Replacing finned with "finless"

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Replacing finned with "finless"

#1 Post by chrisc » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:52 pm

Is it ok to do this? What needs to be done when replacing with a finless? I know how to get them out. Some siding will be removed. Wouldn't it make it much easier in the future to replace the window? Why do they even use the fins in new construction? Is it that much better at being water tight or something? thanks

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Re: Replacing finned with "finless"

#2 Post by Windows on Washington » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:56 pm

Nailing fins are easier to hang that way and provide superior water infiltration performance.

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Re: Replacing finned with "finless"

#3 Post by JScott » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:41 am

Even when installing a wood window with brick mould Jeld-wen recommends that you brake metal and make your own fins for sealing the unit the unit to the weather barrier. In reality they will void the warranty if it is not done.

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Re: Replacing finned with "finless"

#4 Post by TheWindowNerd » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:25 pm

Often the point is redundance to make sure no water infiltrates.
Yuo can bend a metal drip for the top and seal to the substrate, you can tape from on the new window to onto the sheathing down the sides and bottom.

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