This project shows how to install Eze-Breeze Vertical Four Track Outside Mount windows 4V60. The 4V60 windows are available in Outside- and Inside Mount configurations as shown in the following photo. The Vertical Four Tracks are on the bottom and Fixed Lite windows are above:
How to Install Eze-Breeze Outside Mount Windows
The Eze-Breeze Vertical Four Track 4V60 Outside Mount installation steps are identical to the Inside Mount option as explained in How to Install Eze-Breeze Inside Mount Windows. The difference between the two options is the window frame design – otherwise the windows look nearly identical.
I installed both types based whether or not I had access to the exterior window rough opening. If the deck rail blocked exterior access then an Inside Mount window is installed, otherwise an Outside Mount is used.
This is the interior (or room side) face of the Vertical Four Track Outside Mount window. It’s leaning against an Inside Mount Vertical Four Track that’s already been installed. The difference is you can see the mounting flange of the Inside Mount window in the background:
Closeup of the Outside Mount window frame and mounting flange:
and the bottom frame detail:
Compare the Outside Mount window frame profile in the above photo to the beveled Inside Mount frame.
When planning my window installation I was concerned about the window possibly being blocked by hex head wood screws or Simpson Strong-Tie metal/wood construction connectors given the windows are manufactured 3/8 inch smaller in width and height from the rough opening measurements. If the window is centered that’s only 3/16 inch clearance between the frame and rough opening. Fortunately it wasn’t a problem and the windows all fit fine.
The Eze-Breeze Vertical Four Track 4V60 window frame is approx. 2 inches deep from the mounting flange. It’s ideal for a 2×4 framed wall or in my case a 4×4 framed porch:
The mounting flange is a generous 1 inch wide to cover minor irregularities and gaps in the rough opening:
The exterior window frame is about 2 1/8 inches wide:
The top window frame features a built-in drip cap:
I dry fitted the Outside Mount window in the 4×4 rough opening to check the fit before caulking the perimeter and fastening with screws:
Cool! The top window flange is slightly jogged and overlaps the Simpson Strong-Tie metal connector:
This is the plastic spacer or clip described in the Eze-Breeze Vertical Four Track Installation Instructions – do not remove the spacer until after the window is fastened with screws. Most of my windows were shipped without the spacer or maybe it fell out during shipping? The purpose of the spacer is to push the frame outward during installation so the vent (or sash) moves freely in the track:
I installed the windows in pairs working around the porch. The Vertical Four Track Outside Mount on the bottom and a “standard” Fixed Lite Lip Frame LF20 mounted above. The foam gasket on the Fixed Lite window fit over the Simpson Strong-Tie AC4Z and ACE4Z post cap metal connectors just fine:
This project is continued in How to Install Eze-Breeze Fixed Lite LF20 windows (coming soon!).
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