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Can I Use My Existing Window Frames With Replacement Windows?

Dec 2

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12/2/2013 1:09 PM  RssIcon

A common question that we are asked here at Weather Shield is “can I use my existing window frames with replacement windows?”


The answer is that it depends on the age and condition of your existing window frames.


If your home has very old windows or very poorly insulated windows, full-frame window replacement is likely the best option for your home. Unlike sash replacement kits, full-frame replacement windows will allow you to address the lack of insulation and decrease the amount of air leakage from your window frame. Over time, homes settle and materials degrade, causing them to become less efficient than they were in the past—making full-frame replacement windows a good choice for improving your home’s comfort and lowering energy costs.


If your home has window frames that are in good shape, you may be able to opt for pocket frame window replacement. Also called insert windows, pocket frame replacement windows are simply inserted into the existing opening of the window being replaced. This allows you to upgrade your window to a more highly performing model while preserving the existing frame, trim, and casing. Pocket frame replacement windows are one of the easiest (and more cost-effective) ways to update the windows in your home or business.


How Do I Know If My Window Frames Can Be Preserved?

If your current window frames are cracked, rotting, or warped, it would be in your best interest to replace your window frames during your window replacement project. This will ensure a tighter fit—improving the look and energy efficiency of your new windows.


Does Full Frame Window Replacement Cost More?

Naturally, an installation that requires more work and material will cost more than an installation that does not.  The added cost, however, will improve the envelope of your home by ensuring that your new windows fit snugly. If your existing window frames are old—even if they’re in good shape—it will be a worthwhile investment to replace them when you replace your windows to make sure the frames will not have to be replaced during the lifespan of your windows. Retroactively replacing the frames after your windows have been installed can be costly and even potentially damage the windows.


Get A Full-Frame Replacement Window Estimate

If you are considering replacing the windows in your home and need a window replacement estimate, find a local Weather Shield dealer or contact us directly and we can help find one in your area. We are confident you will find a product that fits your needs and your budget. 

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