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Old 05-08-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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I have a 1949 house with poured concrete foundation.. the old window opening is 29.5 x 16.5 inches... am I stuck ordering a custom window or are there any stock sizes out there I could get away with? Everything seems to be 32x wide for a simple hopper or slider.

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Custom does not mean expensive.

Most vinyl windows can be ordered in any size but you are going to have to wait for it.

Being 50+ years old, there is less chance of it being near a standard size.

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What he said. Vinyl basement windows are available in custom sizes from local lumberyards(avoid big box), but not necessaryily at a custom price.

If the old one's are steel framed, there may be some fill mortar that you will need to knock out first. Figure this into your dimensions.
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Since you're going vinyl, you can't just screw vinyl into concrete. The correct install is:

- build a wooden frame to screw the vinyl into (typically, you can use 2x4 pressure treated wood screwed right into the concrete)
- You then screw the window into the wood (typical install with shims/spray foam)
- you lastly cap the window from the outside (using aluminium capping or wood trim that will require periodic repainting)

The above install is what they typically refer to as a "retro-fit" in the industry. Where the vinyl window is retrofitted into an existing frame. In the above example, the assumption is the old frame was removed back to concrete/brick due to old rot.

In addition, price of windows can be had for less than big box stores when you call custom window fabricators. You'll get much higher quality window than can be purchased in orange/blue store, but for same price or less!

Last tip: You can get the basement window frosted between the glass panes. It gives you privacy while still letting light in (very useful for basement bathroom windows!)
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Since you're going vinyl, you can't just screw vinyl into concrete. The correct install is:

- build a wooden frame to screw the vinyl into (typically, you can use 2x4 pressure treated wood screwed right into the concrete)
- You then screw the window into the wood (typical install with shims/spray foam)
- you lastly cap the window from the outside (using aluminium capping or wood trim that will require periodic repainting)

The above install is what they typically refer to as a "retro-fit" in the industry. Where the vinyl window is retrofitted into an existing frame. In the above example, the assumption is the old frame was removed back to concrete/brick due to old rot.

In addition, price of windows can be had for less than big box stores when you call custom window fabricators. You'll get much higher quality window than can be purchased in orange/blue store, but for same price or less!

Last tip: You can get the basement window frosted between the glass panes. It gives you privacy while still letting light in (very useful for basement bathroom windows!)
Huh?
So you can't screw a vinyl window directly into block, but you can screw wood directly into block and then vinyl into that? ... Doesn't make sense.
There is nothing wrong with a block to block install, nor is there with utilizing the existing wooden frame or building a new one. There are several ways to install basement windows, we typically make a judgement call depending on the circumstances of each individual home. Most times, people prefer to maximize the glass/light from those windows which are already small to begin with, so they choose block to block. It generally allows for a cleaner looking finished product as well.
I agree with all of the other sentiments about purchasing a custom sized window through a manufacturer, dealer, or supply house.
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