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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.


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Tessica Agnew
Feb 28, 2024

"Our windows were the original ones that were installed when they built the house in 1972. They wouldn't open, they had been painted shut. They were single pane and the glaze was cracked everywhere. I had to put plastic up every year to help keep the house warm at least a little bit. My MIL was surprised that there weren't any panes in the windows. Now she loves it. We have put a film on the windows so we can see out but no one can see in. We are loving it!"

Beverley Collins
Feb 16, 2024

"I love my new windows! The installation crew was efficient, courteous and tidy."

Jeannette Kirby
Feb 21, 2024

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