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Old 04-10-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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Any way to restore OLD windows???


My 25 year old windows need replacing. Thing is I am going to redo the outside with foam insulation and vinyl after removing old siding.

So since I don't know the exact depth, it doesn't make sense to put the windows in until I do the outside...I can only do the outside due to finances next year.

OK, so now with that explained, is there any way I can get these windows through one or two more seasons?

I know about interior plastic...and that is one option...but is there an exterior plastic option or something else I don't know about?

The "gas" inbetween the window panes is gone so over winter the windows get full of moisture and then drip down and then down the drywall.

I guess interior plastic is viable...but just looking for some alternatives, if there is any...thanks!

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It's best to install the new windows, wrap the outside wood with PVC coil stock then redo the siding.
If you do it the other way there's no good way to hide the nails, there's no good way to add flanges to keep out water and air.

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Joe is right but since you are tring to get a couple more seasons out of the windows you could try this coating, it waterproofs the wood.
http://www.gacoretail.com/gacodeck.html
I looked at some today and it goes on like paint and looks like paint but it is waterproof.
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If I want to insulate the glass part...is shrink wrap on the outside the best choice?
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It's going to nothing to insulate it just stop some of the air leaks.
It's done on the inside not the outside.
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Coat or wrap the frames if they are in good condition, could be a permanent repair, then replace the sash with vinyl replacement windows sold by most window companies. You can order them to fit almost any frame within 1/4"
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What the others said.......but for there to be that much condensation inside, the humidity level in the house has to be very high. Winter interior humidity levels should not be over 50%, depending on where you live. What brand/type windows?? If the frames are good you may be able to replace the Insulated Glass Unit(IGU). But if 25 yrs old, new windows would be better.
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If I want to insulate the glass part...is shrink wrap on the outside the best choice?
Storm windows will create this effect but many customers don't like the looks of them.
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If you are going to replace the windows next year, you probably don't want to spend too much money. The plastic will help.
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well I learned a tip of the day...

I am going to recaulk the inside pane, but was going to recaulk the outside pane also...

I learned from a guy that recaulked both that his windows sweat like unbelievable...
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That sounds viable. It won't add any insulation factor, but it may stop the sweating. If you remove your old siding and replace it with a foam board and new siding, those dimensions are pretty easy to figure out. But as you stated it will be well advised to install the windows after you replace the siding. The trouble is that you really need to install the windows then side over them. Most new windows have strips around the perimeter which nail to the sheathing (foam over sheathing in your case) then get sided over...so your dilema has just started.

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