My wife and I bought some vinyl replacement windows to replace the single pane aluminum framed windows currently on our home. Our home has a brick exterior.
Since I'm not sure how to do this, I removed my smallest window in an unused bathroom to start with. I have the old window out and have a couple questions about the installation of the replacement window.
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The new windows have four mounting screws (two on each side). When I butt the new window up against the drywall, two of the mounting holes go into the brick while the other two go into the void between the brick and studs.
What do I do about this?
1) Use the window safe expanda-foam in addition to shims on each side of the window. But the exanda-foam doesn't completely harden and it doesn't seem like it would securely hold the window long term.
2) Cut two inches of the drywall out and set the window into the stud system a little. As long as the window overlaps the brick enough to caulk it, this seems like a decent option. But, we're replacing every window in the house and this seems very time consuming. If this is the 'right' way to do it, I don't mind. But if a better option exist, I'm all ears!
My phone number is 918-760-8450. Feel free to call me to discuss. Given the circumstances (I already removed my old window!), feel free to call me anytime to discuss.
Have a good day!