Forum Title: New construction windows on old house remodel
Hello, Im in the processes of doing a complete remodel of my kitchen in my 1910 cape. Most of the house has been redone within the past 10-15 years except for the kitchen really. Im sure it was redone sometime in the 50's-60's maybe? I dont know it old and has lots of wasted space. What I have is plaster walls with 2x4 construction. I plan on stripping the interior completely of the plaster and sheetrocking everything after i redo what ever plumbing and wiring i need. I have two windows in there that I am replacing with casement windows. One of the windows goes below counter height and will need to be built up as i have $10k worth of cabinets and $3k worth of granite that is going all the way around the kitchen. The windows that are currently there are both replacement windows from what I can tell. It looks like they are put in the original frame of possibly the original window since I can see the old counter weight wells etc. One window is vinyl and the other is wood. The siding is asbestos sheets ontop of wood clapboard I think? I see some wood underneath in other areas anyway. From what I can see on the outside I have quite a bit of trim that I would guess is covering up the original nailing fin. Do windows from back in the early 1900's have nailing fins? I dont know.... This wood isnt really rotted but its not in the best shape and it doesnt have any special designs on it so it gonna go and im just going to replace it with new stuff. Since I have to build up the window on the left to be the same as the window on the right (from looking at the house outside) I will have to add some siding. I do have some replacement boards or shingles that appear to be cement board new style asbestos look-alikes. I will then paint this side of the house or the whole thing as it needs it anyway. Am I thinking of this properly? Im trying to not run into any crazy snags here. I know replacement windows would be easier but since Im doing a complete strip of the interior and the original window frames are still their figure i could just spend a little time and do it right. No? Thoughts and suggestions/comments would be greatley appreciated. I included a few pictures of both windows inside and outside. Ive removed some of the trim so you could see whats going on inside.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: CLIFTON OCONNOR (Ventura, CA), 01/13/2019

I'm not clear on exactly where the water is showing up... maybe if you upload a few pics it will become more clear. My first thought is that it's likely that your windows needed some maintenance long ago, especially if you noticed the darker wood (from water infiltration) for several years now. The thing I have found that most Pella windows need is a fresh wet glazing of silicone on the exterior side of the glass. The best silicone to use is DOW Silicone 795, which is readily available online, and at a few of the better suppliers. All it needs is a very tiny bead, the smaller the better as far as appearance is concerned. Clear silicone usually ends up looking the best. The corners of the exterior cladding were often suspect... and the silicone around the glass perimeter should take care of that. The above advice is primarily for the sash- the part that cranks open, and holds the glass. Your fixed windows are actually fixed casements that are screwed shut- (without the hardware). If you are noticing dark spots on the extension jambs... which is the part of the window frame that your interior trim (casing) is nailed to... then that's a different matter. That might indicate that water is entering the rough opening, which would likely have nothing to do with the window itself, but would have more to do with the way the window was installed, or how the window is flashed behind the siding. Some pictures of the exterior would help in that case. The filler strip you are referring to sounds like it is an aluminum mull cap, and no, they are not caulked. They are usually factory installed, and they hammer them on to join two window units and they snap tightly into an aluminum groove on each window- I've never seen one leak. So I guess when you say everything is wet again, I'd like some clarification or pictures of what exactly is getting wet.

- NELSON MARQUEZ (Burbank, CA), 02/23/2019

Thanks for your response! Thats what I was thinking too.

- SARA PRICE (Apple Valley, MN), 02/24/2019

Old windows don't have nailing fins... but yes, you are on the right track. You can replace both windows with new construction windows (w/nail fin). If you are putting the windows in before the cabinetry and countertop you need to be very sure that you get them both set at the correct height so that your casing will land in the right spot in relation to your countertop, backsplash, etc. You will also want to ensure that both windows are perfectly level with one another because your cabinetry and counter WILL be level and any difference would be noticeable.

- DOROTHY B (Atlanta, GA), 02/24/2019

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