When it comes to window replacement, there are two types you can choose from: sash and full-frame. Sash window replacement (also known as an insert window replacement) is when new windows are installed into an existing frame. Full-frame, meanwhile, is when the current windows are completely removed and a new window, including the frame, is installed in the opening. Both have their pros and cons, so it’s understandable that some homeowners have a hard time choosing between the two.
In this post, A&A Services Home Improvement, home of the window replacement pros, discusses the pros and cons of sash and full-frame window replacement and how to choose between them.
Sash Window Replacement
One of the advantages of sash window replacement is that the installation process is less extensive, which means that the cost is lower. This type of window replacement also allows you to keep your existing interior and exterior trim. However, this is only an option if the wood is still structurally sound, or if you have aluminum frames. Otherwise, your windows may suffer from seal failures and degradation from weather exposure, and you could end up eventually having to replace the window entirely.
Full-Frame Window Replacement
The advantage of full-frame window replacement, meanwhile, is that it allows a professional to perform an in-depth inspection of the window opening for water or insect damage. It also offers the flexibility to replace the old window with a new style or size. The disadvantage is that the installation is more involved, which means it will cost more. It also entails the removal of the interior and exterior trim and, if needed, the siding as well.
Which One to Choose?
Sash window replacements are only recommended if your wooden frame is still intact with no signs of rot, your window frame is not out of square and you want to replace your worn window with a new one of the same size in the existing frame. Full-frame window replacement is necessary if you have vinyl frames that have sustained damage over the years. If your window is heavily damaged, it’s best to choose the full-frame window replacement option.
Turn to A&A Services Home Improvement for your window replacement needs. We’re your leading provider of roof and siding repair services. Give us a call at (978) 219-2343 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Salem, Peabody, and Andover.