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Full-Frame Vs. Insert Window Replacement Methods

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) 955-8400 now to set up your consultation and to get a free estimate. We serve Milwaukee, WI, and the surrounding Wisconsin communities.

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