While many companies specialize in window replacement services, only a few offer a full-frame window installation. As such, many of these companies won’t bring it up as an option, so it’s important that homeowners do their research to determine what is right for their home. What is a full frame replacement, what other options are available, and how do you decide?  Read on to learn more.

Full Frame Window Installation — What is it?

Full frame window installation closely mimics the installation process used in the construction of a home. The entire original window, frame and sash,  are removed leaving a rough opening exposing the original studs. Updated flashing and sealants, sometimes not even available or required by code when your house was built,  are used during the process, usually resulting in improved weather tightness over the original installation. A full frame window installation is considered by most professionals to be the best option, particularly if there is rot in the existing window frame, the window is out of square, improperly installed, or if you would like to change the shape of your existing windows.  It offers no reduction in the amount of glass, the ability to know what’s going on behind the wall and fix it if necessary, and not only an improved window but an improved thermal performance between the window and the original framing.

Insert Windows – The Alternative to Full Frame Replacement

Insert windows are installed directly into the original window’s existing frame. This replacement process preserves the original frame, exterior brick molding, and interior casing. This may be an option if the integrity of the original frame hasn’t been compromised, is not out of square, or you don’t want to disturb your existing interior trim. In an insert window installation, the window stops, lower sash, and upper sash are removed, but the original window’s sill and frame are left intact.  This method offers a quicker installation and the ability to leave the interior trim in place. It will, however, reduce the amount of glass compared to the original window. At Hometown, although we can order most windows as an “insert”, we usually reserve this method for very old homes that many times have very large windows (where the smaller amount of glass won’t be as noticeable), or rooms with extremely intricate interior trim, or maybe even plaster walls and windows with heavy weights built into the interior walls.

Which is Right for You?

After a thorough assessment and consultation by a certified Hometown professional, you will be better prepared to make the best decision for you and your family. If an insert is an option, other factors may need to be taken into consideration. For example, an insert window will reduce the amount of visible glass as a new window is inserted in the frame of the old window. Or, you may have noticed rot or deterioration of the original window and want that issue completely addressed. You may have noticed air infiltration that seems to be coming through your interior casing, not the window. These are all good reasons to opt for a full-frame window installation.

We Can Help You Make an Informed Decision

At Hometown, our initial consultation includes an in-depth assessment of your current windows. Through careful inspection and professional measurement, we can determine if an insert window is an option or if a full frame replacement is warranted and advise homeowners in their final decision.

If you have ever considered replacing the windows in your home, don’t make a decision without all the information. We offer several series of quality Andersen windows, both Full Frame and Insert models, and can recommend the product and installation process that is just right for your specific situation.

Contact us today to start the conversation!