Between my front door and the corner of the house are five windows
with only the aluminum frame triple track windows. Three open into the
house while the end two open into an enclosed but unheated porch; a
door separates the porch from the house. We lose a lot of heat in the
winter through those three windows. I don't want to use the plastic
wrap to seal the windows; I'd like to replace the three house windows
but if I did so, I'd also have to replace the two porch windows to
have a matching set. I hate to spend the extra money for two windows I
don't really need.
Since the triple track are actually outside, tacked on to the outer
window frame, I have about five inches between the triple track and
the inner wall of the house. It seems that I should be able to get
some sort of window to mount in that area, leaving the triple track in
place. I suppose I could just get three regular double-hung windows at
HD or Lowe's but I wondered if anyone knew of any special type of
window for this sort of application.
Get some literature on installing windows from Jeld-Wen, Pella or
whoever you might buy the actual windows from. Study the procedure,
and if you find it equal to your skill level, go ahead and replace all
the windows. It might be helpful to visit a construction site on a
weekend to see how the pros do the job. Your situation seems a bit
more work than some, and you may have to wait on custom sizing orders,
but once done you will definitely have noticeable energy savings.
You're right, the obvious thing is to replace all five, which I'll
probably end up doing, it's just that I'm horribly cheap and I hate to
pay for two more windows that I don't really need. I have replaced
windows over the years, two in this current house. I can get it done
but not as efficiently as someone who does it for a living, of
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