Replacing your old, drafty windows with new, energy-efficient units is one of the best ways to make your home more comfortable while at the same time reducing its carbon footprint. Apart from the improved indoor comfort and energy savings, you might even get rebates. In addition, you’ll have one more thing to leverage if you ever decide to sell your home in the future.
Before you call home exterior remodeling companies, however, it’s best to decide whether you want full-frame window replacement or insert window replacement.
Here’s how they differ.
A. Insert Window Replacement
In a nutshell: Your existing window frames are not removed. New windows with new sashes, covers, and hardware are installed in the old frames. This is also referred to as frame in frame replacement, and such windows are often called pocket windows.
More Info: If you like your existing wood or aluminum window frames, including their shape, size, and style of operation, this is the option for you. However, if your frames are old, or if they have issues with degradation and seal failure due to your area’s weather conditions, it’s not a good idea to keep your old window frames, as this will defeat the purpose of replacing your old windows. Inserts won’t work with vinyl frames, either, as these don’t usually support long-lasting and good-quality insert replacement solutions.
Good: You get to keep your existing exterior and interior trim. This procedure is less extensive, so it saves time and typically costs much less than full-frame window replacement.
Not So Good: The open area of your window may become slightly smaller. This is not a good option if your window frames are no longer structurally sound.
B. Full-Frame Window Replacement
In a nutshell: Full-frame window replacement involves completely removing old windows down to the studs. New windows are installed in the opening.
More Info: Full-frame window replacement gets rid of the old windows right down to the studs. Sometimes, some siding is also removed, so it’s a good idea to work with window technicians that are also siding contractors. This is a more extensive process, but it allows you to replace old window frames that are worn-out or choose a completely new style of window. You can change the trim colors, as well, or simply switch to better windows with bigger glass areas that don’t compromise energy efficiency and structural integrity. If you have existing vinyl window frames or old and damaged windows, or if you’re remodeling your home, this is your only option.
Good: A professional can inspect the opening for damage or other issues and fix the problem. You can choose new window styles or colors. If you’re looking for a project to go simultaneously with a siding replacement, this is it.
Not So Good: The work is more extensive, so it’s going to take more time and cost more money.
Get in touch with Triangle Home Exteriors for your window replacement needs. We also offer roof replacement and other home improvement services. Call us today at (919) 615-1101 or tell us about your project here. We offer our services to homeowners in Raleigh, NC.