I need to replace the window on my vinyl sided house. I took the window out temporarily and measures the square of the window that fits into the rough opening. It measured 31 9/16 wide x 71 9/16 tall. I cant find a window locally anywhere this size.
Is this an odd size and is my only option having one custom ordered?
On 5/27/2014 7:33 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Go to a big box store... think that I got mine at Lowes. Pella has a
product line that includes custom sizes. Great windows at reasonable
prices with the Low-E glass, etc. They were a great deal when I bought
them on sale and even at regular price they were a good deal.
As Doug Miller said, they're sold by R.O. size,
which will be about 1/4" more than the window
on the sides and maybe 1/2" (5/8"?) bigger on
the vertical. you might find a standard replacement,
but many windows are not standard, and the
standard replacements at HD/Lowes are poor
quality. You'd be better off ordering from a
door and window dealer.
|I need to replace the window on my vinyl sided house. I took the window out
temporarily and measures the square of the window that fits into the rough
opening. It measured 31 9/16 wide x 71 9/16 tall. I cant find a window
locally anywhere this size.
| Is this an odd size and is my only option having one custom ordered?
Others have mentioned that you need to measure the Rough Opening, but no
one mentioned the proper way to do that.
You should measure the width and height of the RO in at least 3 different
spots - usually left, right middle for height and top, bottom, middle for
width. You then use the smallest of the height and width measurements when
you order your window.
RO aren't always perfect. If you take one measurement and it ends up being
the largest one, the new window won't fit. Take at least 3 measurements
while visually inspecting the RO for anything that might be an issue.
I bought my windows through a local Norandex-Reynolds dealer. They don't
stock windows, they place individual customer orders based on the RO sizes
submitted by the customer. IOW, each window is custom made and given an
individual serial number for ease of replacement if there is ever a
problem. I had a sash go bad a few years after I installed the windows. I
called the company, gave them the serial number and about a week later I
had my replacement sash, no questions asked.
One other point...
Many windows come with a head expander for the top of the window. It's a 3
sided vinyl "channel" that fits over the top of the window to fill the gap
between the top of the window and the rough opening.
When I installed my windows I tossed the caps and raised the window up,
leaving the gap on the bottom. I then filled the gap at the bottom with
insulation. I think the caps look ugly and they make installing the windows
All of my windows were sized so that when they were lifted up and supported
at the bottom, the trim still covered the bottom of the window. I just
think it makes for a neater installation.
On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:33:52 AM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well, I found a fairly local building supply small company. They have a close size, 32x72 rough opening. They have it for 159.99. It is a brand I have never heard of. It is double pane. But it is single hing, not double hung like the one I am taking out.
Would you go with this or order a Pella double hung at Lowes for about 100 bucks more? I guess I could take the window back out, take it to Lowes and have them measure it.
Not sure if there is much difference between window brands or not. This is the first one I have ever replaced.
On Tue, 27 May 2014 16:54:41 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
I do not buy "ready made" or "one size fits all" windows. I have
custom ordered every window except one in my house - the first one I
replaced, the least seen window in the house - that I had intended on
fixing untill I found out how bad it was when I pulled it apart.
Bought the closest fit I could get and made do. Then I ordered all the
rest of the windows I needed for the upstairs. A number of years later
I had the lower windows replaced - also custom ordered - but I paid to
have them put in (in brick instead of siding) as well as the front
On Tue, 27 May 2014 17:06:35 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
The only way I will EVER install windows, or let them be installed
"on my watch" is a total tear-out to rough opening and replacement
with original construction type windows - any "replacement" that does
not go right out to the rough opening is "cheaping out" and looks like
On Tue, 27 May 2014 12:13:10 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
There is quite a difference between brands - and between models of
some brands. The Lowes/ Home Despot Pellas are lower quality than the
top-line Pellas sold by window specialists (I worked for 2 over the
years). I put all Euro Vinyl windows in my house, and the house next
door when I renovated it. They are Rehau profile , and if properly
built are about the best you can get, in a vinyl window.
The good double hung is a lot easier to clean on a second floor
though. The DH tilts in both panes, while the SH requires cleaning
from the outside for at least the top (fixed) pane.
All of mine are double side sliders except for that one cheap-assed
Home despot ready made window I installed before I "got smart". The
new kitchen window is a fixed pane.
When I replaced mine it was because the wood behind the aluminum
cladding was all rotted, and they were double pain, but not sealed
units (more like built in storm windows) that were leakers when the
contractor built the house, and had not improved with age. I salvaged
one and used it in my shed. When the neighbour renovated their house
and put a sliding patio door in the dining room, I snagged the 4 year
old vinyl window I had installed for them and have it sitting in the
shed waiting for me to get some ambition and replace it.
| Well, I found a fairly local building supply small company. They have a
close size, 32x72 rough opening. They have it for 159.99. It is a brand I
have never heard of. It is double pane. But it is single hing, not double
hung like the one I am taking out.
| Would you go with this or order a Pella double hung at Lowes for about 100
bucks more? I guess I could take the window back out, take it to Lowes and
have them measure it.
If it were me I'd order it made from a local door
and window supply. That's probably cheaper than
Lowes. There can be hidden costs with cheapo
windows: The seams at the corners are often sloppily
done and ugly. More important, there's a good chance
that the springs will give out at some point and you
may not even be able to replace them.
| > If it were me I'd order it made from a local door
| > and window supply. That's probably cheaper than
| > Lowes. There can be hidden costs with cheapo
| > windows: The seams at the corners are often sloppily
| > done and ugly. More important, there's a good chance
| > that the springs will give out at some point and you
| > may not even be able to replace them.
| You talking about the ones at Lowes (or another big box)?
| Pella? Andersen? Surely you jest! (and no, I didn't call you Shirley)<g>
I've never ordered a name brand window from
Lowes or HD. What I meant was that the quality
of a pre-made stock size window might not be
so good, and ordering a window made from a
door and window company might be a cheaper
option than ordering Pella.
Maybe it varies in different areas. What I have
near me is stock sizes from HD that are not a
major brand, and aren't very good quality. I
also have access to door/window companies
that make them by spec. In my experience those
have been good quality. That's where I go when
I need replacement windows.
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