What type fof replacement window?


Old 03-13-08, 02:19 PM
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What type fof replacement window?

I would like to replace aluminum framed single pane slider windows in a duplex I own. The home is aluminum sided. I would like to replace with vinyl framed double hung double paned windows. What type of replacement window can be installed without getting into removal of aluminum siding? Also, any good web sites that explain or offer tutorial on replacement?
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Old 03-13-08, 04:37 PM
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Sliders are usually not very tall so they usually don't convert well to DH. But replacement sliders are not a problem. Measure carefully according the the manufacturer you select and they will be made to fit the existing opening. The outermost flange on the sliders is usually larger than the rest of the frame, so a properly sized replacement unit will fit against that flange. No need to remove siding. If this is for a quick sale and you have no conscience issue, big box windows will work fine. Inpensive, and will be OK for several years. But if you will be staying in the house awhile, consider a quality brand name window. Avoid local manufacturers, they may be gone when/if you need service. There are a number of national quality windows available. I am an installer for Certainteed(over 100 yrs in business) and am biased, but they have an excellent reputation for quality products.
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I replaced my old double hung windows with the Certainteed Bryn Mawr last year and I love them. A great window, well rated by Consumer Reports as well.
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I am replacing all my windows, 20 of them.
I went with Milgard 'Tuscany', which seem to be a good quality window.

I ordered mine as a "box" frame. I take the old sash's out by removing the inside trim or 'stop'. Then remove the parting bead and top sash, leaving the outside stop in place.
Clean up the hole and slide the new window in, replace the inside trim, caulk and you're done.
Nothing could easier.

Takes about 45 mins to an hour per window depending on how hard the old sash is to get out.
My house is over 80 years old and I've got some thick paint to deal with!
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Something to be cautious about....If you have aluminum framed windows there is a decent chance that there is a nailing flange that goes under your aluminum siding. These can be a real pain to remove depending a a number of factors--size, position and quantity of nails used, gauge of the aluminum frame. You may have to cut back your siding to remove your old frame before your new windows go in. It wouldn't hurt to have someone with some experience take a look at the job. Maybe even get a quote on labor, and ask alot of questions while they are there about what the labor would include.
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