Replacement Windows: Pros (and one con)

When you choose a replacement window, you are getting many benefits. There is one potential down side that people sometimes don't think about. We explain here.

There is more than one option when it comes to replacing windows in your home.  One option is choosing to use a replacement window product.  This option involves installing a brand new window within the existing frame of the old window.  Because the replacement window is a complete window including its own frame, you get a ‘frame within a frame.’  The new window is custom-made to fit precisely into the existing frame of the old window, and the surrounding trim and casing are left intact (as long as they are in good condition).

Advantages of Replacement Windows:

  1. Cost-Effective: Replacement windows are generally more cost-effective than full frame remodel windows because they involve removing only the existing window sashes and installing new ones into the existing frames. This reduces labor and material costs compared to a full frame replacement.
  2. Faster Installation: Since replacement windows are installed within the existing frames, the installation process is typically quicker and less invasive. This can result in less disruption to your home during the installation process.
  3. Aesthetics: Replacement windows offer the opportunity to update the appearance of your windows without changing the overall structure. You can choose from a variety of styles, designs, and materials to match your home’s aesthetics.

There is one downside to using a replacement window: because of the ‘frame within a frame,’ you will lose some of the glass portion of the window’s overall area.  Depending on the size of the window and the kind of replacement window you are using, this can be a noticeable reduction in overall glass size.  In this video, Paul shows an example of a smaller window being replaced and what the reduction in glass size looks like. 

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The other way to replace a window is to fully replace the frame and window itself.  Full-frame remodeling involves the complete removal of the existing window,
including the frame and the surrounding trim and casing, all the way back to the studs.  Because this method involves much more time, labor, and materials, it is a costlier and more involved process.  If losing glass size is a concern for you, however, it may be the right choice for the windows in your home. 

We’d love to help you make the best decision for your unique needs and goals.  Contact us and we’d be happy to set up a consultation with you.