Since my accident, I haven’t been able to do much – between the painkillers and surgeries it’s left me a little “under the weather’. But I thought I would pop in to the Adventures and create a couple of long posts about windows – what can I say? I have a lot of time on my hands.
When we bought this place in 2009 it was listed as having mostly replacement windows, which was a good thing. They were the vinyl double pane type. They seemed to work fine – double hung, tilt out – easy clean. Only the two picture windows weren’t changed. They were just a single sheet of glass with wood stops – and a storm window over that.Pretty drafty.
So, fair enough, I’ll just replace these two big boys – it won’t be cheap, but we gotta fix this. So now what? I know nothing about windows. I was a carpenter in my early years, but mainly framed concrete forms, so I was clueless.
OK, call the box stores and see what they can offer for installation (or at least get some clues to what to do). First up is the contractor for the orange box store. Some guy with a clipboard and a tape measure. After posing several questions about window flashing and other bits of information I looked up on the web, I know this guy didn’t know the difference between a sash and a window stop.
Blue was next – two guys in an old pickup truck and a ‘we do anything for money’ kind of attitude. They knew little more than Orange man.
So in the mean time, I started the demo in the kitchen, removing the trim around the windows. That’s when I found a flaw about my replacement windows.
Here’s a big problem. See those nice replacement windows? Looked perfectly fine – before the trim was removed. See the space between the two on the right? That’s an uninsulated space. Same goes around each window. Big gaps = $ out the windows in utility costs.
Houston, we have a problem.
And in the the office – same thing here. And so it went through the whole house. Every window had gaps and voids. Some from the pockets used to hold the window weights used with the original window, some because no insulation was installed between pairs of windows. There was so many gaps I’m sure it would equal leaving a window open year round.
What to do? Well, the common sense thing to do is just remove the trim from each window, insulate and foam fill all of the gaps and replace the trim.
That’s what you would do – right? Of course, that’s what you would do – you’re sensible, practical, and reasonable. And you know that I won’t do the sensible thing, right?
Of course you know that.
Let’s replace the windows – all of them – and install them yourself.
Um, replace them with what? So began the long quest to find windows that I want to live with. After many, many weeks of looking, surfing, interviewing, and all around fact finding I settled on these. Marvin Ultimate Replacement Casement windows. I selected windows with the wood inside and clad aluminum outside. The ‘ultimate’ means that they have a crank out mechanism – you can get push-out types with no crank. I got a special grill configuration with clear bottoms and external grills on top. They’re like new construction windows with nailing fins. Oh, I also got them with no jamb extensions because I wanted to make my own – it’s more difficult that way.
Look at the time! – time to go take a nap. I’ll be back with the installation details and why I chose this type of window.