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.
Exterior view of the screened porch addition built on the wood deck with the various Eze-Breeze window types and mounting noted:
The other side of the new screened-in porch with Eze-Breeze Inside Mount windows:
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:
- Screen Porch Window Framing with Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Using a jig to drill pocket holes for concealed fastening with screws.
- How to Install 4×4 Framing for Eze-Breeze Porch Windows
Framing the window rough openings with 4×4 lumber and pocket holes.
- How to Install Eze-Breeze Inside Mount Windows
Vertical Four Track model 4V60 window Inside Mount installation steps.
- How to Install Eze-Breeze Outside Mount Windows
Vertical Four Track model 4V60 window Outside Mount installation steps.
- How to Install Eze-Breeze Gable Windows
Fixed Lite Lip Frame model LF20 trapezoid gable window installation.
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:
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 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:
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:
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
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.
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