Retrofit Windows or Full Frame Windows: Which Do You Need For Your Home?

This is the time of year that homeowners typically decide to replace their windows. In addition to choosing the right style of window, you also need to consider what type of installation is needed: full frame or retrofit windows.

Keep reading ahead to find out the difference between the aforementioned types of installation for windows Edmonton replacement. This will help you determine which will work best for you as well as how to factor in the cost of replacement windows.

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Retrofit Windows

Retrofit windows refer to the method of window installation. In this method, the replacement window pane is basically fitted into the current window frame. This means that the window frame itself remains untouched. The only parts of the window that are being replaced are the window pane and other hardware, such as locks or handles. The brick mold, casing, window jamb and other components will not be replaced. 

Some homeowners know how to install window retrofit windows, so they prefer to order them online and have them delivered. If you do not know how to do so, you can schedule a time for the installation with your contractor or local windows company.

As only the window glass is being replaced, this method is the most cost effective. However, if the window frame is damaged beyond repair, you may need to opt for full frame window replacement.

Full Frame Windows

Sometimes called brick to brick replacement, full frame window installation is used when the entire window is in need of replacement. To determine if this is what is needed, you will need to inspect the window mold, frame, jamb and casing in addition to the window glass. 

If you have an older home, chances are you will need to replace the full window unit. A damaged window frame can lead to issues such as mold or other structural damage to your home. Of course, as there is more work and material involved, this method of installation is more costly. In this case, it is best to have them installed by a professional windows company or contractor to ensure that the job is done properly. 

However, a great many homeowners opt for full window replacement as today’s windows are more energy efficient in addition to more sturdy, secure and durable. You can opt for double or triple pane vinyl windows with Low-E coatings and inert gas fills for added insulation,

While full frame window replacement is more expensive, this type of window installation will pay for itself over time with lower energy costs. Homeowners in Canada typically save as much as forty percent per month on their heating and cooling bills with full window replacement. 

The experts at NorthTech Windows and Doors can help you determine which type of window replacement is best for your home. Call us today for a free in home consultation complete with a free quote for the most energy efficient windows in Edmonton.

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