Forum Title: Tips for replacing windows
I am replacing my old aluminum windows throughout my house with Milgard vinyl. I have never replaced a window before and while I think I have a good grasp on the big steps, the little ones I am not so sure of. the siding goes right up to the window edge so I am going to saw around the window, yank the old and replace with the new construction window and then add trim. 1. Do I need to put any caulking behind the window flange before I secure it? 2. What type of fastener should I use? I've seen people online say they use nails or screws - which is proper? 3. Do I need to put any house wrap/flashing on top of the nail flange? 4. When I install exterior trim around the window (1x4 cedar) what is the best type of nail to use? 5. When caulking the exterior trim do I put caulking between the trim and window or just between the siding (lap cedar) and the trim? Any other good tips to know? Thanks!!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: Dan Crawford (Tulsa, OK), 01/03/2019

I don't see anything on google images. However, I found an NYC supply house Casement Operators and Handles - New York, NY - Barry Supply Company

- CODY FLETCHER (Asheville, NC), 02/27/2019

When you cut your windows out, (assuming you are using a sawzall to cut along the edge of the window,... between the window and the wood siding and leaving the old nailing fin behind your wood siding) you will be left with a just rough opening and no framing to attach the new window to. I think you will find that the nailing fin of your current window is behind the siding which means the stud is behind the siding. If that's the case, you will need to ADD a stud around the entire perimeter of the opening in order to have something to nail your new window to. (It would also mean your new window would need to be at least 3 smaller than your existing window). If your new window is exactly the same size as your existing window AND it has a nailing fin (making it larger overall than your existing window size) that would mean you will need to cut the siding back in order to expose enough of the sheathing so that you can nail the window on. In that case you would set your skilsaw about 3/4 deep and saw around your old window, staying about 1 1/4 away from the window edge. Can't say which... since we don't know the size of the old window nor the size of the new one. 1). You can caulk behind the fin, I usually don't because I use flashing tape to cover the fin. (Sides and top) 2). A hot dipped galvanized roofing nail will usually lay the flattest, which is why most window installers use them. Others used screws because they are afraid of using a hammer around a window for fear they might hit it. 3). Housewrap should already be on the house. If it isn't, do you plan on taking off all the siding and adding one? Since the answer to that question is usually no, that's where flashing tape is useful... to cover as much of the exposed perimeter as is possible right up to the siding. The top of the window should be flashed behind the siding either way. This is normally done by putting a drip cap (z-flashing) over the top of the top piece of trim. 4). Best type of fastener with cedar is stainless steel. Stainless steel finish/siding nail or a S.S. trim head screw. 2nd best is ceramic coated ACQ type finish screws, 3rd best are hot dipped galvanized finish nails. 5). Caulk between the siding and the trim and also between the trim and the window.

- GLADYS SIMMONS (Santa Barbara, CA), 02/17/2019

Brant, is that wood siding or D5? Looks too smooth to be wood.

- ZACHARY SANDOVAL (Yuba City, CA), 02/26/2019

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