When it comes to replacement windows, the installation process is as important as the quality of the windows. If they’re not properly installed, they may not perform correctly, which can cause a host of problems. Improper installation may even shorten the lifespan of windows.
You can choose from two types of window installation: (1) insert window and (2) full frame window. Your choice will depend on the current condition of your window frames. At Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, a trusted Cape Cod window company, we’re committed to helping you make the right decision.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, we’re experts at installing high-quality replacement windows. Here’s everything you need to know about these two installation methods:
Insert Window Installation
With this type of installation, we’ll install the windows straight into your existing frames. One of the benefits of this process is that it gives you the chance to enjoy the latest features of our windows without causing too much disruption during the construction. This installation process allows you to keep the original frame, the interior and exterior siding and the exterior trim.
This is a great option if the frame and sill are on square and in good condition with no signs of decay. If the trim and casing can stay in place throughout the process, then you may consider this method. As a general rule, insert window installation is a good option if the existing frame is under 10 years old. If it’s older than that, you may want to consider replacing the frame too.
Finally, insert window installation is better than full window replacement if you want to retain the established aesthetics of your home. Some windows are radically different in terms of visuals, while some are better suited to specific home styles.
Full Frame Installation
A full frame window installation is similar to a new construction installation. We will remove the sash and the whole window frame before installing the new window.
This type of installation is a good choice for you if the existing frame is in bad shape and can’t be repaired. You may also have to choose this option if you need a bigger opening to meet fire egress codes. This is also the best choice for modifying the shape and size of your window.
Keep in mind that the older your windows get, the more likely they’ll require a full frame installation. This is because window frames, especially wooden ones, will naturally shrink over time. Additionally, water and moisture-damaged frames are unsalvageable and susceptible to drafts, so it’s better to replace the frame along with the windows.
So, which will it be: full frame window replacement or insert window replacement? If you’re still unsure, we’ll be happy to help you make the right choice. We make it a point to conduct an in-depth inspection of your home so we can accurately and properly replace your old windows.
Choosing the right installation process for your home doesn’t have to be difficult. Let us help you decide. As one of the leading Cape Cod MA window companies, our team can discuss your options and give you more information on our installation process. All it takes is a single phone call or a few minutes to fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.