Time to Replace Your Windows? How to Choose Between Insert vs Full Frame
Replacing the windows in your home can make a big difference in the way that your rooms look and feel. Choosing an environmentally friendly option can also make a difference in your heating and cooling costs. This is a big job, and there are several important decisions that must be made. One of those decisions involves determining if you should go with window inserts or full frame windows. There are pros and cons to each option, and the team at Owens Construction would like to offer the following guidance to help you work through your options.
How Does a Full Frame Window Replacement Work?
Choosing a full frame window replacement involves a considerable investment, both in terms of time and money. The process involves removing both the internal and external window trim, removing the existing window frame and installing the new window in its frame. This is a good option when the window or the surrounding wood has begun to rot and needs to be replaced. Full frame window replacement can also address energy efficiency issues, as there is an opportunity to install new insulation and address any cracks or wood damage in the surrounding structure. A full frame window replacement will cost more than new window inserts, and the difference will run around 20 to 25 percent more. Also, the window trim and sills will also need to be replaced and stained or painted, both inside and outside of the home.
What is a Window Insert and Why it is a Good Option?
Installing window inserts is a much simpler process than full frame window replacement. Window inserts are designed to fit into the existing window opening, without the need to remove the internal or external trim. In most styles, any wood components of the insert are wrapped in a thin layer of aluminum, which can be colored to match your existing trim color. With inserts you gain an extra layer of framing, so you lose glass space and light and insert windows are less energy efficient and do not address deficiencies in the insulation or original insulation technology. However, window inserts are less expensive than full frame replacement windows and provide the same benefits of new windows. This is a good fit for homeowners who like their internal and exterior trim, and where there is no wood damage that needs to be addressed.
What Kind of Window Options are Available?
Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to replacing their existing windows. A number of different styles are available in both insert and full frame windows. There are tilt-out options and double hung windows, both of which make it easier to clean the inside and outside of the glass. Double pane glass is available, which can lower utility costs, and high-performance glass can resist impact from sporting equipment or storms. There are even windows that have tiny blinds built in between panes of glass, allowing homeowners to control light conditions with the touch of a switch.
At Owens Construction, we are here to help you work through all of the various options and find a solution that fits your particular set of needs. Call us today to schedule a free consultation, and begin the path toward new windows for your home.