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Screwed & glued or just plain screwed? Your vinyl window installation
 
Lately I have been finding an epidemic of improperly installed replacement vinyl windows; or, if they are “properly” installed the installations are not working out as planned.
I am talking about windows where the old windows have been removed and new windows are installed in the same opening. 
There are correct ways and wrong ways to do this. 
There are ways to do it that are considered “best practice” and installations that are “less than ideal.”  These poor practices are a little bit more like trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as they say.
In homes where the siding runs right up to the window frame—as in older metal frame windows that have no wood trim around them—the siding must be cut back to allow for proper removal of the old window as well as to properly flash and attach  the new window in the old opening.
What I am seeing over and over is where the glass is removed from the metal frames and then the frames are collapsed so that the nail flanges can be withdrawn from behind the siding.  This accomplishes the desired goal of removing the window but also results in ... more

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