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We have a Craftsman doublewide on a permanent foundation-built in 1988. The windows are oversized-46 inches wide. The problem is the inside windows are falling apart. The frame is starting to come off and it is impossible to get it back together properly once it starts coming apart. Does anyone know if you can purchase replacement windows. This would be the lower window that moves up and down a little track on the inside. We have 3 that have come apart since we bought this home 5 years ago.
Thanks so much for your advice.
You can order everything you need at the Manufactured Housing PARTS STORE If you dont find exactly what you need on the web site, friendly & knowledgeable customer service representatives are available to answer your questions or take your special order. Call them at the toll free number you will find at the top of the Parts Store pages
Can you install standard home windows in a DB home? I really don't like most of the mobile home specific windows, and would like to add a bay window to the dining room. Is that possible without major support additions or other details I don't know to ask about?
Any window in any framed home including manufactured homes can be replace with a bay but the framing has to be modified to accept the larger opening and the weight of the bay portion hanging outside the footprint of the wall.
This will require a beefed up framing around the wall opening. You will need to install a header that spans the entire opening that will offer enough support to hold up the wall and roof stress above the new enlarged window opening.
Bay windows must be supported from below with braces or piers or from above with steel cables bolted to the overhead framing. All these systems work well, but support cables are much less obtrusive because they're hidden inside the window frame. Not all manufacturers offer support cables, but they can be bought separately and adapted for use on virtually any bay window.
A smaller bow window may not need this type of support and can often be installed much like a standard flanged window. If you dont have much carpentry experience this might be an excellent alternative for you to consider.
Step-by-Step Pictures and Instructions for Installing a Bow Window http://www.rd.com/advice-and-know-how/stepbystep-pictures-and-instructions-for-installing-a-bow-window/article117060.html
Because a bay window projects out, it is usually capped with its own small roof or covering. One of the most critical parts of adding a bay window to any structure is to seal it correctly to prevent it from leaking.
Major window manufacturers sell bay window kits as ready-to-install, assembled units made from wood, vinyl and aluminum. You may be able to find a bay specifically designed for manufactured homes at The Manufactured Housing Parts Store
If you dont find what you need on the web site, friendly & knowledgeable customer service representatives are available to answer your questions or take your special order. Call them toll free at 888-277-7220
Read the manufacturer's instructions thoroughly and follow all of the guidelines for installation. Failure to follow the instructions may not only void the warranty on the window but also seriously damage your home.
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