My Aluminum windows are 20 years old and have taken a beating from hurricanes and tropical storms. Windowpanes are loose in the frames and I am considering replacement windows. I'm not familiar with how the replacement operation is done, but I think I have a semi-unique problem. When I built the house I had the bricklayer continue the "solider course" across the top of each window. The top frame of each window is in effect as a lintel as there is no other support for the brick. Questions:
When windows are replaced is the existing frame retained (i.e., replacement window fits inside and over existing frame) or replaced? If it is replaced I assume I'll have to forgo the use of vinyl and stay with aluminum or wood OR add a separate lintel over each window. Right?
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