Eze-Breeze Porch Windows Installation Overview

Eze-Breeze windows are installed on the newly built porch to make a three-season outdoor living space that’s rain, wind and bug proof. I purchased and installed the Eze-Breeze windows and Cabana door (a.k.a. “storm door”) myself saving about 40% versus the deck builder’s installed price estimate. The results are worth premium price of Eze-Breeze compared to simple screens.

This project is continued from How to Install 4×4 Framing for Eze-Breeze Porch Windows.

The benefits of Eze-Breeze windows versus basic patio screens or traditional glass windows are:

  • Custom manufactured for an exact fit in each rough opening.
  • Lightweight aluminum frames.
  • Vinyl glazing that looks like glass but is light, tough and flexible.
    The vinyl glazing can be cut or punctured by a sharp object, but it can’t shatter and break creating a hazard as will glass.
  • The window vents (sashes) can be raised or lowered to any position for 75% airflow, or easily removed with no tools for 100% airflow or for cleaning.
  • Closing the vents keeps out wind, rain, dust and pollen.
  • Bird friendly – they bounce off the vinyl glazing and fly away uninjured.

Eze-Breeze Porch Windows Installation Overview

Eze-Breeze windows are easy to install because they are lightweight and fastened with screws to the porch framing. Attention to planning and careful measurements of each window rough opening is essential for a good fit. My only challenge was installing the two Fixed Lite gable windows which normally requires a 40 foot ladder due to my high deck.

Eze-Breeze Vertical Four Track model 4V60 Inside Mount windows were installed above the deck floor with Fixed Lite Lip Frame Inside Mount model LF20 windows along the upper row:

Eze-Breeze Windows Fixed Light and Inside Mount

Eze-Breeze Windows Fixed Light and Inside Mount

Exterior view of the screened porch addition built on the wood deck with the various Eze-Breeze window types and mounting noted:

EZE-Breeze Fixed Lite Inside and Outside Mount Vertical Four Track Windows

EZE-Breeze Fixed Lite Inside and Outside Mount Vertical Four Track Windows

The other side of the new screened-in porch with Eze-Breeze Inside Mount windows:

EZE-Breeze Windows on Wood Deck Porch

EZE-Breeze Windows on Wood Deck Porch

To fully bug-proof the porch I bought rolls of fiberglass patio screen and stapled it to the bottom of the deck joists to prevent mosquitoes, flies and moths from getting in through the gaps in the deck boards.

Eze-Breeze Project Series Overview

I recommend reading the rest of this project first, then review the other articles in this series:

Inside versus Outside Mount Eze-Breeze Windows

Inside Mount Eze-Breeze windows are installed where the deck rail blocks access to the porch 4×4 framing. Outside Mount windows are used elsewhere. The Fixed Lite windows without screens can be mounted either Inside or Outside because there’s no difference in the window frame construction. The Vertical Four Track Inside and Outside Mount windows have different frame geometry to best accommodate the particular mounting method.

In the next photo:

  • the two gable windows are trapezoid (LF20) Fixed Lites mounted outside
  • middle row are Fixed Lite (LF20) Inside Mount
  • bottom level are Vertical Four Tracks (4v60) Inside Mount

The Fixed Lite gable and middle row windows do not open or have screens. The Vertical Four Tracks have four (4) “vents” or sashes that can be raised or lowered for airflow through the screens:

Eze-Breeze Windows - Gable Fixed Light and Inside Mount Vertical Four Track

Eze-Breeze Windows – Gable Fixed Light and Inside Mount Vertical Four Track

Outside Mount Vertical Four Track windows were installed on the left with Inside Mount Four Tracks on the right in the following photo. Look closely at the windows frames to see the difference between the two. The top two vents are lowered on both Vertical Four Track windows for 50% airflow:

Eze-Breeze Windows - Inside and Outside Mount

Eze-Breeze Windows – Inside and Outside Mount

Eze-Breeze Window Cost

The price of an Eze-Breeze window mainly drive by the particular style – Vertical Four Track, Fixed Lite rectangular shape or Trapezoid. The exact size of the window makes little difference price because most of the cost is in manufacturing the specific window style and not the cost of materials (aluminum, vinyl and screen fabric).

As of 2015, the street prices of Eze-Breeze windows are in round figures:

  • $220 to $240 for the Vertical Four Track (4V60)
    The price range is the same whether Inside or Outside mount.
  • $35 to $40 for the fixed lite, light duty Lip Frame (LF20)
  • $55 to $60 for the trapezoid fixed lite Lip Frame (LF20)

The exception is the Cabana door model CD90 (storm door) for which price does vary significantly by the height and width:

  • $475 for the Cabana door (storm door) for a 32″ x 80″ standard door size.
    Door knob and deadbolt not included.

My order for 19 windows and the Cabana door was just under $3000 including tax. Compared to the $5000 the porch builder wanted for the job I saved about $2000 (or 40%) by installing the Eze-Breeze windows and door myself. The Eze-Breeze windows have been great and never leaks when it rains.

Eze-Breeze Planning and Measuring

The first step is to make a drawing of the porch walls and window openings, then assign each window a name or number. I sketched a drawing on paper and numbered each opening 1a to 10b, where 1a is the upper window and 1b is the bottom window, etc.

Next I measured inside each window rough opening at the top, center and bottom for the height and width of each window. That’s six (6) total measurements per window rough opening, which I wrote on the sketch. Note that only the most narrow height and width measurements per window are specified on the quote sheet.

Decide what type of window is needed and whether it will be an inside or outside mount Vertical Four Track, Fixed Lite or other product type.

You can use print the Eze-Breeze DIY Quote Form and write-in your measurements and window type, but I typed up an order sheet in Microsoft Excel:

Eze Breeze Window Measurements Worksheet

Eze Breeze Window Measurements Worksheet

Note: The gable Fixed Lite Trapezoid window shortest side must be at least 4 inches long. In the above diagram the shortest sides are 6 inches and 5 3/4 inches respectively.

I e-mailed the Excel worksheet to the building supply sales representative and we reviewed my specifications over the phone. A day or two later I received a quote in Adobe .pdf format with line items for each window as follows:

Eze-Breeze Windows Sample Quote

Eze-Breeze Windows Sample Quote

Note the “(1A) South Wall” and “(1B) South Wall” notes on the quote. This will be printed on the window shipping label along with the measurements so I’ll know where to install each window.

Eze-Breeze Standard Measurement Deductions

If you compare my window opening measurements to the Eze-Breeze quote you’ll see a small difference between the “Opening Size” and “Actual Size“. The factory will automatically take standard deductions of:

  • 1/8 inch for Outside Mount Vertical Four Track 4V60 and Fixed Lite LF20 windows
    Note: The fixed lite LF20 can be mounted inside or outside; the frame is identical in either case.
  • 3/8 inch for Inside Mount Vertical Four Track 4V60 windows

for clearance in the rough opening to install the windows. The standard measurement deduction is noted in the quote as:

  • “SIZE SELECTION: OPENING-0.125” where 0.125 equals 1/8 inch for an Outside Mount
  • “SIZE SELECTION: OPENING-0.375” where 0.375 equals 3/8 inch for an Inside Mount

Eze-Breeze Shipping

It typically takes 2 to 3 weeks to receive the Eze-Breeze windows as it depends on how busy the factory is. The windows and Cabana door arrived at the building supply company in about 2 weeks, who delivered the windows at no extra charge to my home.

This project is continued in How to Install Eze-Breeze Inside Mount Windows.

Thanks for reading,

Bob Jackson

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4 Responses to Eze-Breeze Porch Windows Installation Overview

  1. laura February 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    I am in the initial planning stage of my porch install with eze breeze windows, and this was so very helpful! Thank you!

    • Bob Jackson February 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      I’m extremely happy with my Eze-Breeze windows. This winter I setup a natural gas patio heater and put down an 8×10 ft exterior rug to block the drafts in the deck board joints. Turn on the ceiling fan with it blowing down to circulate the warm air and it’s a comfortable 4-season room. The heater feels like sunshine and makes all the furniture surfaces warm, too.

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  2. laura September 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Bob – Just wanted to let you know that we have been enjoying our porch with the windows for a few weeks now…and we really do love it! Tropical storm Hermine just passed through, and with our eze breeze windows closed, we were able to sit on the porch, stay dry, and enjoy the cooler temps that came with the rain. Your detailed photos and tutorial were what made the install and design decisions very easy. Thanks again for taking the time to post this for it definitely helped me a great deal! BTW – nice heater! Now, I need to go see if I can procure one of these for our porch!

    • Bob Jackson September 5, 2016 at 9:49 am #

      Wonderful! Send me a picture of your Eze-Breeze and I’ll post it here. E-mail bob[at]handymanhowto.com, replace the [at] with the @ symbol.

      Remember to open a window when using gas patio heaters to prevent low oxygen levels that can cause headaches, nausea and possibly death. I also installed six (6) four inch diameter vents high on the wall to replace the original soffit vents for attic ventilation. This keeps the fresh air flowing at all times from the gaps between the deck boards to the attic wall vents with the windows fully closed. You can see the round wall vents in the background of this photo. I also crack open a window or two depending on wind and how cold it is outside.

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