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Removing metal window from brick/block home

What is the best approach to remove a metal window from a block and brick home (built in the 50's)? On the exterior, there is wood framing on the top and sides into which the metal window frame is screwed, but the exterior bottom sill is concrete.  The interior framing is wood. Walls are block. Is the metal frame likely to be anchored deep inside the lower concrete sill, and therefore, very difficult to remove? Should I tackle it from the inside now that I've unscrewed the visible screws in the exterior wood framing?

The bathroom is going to be updated and to be tiled with slate. If the window should be replaced the time to do it is before the slate goes in.

Secondly, the window has two crank operated panes which swing out. It's quaint but not very energy efficient. I  wonder what my options are for a replacement window.




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Posted 2011-05-28T17:53:54+0000  by Penny2011 Penny2011

Hey Penny 2011,


Thanks for your question, and welcome to the community!


It sounds like from what you were describing, you have a casement style window, and they were very popular when your home was built...

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At least they aren't as bad as Jalousie or louvered style windows, the true kitsch of windows from that decade....

jalousie window.JPG


As for getting that Atomic Age beast out of the frame from those bricks, it will take patience firstly. In saying that, it sounds like you are already on the right track (literally) to getting the frame and window out. Take the wood framing out of the inside part. Now you should be able to visual see where the screws are located that are anchoring in the window. You may need a flashlight for this one if the area is small. Check for any screws or nails holding it in. You may need to use a chisel or small prybar in this instance to pry off any further frames you see. It comes down to taking this window down piece by piece until you can get the accessibility you want. Taking the trims down are what will give you the view to see how and where the window is anchored, and you are right about the metal frame likely to be anchored into the lower concrete sill, but it may not be deep as you think. You are also correct in regarding taking the window framing on the inside first before putting in that slate tile, so tackling it on the inside will be key now, as stated previously. 


As for alternatives for a new window that is energy efficient, after taking out the entire frame, measure the opening. Take the measurements down (height and width) down to your local Home Depot's millworks department and we can get you squared away with a new window. Since your house is that old and it is metal, it may need a custom, special order window, so be preparded to go a few days without a window until the new one is put up. We can get you set up with a new window, energy efficient options, and styles that will look better than...those things


Hope this helps you out, please let us know if you have any further questions.





EDIT: last paragraph typo

Posted 2011-05-28T20:02:10+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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