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Question DetailsAsked on 7/28/2017

We have aluminum screen room on back of house and we want to update it with EZ-Screen porch windows.

I want to wrap the existing aluminum framing with another material and square up the room for the windows to be installed. I want to use a all weather, long life, no rot material that does not require much upkeep. Any ideas?

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Yeah - make another choice ?

Squaring up the room is likely to be tough to just plain infeasible - generally if a wood or steel stud framed (as opposed to "greenhouse metal extrusion framed like it sounds like you have) room, much cheaper/easier to just pull the windows and reset or put new ones in, squared up in the rough opening (maybe with occasional adjustments to the rough opening if badly out of square).

With aluminum framed "sunroom" like you may have, from the description, unless this was built bolted down onto a slab (in which case shimming up and grouting under it to relevel the room), geneally not easy to square it up - generally tend to get one area right but that distorts the adjacent parts, so commonly pros doing this take the entire thing down and level the foundation, then put it back up - not a cheap solution.

As for the EZ-Screen windows - don't know if I have seen that particular brand, but the ones I have seen like it with the vinyl sheet "window" lasted maybe a year to two if they were "opened" and "closed" - the vinyl sheet is not only thin enough to easily pierce or tear, generally does not recover as promised if distorted, tend to crease in the relatively flexible frame, and usually are not ultraviolet resistant treated so the plastic starts getting brittle and cracks in short order.

If you are looking for something more than a couple to few years life, I would go with true windows with screens, or cheaper but less airtight - openable hinged glass storm windows (like a single-sided shutter) over the screening.

Also - you talked about "wrapping" the existing with some other framing or sheathing - generally going to cost a LOT more than just using the existing framing and putting window inserts in, plus any such solution is likely to reduce the size of the your windows or at least make them look smaller because of the greater depth. Might well cost as much overall as just totally replacing the sunroom too, ,trying to fit aftermarket windows (which would probably have to be custom sized) into existing framing rather than just buying a new "kit" with complete framing sized to fit the standard windows that come with it.

If you do decide to go with the "wrap" solution, aluminum (factory painted if desired, which normally last 20 or more years except in severest hot climates) would be my recommendation if that appearance is acceptable to you.

I guess your best option is to talk to several prefab sunroom vendors and local Window companies first about your options, then get bids from them for the option you choose.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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