I live in an old house built sometime in the 1930's. We want to replace our windows but noticed something interesting.
There are no steel lentls across the top of each window providing support for the brick. Instead, the brickwork is layed out in a way that they arch over the window top and the bricks themselves are oriented side by side over the arch with the longer side being vertical.
My intention was to buy basic replacement windows a la Home Depot or similar.
Does this "arch" act as the support for the bricks above for the window? Can I use standard replacement windows found anywhere?
Or do I have to buy some kind of special window that has structural support capability?
I have put in replacement windows in a newer house, but there was proper steel support above it, making it more or less a swap out.
Also, when I look at the basement windows specifically, it looks like they were mortered in place. It looks like I'll have to chisel around them or break them just to get them out. Is this normal?