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We are buying a new house in which we are gutting all the sheetrock down to the studs and will be getting new siding although not right away? We are replacing almost all the windows. A few questions.

1. Is it easire to install the windows while there is no sheetrock? We may get bigger windows( thus frame opening larger) so I guess while there is no sheetrock as that will have to be removed to frame anyway.

2. Is it easier to install windows during or when siding is removed? Really not planning on replacing siding right away but if it's a lot easier we may.

3. What is the thick white "trim" that I see sometime around the windows? Is it trim or capping and is it part of the siding install or window install? See the attachedc pic? Thanks

4. If I'm not doing a ddirect window replacment but making the opening larger for a bigger window I need what type window? One with flanges..obviously not a replacement window?? Thanks.

Also me and my friend have installed windows in my current home before with no issues( even reframing) but I'd imagine if I want to get designer type trim it becaoimes more difficult, correct?
 

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What kind of siding are you removing and what will replace it?

I would change the windows while working inside with a reasonable installation on the outside that can be added to when you do the siding.
 

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I would gut it out inside. Then remove only enough siding to replace each window, framing for new sizes as you go. Remaining siding stays to protect the house. Install new construction windows with flanges and tape/caulk them to be weather tight until siding is done. Siding would be good at that point but can wait if weatherproof. Then wire, plumb, insulate, etc. Then do walls and trim. Side it before it leaks.
The trim on that window is part of the siding system.
Trim the outside of the windows to your taste and budget with the siding job.
 

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I would gut it out inside. Then remove only enough siding to replace each window, framing for new sizes as you go. Remaining siding stays to protect the house. Install new construction windows with flanges and tape/caulk them to be weather tight until siding is done. Siding would be good at that point but can wait if weatherproof. Then wire, plumb, insulate, etc. Then do walls and trim. Side it before it leaks.
The trim on that window is part of the siding system.
Trim the outside of the windows to your taste and budget with the siding job.
Thank you!!!!
 

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There are different ways to install windows for different types of siding.
 
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