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The Difference Between Insert Replacement Windows VS Full-Frame Replacement Windows

Dec 06, 2021

Serving Replacement Windows, Exterior Doors & Siding needs throughout Indiana since 1983

HOME IMPROVEMENT FAQS

What’s the difference between an insert replacement window and a full-frame replacement window?

There are actually two methods to replace windows when you start window-shopping. This may not be something you discover in a typical window-buying conversation and not all replacement window companies offer the choice of insert or full-frame.
Insert Replacement Windows

80% of window replacement consists of removing an old window frame with its sashes and “inserting” a new window in its place. Insert windows are the most common because they are user-friendly and leave the interior and exterior trim undisturbed. You get beautiful, energy-efficient, replacement windows in the color and style you want, plus the job is finished and virtually maintenance-free from the moment the installers leave your home.

Full-Frame Replacement Windows

A full-frame window includes the exterior trim and windowsills and requires the interior window trim to be replaced as well. Following the installation, homeowners often have interior trim to paint or stain to bring the window installation to completion.

Installation Information on Full-Frame Replacement Windows

During the installation of a full-frame replacement window, the entire window is removed, leaving only the rough opening like in new home construction. Everything is removed: including the sills and trim. A full-frame installation is recommended when there is significant rot or deterioration to the exterior wood components of a window opening. In some cases, a full-frame installation is the best choice due to the glass loss with an insert replacement window.

Because of the amount of additional materials and work that are required in a full-frame window installation, it will cost more. The difference will run approximately 20 to 25% more.

Installation Information on Insert Replacement Windows

Window inserts are a fully operational window installed within the existing window trim and sill. With a replacement window insert, the old interior and exterior trim is undisturbed and remain intact. The exterior wood components are completely custom wrapped in an aluminum material that is color-matched to your home’s trim and the window color. The result is a maintenance-free window that utilizes the existing wood trim.

The insert method allows some of the original window components to remain in place. The object of both methods is to maintain a home’s architectural integrity and improve the energy efficiency of the window openings in the home.

Why Choose BEE Window?

Here at BEE Window, we always put you first. For example, to accommodate your specific style preferences and budget requirements, we offer several options to choose from for each product category. Plus, we extend a lifetime, non-prorated, and transferable warranty for your peace of mind. We also want you to feel comfortable in the investment that you are making with us and in your home, which is why we offer a price-match guarantee on all of our upgrades.

The home improvement process starts with an initial consultation with one of our project managers. During the meeting, your project manager will showcase product options, discuss warranty and project timelines as well as give you financial options.

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When you choose to partner with BEE, we can help you customize the look you want for your home and order the top-of-the-line products that will produce the desired outcome.

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Once the installation of your new home improvement products is complete, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the advantages of your new windows, siding, doors, and more.

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Schedule Appointment

The home improvement process starts with an initial consultation with one of our project managers. During the meeting, your project manager will showcase product options, discuss warranty and project timelines as well as give you financial options.

Schedule Now
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Design Your Look

When you choose to partner with BEE, we can help you customize the look you want for your home and order the top-of-the-line products that will produce the desired outcome.

Visit Our Showroom
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Enjoy Your New Home

Once the installation of your new home improvement products is complete, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the advantages of your new windows, siding, doors, and more.

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