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JP's Dad 04-01-2013 04:50 PM

Recommendation for Bathroom Window Replacement Manufacturer
I have a 90 year old house and want to replace the bathroom window in a remodel. House is brick construction. The window is in the tub/shower, double hung, single paned. I want to replace it with another double hung. I intend to tile around the window completely. The shower will continue to be used by teenagers, so it will get lots of moisture! I'm sure I'll go with some sort of vinyl, question I have is what brand to purchase? Any advice/recommendations/horror stories are appreciated. Thanks

joecaption 04-01-2013 05:19 PM

#1 Please go back and add your location to your profile, you could be any place on the planet for all we know.
Just go to Quick links to edit.

#2 A window in a wet area is a very bad idea, concider getting rid of it or at least reframing for a transome window so it's above the wet area.

#3 A picture would be really nice.

If your going to insist on just replacing I like Simonton and Wincor windows.
Just use all vinyl trim and lots of caulking to reduce walll rot.

JP's Dad 04-01-2013 05:29 PM

OK, I edited my location and added a picture. Unfortunately, removing the window is not an option. The bathroom window is integral to the look of the house from the exterior (it's an old brick house) and it is the only window in the bathroom - don't think my wife will be happy showering in a "closet". We thought about installing glass blocks, but in the end decided that we would take a chance with something vinyl - we're stuck with the opening and need to work around it.

oh'mike 04-01-2013 07:15 PM

I'll leave the brands to the window pros----when you do find a good window---wrap the interior with Durrock---then waterproof it very carefully with Red Guard or Hydro Ban---brush on water proofing--

While no one wants a window in the shower---you have one---so water proof it well and you will enjoy a long life from your new tile job----

Consider frosted glass----your neighbors might get an eye full---:laughing:

Windows on Wash 04-02-2013 07:08 AM

While windows in showers are flawed logic, you can make them work.

Ask the guys both mentioned, pay special attention to making sure that the water management details are spot on and that you have some slope away from the window and into the tub area. You don't want water pooling.

Obscure glass is probably of some benefit on either both sashes or just the lower sash.

Check code to see if you require tempered glass and even if you just need it on the lower sash, its never a bad idea to put it on both sashes.

Vinyl should work fine and just make sure that you use stainless fasteners wherever they are exposed and keep all the parts of the window well lubricated and covered with some sort of rust inhibitor.

HomeSealed 04-02-2013 10:18 AM

Good advice above. You want a quality unit just as you would any where else in the house. Some of the top performing choices available are HiMark, Softlite, Sunrise, Polaris, and Okna.

JP's Dad 04-02-2013 04:35 PM

Thanks, Homesealed - not familiar with most of those, but I'll do some research. Other feedback I've received from contractors here and reseach I've done I've seem to place Marvin high on my list. Any firsthand knowledge of how the ones you listed compare to Marvin? I'm just trying to benchmark. Thanks

Windows on Wash 04-02-2013 04:41 PM

Different materials altogether.

Marvin doesn't make a vinyl window and their wood, while very nice, shouldn't be used in a wet area.

You could use their fiberglass window (Integrity or Infinity) in this application but they will come at a premium over vinyl.

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