Do You Need a Full-Frame Window Installation?

Deciding to undergo a window replacement is a significant project that can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t know where to turn for information. Unless you’ve done it before, it can be difficult to know exactly what the process is, how to make your selections, and who to turn to for help to ensure that the job is done correctly.

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When it comes to window replacement, there are two different methods of installing them: full frame insulation or pocket installation. The method you should choose really depends on your home and situation. In order to make the right choice for your home, it helps to understand the difference between the two.

On a full frame window replacement, the entire window and frame is removed, and a new window is installed. With a pocket installation, a new window is set into an existing frame opening.

Why Choose a Full-Frame Window Installation?

There are several advantages to a full frame window replacement. Full frame replacement strips a window down to its original opening, or raw framing boards. One major advantage to doing this is it helps to reveal any hidden issues that might have been lurking behind the existing frame, such as an insect infestation, rotted wood, water damage, or lack of proper insulation. In addition to hiding problems, worn out frames make opening and closing a window difficult, and they aren’t nearly as energy efficient when compared to new windows.

Full frame replacement is often recommended in older, historic homes, especially when the existing windows, frames, and sills have deteriorated beyond repair, making a pocket installation dangerous or impossible. The safest choice is to opt for a full frame replacement to remove the worn and damaged frame, window and sill, and rebuild.

Another case where a full frame is necessary is new construction, as they use a different type of window known as a new construction window. The window along with the frame and other elements are all added at the same time. Since there is no existing frame, the best and obvious choice is a full frame replacement.

If your home contains older windows that were installed by another company, a full-frame installation is often recommended in order to ensure that the entire window system is properly measured and installed. This also ensures that no major issues were originally overlooked, such as deterioration or structural problems.

If your home’s original windows are no longer in style, why replace them with the same thing? A full frame window installation is a chance to start over with stylish new windows, completely transforming your home’s curb appeal from drab to fabulous. If you’re wanting to change the size and shape of a window, a full frame replacement is your best option.

What to Expect During a Full Frame Replacement?

  • The contractor begins by removing the old windows and frames all the way down to the original or rough opening.
  • The rough opening is then sealed to prevent water and air from seeping in around the window and into your home.
  • Once the new windows are properly positioned in place, a water management system is added at the window sill. Insulation is added to prevent any further energy loss caused by drafts, prevent moisture damage, as well as block insects from entering around the frame.

If you’re interested in a full frame window installation or need some help figuring out which window installation method is the best choice for your home, contact your trusted local window professionals at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We’ve been in the business of installing high quality windows for decades, and we’re offering virtual appointments, so let’s talk about new windows for your home today!


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