We always have a stocked supply of salvaged windows! Many are often new/never installed, and others may require a bit of effort to look like new. Here’s everything you need to know when using a salvaged window for your project!

No Flange? No Problem!:

Many salvaged windows have been previously installed, which means they may come without nailing flanges, or “fins”. Fear not! Check out this helpful tutorial on how to install windows without their flanges!

Vinyl, Composite, or Wood?

Second Use carries a wide variety of salvaged windows, of all shapes, sizes and materials! But which choice is right for which application? Here’s some advice from hgtv.com, on windows best suited for Pacific NorthWest climate:

Best choices: Moisture-resistant window materials such as vinyl, wood-resin composite and fiberglass will hold up well. Choosing windows with a high resistance to temperature transference is a must; look for U-values of 0.3 or lower for optimum insulative properties. On the flip side, summer is a traditionally mild, short season here, so look for windows with a higher solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC).

Worst choices: Most wood windows today are made from soft, fast-growing species such as pine that offer little rot resistance, and they can be a risky choice in moist climates. If there are any imperfections in the cladding, water can seep through and penetrate the wood structure.

Other factors to consider:

Color: Most vinyl windows are white or beige, take a look at the current windows in your home and make sure to match the color, or your new window may look a bit off.

Opening style: Consider whether the window needs to be opened- in a bedroom or bathroom, this is a must. The regulations for a bedroom window are as follows:

  • Minimum width of opening: 20 in.
  • Minimum height of opening: 24 in.
  • Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 sq. ft. (5.0 sq. ft. for ground floor)
  • Maximum sill height above floor: 44 in.

Glass type: For windows at street level, consider the level of privacy desired. Obscured glass allows light in while maintaining privacy, while clear glass allows for a view out your window.

Last but not least, check out this handy guide to working with salvaged windows, compiled by the Northwest Used Building Materials Network!