Log Home Replacement Windows
If you own an older log home, you may find that the original windows and doors are no longer as air-tight or as workable as they once were. Why not make an upgrade? Windows and doors installed today look and perform far better than those used years ago. And today’s low maintenance windows will greatly improve the value of your log home.
Changing windows and doors in a log home, however, is not the same as changing them in a conventional home. The connections used between logs and windows are unique. In some cases, the new window will fit cleanly into existing framed opening. Other times, the opening in the log wall will have to be enlarged or padded for the new window to fit correctly. Either way, we have the log building experience to create a tight fitting and professional looking job.
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Our log home window replacement jobs typically fall into three categories:
- Full window replacement
- Insert replacement
- Cut-in a whole new window
Before deciding whether to perform a full window replacement or an insert replacement, we first look at the condition of the existing window frame. The frame is typically 2 x 6 material which fits between the window unit and the log wall. If the frame shows signs of excessive wear, we will always choose the first option.
Full window replacement requires that we remove the entire window and its frame. This leaves just the rough log opening. The window that we use for replacement can be one that is custom built to fit this opening. Or we order a standard sized window and re-cut the log opening to make it work for that window size.
Using a standard sized window saves money in the cost of the window units because there is no customization by the window manufacturer. However, it creates additional work for the builder as he must now alter the log opening to create a correct fit. Using a custom window size saves the labor of re-cutting the window opening but adds the cost of purchasing a custom sized window.
The insert replacement option is the least invasive and generally the least expensive. When we install an insert window, only the window guts (sashes, balances and stops) are removed. The rest of the window such as the frame and the inside and outside trim remain in place.
The cost of the insert replacement window unit will be more because it will be custom made to fit exactly within your existing window frame. However, because the labor is significantly less, the overall job cost should be less as well.
The final option involves installing a new window into a blank log wall. This requires that the logs be cut to the rough opening of the new window (plus three inches for the 2 x 6 frame). The difficulty with this sort of blind cutting is that there are usually long nails scattered throughout the log wall. Plan on hitting a few.
Because older log homes tend to be dark inside, the natural light created by any new window is welcome. The installation shown in the final two pictures successfully transformed the dark corner of a living room into a bright, sunny space.
Once you know your options, installing new windows into a log home can be a worthwhile and cost effective project.