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Different Types of Replacement Windows

Kelemer Brothers Replacement Windows can make your home more energy efficient, boost curb appeal, and improve its resale value. You can also choose from various colors, hardware finishes, and designs.Replacement Windows

Consider options like a lower U-factor to increase energy efficiency and tinted glass to reduce the UV rays that penetrate your home.

When installing replacement windows in an existing window opening, they can be mounted in a few different ways. One option is the flush fin frame style. These windows have a fin on the outside that lays flat against the old frame and is then covered by siding or stucco. This is a great way to get an energy-efficient window without damaging the plaster or drywall around the existing frame.

Another method of window installation is to use block-fit windows. These types of windows are used to install new construction windows in a block wall or in a concrete application that has a pre-built frame. These are the most common type of new construction window. This method allows for a new window to be installed in an existing home without damaging the interior or exterior finishes and it also makes it easy to upgrade to a higher energy-efficient window.

A final type of replacement window is the flush flange with flange. This type of flange is designed to replace existing aluminum frame windows in concrete applications while preventing damage to the interior dry wall or the stucco over the frame. This is a great solution for replacing aluminum window frames in older homes and allows for a quick, simple installation that will not leave any structural or cosmetic damage to the existing frame or walls.

When working with any type of replacement window it is important to make sure that the installation meets all the necessary codes for flashing, fall safety, egress in an emergency and wind storm standards. It is also important to pull permits for any work being done at your home and that you follow all safety procedures to protect yourself and the workers.

When installing a flush fin frame replacement window, the nailing fin or mounting flange is usually welded to the perimeter of the frame and is then sealed to the sheathing of the house. Nailing fins can be integral or non-integral, depending on the window manufacturer. In non-integral nailing fins, the nailing flange is usually a separate piece that is welded to the frame at the corners and then to the sheathing. Nailing fins are important because they are what holds the window to the house and they also help keep water and air from infiltrating through the joints of the framing.


Professionals sometimes scoff at insert replacement windows, but for homeowners who want to preserve the existing trim and woodwork around their window openings, these are a good option. Also called frame-in-frame or pocket window replacements, they install new windows within the old frames and sash, avoiding the need to tear down walls or damage interior finishes. These are an alternative to full-frame replacement windows, and they’re best for double- or single-hung windows that open and close vertically. However, they’re not a good fit for sliders or casement windows that pivot open horizontally.

If you choose to go with insert windows, make sure your existing window openings are structurally sound and that the studs are properly spaced. Check the condition of the sill and sash, as well. Any water damage or other problems will need to be repaired before you can install the new window.

In addition to making sure the studs are spaced correctly, you’ll need to ensure that your old frames and window openings are square. Use a framing square and torpedo level to measure the width and height of each opening. If you see that the measurements are different, it’s likely that your home has settled and your frames are no longer square.

Before you install the new insert window, you can stuff any empty spaces with fiberglass insulation or even use spray foam. Then, carefully place the window in the opening and loosely shim it, if necessary, until you can use a bubble level to check that it’s both plumb and level.

After installing the new window, carefully apply caulk to the outside of the frame, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Be careful to leave a gap on the bottom sill for drainage, if necessary. Finally, install the window stop moldings along the sides and top of the frame, if necessary.

Once the window is installed, you’ll be able to enjoy your view and increased energy efficiency. There is a downside to using insert windows, though: Your window will be a bit smaller because the new sash will be “pocketed” into the existing frame of your window opening.

Sash Packs

The sash is the moveable part of your double hung windows that holds the glass. The sash is attached to the frame with a wood “stop.” When it is time to replace your sash, you don’t have to rip out your entire window, as long as the framing is still structurally sound and the operation of your windows is not compromised. This type of replacement is called insert window installation or frame-in-frame replacement.

Insert replacement is an alternative to a full window replacement, but it also provides the benefits of better performance and lower energy costs. In this style of replacement, the old sash and operating hardware are removed from the existing frame, but the interior and exterior trim remains in place. New windows are then inserted into the frames, anchored, insulated and sealed.

When you want to upgrade your double hung windows to the latest in technology and performance, but don’t want to invest in a full window replacement, sash kits are an excellent solution. They are available for most existing wood and clad tilt-in windows, and can be installed with minimal disruption to your home’s appearance.

These replacement sashes are designed to fit into your existing tilt-in window frame and can be trimmed on the interior and exterior for a custom fit. They can be stained or painted, and are protected by Sierra Pacific’s CoreGuard Plus® weathering system.

To install the new sash, remove the hinges from the bottom rail and remove the top rail sash stop by removing the screw that attaches it to the frame. Next, score the edges of the stop with a utility knife and pry it off with a flat screwdriver or small prybar. Now you can remove your sash and pull it down to the middle of the frame, making sure it is clear of the window weights and their supporting rope. Then cut the ropes, allowing the weights to fall into their intended pocket in the jamb liner and freeing the weight covers.

The sash pack is an ideal solution when your existing double hung windows are not in need of a full window replacement, but the sash and hardware are damaged or worn out. This cost-effective option is a great way to increase the efficiency of your older windows and will last a lot longer than replacing an entire window.

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We understand that choosing new replacement windows for your home is a major decision. We’re here to help you make the right one. Contact us today to learn more about the different window options available.

There are many benefits of replacing your windows, including energy efficiency and increased home security. But there are a few other things to keep in mind. First, you should consider the cost. It is important to have a budget in mind when choosing replacement windows.

Another thing to consider is the quality of the windows. The best windows are made with durable materials and will last for years to come. This means that they will provide you with a high return on investment when it comes time to sell your home.

Lastly, you should consider the style of your windows. There are many different styles of replacement windows, and you should choose the one that best fits your home’s design. Choosing the wrong style of replacement windows can lead to problems down the road, such as water leaks and energy waste.

One of the best ways to find the right replacement windows is by getting referrals from friends and family. They will be able to tell you about their experiences with the company they chose and whether or not they are satisfied with their purchase. Another option is to visit a showroom and speak with an expert. This is a great way to see the different types of windows in person and ask any questions you may have.

Finally, you should look for a company that offers a warranty on their products. This will give you peace of mind that if something goes wrong with your replacement windows, the company will fix it. You can also check out the Better Business Bureau to ensure that you are working with a reputable company.

New replacement windows are an excellent addition to any home. They can increase resale value, improve home comfort and make it easier to clean. If you are considering replacing your windows, contact an experienced window company for more information.