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01-03-15, 12:17 PM   #1  
Replacing windows

I purchased a HUD home and it has single hung windows (new construction) and they are clouded and the manufacturer is out of business. I want to replace them but that involves removing siding. remove window, install new window and replacing siding. Is there another way? Apparently these are only about 3" deep. I could order new without the jamb extension and they would be about the same.

 
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01-03-15, 03:59 PM   #2  
I assume your windows are vinyl?

Completely replacing the window is one option and possibly the easiest. I can think of two other options that are not that great. One is to replace the thermal glass assembly in your existing frames with new ones. This will obviously require getting the old glass out and cutting your frames so you can get the new glass in.

The last option is to but out the glass and put regular window glass inside your frames. Depending on the profile of your frames you might be able to glue a plate of glass on the outside side of the frame with caulk. Then rip white PVC material as a spacer around the perimeter. Then glue another pane on the inside.

 
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01-03-15, 04:22 PM   #3  
Yes they are vinyl and I have replaced 4 of the glass units already. local glass shop made them to fit and take out the vinyl lock outside and push out the old and silicon and push in the new and reinstall locking strips. This cost me about 175 per window and It is only 3/4 thick and glass shop recommended replacing windows because these are not as efficient as new. I was unsure if I could cut fin from outside with a sawsall and install replacement windows. not sure which would be better.

 
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01-03-15, 06:02 PM   #4  
No way do you want to be cutting the fin and installing replacement windows!!!
Got some pictures of these windows?
Removing vinyl siding is repair 101.

 
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01-04-15, 05:48 AM   #5  
For the difficulty of cutting out your current windows. Then installing and trimming out replacement windows I would pop the siding loose and install new construction windows. I think you'll have less headaches and it probably would go faster.

 
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01-04-15, 06:05 AM   #6  
Thanks confirms my thoughts.

 
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01-05-15, 09:19 AM   #7  
We replace several IGU's every year in our units but if these are not good enough, then new construction windows do make sense.

 
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