I have 9 Double Hung Windows on the front of the house which has a brick
What are my options when it comes to brick? I won't buy another house that
has DH Windows: too many moving parts, too many drafts. I don't want to
remove brick to get to the nailing fins. Are the any companies out there
that make casement windows in a replacement?
This house is only 9 years old and the windows all leak, upper sashes fall,
Thanks In Advance,
Frankly your problems are not due to double hung windows, but your
problems are due to poor quality windows. It makes no difference what kind
of poor quality window you have, they will all quickly fail.
In my experience good double hung windows last longer and have fewer
problems than casement windows of the same quality.
Unfortunately quality windows and good installers are expensive in the
short run. They are far cheaper in the long run. I I would start by
finding the installer first and the specific window second. I would not
worry about how they are going to accomplish the job. A good professional
will assess your current situation and choose the correct method and product
to correct the problem. Even the best windows improperly installed will
soon disappoint you again.
I had all of my windows replaced this year with double-glazed tilt-in
windows. The contractor told me the same thing Joseph said about casement
windows. I had one fairly large casement window in my computer room, and he
created a replacement system where I have two side-by-side tilt-in windows
in place of the one casement window.
i use window worlds 2 pane windows with low e glass on my rentals.
230.00 each installed and as good or better than the 600.00 ones pushed
by other companies.been there, done that.
You may have cheap windows, but there are many excellent double hung in the
The outside photo is kind of fuzzy and I'm not sure what it shows. Is there
no wood in the frame at all? I'm sure one way or another, they can be
removed without removing any brick. Is the house constructed of brick or
just a facade over a frame structure?
In older all brick homes, you were able to remove the trim, sash bead, then
the sash and put in a replacement unit against the remaining frame. If you
have windows nailed in and then a brick facade over it, removal is
different, but not impossible.
Go visit a Harvey window dealer and see what they have to offer. Use them
as a comparison for other brands you may consider.
FWIW, I have a brick/block home circa 1961 with DH windows. I had them
replaced 3 years ago with Andersens, and have had no problems. The windows
were a complete tear-out, not just sash replacements.
Find a good installer with lots of references, and you should be ok.
Personally, I think if you have DH with grids, that's what you should
replace them with, otherwise your house looks funny.
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