Forum Title: Removing steel casement windows?
Hello, glad to have found this forum! So I'm getting ready to install vinyl replacement windows in my newly purchased home and am starting to wonder what's the best method to go about this. My house has brick veneer exterior and old steel casement windows. This thread shows pictures of a house that has the exact same setup: I think I've come to the conclusion that I should remove the entire frame and fit replacement windows? If this conclusion is correct, what's the best way to remove these windows? I initially figured that I could yank the nails out of the frame and the whole thing would pop out, but upon closer inspection it seems the outside sill was concreted in a way that it butts up to the outside window frame. Do you guys think I can pull them out into the house and avoid having to mess with the concrete sill? Thanks, Tom
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: TONI YANG (Florissant, MO), 01/02/2019

Yes, you need to know the rough opening. You need that to be able to find a window that will fit and meets your desires. I'd take off the interior trim to be able to measure accurately. If you take off the exterior, the framing will still be covered by the nailing flange. Looks like a pretty simple job though. You might not be able to get a single window unless you go with a picture window..but a combo unit (movable-fixed-movable) in many styles...slider, casement, double hung, should be easy. Hopefully they didn't have a weird window on hand and then framed to fit. The problem I see is that it looks like they did some strange stuff there. Thats a garden window between 2 casements, with some sort of wood frame for support. Maybe there was originally a picture window in the middle. That would be a very common configuration. Go easy when taking it apart, you can donate the old windows to Habitat and get a charity donation credit on your taxes.

- LESTER BARNETT (Bridgeport, CT), 02/09/2019

The house was built in 1949 and has 2x6 framing with a layer of brick veneer. I was hoping to fit replacement windows without the nailing flange. Do you think this would work if I just mount the replacement window into the 2x6 window frame and caulk/seal appropriately? I guess I'll need to go get a better sawzall if I'll be ripping out 12 windows.....

- JEFF HARPER (Kettering, OH), 02/26/2019

It is more difficult to flash windows without a nailing flange, but flashing them behind brick is even more difficult. There are self-adhesive flashings that can fit tightly to the side of a window frame. Once the first leg of the frame is cut(after nails), it is usually like a house of cards and the rest comes out more easily.

- EDDIE MENDEZ (Palm Coast, FL), 03/01/2019

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