Window Replacement Des Moines: Selecting the Windows For Your Home
Last week, I informed you how to determine for your vinyl replacement windows when replacing aluminum windows. Now that you’re ready to purchase your brand-new vinyl replacement windows, we have to speak about the various frame design choices readily available. In the majority of the country your options are restricted to either new construction or replacement frames. Brand-new building and construction frames include a nailing fin to connect the frame to the studs during the building of the new home. The replacement frame is essentially the brand-new construction frame minus the nailing fin. When it’s time to find the right window replacement Des Moines for your home, contact Buresh Home Solutions.
However in the west, where stucco houses prevail, manufacturers created a third kind of frame called a retrofit frame. The retrofit frame has a fin about 2 inches broad, situated flush with the outside face of the window. This is the best option when changing old windows, however not all jobs will accomodate a retrofit frame application. So let’s discuss the best ways to determine which frame is going to work for you.
If you have a stucco outside, retrofit is the way to go. You install the new window from the outdoors, and the flush fin covers the old aluminum frame that you are going to leave in place. Then you screw the brand-new window in using deck screws through the side channels along with the top header. We will enter more information on the real setup in a future post. If you have a stucco outside, however there is a wood trim around the opening of the window where the flush fin would usually go, you can still utilize the retrofit style frame. You would have to remove the wood surrounding the opening, set up the retrofit window, then purchase and set up brand-new wood trim. The old trim will not fit because the retrofit window frame measurements will be bigger in width and height than the old window frame. Another choice is to set up the retrofit fin on top of the wood trim. You can do this as long as the depth from the face of the wood trim to the point in your house of the inner portion of the old aluminum frame is less than 3 inches deep. The factor is due to the fact that a good quality retrofit window will have a 3 inch frame depth from the back of the flush fin to the innermost part of the frame. That inner part has to be further into your house than the inner part of the aluminum frame so that the aluminum frame will be concealed after we use the inside trim. What if you have brick around the window openings? Or siding? Then exactly what? Well, if you can install the window versus the face of the brick or siding and still have the innermost part of the vinyl frame be even more into the house than the old frame, then you can use the retrofit style frame. If not, then you need to use the replacement design frame, then utilize trim to finish the outside. If you are able to get a retrofit frame with a reasonably thin fin, you can also trim down the fins so the window fits in between the brick or wood. That would eliminate the need to cut out the exterior. Some makers of retrofit frames will have grooves in the back of the retrofit fins. You just run an energy knife in the groove till you have the ability to break off that piece of the fin.
The main point to remember when determining whether or not to utilize a retrofit frame or a basic replacement frame is that in order to utilize the retrofit frame there has to be less than 3 inches from the outdoors point where the flush fin will rest to the within point in the space where the old frame ends. If it’s less than 3 inches, choose the retro, more than 3 inches, utilize the replacement frame and include trim to the outside in lieu of the flush fin.
Next week I am going to explain the process of eliminating the old aluminum window.