The window I replaced is one of the ones in our bedroom and by far the worst window in the house.. not only can you literally see the curtains blowing in the wind ( with the window fully closed of course) but the panes of glass were literally falling out of the window. Of course, I could have reglazed the window panes, but because the window was warped, it would not solve the energy loss problem. Even with a storm window installed.
I replaced it this with some help from Anthony and I think it turned out great!! I decided to use a new construction window for the following reasons:
- The rough opening for the framing of the window is about 4" taller and 3" wider than the rough opening dimensions of the current window. This means that I can get a window that is larger in both directions. The old window was 30" wide by 53" tall. The rough opening is 34.25" wide by 57.25" tall.
- Home Depot sells Andersen Windows with Rough Opening requirements of 34" x 57.25". PERFECT!! They also have Grids Between the Glass (GBG), Low-E Coating and Argon Gas filled between the panes. They are double hung, vinyl (low maintenance), with tilt-in for cleaning. All for $175! A deal! Of course this means new molding, but since the molding that we like is Rosette's and Fluted, this is not a problem. And the molding costs about $30 for the window (including the new sill).
- A new construction window seals better on the outside of the house than a replacement window.
Exterior Picture of Old Window:
Finished Interior Picture! Major improvement.
Finished Exterior Picture. Since the trim on the old window was a lot wider than the trim on the window, there was a gap to fill in. I used pieces of PVC and ripped them down to the correct width. Obviously not as nice as if the siding went into the J-Channel, but still much nicer in comparison.