If you’re shopping for new windows or thinking about having a window or two replaced in your home, you’ve likely come across two terms: replacement window inserts and full-frame window replacement. What’s the difference?

Well, full-frame window replacement is the removal and complete replacement of the entire window and window frame. Window inserts are windows that are inserted into the existing window frame. As you can imagine, full-frame window replacement is a more extensive fix.

What Is an Insert or Pocket Window?

A common window replacement—often referred to as an insert or pocket—is relatively simple. The old window and sash are removed from the window frame and a new window and sash are inserted inside the old frame.

This is a common technique for many window companies because it’s less expensive for the window provider and labor intensive for the installer.  They don’t have to remove the entire frame and interior trim around the window.”  The savings in cost and installation are not always passed on to the homeowner, either! We often find that compared to quotes for insert windows, our full-frame installation service is very competitive, if not even less expensive.

Why’s a Full-Frame Replacement Better?

While there are some instances where window inserts do make sense, like in older homes with plaster walls a full-frame window replacement is generally the best option.

With a full-frame window replacement, the entire old window is removed down to the bare wall studs. From there, the installer can craft a new window frame with all the proper parts, seal the window and rough opening properly and best utilize the window opening.

With window inserts, you lose between two and four inches of glass due to the frame of the insert. With the full-frame method, you don’t lose this space, giving you a larger, better-looking window. This step isn’t done with window inserts.

Full-frame window replacement also allows the installer to see any rot or damage around the window, so that you can address those issues as needed.

During the construction of the new window frame, special flashing required by code that’s often missing from older homes will be installed, too. This keeps water out to help lengthen the life of your new window.

The final steps are to add new trim around your new window frame and finish the job by painting around the window.

Do you want to replace your windows right? Do a full-frame window replacement Contact us today, and Hometown will send out a window technician at no charge to assess your window situation, make recommendations, and craft you a personalized quote.