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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?
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

That size window has been discontinued by all mfrs of window units because of it's carbon footprint . Your only option is to board up the hole and cover it with tarpaper . Let us know how that goes .
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On 5/27/2014 7:33 AM, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.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.
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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.

Never mind the dimensions of the window unit -- measure the dimensions of the rough opening, then call a local window dealer and ask what they have to fit it.
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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?
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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.
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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 stops harder.
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.
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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:33:52 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com 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.
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wrote:

How often do you open the top sash? IME, most people never open it.
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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 4:11:20 PM UTC-4, dadiOH wrote:

And maybe even more important, how does it match with the other windows? If you have 4 other ones visible and this one is going to be noticeably different, that's not good.
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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 8:33:52 AM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

whats wrong with the window? if the sealed glass unit is bad they can easily and cheaply be replaced...
so whats wrong with your window?
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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 entry door.
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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 it.
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On Tue, 27 May 2014 12:13:10 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.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.
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wrote:

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.
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wrote:

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.
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| 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.
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On 5/27/2014 6:11 PM, Mayayana wrote:

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>
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| > 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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