Purchase stock or custom windows?


Old 07-06-02, 05:29 PM
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Question Purchase stock or custom windows?

I have 4 basement windows to replace.

This would be only my second time replacing windows.

Present windows are 17" high x 34 1/2 wide--but they are not exactly square (70 yr old basement windows).

The difference between stock windows (17" x 32") and custom are approx. $27 per window.

Should I purchase the custom windows?

Or should I use the stock windows with spacers?

Please let me know if the convenience is worth the extra cost.
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Old 07-08-02, 05:01 AM
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For me, there would be no question - I would spend the approximately $100 extra for custom sized windows. Otherwise you will have do some serious shiming or reframe the window opening which will both make a problem in trimming out the installed window. Make sure you remove the interior casing and measure the rough (framed) opening. Don't order based on the exterior size of the old windows. I am amazed that the difference between over the counter and custom windows is so slight ($27). Are you getting the same style and quality window in both instances?

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