You would think window replacement is super simple, but it actually involves some careful considerations. These include the way the actual window is installed – you can either choose the full-frame or insert method.
Insert Window Replacement
This method involves “inserting” a new window into the existing frame, where it is then anchored, caulked and sealed. Most of the time, a cap or small trim piece is installed around the area of the frame to fill the gap between the new frame and the old one. Insert window replacement allows for quicker and more cost-effective installation while helping preserve the look of your interior and exterior trim. However, this method works only when the existing wood or aluminum window frame remains structurally sound. If you have vinyl windows, insert window replacement is practically impossible because the material isn’t as solid as wood or aluminum.
Full-Frame Window Replacement
A full-frame window replacement involves full removal of the window structure, including the exterior and interior trim. This leaves only the opening itself, where a new window may be installed. While costlier and more extensive than the insert method, full-frame replacement allows you to deal with possible water damage around the window. This also provides more flexibility, letting you pick a new window style, size or trim color that best matches with your siding.
Which should you pick? If you’re on a budget, and you’re okay with the look of your existing window trim, then choose insert window replacement. However, you can’t beat the flexibility of full-frame windows. They can provide a brand-new look for your home aside from improving its comfort and energy efficiency.
Once you’ve decided on which window replacement works best for you, turn to Twin Cities Siding Professionals. We are your leading choice for the highest quality replacement windows from Marvin® and Sunrise®. They are available in a range of styles and colors that can further enhance your home’s curb appeal. What’s more, they come with solid warranties that add an extra layer of protection to your investment. We proudly serve the areas in and around St. Paul, MN. Call us today at (651) 967-0873, or fill out this contact form to get a free quote.