The Advantages of Full Frame Window Replacement

Are you thinking about window replacement? Maybe you’d like more light in that back bedroom, or you’ve converted a home office, and the windows no longer fit the bill.

If you’re considering window replacement, full-frame window replacement offers some unique advantages compared to traditional installation. It’s important to consider both options and explore the benefits of each approach before you make a choice.

In some cases, a traditional window replacement might serve your needs. It can help you save money, and either way, replacement windows will help your home become more energy-efficient. You’ll cut back on lost heat and keep your home comfortable. Reach out to Weather Tight today to discuss the possibilities. We can help you decide which type of window replacement is right for your situation. In the meantime, here are the advantages of choosing a full-frame replacement.

 

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Two Different Window Installation Techniques

There are two different window installation techniques that we use. In the traditional method, we remove your existing windows, sash, and tracks but leave the jamb in place. Your new window is custom-made to fit right in the jamb.

During a traditional window installation, we’ll slide your new customized window right in place in a new mainframe that fits within the existing frame and jamb of the window. The advantage of this type of installation is that it goes fast. In addition, because there’s less to change out, it’s generally less expensive. A main disadvantage is that you will lose some window space because of the frame.

The other option is what we call full-frame window replacement. During a full-frame replacement, we remove the existing window, tracks, sash, and casings and remove the entire jamb. This allows us to have a full view of what went on in the previous window installation.

When a window is installed correctly, there should be a nice insulation layer between the jamb and the house’s studs. This helps prevent air infiltration and keeps your home energy efficient and safe. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for us to remove the jamb and discover that the original installer skimped on the insulation (or omitted it entirely).

Advantages of Choosing Full Frame Window Replacement

There are several advantages to full-frame window replacement. It’s important to explore them rather than going with price and convenience alone. It’s especially critical if you’re planning on being in the house for several years. Here’s what you need to know about the advantages of full-frame window replacement.


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1. Gain Glass Space

When you choose a full-frame window replacement, you’ll gain at least an inch of glass space in your window. During traditional window replacement, we’re installing a frame within a frame. In full-frame replacement, we’re able to install the window right into the jamb, allowing for a larger window.

This approach to window installation also allows you to change the size of your window in many cases. If you would like to install a larger window or a different type of window, a full-frame installation gives you flexibility because you aren’t working within the confines of the original window hole.

2. Beautiful Customization

With a full-frame window replacement, you have many options for customization.  For example, the factory can make a beautiful brick mold to go around the window. These molds often have contoured lines and other subtle features that can beautify and finish your home. You can choose the trim colors for your window, so there are many options available for your home’s new look.

When you contact your Weather Tight specialist, they can review all the window frames and trim options. Rest assured that you can match or complement almost any interior and exterior look. With full-frame window replacement, there are fewer limitations on your choices and available modifications.

3. Check the Insulation

One of the top advantages of choosing a full-frame window replacement is that it allows you to see what’s really going on inside the window frame. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, many original installers may take shortcuts when it comes to insulation around windows.

During a full-frame replacement, we make sure that the window is thoroughly insulated and that it’s sealed tight against the studs of your home. You’ll get better protection against air leaks, water leaks, and even sound with stronger insulation.

4. Detect Any Hidden Issues

Of course, every homeowner hopes they don’t discover any hidden issues when removing the windows from their home, but it occasionally happens. Choosing a full-frame replacement is crucial when the window isn’t level or square (as seen in some older homes) or is not up to code. During replacement, we can make sure there aren’t any leaks, pests, or mildew problems in the walls surrounding your window.

A homeowner may be unaware that the wood around their window has degraded and rotted over time. When we do a full-frame window replacement, we can help you discover any concerns to ensure that your home will be beautiful and protected for years to come.

New windows are maintenance-free, with no painting or touch-up required. You’ll no longer need to deal with deteriorated wood along your window frames. Instead, you’ll have a clean, beautiful window that looks great and improves the comfort of your home.

If you’re ready to explore your options for window replacement, reach out today. We have some fantastic deals, especially for homeowners who are hoping to replace multiple windows. Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion. We’re ready to help you love the look and feel of your home.