Selecting the proper frame style when setting up new windows in New Century
Windows Replacement: Selecting the appropriate frame style
Last week, I told you exactly how to gauge for your vinyl replacement windows when changing aluminum windows. Now that you prepare to purchase your new vinyl substitute windows, we need to discuss the various frame design choices available. In most of the nation your choices are restricted to either new construction or replacement frames. New building and construction frameworks feature a nailing fin to affix the frame to the studs during the construction of the new residence. The substitute frame is generally the new construction frame minus the nailing fin.
But in the west, where stucco houses prevail, producers generated a 3rd sort of frame called a retrofit frame. The retrofit frame has a fin concerning 2 inches wide, situated flush with the outdoors face of the window. This is the most effective selection when replacing old windows, but not all tasks will certainly accommodate a retrofit frame application. So let’s review how to determine which frame is going to work for you.
If you have a stucco exterior, retrofit is the means to go. You install the new home window from the outside, and also the flush fin covers the old aluminum frame that you are most likely to leave in position. Then you screw the brand-new home window in using deck screws with the side channels in addition to the top header. We will get involved in even more detail on the real setup in a future post. If you have a stucco exterior, but there is a wood trim around the opening of the home window where the flush fin would usually go, you can still utilize the retrofit style frame. You would certainly require to eliminate the wood surrounding the opening, install the retrofit window, after that purchase and also set up brand-new wood trim. The old trim will certainly no longer fit because the retrofit window frame dimensions will certainly be larger in size and elevation than the old home window frame. An additional choice is to install the retrofit fin on top of the wood trim. You can do this as lengthy as the deepness from the face of the wood trim to the point in the house of the innermost section of the old aluminum frame is less than 3 inches deep. The factor is due to the fact that a high quality retrofit home window will certainly have a 3 inch frame depth from the back of the flush fin to the innermost component of the frame. That innermost component needs to be additionally right into the house than the inner component of the aluminum frame so that the aluminum frame will be hidden after we apply the within trim. What if you have block around the window openings? Or siding? After that what?
Well, if you can mount the home window versus the face of the block or home siding and still have the innermost part of the vinyl frame be further into the house than the old frame, after that you can use the retrofit design frame. Otherwise, after that you need to utilize the replacement style frame, after that use trim to end up the outside. If you have the ability to obtain a retrofit frame with a reasonably slim fin, you can additionally trim down the fins so the home window fits in between the block or wood. That would certainly get rid of the requirement to trim out the outside. Some makers of retrofit frameworks will have grooves in the rear of the retrofit fins. You simply run an utility blade in the groove till you are able to break short that piece of the fin.
The bottom line to bear in mind when identifying whether to utilize a retrofit frame or a standard substitute frame is that in order to use the retrofit frame there needs to be less than 3 inches from the outdoors factor where the flush fin will certainly relax to the inside point in the space where the old frame ends. If it’s less than 3 inches, opt for the retro, greater than 3 inches, make use of the substitute frame and also include trim to the outdoors in lieu of the flush fin.