Windows 3.0

That’s how many windows we installed today!  Tom Rozario of Windows, Doors and More dropped off my windows on Monday – all ten of them fit in his Honda Civic, you gotta love tiny house-sized building materials. With his helpful tips (thanks Tom) and an evening of watching Youtube videos, I was ready to jump into it today with the help of my dad.

Hey, I can see out again! Cutting the house wrap to dry fit the window.
Hey, I can see out again! Cutting the house wrap to dry fit the window.

We decided to start easy with the smaller and more easily accessed first floor windows. Installation is pretty straight forward using Fortiflash peel-n-stick membrane and truss-headed screws for attaching the window flange, you just have to be as careful as possible to make everything overlapping so water is shed and can’t work itself into the wall opening.

Window installed and test-opened. Next comes side and header flashing.
Window installed and test-opened. Next comes side and header flashing.
Header flashing stuck on, then covered and taped under a flap cut in the Tyvek.
Header flashing stuck on, then covered and taped under a flap cut in the Tyvek.

I didn’t want to break the bank, so opted for vinyl windows. All but one are casement style (hinged at the edge and opening 90 degrees), the exception is the small awning window (hinged at the top) for the bathroom in the last photo.  Casement windows are great for maximizing ventilation; it turns out they are also a good choice for tiny houses and/or very windy areas because the have a high design pressure (DP) rating and a positive latching system. I specified mine with tempered glass (safety on the road) and low E coatings (energy efficiency).

So three down and seven more to go. The four loft windows will likely be the hardest to install because of their location, but they are pretty light and easily enough carried up a ladder.

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