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Old 06-11-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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New vinyl replacement windows can be pushed in middle


I had a company install Ameritech sideways sliding vinyl replacement windows today, 9 of them. They installed the windows today but will finish with the insulation and caulking tomorrow. If I push at the bottom on the middle of the windows they give a little, anywhere from 1/8" to 3/8". They placed screws on the sides but nothing on the top or bottom. Is that normal?

The windows are 4' tall and 6' wide.

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You can't put screws through the sill as water drains through those cavities and could leak into your wall. The trim, caulk, shimming, foam, etc that they have yet to complete should take care of that. In fact, they may still be adding exterior stops prior to trimming. Either way, to answer your question, no it should not do that when the install is complete... You could politely ask the installers about it as well, which will cause them to pay extra attention to that aspect.

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The exterior caulking, if not already applied, will help lock the frame in place.

Definitely, do not put a screw through the lower middle of the window.
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If you put a screw in it, you just potentially voided your warranty.
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I used the spray insulation foam and that seems to have held the windows in place so there's no movement.
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You did or they did? If you were paying for these windows to be professionally installed your installers should be taking are of this. If you did indeed do it, make sure that you used the correct, low - expansion formula.
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You did or they did? If you were paying for these windows to be professionally installed your installers should be taking are of this. If you did indeed do it, make sure that you used the correct, low - expansion formula.
I asked the installer about insulation and he said he always just caulks the interior and exterior and that it works fine for him. I told him that caulk will fail after time and that he's not the one living there for 10+ years. He didn't want to put in the expanding foam, even the low-expansion stuff, because he said it'll warp the window frame. I told him to just caulk the outside and leave. I sprayed the low-expansion foam inside and then caulked the inside myself.

(That's probably why they were the lowest bid.)
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(That's probably why they were the lowest bid.)
Yup.... The devil is in the details as they say.

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