Differentiating Insert and Full-Frame Windows Replacement

There are two different types of window replacement installations: insert and full-frame. As homeowners, you might be wondering which is your best option when you are planning for a window project. In this post, window and residential roofing experts share what you need to know:

Differentiating Insert and Full-Frame Windows Replacement

Insert Window Replacement

Also known as “frame-in-frame replacement” or a “pocket window,” this is the most common window replacement option because it is more user-friendly. It leaves the interior and exterior trim undisturbed. The existing opening must be structurally sound in order for the casing and trim to stay in place. 

According to roof repair and window experts, an insert window is a perfect option when you are already content with the size, shape, and operating style of your existing window. It is an energy-efficient and low-maintenance window replacement option. The installation process is generally less extensive and costs less. 

Full-Frame Replacement Windows

This kind of window replacement removes everything including the sashes, framing, and trim, and then installs a new unit, insulation, and trim work. By exposing the original opening, full-frame replacement allows for inspection and repair of areas with rotting wood and water damage where the existing window’s failure has allowed weather into your home’s structure. It’s best recommended when older windows have deteriorated beyond repair, making insert window placement impossible. 

Full-frame replacement gives maximum quality and energy efficiency because it is almost like new construction with the new casing, trim, and sills as well as flashing for water protection. Additionally, the glass viewing area is often larger with the new window because the exterior trim is minimized. However, you can expect a longer installation process and typically costs more.

Both options for replacement windows are effective. Regardless of the type of replacement window you choose, Pressure Point Roofing, Inc. will help you with your window replacement project. With over 25 years of service in Medford, Oregon, you will have the confidence of bringing your home the style and protection it needs. We also offer roof maintenance and repair. Call (541) 423-3146 to discuss your project. You can also fill out our contact form for home inspection or consultation. We serve clients in Oregon, including Medford, OR.

 

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