What Is Full Frame Window Replacement?

two men finishing full frame window installation

When it comes to replacing your windows, there are many options out there.  You may be wondering whether you need a full window replacement or just a window insert, but there is a big difference, and each has its pros and cons. Jancewicz & Son can help you to decide which type of window replacement is best for you.  There are pros and cons to both the full-frame and the basic insert window, so it’s important to understand the differences.  What exactly is a full-frame window replacement? 


Full Frame

A full-frame window replacement if your existing windows are completely removed.  This means they are removed all the way down to the studs.  Once that process is complete, a brand new window is then installed within the opening.  The full-frame window replacement is very similar to seeing a new home being built because we remove everything from the framing to the trim and even the sashes.  With a full-frame window replacement, you are getting a brand new window with a frame and trim as well as the peace of mind knowing that you have a window that is energy-efficient, solid and has been made to protect your home.

Insert Window

An insert window installs a new window directly into the area where the old one was.  The window goes directly into the frame, and the trim and studs stay in place.  This is a much more common method than the full-frame window replacement and it can be a quick and simple process that may be a less expensive and time-consuming project.

An insert window is the most popular method, but it may not be the best choice for your home.  If you are noticing wood rot and movement of your window, it could be time for a full-frame window replacement.  There are many homeowners that will choose to completely renew all of their windows throughout the home, which can be a very cost-effective way of gaining energy savings.

Which Window Is Best For My Home?

Jancewicz & Son will assess several factors to help you decide which type of window replacement is best for your home.  We will first look at the construction of your home and the history of it as well.  Some homes have a historical presence where homeowners are interested in keeping those special accents within the window space, so an insert window may be the best choice for those types of projects. 

If you are looking to change the entire style of your window, we may suggest a full-frame window replacement as we would need to create a solid opening for something like a double-hung window if you currently have a different style of window.  The best reason to choose the full-frame replacement window is because of wood rot and glass loss from having insert windows. It can also be the best choice because of noticeable water or air leakage being allowed in through the window and the frame.  By bringing in and installing a full-frame window, our homeowners can have a solid and secure window that completely changes the house’s overall appearance and provides a solid foundation.

How Jancewicz & Son Can Help

If you are thinking of a full-frame window replacement, there are many options for different styles.

Our reputation is well known and we are happy to talk about the options for your new window(s) and provide a free estimate to make sure your family is safe and secure.  

Ready to have your windows fully replaced?  If you’re in or around our Vermont, New Hampshire, or Boston service areas, feel free to contact us to discuss starting your window project today!

We are happy to discuss all of your options and answer your questions! Feel free to check out our video gallery to gather some questions and ideas! We look forward to hearing from you! 

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