replacement windows for brick veneer

Old 07-16-07, 07:25 PM
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replacement windows for brick veneer

I bought a brick veneer house about 2 years ago and am currently in the process of remodeling the whole thing. I noticed that the new windows at the store have tabs to nail around the frame of the window. My windows dont have any mouding around the frame. the brick is butted right up against the window frame. I've been told that you can cut the tabs off and screw them in through the side. Is this correct? Also, im having trouble deciding whether to get vinyl or aluminun. I'm leaning more towards vinyl but I just wanted some opinions. Thanks for your input.

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Replacement windows fit into the existing window frames and do not need a nailing fin. If the existing window frames are sound, no rot, that is the least expensive way to get new energy efficient windows. I don't know of anyone that still makes auminum windows, but they were never energy efficient. To answer the question, the nailing fin can be removed or the windows ordered without the fin.
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As Bill said, when shopping for windows, look only at "replacement" windows. The ones with the nailing flange are for new construction. Also, it is not uncommon to have replacement windows made to order to fit the openings in your house. Don't simply rely on what is in stock. For the number of windows you will probably be ordering, it is worth it to get custom fit windows.

The choices are more between wood and vinyl or a combination of the two as opposed to aluminum. They also may come in multiple colors to match your house exterior. There is a large difference in prices as well, be sure to specify if you want a Cadillac or a Chevy when you meet with your suppliers. Many times they are inclined to show you the Cadillac first and the others only if you ask.

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