How much spacing/gap needed for large window installation?

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Maxi
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How much spacing/gap needed for large window installation?

#1 Post by Maxi »

We recently had a large picture window installed.
I was just wondering how much spacing/gap needed between the window it self and the window frame? I questioned the installers about the gap, they said that the gap is needed to wiggle in the window. I feel that the gap is pretty significant, I thought that can be a measurement errors. I'm not window expert, know nothing about window installations. So I'm asking for help.
Please find the attached photos, and I have two questions:
1. Leaving such a wide gap, is this normal for window installation?
2. Is there safety concerns in the long run?
The installer filled the gap with fill-in materials, and then sealed up. Window looks fine, I just worried the heavy top arch, will they hold up?
Comments appreciated.
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Re: How much spacing/gap needed for large window installation?

#2 Post by masterext »

The arch windows are tough to line up perfectly. Looks like you will be fine though.

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Re: How much spacing/gap needed for large window installation?

#3 Post by Maxi »

Thank you! For sure i needed some re-assurances.
I was afraid the gap might be a measurement error and might have some safety concerns. I called the company many times and voice my concern, they said they will send their installation manager to take a look, but the manager never showed up.

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#4 Post by masterext »

looks ok and not out of the norm for a circle.

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#5 Post by Maxi »

Thank you!!

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Re: How much spacing/gap needed for large window installation?

#6 Post by HomeSealed »

+1. Original openings are typically out of square, but the new window units need to be square. At times, one corner may be tight and another could be 1/2" gap. In a full frame or shape application like that, the gap can be bigger as well. I agree with Masterext, all looks pretty normal in your pictures.

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#7 Post by Windows on Washington »

+1 to the previous comments.

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