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WDrake

03:26PM | 12/26/01
Member Since: 12/21/01
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Bvwindows
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?

rpxlpx

03:17AM | 01/02/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Replacement windows are made to fit into the existing frame. You can buy many sizes pre-made off the shelf, or you might have to have them custom made if yours are odd sizes or shapes. To have them custom made is not much more expensive.
A window company or a big-box store like Home Depot or Lowes will give you a free estimate for purchase and installation.

WDrake

08:28AM | 01/02/02
Member Since: 12/21/01
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Thanks "rpxlpx" for the info!

Bill Drake

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