need help with trim width
amishk80
June 20, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I'm replacing my wood windows with a new vinyl windows with white trim. they are currently 2 1/4 pine. was wondering if going wider would look better and also grilles or no grill
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Rockin' Fine Finish
whats wrong with the windows?
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amishk80
most of the windows are rotted on the outside and the glass panes have moisture in them. I probably could salvage them but I figure might as well make the change now. I've always wanted white windows and trim.
0 Likes   June 20, 2013 at 5:23PM
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Judy M
I would paint existing trim white.
0 Likes   June 20, 2013 at 5:24PM
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groveraxle
I would never do vinyl windows. They'll never have the look of real wood. I replaced every window in my 100-year-old house about ten years ago. Marvin: http://www.marvin.com/windows/double-hung-windows/
0 Likes   June 20, 2013 at 5:37PM
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groveraxle
And from somebody else's opinion on vinyl:

While it's true that they don't require painting (I don't think you could paint them if you wanted to), they are not a rigid material like wood, thus they shrink in cold weather, and expand in hot weather. What does this mean ? For example, vinyl begins to soften and distort at 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a temperature that's easily reached in the space between a window and drapes on a sunny day (winter or summer). And though all windows expand and contract with temperature changes, vinyl expands more than twice that of wood. It expands seven times farther than glass with each degree of temperature. This can cause the seal between the vinyl framework and the glass to fail. The problem increases with the size of the window; the bigger the sash, the sooner it fails. Can a vinyl window be repaired ? No.
http://eastrow.org/articles/vinylwindows.html
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amishk80
thanks guys any thoughts on the size of trim. the windows may be vinyl but the trim is wood. pine or most probably oak.
0 Likes   June 20, 2013 at 7:10PM
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Rockin' Fine Finish
What's the size of the baseboards and are the same style and will you change those or paint them ?
0 Likes   June 20, 2013 at 7:11PM
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Pataya Flooring & Stone Supply, LLC
I disagree with the above statements. I have 33 vinyl windows in my home and a picture window with double hung end units 48" x 72" wide. The vinyl has performed substantially better than friends with wood windows.
As for window trim, larger casing always looks better than builder stock Colonial trim as illustrated in the picture.
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Pataya Flooring & Stone Supply, LLC
Another pic for reference. This window trim is 5-1/2 inches wide.
0 Likes   June 20, 2013 at 7:58PM
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Pataya Flooring & Stone Supply, LLC
Another for reference. This is a 3 piece trim @ 5" wide.
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This is a four piece trim surrounding tempered glass vinyl windows. 68 inches total tri width x 86" high picture windows.
1 Like   Thanked by amishk80    June 20, 2013 at 8:10PM
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amishk80
thanks guys this helps
0 Likes   June 22, 2013 at 2:39PM
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amishk80
just to give an update i decided on a bigger trim vinyl windows and I'm really happy with them, thanks for all the info
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