Customers who require windows installation Calgary, often wonder what the difference is between full frame replacements versus retrofit windows.
Homeowners should know that these are actually the two main methods of replacement windows in Calgary. However, more often than not people don’t learn about this while shopping around for windows, nor is it a common conversation starter during typical window-purchasing conversations.
There are quite a few differences between full frame replacements and retrofit window replacements. Window Mart has put together this guide to help local homeowners better understand their options. Read on to learn more.
Retrofit Replacement Windows
Nearly 80 percent of window installers in Calgary replace old windows by removing the old window frame with its sashes in order to install a newer, more secure, highly-affordable and efficient vinyl window in their place.
Retrofit windows are the most common type of window replacement because they are user-friendly and also don’t interfere with interior or exterior trim work. These retrofit windows result in a gorgeous, energy-efficient, replacement that come in a wide variety of possible style and colour combinations.
During the installation of retrofit replacement windows, a window insert is installed within the existing window trim and sill. During this process, the existing interior and exterior remain intact. The exterior wood structures are often wrapped in aluminum that matches the home’s trim and window colour. Retrofit windows are virtually maintenance free and use all of the existing wood trim.
These windows are generally easy to install and hassle-free because they allow some of the original wood window structure to remain untouched. Retrofit windows are only an option if the wood surrounding the window is structurally sound or if the frames are aluminium. There might also be a slight reduction of light opening with retrofit windows.
Full Frame Replacement Windows
Full frame replacement windows include updating of the exterior trim and window sills as part of the installation process. These type of window installations also generally require the replacement of interior trim as well. After the window is replaced, homeowners may need to paint or stain the interior trim if this has not been worked out with the contractor or company performing the job.
When homeowners need to have full frame replacement windows, the entire window is removed. An opening, much like those seen with new home construction, will be left. During this process, everything including the window sills and trim is removed. Full frame replacement windows are recommended for situations where significant rot and/or deterioration to the outside structure of the window exists. They may also be the better option for situations where the square inch loss of glass with insert windows is undesirable.
Full frame replacement windows tend to cost more than retrofit replacement windows solely because of the amount of time and materials that are needed for this type of window installation. Usually, full frame replacement windows cost around 20-25 percent more than retrofit replacement windows. The main benefit to full frame replacement windows is that they allow trained professionals to inspect for and repair any water damage. Another minor benefit to full frame replacement windows is that they offer homeowners the option to replace existing windows with a new style or size window.
Regardless of the type of window installation you opt for, the object of both retrofit windows and full frame replacement windows is to maintain the home’s architectural structure and integrity while improving the home’s overall energy efficiency and enhancing aesthetics.
Why Vinyl Windows?
Vinyl windows are the best option regardless of whether you are going with a full frame replacement or with a retrofit replacement because they are:
- Energy Efficient — Vinyl windows have exceptional energy efficiency because of the materials that they are constructed from. Vinyl windows do a better job at reducing heat loss and maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the home than aluminium windows do.
- Low Maintenance — Vinyl windows, unlike aluminium windows, are easier to clean and will resist fading, rotting, and splintering. Vinyl windows are also weather resistant and do not need regular upkeep or repairs.
- Attractive — Vinyl windows come in a wide array of colours, sizes, and styles.
- Durable — All vinyl windows sold at Window Mart are made from 100 percent lead-free unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) powder compound. Therefore, they are moisture, fade, and impact resistant, as well as environmentally sustainable.
- Affordable — Vinyl windows, unlike wood or fibreglass windows, are cost-effective and require little to no maintenance. They are the perfect investment because vinyl windows greatly cut down home energy bills.
Call the replacement window experts at Window Mart in Calgary, for a free quote today. Don’t waste any more time with those damaged or outdated windows.Replacement Vs Retrofit