Replacing Old Windows
First off, forgive me if this topic is covered elsewhere, I dont know enough about the subject to know what search terms to enter. Here's the problem: I've got a 70-year old house that has become quite a handful (but I am stuck with it - I was young and dumb when I bought it - now I am just a little smarter). I am considering replacing two living room windows, both are about 4' X 8'. I already plan on gutting the interior to studs since I am re-rocking and re-insulating this room and will most likely have to rebuild some damage from water. The framing is not a big deal, but I am hesitant to start the project because I dont have any idea what to do about the exterior siding. I cant afford to re-side the house (I did this when I moved in so its all relatively new and in good shape) and I am wondering, what is the process for taking out the old windows (the new ones can be any size if it makes it easier one way or the other but I would prefer the same size as existing) and putting in the new ones? What do I do about the exterior siding around the windows? I am concerned about waterproofing and matching the siding. I dont have any idea what this project encompasses. Can someone explain (or send me to another thread) what I am up against with this project??
Thanks in advance.