Where to buy bathroom windows ?

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Old 07-09-19, 01:26 PM
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Where to buy bathroom windows ?

Hi everyone,

We're remodeling our bathroom and looking to replace our roughly 15 year old bathroom window, which is filled with air and moisture inside the window.

The current sliding window size is 40x21, which doesn't seem to be a standard size? We can't find this size at Lowes or Homedepot.

A few questions, hope you're all can help.

1 - What should we look for in a Window for bathroom use (shower area)
2 - Should we buy new construction or replacement window?
3 - Which brand to look for (Pella, Jeld Wen, Marvin, Andersen, etc.)?
4 - We're looking to replace with an awning window? Any concern with this type of window for bathroom?

Thanks in advance for any help or feedback you can offer.

-Ha
 
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Personally I don't care for a window in the shower area but if you do have one it should be all vinyl - no wood! Glass block is an option for some. Awning windows don't always close up as tight as they should, especially when they get old.
 
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If the only problem is fogged up glass, replace the glass.
 
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To add to marksr comments. There are no standard window sizes. Most all are made as custom. A replacement or insert window should suffice as constructed as Mark mentions.
 
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I have a awning window in my shower and love it. It's a normal vinyl awning window. Then I made polished stainless steel trim for the interior with silicone caulk sealing the joint. In our application it works well because the shower is big and the window bottom is a bit over 5' off the floor. This negates the requirement for tempered glass and it gets the window out of 95% of splashes and spray mist which helps a lot in keeping it clean. It's been in place for 18 years without trouble. If your window may require tempered glass depending on its height.
 
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Anything over a tub or shower at any height must be tempered safety glass.
 
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In my area glass higher than 60" above the drain or standing surface in a tub or shower can be regular glass. If the glass is lower than 60" then it needs to be safety glass.
 
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I guess that's right, I misspoke... sorry!
 
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@XSleeper, how do you replace the glass?
 
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Thanks everyone for the responses. The windows is definitely 5ft or over from the bottom of the tub. It is already there, so we're not looking to sealed it up; just replace.

What brand would you suggest for a bathroom vinyl window? Marvin, Andersen, Pella, etc.?
 
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I can't see your window from here, so a picture would be nice. (A shot of the corner of the glass would be good... inside and out, if possible) Generally there are glazing stops that are removed from the perimeter on one side of the glass, (either inside or outside, depending) then a glazing knife cuts the two faced tape on the opposite side. You measure the old IGU and order the same exact size and thickness. You order new glazing tape of the same size and thickness. (Usually either 1/16" x 1/2" or 1/8" x 1/2". ) Then reassemble the window. The new glass usually takes a week or two to get made. Any commercial glass shop can make it for you, you just tell them what you want.

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If you know how to measure (the experience to not make a mistake) and have a glass caliper, you don't have to disassemble the window to know what size to get. Rubber setting blocks are used as shims around the glass perimeter as needed. Guys who do this regularly have a variety of glazing tapes so they have both on hand, depending on what they run into.

Asking what kind of window you should get is about like me asking you what sort of fruit I should eat.
 
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