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Question DetailsAsked on 10/11/2015

NewWindowMan and WindowsOnWashington - can you advise me

I am needing some advice.
I have a 19 yr old home with aluminum clad casement windows &transoms above.I'm in need of replacing some windows.When the salesman came out, I asked him what the process would be to replace them.He indicated he would take the trim off the interior windows, use a special saw to cut out the frame at the very most edge of the window..He would not have to take the trim/siding off the exterior of the house.I asked him how he was going to nail the nailing fin and he said it would not have one rather he would secure by nailing from the frame into an existing 2x4.He would use foam & caulk around the edge of the window.
One contractor said he would remove the exterior siding/trim&one said it was not necessary.
I'm concerned about the install,is it typical to remove the trim/siding so that they can nail the fin?Any concerns about this type of installation,meaning no nailing fin? Both Pella&Marvin said today they do not need a fin&would nail thru frame to 2x4.Thoughts?

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Your talking two types of products and two types of installations. 1. replacement windows , done just how you quoted the sales man. 2. new cunsruction which has a nailing fin and if used for a replacement requires taking down your siding. Go with a custom made replacement for easy installation and lower installation costs.

Answered 4 years ago by the new window man


Thank you NewWindowMan! Appreciate the clarification and response.

Answered 4 years ago by Guest_92724231

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