want to replace Wood windows with vinyl

Old 09-24-05, 04:47 AM
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want to replace Wood windows with vinyl

Hi Everyone,
I am a new member here, and will probably be coming back rather frequently in the near future. I am buying a house that needs some upgrades; I may seek advice from the wealth of knowledge here.

Here is the situation:
This house has old wood windows with the weights in the walls, and have the alluminum storms attached. The house has been sided with aluminum. They used a aluminum flashing/trim around the wood windows & then put the aluminum storms up.

I want to take the old wood windows out and the storms out and put in Vinyl windows.

The aluminum flashing has been painted. Is there a vinyl replacement material that is bent on 90 degrees for the framing around the windows like the aluminum? I know about "J" channel which is for around the windows that the house is vinyl sided, but this house has aluminum siding. These wood windows are recessed in the wall so they have to have some type of flashing/framing around the vinyl windows.

Possible solution: What is your view on this?
I thought of using a 3/4 round trim against the the aluminum flashing for a stop material when installing the new windows. I do know I would have to chaulk behind and around the trim. However the drawback is having to paint from time -to- time, or I could stain the trim.

Any insight on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
"Thanks " in advance
Old 09-24-05, 03:10 PM
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Welcome to DoItYourself.com and the door and window forum.

The old wooden framed windows have GOT to go! Those things are doubling your utility bill!

I think I'm following your logic as to how to go about it, but let me throw this at you.

If you remove the aluminum siding, replace the windows with vinyls that have the exterior trim molded to the frame (it's called "Z-bar" around here), the reinstall the siding so that it covers the vinyl exterior trim (the trim is behind the siding), you only have to caulk the joint of the vinyl and aluminum. You can order vinyl windows in any size you need, in 1/8" increments. It would sure beat adding wood and maintenance to the equation!!
Old 09-24-05, 09:07 PM
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I have to agree with Lefty 100% Replacing the whole unit would be a better solution and will save you time as far as coming up with a trim system. Another bonus is since you have the weights in the wall cavity, you can technically order a larger window which will allow more light and ventilation.

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