replacing a casement window

housenewbieApril 22, 2010

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be redoing the kitchen and want to replace the window above the sink. It's an old single-pane double casement window, 38" wide by 37" high (measured from jamb to jam). Now, there's also a wooden piece in the middle. So I'm not sure if this piece is supposed to come out or if I shd be looking for 2 single windows instead.

I got a quote from Lowe's for an Atrium-Reliabilt, but am getting confused in trying to look up the company and learn about replacement windows in general. There are those who say never to go w/ the big box stores because they do low-quality work. On the other hand, we're not replacing all the windows--only 1. So it seems like a lot of trouble to try to find local contractors to come out and do a bid, and I frankly doubt we'd get much interest for a ~$350 window.

So, anyone have any opinions on replacement window brands? Does the center thing that the window locks are on get removed when putting in a new window, or does it mean I get 2 smaller winsows instead of one big one? Is this something I can do myself? I've re-tiled the bathtub and built a simple pergola in the backyard.

Thanks for your help!

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theporchguy

It sounds like you have what is called a twin casement
window, One opens to the left and the other to the right.
In window replacement terms it is considered (1) twin casement. The vertical piece you see in the center is removed, creating a complete opening. The new twin casement will fit right into the same opening.
I agree that Lowes or similar big box store would be ok for just one window.

All the best,

The Porch Guy

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