Window Replacement by Type
Thursday, September 4, 2014
If you’re planning to replace windows in your home this summer, take a look at this list to determine which types of window replacements you may need. These are the most common types of replacements and if you get stuck you can always contact our helpful staff, who will be happy to walk you through all of the options with a free in-home consultation or by answering questions over the phone.
Full-Frame Window Replacement
Choosing a full-frame window replacement means that the window frame, sash, trim, casing, sill and glass will all be new. This is the most common choice in remodeling projects since it’s so difficult to salvage old windows for new designs and because new windows are often more energy efficient than older windows.
You’ll want to consider full-frame window replacement for any windows that:
• Show signs of rot on the frame, trim, casing or sill
• When the glass doesn’t fit properly in the frame or the window is out of square
• Your remodeling project calls for a new size or shape for that window
With a full-frame window replacement you’ll get greater energy efficiency and often a larger, clearer viewing area.
Watch this video on the Andersen Windows web site to give you an idea of how full-frame window replacement works.
Insert Frame Window Replacement
If you want to upgrade you windows but preserve the frames, insert frame replacement, also called pocket frame replacement, may be the answer. Your window frame needs to be sound, even if the glass is old and inefficient, broken or damaged in some way, for an insert frame window replacement to be your best option. This allows you to upgrade your window performance while minimizing disruption caused by installation as well as cost.
Talk to us about insert window replacement if:
• Your window frames are sound and show no signs of rot or damage
• Your window frames are not out of square
• You don’t need to change the size or shape of the window opening
Have your windows stopped opening or are you renovating an old house and just want to get the windows to slide open and closed easily, rather than replace them entirely? Then you may be looking at sash replacement.
Sash replacement involves changing out the parts of a window that allow it to move: top and bottom sashes, tracks, as well as opening, closing and locking mechanisms.
We can’t necessarily recommend doing this kind of project yourself, unless you’re appropriately qualified for the job and are sure you’ll get it right, but you can get a sense of what’s involved with this type of replacement on the DIY Network web site.
If you’re unsure about your window replacement needs, just give us a call. Our staff is always happy to come out for a free consultation to help determine where to focus your budget to get the most value when replacing windows. You’re also welcome to visit one of our showrooms where you’re bound to find inspiration and expert advice.