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    What is the difference between double hung replacement windows and new construction double hung windows?

    Looking at putting in new windows on a rental property and was weighing all options.



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    Re: Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by 2forISU View Post
    What is the difference between double hung replacement windows and new construction double hung windows?

    Looking at putting in new windows on a rental property and was weighing all options.
    Just a guess, but I would imagine that replacement windows are easier to install without tearing everything up?



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    Re: Windows

    Replacement window is where you leave the existing window frame in and pop the new window in over-top of the old frame. The old frame is completely hidden and not in use. This type of install is less labor intensive which means it's cheaper. The replacement window generally has a fin or a flange on the exterior to cover up the old frame. The negative of this install method is that you have to make your new window a little smaller to fit within the old frame, so you lose some visable glass space.

    New construction is where the rip the entire frame of the old window out, all the way down to the 2x4 of the house. These new construction windows will not have the exterior fin or flange, the will have a differnt type of flange that attaches to the 2x4 instead of the exterior flange the would cover the old frame in a replacement style window.



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    Re: Windows

    Why are new construction cheaper? I got a quote from Windows and More in CR and new contruction windows are cheaper by quite a bit. I'm sure thickness has something to do with it...



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    Re: Windows

    Just depends on the manufacturer. I work for Pella, and our replacement windows are pretty much the same as our new construction...talking product only that is. You save the money on the install with the replacement window, not really the product itself. Thickness might be it, as the replacement window may need to be made with more depth to cover the existing frame....but again, it will depend on the brand.



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    Re: Windows

    I appreciate the insight.



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    Re: Windows

    Do you know what you're getting into with regards to the existing building's condition? I just did two new construction windows on our old farmhouse (built in 1920), and I had to do some serious carpentry to get around what the previous owner had done on the first window - built the old window by hand directly out of the rough opening. The second window I did had been replaced once already, and was much easier... I replaced it because the goober had caulked the entire window completely shut from the outside, but didn't caulk well around the seam so the frame was slowly rotting out.

    Don't buy an old house.


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    Re: Windows

    XP is pretty solid... definitely would pass on Vista and take my chances on Windows 7. Wait...what was the question?



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    Wait, I mean DO buy and old house. Buy MY old house. Crap.


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    Re: Windows

    Don't know if I'll get a response in this thread or not, but I need some help. The wife and I are going to have to replace a couple windows in the house this year (built 1991). I have a could sills that I knew I needed to paint, but upon futher inspection several are rotted through. In lieu of replacing just the sills/molding on the outside of the house we'll probably elect to replace everything at once. Can anybody suggest/recommend a place in or around Des Moines that does quality work at a fair (cheap) price??



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