Can you hear the wind whistling through the windows? Are you noticing a steady increase in energy costs? Do you find it hard to open and close your windows? These are all signs telling you that a broken window replacement is in order.
It is time that you pay attention to your windows because it is more than just for aesthetics. It can let in light and provide ventilation. It can even keep you safe. Some people choose to ignore window replacements because of the cost. While the cost is an issue, there are some ways you can save.
Before anything, you should understand what it means when you hear window replacement. There are only three methods of replacing your windows and the cost will depend on that. The different methods include the following:
This is only applicable for double hung windows. Sashes refer to a part of the window that goes up and down. There are jamb liners also, which are tracks that the sashes ride up and down. In this method, the sashes and the jamb liners are removed from the window.
Here are things that you need to know about sash replacement:
- Energy efficiency: this is considered the least energy efficient because the method depends on your existing window frames. If your windows are leveled and square, this can be effective.
- Disruption: when you consider a sash replacement, there will minimal disruption in your home since only the pieces and parts of the existing windows will be replaced.
This is also called pocket fit window. In this method, the sashes and the jamb liners are also removed but there will be a new window with its own frame that will be installed within the existing frame. Here are the things that you need to know about insert replacement:
- Energy efficiency: there will be a new frame and sashes so it means excellent energy efficiency.
- Disruption: just like in a sash replacement, there is minimal disruption. This is because only the pieces and parts of the existing windows will be replaced – the interior and exterior trim still remains.
Full frame replacement
As the name suggests, a full frame replacement requires changing the interior and exterior trim. In this method, a new window with its own frame will be installed within the opening of the framed wall. Here are the things that you need to know about full frame replacement:
- Energy efficiency: this method requires the removal of the entire window. With this, it offers maximum energy efficiency.
- Disruption: since this requires the removal of the entire window, you should expect that there is a major disruption. It does not end after removing the interior and exterior trim. This method will require repairs to the interior window surfaces. It will also require additional painting, especially to its adjacent walls.