A key factor in window replacement is knowing whether you need retrofit windows or full frame installation. The final cost of your window replacement hinges on the type of installation needed.
The following article will discuss the main differences between retrofit and full frame installation for your windows Winnipeg.
Main Differences Between Retrofit Windows and Full Frame Installation.
What is Full Frame Installation?
Also known as brick to brick windows, full frame installation includes replacing the entirety of the window unit. This includes the window jambs, frame, casing, and brick molding. In this process, the existing window frame is completely torn down right to the brick. This is the best way to ensure that there is no hidden structural damage.
As they are building a new window frame from the rough opening of your old window unit, the windows installers will be able to determine if there are any additional repairs needed. Full frame installation is the best way to ensure a long lifespan for your new windows. Due to the fact that modern windows frames are typically made of vinyl, they will not only last for many years, they will also improve the energy efficiency and comfort level of your home.
What Are Retrofit Windows?
Retrofit windows are the less expensive type of window installation. Retrofit installation is the best option for those who are hoping to preserve as much of the current integrity of their home as possible while adding more energy efficient windows. In this process, the new windows are installed into the current window frames.
Retrofit window installation requires less labor and is less intrusive to the existing structure of your home. With this process, the brick mold, jambs, and casings are left intact. However, if any damage is found during the installation process, you might have to opt for full frame window installation.
Other Differences Between Full-Frame Installation and Retrofit Windows
The main difference between full frame and retrofit window installation is that full frame installation costs an average of fifteen to twenty percent more than retrofit windows. This often deters Winnipeg residents from opting for full frame installation, even when the latter is beneficial.
When the time for window replacement comes, your contractor can help you determine which type of installation is the best course of action for your home. If your window frames have any damage from excessive moisture or other issues, then full frame installation is a way to go. If there is no visible damage, retrofit installation is recommended. Keep in mind, however, that upgrading to energy efficient vinyl windows can improve the energy efficiency of your home, lower energy costs, and also raise the market value of your Winnipeg area home. Moreover, they are available in a wide variety of style options to match the look of your home.
WeatherPro Windows and Doors can help you make the right choice between full frame installation and retrofit windows as the best option for your window replacement. Call us today for a free in-home evaluation and estimate.