Can we replace windows without having to replace shutters?

snookumsApril 18, 2010

Our house is 11 years old and our windows are failing one by one, getting moisture in between the panes. We had about 4 of them replaced by our new home warranty, but that expired in July. It's about $350 per double pane (with two panes on each window, so $700 per window) to replace by our local glass shop. So, at this point, it might be more cost-effective to just replace all or some of the windows.

We have inside-mount plantation shutters throughout the house - every window - that cost us a pretty penny and we do NOT want to have to replace them. Can windows be replaced without affecting the interior structure of the window, so the shutters can stay in place and not have to be replaced? If so, can you direct me to where/what kind of windows these are, and about how much they run?

If it helps, the exterior of our house is stucco, the interior had no sill or trim, but with the inside-mount shutters it now has trim that sit inside the window box. There is drywall up to the actual window, I'm assuming sealing in part of that window. These shutters CAN be removed and put back (though I'd prefer not to), but I need them to still fit once the new windows are put in. The kind of windows my parents put in have trim that extend inside the house so that kind won't work if the shutters are to stay in place.

Thanks...this is the very beginning stages of considering this and we can use all the help we can get.

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Oh - and we are in Southern California, and the shutters are Sunburst Shutters. Not sure what kind of windows we have now but piece-of-junk brand.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 2:41AM
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The only time that I have this done successfully was in the replacement of old wood windows with a "block" framed (no fin)window where the jamb was minimally disturbed.
In southern California you probably have old aluminum windows. If you replace them with new wood windows, your answer is no. If you replace them with vinyl or fiberglass (which have deeper frames than the aluminum) you may be able to salvage your shutters. Get some recommendations for a qualified installer in your area and have them look at your situation. Trust me, it is not a unique question. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 10:31AM
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Yes you can; we have an investment of about $10,000 in plantation shutters and are having new windows installed this summer. All of the companies we have estimates with assure us the shutters will be fine

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 6:36PM
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Using Plantation Shutters will often interfere with tilt-in window sashes.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 8:00PM
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I don't know that my windows are aluminum...they are double-paned and 11 years "new" but all defective. Our builder had agreed to replace them as they failed under warranty until the warranty was up. That warranty expired in July and since then, we've had three fail and are wondering where to go from here. Keep replacing a pane at a time or just get new windows?

Having tilt-in sashes or wood isn't important to me. Honestly, not much is important to me, aside from having double-panes, ability to lock, no moisture able to penetrate (like these junky ones), and able to keep my shutters. So cheap is totally fine. Cheap but better than what I have now, I mean...

mtnwalton - are you in So. Cal? If so, what company are you using? Is the window installer asking that the shutters be removed and put back?

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 8:07PM
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Not in CA; wish I was; shutters wer Graeber installed by Lowes in this area - KY

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:02AM
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We are currently in the process of replacing windows with impact resistant windows and our plantation shutters are fine - they did not even have to be removed during the process. Even though the new windows have a thicker frame, the shutters were not affected at all. I think our shutters are simlarly mounted to yours - in a frame that projects out from the wall.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 9:35AM
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