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Gator
What size windows for a old house?
Gator

I have a old house that was built in 1933 and the previous owner installed cheap windows. I want to replace the windows with aluminum ones. The current windows are 28" by 60", but they are installed where the old wood frame screens would of been. If you look behind the windows, on the inside, you can see the grooves where the old counterweights were located. If you measure where these old grooves are the window height opening is not 60" it is 58".

My question is should I order windows that are 28 by 60 or 28 by 58???

Thanks for your help

Bill W

dj1
Re: What size windows for a old house?
dj1

You have to work with your windows' ROUGH OPENING, without altering the structure of the opening.

Measure your rough openings and get windows that would fit in without forcing them in.

Mastercarpentry
Re: What size windows for a old house?
Mastercarpentry

If you've settled on a particular window manufacturer and style they will be happy to advise you on how to obtain the correct measurement for their products. Often that will be on their website with pics making it even easier to understand. While you're looking into that, also look at their recommendations on sealing and insulating them to be sure you or your contractor do the job right.

Phil

Seth
Re: What size windows for a old house?
Seth

My house has most of the original 1865 windows but a handful are replacements. They do seem a little smaller, and I can't even install on of my storm window's screens because the stops are so much closer together on the replacement window that the screen won't fit through.

I would definitely work with the company to find out exactly what to measure. I mis-measured one storm window and that was almost a several hundred dollar mistake, but some chiseling saved the day.

The wood replacement windows are rotting and the vinyl ones are cracking and warping, so I plan on replacing them with hardwood windows replicating the originals. It's pretty sad that the 150-year-old windows are in better shape than all of the replacement windows that probably aren't even 30 years old. All the originals needed was some sash cords replaced and some TLC. There is nothing I can do to repair the replacement windows.

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