There are two ways to install replacement windows: the full-frame and insert installation methods. The former involves entirely new windows, while the latter leaves the existing frame openings untouched during construction. If you do full-frame window replacement unnecessarily, your project would end up needlessly costlier and more disruptive. On the other hand, not replacing faulty frame openings can lead to premature window failure.
So, which installation method is better when getting replacement windows? Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico sheds further light on this matter.
When a Full-Frame Installation Method Makes Sense
This is the right direction to take only when the old window frame has deteriorated to a point beyond repair. If your current frame openings look in good shape but leak a certain amount of air, they still need to go. When the existing construction doesn’t allow the use of the insert in a structurally-sound manner, this installation method is imperative. Lastly, you can’t do insert window replacement if you need bigger units to meet the latest fire egress codes.
When an Insert Installation Method Makes Sense
Take this route if the old windowsill is still square, solid, and in good condition. When your existing frame openings are still weathertight, you can achieve maximum energy efficiency with sliding, picture, and casement windows. If you’re fine not changing your existing casing and trim, then insert window replacement would do wonders for you.
What to Expect From Renewal by Andersen
Prior to actual installation, our experienced professionals will assess the condition of each of your current windows. Our project technician will serve as your personal construction expert who has the trained eye to evaluate your home properly. They will check any structural issues with your frames, sash, trim, and casing. Putting your best interests above all, you can rely on the professional advice of our project technician.
At Renewal by Andersen of New Mexico, you can rest assured that your bay, bow, and double hung windows will be installed the right way. Call us today at (505) 395-5120 for your FREE estimate. We’ll be happy to schedule our initial visit to your home in Albuquerque, NM, at your most convenient date and time.