There are two installation methods used in window replacement: full-frame and insert. In this blog, the window and roofing contractors at Brewster Roofing LLC share an overview of these window replacement methods.
Full-Frame vs. Insert Window Replacement
To determine which installation method should be used, you’ll need to evaluate the condition of the existing window frames. If they’re in good condition—that is, no signs of warping, moisture damage or other structural issues—then insert window replacement is the way to go. With this method, the window frames remain on the wall, and only the sashes and glass will be replaced during installation.
Full-frame window replacement involves removing and replacing the entire window assembly, including the frame. This is the ideal method when there is damage to the existing frames.
Pros and Cons
Full-frame window replacement is recommended by roofers and renovation contractors if parts of the wall surrounding the window appear to have issues. Removing the frame allows installers access to the surrounding parts of the wall and perform needed repairs. Full-frame window replacement also allows you to install a different window style or even resize the wall opening for a bigger window.
Insert window replacement is more affordable because it requires less labor, but it’s not always the right choice. As discussed above, the existing frames need to be in good condition–and any problems concealed by the frames will not be addressed. Also, your window replacement contractor will need to make sure that the new sashes will perfectly fit the new frames. Window styles such as sliding windows may also require changes to parts of the frame. Schedule a consultation with a window replacement contractor to determine which option is best for you.