Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-20-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 4
Share |
Default

Actual size of new const. window frame??


My rough window opening size (stud to stud/header) is exactly 31 1/8 X 56". I have heard and read that Anderson adds 1" to their "rough" opening size...is that true?

In other words would a window Series 200 RO of 31 1/2 X 56 1/2" still fit in my window opening? or a Series 400 RO of 30 1/8" X 57"?

Its very very close that Im trying to decide. The HD guy says it wont fit but Ive heard otherwise online in some forums that the stated RO by andersen is very liberal? I know I have to factor in the flashing tape/wrap and that.

Otherwise, I would have to somehow reduce the opening (Shaving?) or going down 4" in size and building up with extra 2X's. Ordering custom or opening up my walls is not where I want to go, not yet.

Thanks for any answers!

toolingaround is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 05:14 AM   #2
Mod
 
kwikfishron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas (NCK)
Posts: 7,429
Default

Actual size of new const. window frame??


Typically when you use your RO measurements for ordering a window the window you receive will be ” under your RO measurement. In other words if you order for a RO of 48”x48” the window will be 47 ”x 47 ”.

I only order using RO numbers in new construction with window replacements I always order “Net Frame”. When you order net frame instead of RO the numbers you give will be the exact size of window you get.

__________________
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Especially In The DIY Chatroom
kwikfishron is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 06:12 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Default

Actual size of new const. window frame??


What he said for replacement windows. You can supply the manufacturer with make size(your dimensions), or opening size and they will make 1/2 less. Check Andersens catalog for actual window frame size, and RO requirements. I don't think their 200 series are available in custom sizes.
Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 07:13 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Default

Actual size of new const. window frame??


There's no reason to guess at the exact Andersen window size as it's published on their website. They will have RO dimensions, actual window dimensions and glass dimensions.
The 200 series is a lower end window. If you're staying in the house, go for the 400 series.
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 11:31 AM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 4
Default

Actual size of new const. window frame??


I see what you mean now- I get it now by looking at the size charts.

It looks like I do need to just go down the next size which is smaller horizontally by 3-4". Hopefully this change by 1.5-2" on each side will not require me to have to rip new exterior trim boards, otherwise the wider trim may look funny.


RE: Replacement windows- thank you for the tips..I much prefer the full scale new windows, as I've heard that you don't get quite as good of a seal with the replacement window frames, and some of my exisiting window frames are not in great shape due to some water leakage over 60 years.

Thanks for all the input!
toolingaround is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2010, 10:59 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: MA
Posts: 55
Default

Actual size of new const. window frame??


Based on the RO dimensions in your original post, it sounds like the problem is the RO height, not the RO width. Is that correct?

If the RO is the correct width, and you just need an extra inch or so of height, you might be able to lower the sill plate a bit. There's no harm in messing with it because it's not structural. It's only supporting the window.

My windows were framed with a double 2x4 for the sill plate, and I think that's pretty common. If you have something similar, I think you could simply remove the top 2x4 from the sill to give yourself an extra 1.5" of height. Interior and exterior finish work wouldn't be to bad, probably easier than if you went with a smaller window and had to get creative with trim. Plus, you wouldn't lose 4" of viewing space.

cumak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Window Pane Replacement rjschwar Building & Construction 3 08-27-2010 07:15 AM
removing polyurethane from a window frame and molding diy'er on LI Painting 1 11-02-2009 09:54 PM
Installing window AC in metal frame sato HVAC 10 08-08-2009 09:15 AM
Replace old window with smaller window Suncrest79 Building & Construction 3 04-15-2009 08:39 PM
Window Frame Materials - Vinyl vs Aluminum vs Fiberglass chrison600 Building & Construction 2 10-09-2005 11:13 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.