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Old 08-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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Who should I call to install a window in a bathroom ? A general contractor, a handyman, a window specialist, etc...?
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Not sure you would get the attention of a GC for one window but if you see a job in progress near you, stop by and ask the GC or foreman for a rec for someone to put the window in. I would certainly give you some names.

Certainly a RESPONSIBLE window company would do it but you might have to have some schedule flexibility for just one window. Just get one that guarantees the work and is not going to hack up your siding, will flash it properly, install the correct sill, etc. Bonding and insurance would be nice.

A good, handyman with construction skills should be able to do it as well. Just ask around for someone reputable. Many are not insured or bonded at all so be wary of that.

In short. Work from actual referrals and not the yellow pages or blindly from the internet if you can. Get a few estimates. Make sure you ask for the same thing so you are not comparing apples to oranges.

If it is just a matter of cutting an opening, installing a header, framing and fitting the window and putting siding back up on the outside and some drywall work on the inside, this should not be too big a deal. I have not seen the job though. If you have plumbing, ducts/vents in the wall they will, of course, have to be moved around.

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What's the first thing people do when there's a window in a bathroom, cover it up.
Anyway to install a sky light or solar tube so you get the natural light that would be a whole lot easier and cheaper to install.
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What's the first thing people do when there's a window in a bathroom, cover it up.
Anyway to install a sky light or solar tube so you get the natural light that would be a whole lot easier and cheaper to install.
I thought about a solar tube first...But my wife thinks a window will be nicer since you can open it to give some air and vent the room
Why do you say covering it up is the 1st thing people do?
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Not sure you would get the attention of a GC for one window but if you see a job in progress near you, stop by and ask the GC or foreman for a rec for someone to put the window in. I would certainly give you some names.

Certainly a RESPONSIBLE window company would do it but you might have to have some schedule flexibility for just one window. Just get one that guarantees the work and is not going to hack up your siding, will flash it properly, install the correct sill, etc. Bonding and insurance would be nice.

A good, handyman with construction skills should be able to do it as well. Just ask around for someone reputable. Many are not insured or bonded at all so be wary of that.

In short. Work from actual referrals and not the yellow pages or blindly from the internet if you can. Get a few estimates. Make sure you ask for the same thing so you are not comparing apples to oranges.

If it is just a matter of cutting an opening, installing a header, framing and fitting the window and putting siding back up on the outside and some drywall work on the inside, this should not be too big a deal. I have not seen the job though. If you have plumbing, ducts/vents in the wall they will, of course, have to be moved around.
Yes, I think it's "just" a matter of cutting an opening, installing a header, framing and fitting the window and putting siding back up on the outside and some drywall work on the inside.....The only thing that concerns me is this window will be install in the shower area. Not sure how it will handle the water projections in the long run. Is there any specific windows for bathroom with a specific design that doesn't "catch water"?
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I have not seen windows in at least tight shower areas work out so well. If you proceed, you will want to pay extra attention to flashing and perhaps a steeper angle to the sill so water does not pool. Obviously caulking and sealing the window on all sides is critical. You may have trouble opening and closing it as it swells from moisture.

You can have nice coverings made for it out of shower curtain liner and shower curtain material but even so...

I would really think twice about that location.
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I live in an older home that has a window in the shower.

I had the original aluminum slider replaced with a vinyl single sash window.

I had the bottom window made out of frosted glass, and the top clear glass. That way there is privacy for the person in the shower. And I could finally get rid of the cut-down shower curtain.

Now, the sill and surroundings are all tile. If you don't tile it, I would at least ensure the sill and frame are made if PVC. Any wood framing will fail eventually.

And if you do tile, be sure to use a waterproof substrate. Water will get thru the tile on a horizontal surface.
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As Sdsester mentioned, windows in the shower are notorious for letting water leak into the walls causing rot and water damage. It is usually recommended to pull them out!
If you do go with a window in the shower, look at transom windows and install it above where the shower will hit. This will not only minimize any water damage and let light in, but will not leave you exposed to the neighbors, so to speak.
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We have skylight but do not have any window, it's fine having large mirror tiles on one wall. Previously we had a windowless bathroom and put a large mirror on one wall. Thinking about it, previous to that we rented a small flat with a windowless bathroom and no large mirror. So I have lived with windowless bathrooms .

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Where I am windows in bathrooms are required by code if there is no exhaust fan. So water damage is definitely a problem and guess how many of those people actually open the window. One suggestion I would make is when they finish the interior have them use vinyl corner bead the metal tends to rust.
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I would contact a window/door place...that who you would typically buy a window from...besides HD or Lowes....

The Window/door shops typically have a list of guys they use for installs, if not their own guys.

The only difficult thing is the window will need a header..that will require some minor surgery to one of the walls for access....typically the inside will be easier since it's easier to patch drywall.

If the outside wall is brick or stone...oh boy....$$

I would revisit the skylight idea....especially one that can open....even if it's a manual crank. A skylight will actually give you better ventilation....and light...and the only people you have to worry about looking down at you while standing there naked is the birds.
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and remember, if the bottom of the window is not more than 60" above the floor it should have safety glazing so that if someone slips and extends their arms to brace their fall they do not go through the windows.

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I had a contractor coming 2 days ago, and he gave us a quote to put a window (he's already done some work for me, I trust him....so far)
We discuss about the options, and apparently an awning window, top hinged and opening outward, seems the best choice. Dimension should be something like 32" wide and 24 high
Now, where should I go for such window? I live in the greatest Detroit area (north of Detroit)
Home Depot has one like that, but people say it doesn't open that much...But price is good though:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2031647...a#.UgtlRW0zJVI
My outside wall is aluminum siding
Quote from this guy is $1,600, including header, new framing, outside trimming, tile removing, new cement boards, new tile installation, etc...The only thing on top of that price will be the cost of the window and the new tile
We also discussed the skylight, and he said also it might be a better idea. But the problem is there is a truss right in the middle of the bathroom, so it won't be possible to install it
Last option maybe" a solar tube? But I doubt the do solar tube that can vent as well.....
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Look in the yellow pages for under Windows/doors.

The quote seems kind of high....though I agree with the type of window...if it's raining, less chance water will come in....

IMO...for that price, it should include the window.
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The idea of someone actually opening a window on a cold winter day to help reduce moisture in the bathroom is pretty far fetched.
The Code requires bath fans to terminate at least three feet from doors, operable windows, and nonmechanical intake openings. As long as the wood at the exterior has a good coat of paint, you shouldn’t have to worry about it rotting.


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