Re-installing block frame window

beth_annJanuary 14, 2010

I am going thru a very large remodel at my house which includes adding a second story over the existing first floor. I hired a contractor to frame the addition. They took out about half of the windows on the existing first floor to install new headers. Now they are trying to tell me that I can't reinstall these windows because they are block frame windows and will not pass inspection if I use them in new construction. The windows are only 3 years old, so I do not want to purchase new windows.

After much going back and forth, they said that they could maybe reuse the windows by installing a fin that would nail around the outside, then they would be able to install and weatherproof with no issues... oh, but they want to charge me $1900 to do this.

So it looks like I will be reinstalling these windows myself. Are there truly any issues with installing a block frame window in new construction? To weatherproof correctly, do I need to track down these nail-on fins? Or is there another way?

Thanks for any help.

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I am not sure what you mean by "Block Frame Windows" is there any way you could post a picture? I am sure but not certain they can be installed without a flange(just makes the weatherproofing tougher)but i would feel better if i saw pictures.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 9:33AM
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