Caradco Window Repair: Mission Possible.

In your home, your windows are your eyes to the world. You want to protect and take care of this valuable investment. But what happens when the wood in those windows starts to age and can no longer be serviced because the original window manufacturer has gone out of business? Your only choice is to completely replace them, right?

Not any more: Caradco window parts are now available.

Caradco window repair parts and replacement windows are available through Fenster Components. Caradco is one of the oldest window manufacturers in the country. Founded in 1862 by William Carr in Dubuque, IA, Caradco grew into the largest window manufacturing company in the U.S. The company was purchased by Jeld-Wen in 1997, and while Jeld-Wen still holds the Caradco trademark, it no longer offers Caradco windows or replacement parts. Fortunately, Fenster Components does.

Fenster Components — based in the Indianapolis, IN area — has been manufacturing replicated replacement windows, parts, and hardware for most major brands of wood windows since 1999. With delivery service available to the Midwest, and mail order service to the entire country, Fenster can supply you or your contractor with replicated wood components to match your Caradco Windows. Fenster also offers innovative replacement products to upgrade your existing Caradco windows with better energy performance, extended life span, and less maintenance utilizing cellular PVC technology.

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Visit our website to learn more about our product lines, or to get a quote for your Caradco window replacement parts today.

28 Comments

  • Posted August 21, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I need the overall dimensions of a 1976 Caradco C-200 #2715 Awning window.
    Please help.

    • Posted September 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      All of our sash products are replicas of the original and custom made. We do not have a sizing chart for any brand we produce. All sash orders are dependent on the measurements provided by the customer and it is the customer’s responsibility to provide us with the correct measurements for their project.

  • Sharon Johnson
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I have caradco windows in my house we built in 1996. The windows are vinyl clad double hung gas filled . One window the outside vinyl came off the bottom and it is rotted out , I need to replace it the number on the window is CAR 057-003-93 can you tell me if and what I can do to get it replaced. Thank you Sharon Johnson

    • Posted September 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Fenster is your Caradco solution. We have multiple versions of the Caradco line dating back to casement and double hung versions of the old C-200 series from the 70′s. We also have the Heritage I and II casements along with the double hung from the same era. Finally, we also have the cladded versions of the casement and double hung. There are a few things to bear in mind when ordering these products. The older primed wood sashes come in two versions, boot glaze or wet glaze, meaning you can re-use the existing glass and rubber gasket with the boot version, or install new glass with silicone glazing and a removable wood stop. With the cladded sashes, we do not yet offer new cladding, so the old cladding, hardware, and glass must be transferred over to the new frame at install. All sash products ship unassembled in a box.

  • jim
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    need the plastic inserts for caradco windows, can some help me source ?

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Jim, we need you to be far more specific on what ‘plastic inserts’ you are looking for. That could be a slew of things. We have a common request for the wood grill inserts. Unfortunately this takes specialized equipment to reproduce the intricate jointery on those grills that we do not have at our facility.

  • ann williams
    Posted October 3, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I have caradco windows in my home, double hung wood, one sash has a broken seal as it is foggy. Who do I call

    • Posted October 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Ann, if you fill out a quote form on our website and provide all the required information, specifically the exact measurements of the glass you need, we can provide you with a quote. Thank you.

  • Fred Buess
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for parts for casement windows by Cradco. would some one call 508-237-0272 or send an Email febuess@comcast.net I need to repair about 5 Casements the crank system is shot.
    Fred

  • mike vahue
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    A Caradco sliding window, 20.5″ X 54″ per each side, stamped 1332 has one panel fogged. This was installed during a 2005 remodel job. It is wood on the interior side & aluminum clad on the exterior. One window repair guy told me the entire fogged side would have to be replaced. Wonder if this is the case & also if there is warranty coverage for this problem. Note: The window was purchased at Home Depot but I cannot locate a receipt.

    • Posted November 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      Mike, The first answer is no. You can just replace the glass on that side without replacing the whole sash. 2005 would have been a Jeld-Wen produced “Caradco”. They should have at least a 10 year warranty against seal failure. They should supply you with a new insulated glass unit, but you will have to have it installed. Unfortunately, you will probably have to supply documentation of the purchase.

  • Tom Quail
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    We have a house full of Carado windows . They are wood, tilt out, double hung windows and they were manufactured 8/91. The lower window came out of its track and it will no longer stay in the up position.

    What can I do to fix this problem ?

    Thanks for your help,

    ToM

    • Posted November 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Tom, This is a common problem with an easy fix as long as nothing is actually broken. Windows with a vinyl expandable jamb liner have what is commonly referred to as a block and tackle balance. Yes, to all you window geeks out there, there are many types and styles of window balances, but for the sake of layman’s terms, a block and tackle balance was most commonly used during the early 90′s.

      Each sash has a metal pin on the bottom corner that fits into the respective track on the jamb liner. That pin has to sit on top of the balance terminal in order to engage the balance. Sashes often fall because at some point, the sash was removed from the opening and not re-installed correctly. It doesn’t mean that anything is broken at all, the sash just isn’t engaged with the balance.

      When you raise or lower the sash and you still see the terminal (bracket looking thing) in the track below the sash or higher than the sash pin will reach, then its not engaged.

      Remove the sash from the tracks completely and re-set the sash making sure the pins are on top of the terminal. When you tilt the sash back in and push down, the terminal should release and engage the sash. If the terminals are above the pins (with the sash in the closed position), you may have to push down on the pins first before tilting the sash completely back into place.

      Hope this helps!

  • Maryann
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I have a caradco triple window, one frame is rotting, do I have to replace the entire window.

    • Posted January 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Maryann, Absolutely not! This is exactly what Fenster is all about. We can supply the materials you need to rebuild that rotten frame to brand new condition for far less than replacing the entire window. You can contact our customer service team via our website, http://www.fensterUSA.com by filling out a contact form and they will direct you in the information we need to provide you with the correct components. Some window or carpentry experience is required for the installation of our products so we recommend you have your experienced contractor of choice contact us if you think this installation is beyond your abilities.

  • Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this web site needs far more attention.
    I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the information!

  • David
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I have a 1998 Caradco swing door and I need the adjustment hinges, they are 4″ and they adjust vertical and horizontal. can I get a pic of what you have to make sure they match

    • Posted March 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      David, We don’t do anything with doors. We don’t have any door parts. Sorry we couldn’t help.

  • Julie Rosene
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    So we bought a house that has Caradco casement windows with screens. We can not figure out how to remove the screens in order to clean the inside windows. HELP Please!!

    • Posted March 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Julie, You really only have a couple options when it comes to all casement windows. It depends on what model/year the windows are, but for the sake of removal instructions, it doesn’t matter.

      1. There could be spring loaded plunger pins at all four corners. Simultaneously pull the top and bottom on one side at a time and the screen should come out.

      2. There are curved springs in the top or bottom of the screen frame with a pull tab at the opposite end. Pull the tab and the screen comes out.

      Now, I’m guessing you have the second type, but the pull tabs may be missing. It depends on if the springs are in the top or the bottom of the frame. The springs ‘should’ be in the shallower of the grooves in the top or bottom of the trim. Push down (on the bottom) or push up (on the top) the compress the springs and release the opposite end of the frame. However, if the screens were put in upside down, the springs are in the deep groove. In this case, push the screen frame in the opposite direction of the springs. Using a putty knife or even a butter knife from the kitchen, slide the knife in between the wood trim and the screen frame to compress the spring and pull the frame and knife out at the same time. There will be two springs. One on either side.

      Hope that helps!

  • andre
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    I have caradco windows in my home & the sashs are rotting out & the upper sash will not stay in the up position which makes the lower sash rise up & it leaks from the top & bottom. Alsothe putty between the panes is coming loose & oozing down the glass. The windows were made in 2000 & tilt in with plastic track…probably block & tackle type. Please help

    • Posted March 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      Andre, We can help! We do have the Caradco double hung profile from that era. We’ll need measurements and other information to process an order for you. Please complete a quote form on our website, http://www.fensterusa.com, with all of the required information and we’ll get a quote to you right away. Thank you.

  • sandi
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    we have 22 caradco double hung metal encased windows mfg date 08/88 installed 03/89 .. the glass in the larger cottage windows has been replaaced . we now have 9 upper glass that needs to be replaced and we cannot find 5/8 glass. do you ship glass to the philadelphia area

    • Posted March 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      Sandi, That doesn’t seem like a tall order. I don’t see why we couldn’t get you fixed up. We’ll ship anywhere UPS will go, it just gets expensive to get glass to a customer in one piece. If you want to fill out a quote form on our website, http://www.fensterusa.com, and give us your measurements, we’ll be happy to quote it. Just fill out the ‘glass only’ section under product request. Thanks!

  • Geo
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    We are trying to sell our house–all the Caradko wood windows (guessing about 54 years old or so) will not stay in the open upright position and come crashing down upon opening. We have been using a stick but new owners house inspection want new windows… Huge expense with everything else they also want. There is a removable stop to hold them up but we haven’t been able to find them in the years we have owned the home (were like that when we bought the house). Any ideas on the part availability? Thank you!

    • Posted March 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Geo, 54 years old may pre-date any chance of repair parts still being available, but there may be retro-fit parts that will correct the problem for far less than all new windows. We would need a lot of information and pictures. This project may also require a window professional to perform the work. A retro-fit installation can be complicated. The best advice I could offer is send some photos to our sales department, sales@fensterusa.com and we’ll see what we can come up with. Thanks.

  • Barb
    Posted April 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    When our Caradco aluminum clad double-hung window were installed in 2004, we weren’t given any paper work on them. I did have someone come and adjust some of them a few times but would like to do it myself. There are two -three of them have have develped severe air leaks, especially when the wind is a certain direction and blowing strong. Also need instruction on how to wash them from the inside, I know there is a way they swing in but not sure how.
    Thanks

    • Posted April 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      Barb, Ironically the same part is causing both your issues. The plastic tracks holding the windows in are called compression jambliners. To tilt in the sashes, with the sash about half-way in the opening push against the either side jamb to relieve the tension and pull the sash in towards you with a fair amount of force. That’s about it. The fundamental design flaw to these type of windows was the jambliner. There has to be some amount of give to one; let the sash slide up and down easily and two; allow you to tilt the sash in. Consequently, there is only so much seal the window will have to allow these functions. They can certainly be tightened up and reduce the draft by shimming behind the jambliner. Obviously you won’t be able to tilt them in and they will be difficult to open and close. Moral of the story, you have to choose the lesser of two evils.

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