When it comes to home window replacement you have a couple of options. For many homeowners, full-frame window replacement is the right choice because this method can ensure that your windows are energy-efficient, structurally sound, and they are aesthetically exceptional.
But not everyone knows what the process entails and how your Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement expert goes about installing your new windows. So let’s take a look at what you can expect with full-frame window replacement in your home.
Knowing When it’s Time to Replace
Before you start to comparison shop for any type of replacement window, you’re going to want to be sure that you actually need your windows replaced instead of just merely repaired.
If the windows have become badly warped, they are inoperable, or display visible and obvious damage and/or decay. Your windows may very well need to be replaced. The older the windows are, the more likely they may be candidates for replacement.
Sometimes old and worn out windows can take away from the visible aesthetic of the home and when that happens, you don’t want your windows to be an eye-sore that ruins the appearance of your house. In these cases, repair isn’t always the best choice and it is, indeed, time to replace.
What You Get
Purchasing full-frame replacement windows give you everything you need in one package. That means you receive the windowsill and exterior trim as well, this will typically result in the window trim along the interior being replaced upon installation. Once the installation process is complete, the interior trim will need to be matched to the rest of the decor in the room where the window was replaced.
The Installation Process
Naturally, the first step is to remove the current window that exists from the house. This will result in an exposure of the framing boards as there will literally be a large open spot in the exterior of your home. During this part of the process, your installer will check for any additional internal problems that need to be repaired or addressed before installing the new window.
Having this opportunity to inspect inside the structure can lead to the detection of moisture penetration, rotting or damaged wood, inadequate insulation, or pest infestation, all of which need to be taken care of before the new replacement window is put in. Otherwise, you could be asking for more expensive problems down the line.
The installation of your new window can be adversely affected if any of these factors are discovered, resulting in a window that doesn’t operate correctly and lacks the energy-efficiency that you are expecting with a new replacement window. Without performing these checks, the frames may not sit flush and there could be visible gaps.
You only want to do this once, so it’s best that it’s done right the very first time.
Once the windows have been removed and the installer checks for any additional inherent issues that exist within the structure of the house (and finds none), then the opening will have a seal applied that will ensure the frame sits completely flush so as to avoid any gaps or openings that will allow air to escape and water to drip inside.
From there, the window is then seated into the opening and insulation placed within so that any moisture, drafts, or vermin are prevented from getting in. That insulate will also help you maintain a comfortable temperature in the home without the need to run your HVAC system for extended periods of time.
Benefits of Full-Frame Replacement
When your new windows are finally installed, you’ll be able to reap the many benefits that come with them. The first thing you’ll notice is how much more energy efficient your home will be now that you’re not worried about a frame that isn’t seated correctly.
Your old windows may not have been working correctly due to warping or damage. Perhaps you noticed that the window didn’t close fully or the lock was never able to engage properly, leaving the home less secure. With a new full-frame window replacement, your windows not only open and shut as they are supposed to, but they offer the level of security you want to protect you, your family, and your belongings.
When there is less chance of air and water seeping in through new windows that minimizes the potential for moisture leaking into the home and potentially damaging the interior of the home such as walls, floors, and interior trim and sills.