I may be purchasing a brick tudor style home which was built in 1932.
Apparently there is no wood framing in the lower half of the home,
just brick, then cement, then plaster. The man who built the house
was paranoid of fire and built it out of as much concrete as possible.
The windows are steel casements and need replaced. Does anyone know
how hard it is to replace windows in a brick home? What would you
anchor them to since there is no wood frame? Besides Pella and
Anderson, who are some other manufactures of good windows? I've never
installed windows before, so if anyone has some tips, I'd love to hear
You may have to make a wood frame. There are a couple of things to look
for. Is there a lintel above the window supporting the brick? There should
be. You don't want to disturb that. What is holding the present windows
in? They may well have a flange between the bricks making removal a PITA.
That is what the Sawzall is made for.
Can't say for sure without seeing what you have, but you can make a wood
frame and anchor it to the brick, then mount the windows into the frame.
The window manufacturer can help with what you need for the opening for a
given window size.
email@example.com (Brian B.) wrote in message
I watched an episode of TOH recently where Tom & Norm installed
rebuilt windows -- big ones -- back into brick frames using nothing
other than low expanding foam. I kid you not. They shimmed all plumb
and level then shot a few dabs of foam into the corners. After that
foam expanded, they checked plumb and level then filled the gaps with
more foam. Silva claimed they'd never come out on their own and the
seal would be weather tight.
It was an old commercial building rehabbed in Boston into residential.
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