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Window Replacement: Insert vs. Full-Frame Installation

Regardless if you have windows of the highest quality, they won’t deliver peak performance with poor installation. Most likely, they will sustain problems early and won’t last long. That’s why it’s crucial to work with reputable window installation companies like Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis to do the job right the first time.

Window Replacement: Insert vs. Full-Frame Installation

There are two types of window replacement method: full-frame and insert. Read on to find out which is the right one for your situation.

Insert Window Installation

Insert window installation makes sense when your window sill and frame are in good condition, and if you’re satisfied with the size, shape and style of your old window. Your contractor will only remove the sash, hardware and covers while keeping the trim intact. They will then insert your new window unit into the existing frame where it is insulated and sealed.

This is a quicker and cheaper replacement method as there’s no need to change the interior and exterior trim. However, this method is not applicable to all types of window material, so be sure to consult with a professional first.

Full-Frame Window Installation

Full-frame window installation, on the other hand, involves completely removing the old windows down to the studs, along with the trim. By baring the original opening, your contractor can perform an in-depth inspection and fix areas with rotting wood and water damage. They will then insulate the gaps to ensure that your energy-efficient windows will perform as expected.

While it is a more thorough process, it allows you to pick a new style, shape or size for your windows. This gives you a great opportunity to address issues you might have been facing before. For instance, you can replace hard-to-reach double-hung windows with crank-out casement windows for easier operation. Keep in mind, however, that modifying the size may increase the overall cost.

You can count on Renewal by Andersen of Memphis for a flawless window installation. We ensure that our solutions meet your needs and your home’s unique specifications with ENERGY STAR® windows that deliver years of protection, comfort and curb appeal. Contact us today at (901) 779-1178 for more information about our products and services.


"Absolutely wonderful experience working with renewal. They kept my wife and I up to date all throughout the process from the initial sales pitch to installation. They were courteous and professional throughout. The installation of 8 windows was completed in one day and the product is fantastic. Immediate difference felt inside the home and its much quieter now too. My wife and I are thrilled at our purchase. The windows are a bit pricey but worth every single penny. Wonderful product from a wonderful company. Will definitely be using them in the future to install the rest of the windows in our home."

Joseph Sipes
Jul 16, 2022

"When I say, superior service I mean just that!! From start to finish I was pleased!! Step 1, Scheduled appointment at the Home show… easy. Step 2, phone call to confirm appointment the next week….easy. Step 3, in home consultation with Keith Billingsley…..Amazing!!!! Step 4, call and cancel all other Window companies and let them know you have chosen the Best company, Anderson Windows!!! My Windows took a couple of months to come which was not a problem. Oooohhh but when installing day came ( a week early) I was lost for words. The installation team was A1 with professionalism and cleanliness!! They didn’t leave a scrap of trash on my property. It was cleaned up both days. I had Ed Tutton and crew. I had a million questions and they answered every one of them and made me feel so assured with the process. A couple of my Windows had wood rotted. They took care of it and fixed it better than when the house was built!!! Two of my Windows came in broken, it was addressed and shown to us and reorder in the same day!! They will be installed later. The Windows are so beautiful I stood in my master bedroom Windows for almost 3 hours just looking out. I hate Window grates…. I have solid glass Windows now❤️❤️! I wish I would have ordered my new front doors from Anderson Windows. So if you are looking to get new Windows you must go with Anderson Windows!!!"

Celeste Ousley
Jul 13, 2022

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