Finding some time to install replacement vinyl windows and siding in the next couple months, still have a few things I'm not sure about. My home is circa 1965 with the original drafty old aluminum framed single panes. Lower level is brick while upper story is currently Masonite siding.
1. Is it likely all current frames have nailing fins and if so, how would this be addressed when removing the old frames from the brick faced walls?
2. The upper story window frames display at least a 1/2" reveal beyond the current Masonite siding. Firstly, since I plan to replace the siding in conjunction with these windows should I choose new construction? Secondly, if not, what would be the proper way to determine the offset of the window to gain the correct amount of reveal? Should it be calculated based on the chosen siding dimensions?
3. I saw a fleeting mention of replacement windows which did not require removal of the old aluminum frames, interestingly I even recall it mentioning that style as being a version of replacement window gaining popularity. To me it just doesn't seem right but have to wonder (depending on what the replies are to #1 above) whether it might possibly be a more appropriate choice.
4. A simple one...What's the consensus...aluminum or fiberglass for screening?
Looks like all my windows have 3/4" wood jams, guess it's good to know as many retailers could possibly assume 1/2" drywall if I simply measured jam to jam and let them decide my needs. I'm sure I'll have additional questions but for now I've attached a few pictures to accompany the above queries. Any additional suggestion are most welcomed.
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