There are a few options to choose from when you are looking to replace your windows:
- Sash Replacement Kits
- Insert Replacement Windows
- Full Frame Replacement Windows
Sash Replacement Kits:
This type of replacement gives an old frame new parts. This system requires the removal of the operable components of the window and inserts replacements of the jambs, balances, sashes, sash frames and glass.
This type of replacement is obviously less invasive as well as minimal mess and disruption in the home. However, For sash replacement kits to work in your home, the existing window frame must be level and square as well as functional. In addition some complain of fit and drafts afterwards.
Insert Replacement Windows:
These replacement windows are inserted into the opening created by the removal of the existing sashes, frame, interior and sometimes exterior stops and jambs. The insert replacement window consists of a fully assembled window in a ready-to-install frame, sized to fit into existing window openings. This is the most popular type of replacement window, therefore they are many different options to choose from over a variety of different manufacturers and price points. Installation provides an airtight seal that you can enjoy for years. It is possible to see a difference between the frame size – a little bit smaller than the original in order to fit an existing space. Style and colors are limited with inserts, so make sure you look at all manufacturers to determine the best options available.
Full Tear Out:
The full tear out window requires the complete removal of the window so all that is left is the rough frame opening. Full tear out windows come with a complete frame including head jamb, side jambs, and sill. This is the main options for homeowners who need entirely new frames due to the old frames, sill, and jambs are rotted or damaged. Though this is the most invasive of the three types of replacement windows, homeowners do receive the benefit of more visible glass in comparison to inserts as well as a fully new window system and all its hardware. However, the full tear out method is more expensive, labor intensive, and takes much longer to complete.