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January 6th, 2020 by Eco Choice

Selecting the Right Window Installation

Just like it is important to lay a strong foundation before constructing any building or structure, it is essential to select and get the right installation when you are replacing your windows. People usually opt for new windows to improve the aesthetics of the home, increase energy savings, reduce drafts, or due to any other damage to the window.

A suitable window installation is essential for not only a properly functioning and long-lasting window, but also to reap the full benefits of the energy-efficiency features. A good window installation would fix any structural issue in the wall. It is best to learn about window installation before you explore or choose a window type for yourself.

Types of Window Installations

Window installation is often categorized as just new and replacement. And while there can be numerous further divisions, types, and variations, window installations can be classified into two broad categories: retrofit installation and full frame (also called brick-to-brick installation).

Retrofit installation

A retrofit installation is the most economical window installation. In this method, new windows are installed into the existing window frames. The old frames are left in place and as an alternative to replacing the existing exterior brick mold; aluminum capping is used for the outer to cover the exterior of the window. This window installation is ideal when the old windows were installed properly and there is no damage to the old frame or wall. Your new window would have to be customized to fit in the existing space. Talk to our window experts to determine in Retrofit installation would be the best option for your window replacement project.

Full frame or brick-to-brick installation

Homeowners who are facing problems with their windows, such as decaying wood, high moisture, or cracks in the frame, should choose a full frame or brick-to-brick installation. In this process, every part of the window and frame is removed and a new set is installed. With your custom windows, you get an interior trim, new jamb extension and exterior brick molds. This type of installation is most recommended as it ensures proper insulation between the stud and the window frames.


What is the Right Window Installation for You?

Retrofit installation is often considered a cosmetic fix, which doesn’t let you explore or fix the underlying issues that may have been caused by faults or wear and tear. Also, fitting a new window into an old frame can mean less glass surface area, which restricts the natural light and view you would get.

The age and condition of the home also directly affects the requirement of window installation. If it is a historic building or constructed in an elaborate style, installing a new frame could damage the interior window trim and hence, the look of the home. However, if the structure is not in prime condition due to poorly installed or damaged windows, a full frame installation would be necessary to get rid of water damage or rot.

If the condition of your home does not require a specific treatment, selecting the installation type purely depends on your choice! Still have doubts? Contact our window experts to fully understand what would work your windows and how the choice of window installation will affect the cost.


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