10:56AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 04/19/04
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I have researched this, and am still a little confused... I see that I can replace my old windows with new-construction-type windows that have the nailing flange built-in. One source says to remove siding around window opening and install new windows using the nailing fin; another says the nailing fin can be cut off and the windows secured by nailing through the jambs. Which is easier for remodeling purposes, and/or which is the better method? Thanks for any sage advice! ~Unca D


05:38PM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
While it is possible to install by cutting off the flange, you relaly compromise the quality of the job.

The integral flange is an important part of the water proofing detail for window installations and the warrantee would be voided by removing it. Window installations and flashing needs to follow the same principle roofing does. All laps must cace downhill. pay attention to that drainage plane so you don't trap water in the wall and cause rot.

Also, a casement must be3 perfectly aligned to operate correctly and that job becomes considerably harder with the nailing flange removed.

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