March 9, 2015

Use The Correct Window Frames For Your Next Project

Last week when installing new windows choosing the proper frame fashion, I told you the best way to measure for your vinyl replacement windows when replacing aluminum windows. Now that you’rewilling to order your new vinyl replacement windows, we need to discuss the different frame style options available. In many of the country your choices are limited to either new construction or replacement frames. New construction framesinclude a nailing fin to attach the frame to the studs throughout the building ofthe newest house. But inthe west, where stucco houses are not unusual, makers came up with a third sort of framework called a retrofit frame. This is the best choice when replacing old windows, butnot absolutely all occupations will accomodate a retrofit framework program. Solet’s discuss how to discover which framework will do the job. For those whoown a stucco outside, retrofit is the way to go.

Then you twist the new window in using deck screws through thetop header as well as the side channels. We will get into more detail on thespecific installation in a future article. If you have a stucco exterior, but there is a wood trimround the opening of the window where the flush fin would generally go, you can still utilize the retrofit design frame. Installnew wood trim, install the retrofit window, then purchase and you would have to eliminate the wood surrounding the opening. Considering that the retrofit window framedimensions will likely be bigger in height and width in relation to the old window frame, the old trim will no longer fit. Another option would be toinstall the retrofit fin together with the wood trim. You are able to do this as long as the depth from the face of the wood trim to the point in the house of the innermost portion of the aluminum frame that is old is less than 3 inches deep. The main reason is because a high quality retrofit window could have a 3 inch framework depth from theback of the flush fin to the innermost area of the framework. After we implement the inside trim so that the aluminum frame work is going to be hidden that innermost part has to be further into the house than the innermost area of the aluminum framework.

Well, if the window can be installed by you from the surface of the brick or sidingbut still have the innermost area of the vinyl framework be furtherinto the home compared to the old frame, then you may use the retrofit style frame. Otherwise, then you have to make use of the replacement style frame,then use trim to complete the outside. In the event you are in a position to get a retrofit frame having a relativelynarrow fin, you may also trim down the fins so the window fits between the brick or wood. That could eliminate the requirement to trim out the outside. Somemakers of retrofit frames will have grooves in theback of the retrofit fins. You only run a utility knife before you’re in a position to break that piece of the fin off.

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The key point to remember when deciding whether or not to work with a retrofit frame or a standard replacement framework is that in order to use the retrofit framework there needs to beless than 3 inches in the external point where the flush fin will rest to the inner point in thearea where the old frame ends. Go with all the retro, more than 3inches, if it‘s less than 3 inches, utilize the replacement framework and add trim to thesurface in lieu of the flush fin. Next week I’m planning to spell out the procedure of removing the old aluminum window.