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Old 06-22-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Installed a vinyl new construction window yesterday. It slides horizontally. The directions stated I needed a minimum 1/2" clearance around the frame, and then use shims. Well I put it in, a little tight, pretty much zero clearance.
It operates smoothly and closes squarely. Will i run into problems down the road because of no clearance?

The rough opening was existing, not a new wall. Used a new construction window because it works better with my new sheathing and siding.

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Installed a vinyl new construction window yesterday. It slides horizontally. The directions stated I needed a minimum 1/2" clearance around the frame, and then use shims. Well I put it in, a little tight, pretty much zero clearance.
It operates smoothly and closes squarely. Will i run into problems down the road because of no clearance?

The rough opening was existing, not a new wall. Used a new construction window because it works better with my new sheathing and siding.

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Not in San Diego!

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Old 06-23-2013, 12:01 AM   #3
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OK. Please explain...
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if it operates smoothly youll be fine as long as the house doesnt settle which coiuld cause it to bind. .other than the only thing will be you dont have any space for spray foam insulation between the framing and the window
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OK. Please explain...
He is probably referring to the relatively stable moisture content and temperatures in San Diego.




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if it operates smoothly youll be fine as long as the house doesnt settle which coiuld cause it to bind. .other than the only thing will be you dont have any space for spray foam insulation between the framing and the window
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If the house is pretty stable at this point, you should be fine.

If the gap is too tight for window foam, caulk it well.
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OK. Thanks for the help guys. I did caulk the window well. Do you know what San Diego means in German?
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They say the newer vinyl doesn't expand much like older large, dark colored ones without the welded corner miters.... though you did lose the warranty...

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When you say ZERO clearance do you mean like 1/8" or so around all sides, or like you had to tap it in with a mallet? If the former, you will likely be just fine as replacements are installed to those specs all the time, and when you shim a window in tight it doesn't exactly allow for a ton of movement anyway. They main thing is that it is square, well sealed around the frame, and flashed properly to the exterior. I wouldn't worry too much about voiding the warranty unless this individual issue actually causes a problem down the road.

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