, you DON'T do that.....except for rare exceptions where the size works out JUST right....
With a NC and that nailing fin that is SO handy in new construction, you will have to undersize the window enough to actually SEE the fin back there beside the brick......

Use replacements.....its the SAME window without the nailing fin.
Have new PVC coated trim applied to the wood moulding that will stay in place......your trimmed sashes will be gone along with the storms

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