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erkinator

07:51AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 07/28/04
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I am thinking about replacing my windows in my 20 year old home.They are standard double hung wood windows. When companies replace them, do they need to take out everything or just the tracks and panes leaving the frames and trim? If everything must come out, how is the framework inside and outside where it meets your freshly painted walls and siding handled? Is it removed and replaced, also meaning more painting and such? thanks

angusyoung

09:46AM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 01/30/07
29 lifetime posts
It depends on the material the new windows are made of. Most replacement windows that go into the type of construction you described generally only replace the windowpane and sash area, leaving the existing frames. Although you can choose to have new framework done. That will have a much higher price tag and there is no real need to unless you have damage.

As far as trim and painting most companies remove the existing trim that is on your windows now and replace it once the new window is installed. They insulate and caulk everything afterwards and there should be no finishing that needs to be done by the customer.
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