When you decide to replace your existing windows and exterior doors, you must strongly consider the installation method that is being used. At Brookstone Windows & Doors, one of the most trusted methods of window installation we use is a full frame window installation. But what exactly is a full frame window installation, and what are the benefits?
Retrofit Window Installation vs Full Frame Window Installation
Retrofit Window Installation
Generally speaking, when a contractor replaces a window, they often remove the existing window and replace it with the new one in the exact same way. Meaning the existing frame, casing trim and in some cases, jambs are left in the opening. This is called a retrofit installation. A retrofit window installation may be a great method in older homes.
Full Frame Window Installation
In newer homes built in the last 20 years, the correct installation method is a new frame window installation. Newer homes often come with windows that are generally not installed correctly. Meaning, the vinyl is nailed and glued in the opening. The windows lack frames, brickmould, capping, and spray foam insulation. Improper installation leads to exterior separation of the window from the opening and air/water coming into the home. This can cause moisture, mold, and condensation issues. In most cases, windows installed this way will require a full frame window replacement within five to seven years of installation.
How is a Full Frame Window Installation Done?
A full frame window installation requires a full tear out of the entire window opening. In new homes, this is simple because there is hardly anything to remove. Once the opening is cleaned out, we will install a new wood frame for the window. The full window frame is squared and shimmed into the opening. The replacement window will be securely fastened to the new window frame and caulked on the inside. Between the new window frame and stud opening, low expansion spray foam insulation will be applied. In front of that, we will fasten brickmould and aluminum flashing to complete the full frame window installation.
Full Frame Window Installed with Quality, Guaranteed
A typical window installation method has only one seal from the outside to the inside. A full frame window installation has SIX seals from the exterior to the interior. Therefore, at Brookstone, we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our replacement window installations!
To learn more about a full frame window installations, please contact us for a free in-home consultation.