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doityourself2

06:36AM | 03/07/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
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I am going to have vinyl windows installed in my home.

I have been told that the windows can be installed by a retrofit method (the old frame stays in), a pull frame method (the frame is removed without stucco damage) and a new construction method (the stucco around the window is removed). I am leaning towards the retrofit method but I am concerned that the existing aluminum frames will continue to sweat and mold will continue to grow on the frames.

What are the pros and cons of these installation methods?


JONINSACTO

05:05AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 02/03/03
77 lifetime posts
I would remove the old frame to lessen the chance of aluminum attracting moisture. Removing the frame will also permit a bigger window (less frame)which will fill the hole better. Look around in your neighborhood and you will see what i am talking about. If you see vinyl windows with a heavy thick frame, it is probably because it has a big fin to cover the old frame. Good Luck !
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