When it comes to window replacements, there are three main methods used. Which one you choose depends on several factors, so it is a good idea to be familiar with them all.
1. Sash Replacement
A sash replacement is only an option if you have older double-hung windows installed with separate tracks and sashes, as opposed to a track frame. The parts replaced include the the sashes, which are the two framed pieces of glass that move up and down, and the jamb tracks that guide the window. The frame and sills are left in place and reused with the new windows.
Choose a sash replacement if you are on a tight budget or need to replace the window quickly. The existing frames and sash must be in good condition in order to go with this installation method. It's also a good option if your old windows aren't very energy-efficient, such as if the seal breaks in older double pane windows. Keep in mind, though, that energy efficiency may be compromised if the old frames aren't very efficient.
2. Insert Replacement
Insert replacements are also sometimes referred to as pocket fit. The window and the internal track frame — which includes tracks and sashes but not the main frame or window sill — are removed. The new insert is an all-in-one piece that integrates window sashes and tracks into a narrow frame that can be inserted into the main window frame. This makes for a quick installation and provides more operation choices than just a simple double-hung window.
These windows are only available if you have standard-sized windows in your home. Although the pocket frame is usually rated high for efficiency, there can be air losses if there are any gaps between the pocket frame and the main window frame. If you want a quick and moderately priced option, though, insert replacement is a good choice.
3. Full Replacement
Most people are familiar with full replacement. You get new frames and window sashes. This is the most time-consuming and expensive replacement option, but it provides many benefits. In fact, if your old frames are damaged, then it may be the only choice.
Full replacement is also ideal if you have custom-sized windows since the windows can be fabricated to match the space. You will also have the most choices. You can choose from frame materials like wood, vinyl, and metal. There are also a wider range of windowpane options, decorative options, and opening mechanism options available.
Contact a window installation contractor for more information on the best option for your home.Share
7 May 2021
When was the last time you really looked at your home windows and thought about their condition? Although they can be easy to ignore, older windows or versions that have insulation troubles won't protect your home from steep temperature changes, pest infestations, or harsh UV sunlight. I decided to upgrade my own windows a few years ago, which is why I made this blog. Here, I have collected loads of information about window types, features, and styles, so that you don't have to guess when it comes to your brand new window installation. By using this information, your home can look better than ever.