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gregt848 10-18-2009 01:35 PM

Window replacement Help (New Construction)
Hello, I am replaceing the existing windows in my house with New construction windows. Since I am doing a second floor remodel and have the rooms gutted down to the bare, I figured I would use new construction as opposed to replacements. PLus I am doing the siding job in the spring/summer. While ordering the windows we decided to also do a few of the really bad windows on the first floor as well to stop the drafts. I am ordering the windows tomorrow (monday) so I have a few question beforehand to avoid issues at a later date. I have the frame down to the rough opening and have measured the openings. I noticed on the first floor windows there was a 3/4" X 3/4" strip of wood on the face of the existing windows to bring it flush with the wall/plaster depth. The walls are framed with 2x4's plus the 1X8 sheathing. This strip of 3/4 X 3/4 brought it to the plaster and was concealed byt the casings and the window stops on the side of the casing. Will that cause issues with the new windows? Or will I do the same? Sorry for the dumb question, but do the new windows also use the wooden window stops or are they omitted because they are not needed? If they are still used , then it wont be a problems as I will just do the same and they will be concealed. If not then then the casing will cover the front but the side will be visable? I am just trying to take into consideration any problems now before I reach them. One last question, are there any requirements/limitations to the height of windows of off the floor? Like I mentioned I am using the existing rough window opening frames, but the older windows I am removing (original from the 50's sit up off the rough opening about 2" because of how the frame was constructed, so when I put the new ones in, the window will drop some. Don't think it will be an issue but first want to check. Can't find anything in my research. Thanks so much!!

Ron6519 10-18-2009 03:46 PM

What you'll need to do with the space will depend on the windows you choose. If the windows are narrower than the wall. you'll need to add wood to flush it out with the interior wall.

gregt848 10-18-2009 06:03 PM

So basically like it already was? So I will re-install the window stops I guess. Any info on the height? Thanks

II Weeks 10-18-2009 06:59 PM

are you talking about jamb extensions? Very, very common to add onto new windows for the window casing or flat tape.

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