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Old 07-11-02, 05:06 PM
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Lightbulb "standard" window sizes

Are there any compaines making windows of the standard sizes of yesteryear ??

My current windows are 28 x 55 and storm windows are avalible at lowes for $30.00 or so that are a perfect fit so this must have been a standard size at one time.

The framing is 31 3/8 by 58 3/4 but the closest standard window size is for a rough opening for 32 x 60 cost $45.00 -$90.00 depending on quality of window.

I hate to pay $30.00 per storm window when NEW windows aren't that much more, the old windows have 82 years of wear and tear on them.
 

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Old 07-16-02, 07:39 PM
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Many companies today make what are called 'replacement' windows. They come with insulated glass, with or without grills, single hung and double hung and are manufactured to YOUR specs - including size. Ask a local (not a chain) building supply. They're pricier, but you get exactly what you want.
 
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Old 07-17-02, 06:00 AM
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Lightbulb $20K house

I am looking for an inexpensive way to replace the windows, the old ones are in pretty bad shape.

However the house only cost $20,000 and I really don't want to put a lot of $$ into it.

Also "replacement" windows reuse the old window frame which is in bad shape and part of the reason I'm replacing the windows.

I haven't even seen plain wood windows anywhere lately, they all seem to be metal and vynil in the "new" standard sizes
 
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Old 07-17-02, 09:45 AM
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I'm sure you know... "the inexpensive way" will give you the inexpensive results.
I am going through that very process right now, replacing the wood double-pane windows when we built in '93 with higher performance custom vinyl. Told the wife it was going to cost her and she gave the green light that it was worth it.
Don't know what you mean by retaining the old wood frame. My contractor is taking out the exterior trim and removing the entire window and replacing it.
My Milgard dealer says there is no diff between a std 60x48 and a custom 59.5x47.5 - they are built the same way (and same lead time). "Custom sized" is a come-on.
Good luck.
 
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Old 07-18-02, 08:28 AM
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Talking Retrofit

What you explained is a 'retrofit' window; the most ecomonical way to replace your windows.
Yes, you do keep the window frame. You add a retrofit frame on top of it. You keep the original seal; that's why it doesn't cost as much as total replacement.
If your current windows have problems with leakage, do not go with retrofit. Problems WILL continue.
If your seals are perfectly fine and you just wanna replace them for looks...I'll say go for it.
 
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Old 07-19-02, 05:38 AM
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Lightbulb Gasguzz

Are you paying as much for those windows as I am for my house ??

Give us some $$$ figures ....

The whole window will needs replacing, sills and everything right down to the 2x4 rough opening.

$45.00 isn't much more than a storm window and $70.00 gets me metal double pane, i just might have to trim the framing/siding a bit to make an "off the shelf" window fit.
 
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Old 08-30-02, 06:00 PM
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Thumbs up $90.00 windows

I broke down and bought 3 $90.00 windows to replace thiose in the bedroom and living room.
The frame just happens to be exactly 31 3/8 woo hoo !!!
I am 3/4" short 59 1/4 is window height, but I can trim the 3/4" out of the sheathing/framing.
Maybe taking 1/2" out of the top and bottom is the way to go on this one ...
The vynil windows had a little smaller width than the metal ones so the extra $20.00 was worth it just for me not to have to trim the sides also.
Figuring out the best way to retrim the outside and inside so they won't look weird (like a lot of replacement installs on older homes) is going to be the fun part
 
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