Full-Frame Vs. Insert Window Replacement Methods

Full-Frame Vs. Insert Window Replacement Methods

June 13, 2019

Window replacement is not always done the same way. At Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee, we do two types of installation: full-frame and insert replacement methods.

What Is Full-Frame Window Replacement?

This method involves the removal of the existing window frame, leaving the rough opening visible. Any experienced windows contractor will say that this type of installation is necessary when there is extensive damage to the frame. Even when there are minimal signs of deterioration, though, it may be needed when the opening itself is no longer square and plumb due to settling.

In addition, you may need to pursue a full-frame window replacement project if your house no longer complies with the latest building regulations. The fire egress code requires larger openings to create convenient escape routes in case of an emergency.

Since it involves more replacement materials, this type of installation is more costly. However, it may save you on energy over time, for the old leaky frame will be gone. Airtight full-frame windows keep unwanted drafts out and eliminate heat transfer through convection.

What Is Insert Window Replacement?

Unlike the full-frame installation, the insert replacement method does not include the removal of the existing frame. It is more usually more desirable because it takes less installation time and involves fewer materials, reducing both labor and product costs.

Which One Is Better?

Both window replacement methods have their own advantages, but only a qualified professional can determine which route to take for your home improvement.

If you choose Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee, you will have a personal construction expert. Your project technician will assess the condition of the existing frames, sashes and moldings, so the right installation method will be followed. As a result, you will get the best out of new windows and doors for decades.

Set your window replacement in motion. Call Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee at (262) 522-3034 now to set up your consultation and to get a free estimate. We serve Milwaukee, WI, and the surrounding Wisconsin communities.

Hear From Our Customers

Jason and Brett did an awesome job installing our doors. We had separate installers a month earlier for our windows who also did a fantastic job. They were all very professional and cleaned up almost better than the area looked before the installation! Since these were both jobs that took more than one day the installers were great at keeping us informed on the status of where the project was at along the way.

This was a great crew to work with. Both the original install manager we worked with (Jay) and the install team (Daniel, Mason, Tony, Ethan, and Jose). Everyone was very professional and knowledgable. They answered all my questions and the end result on the house is great. In 3 days they replaced an old bay window with a new bay window, a set of french doors on the patio with a sliding patio door, and our old front door with a new front door and storm door.

I cant express how happy we are with choosing Andersen for our window installation. Our sales representative was knowledgeable with product and answered any questions we had without hesitation. I did also fill out a survey that was sent in an email, but sadly I failed to personally name the two gentlemen that performed the actual installation. Barrett and Francisco were our guys, and let me tell you, they were outstanding!!! They did Excellent work and were professional as well as efficient and made this a smooth, none evasive process for us. I strongly recommend this company and these installers to anyone in need of windows!!! My husband and I could not be more pleased we chose Andersen for replacing our windows!!!

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