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Replacement Window – Santa Clara – Types
You want a replacement window, or two, or ten, but you are not sure what makes the most sense.
This article does not discuss single pane windows since you may not even be able to buy them anymore.
For double paned windows, there are different types and styles, which are discussed in more detail in other articles.
Here is a link to the table of contents of all the articles.
The major distinctions are:
The exterior siding of the home must be removed in order to expose how the window is attached (even though these are called nail fin windows they are generally attached with screws) to the building framing.
The “fin” is the piece that extends out from the window from and is the part of the window that is directly attached to the building framing.
This is generally the most expensive type of replacement window as removing the exterior siding and putting it back is time consuming, especially if the exterior siding is stucco.
A retrofit window fits inside the frame of your existing window.
To install a retrofit window the exterior siding of the house is not touched.
Retrofit windows still have a “fin”, but it’s different.
The fin is the window framing at the front of the window and it covers the old window frame.
On the inside, your new retrofit window must be trimmed as it is slightly smaller than the old window.
Every retrofit window is custom made for the opening into which it is being installed.
Because a retrofit window fits inside the frame of the old window, when installing retrofit windows you lose some glass area.
A block window does not have a “fin” at all and also isn’t a window per se, it’s a sliding glass door.
A block window/door is positioned carefully in place, then the window framing is secured to the building framing with very long screws.
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