The top 3 things to consider

Understanding full frame vs. insert replacement window installation can be challenging so we broke it down for you.

Insert Replacement: This type of installation involves leaving the frame of the existing window in your home and removing only the sash. A new Beechworth insert or “pocket” window is then installed inside of your existing window frame leaving the existing frame, trim, and surrounding materials.

Full Frame Replacement: Involves entire window frame replacement, sash, and trim or casing with a new Beechworth full-frame window


1) Cost

Replacing your windows is large financial investment. Cost can be a large factor in determining whether to select full frame or insert windows. The insert replacement window cost will likely save you money on your project. You will save on these three things:

  1. Materials – Insert windows make it easy so there is no need to do an entire window frame replacement, whereas full frame replacement involves removing the frame, trim and casing which may need to be replaced.
  2. Time – Insert window installation takes significantly less time when compared to the time necessary to demolish and rebuild the window opening in a full frame replacement.
  3. Repair – Insert window installation will have a minimal affect the interior and exterior of your home. In a full frame replacement some interior drywall and exterior siding may need to be reconstructed.

“The process is much less involved, is less time-consuming, and requires less skill than a full frame replacement…”— Jim Snyder, Window Expert


2) Energy Efficiency

It is likely that you are replacing your windows because your old ones are drafty and inefficient. While insert windows will improve the energy efficiency of your home, full-frame installation will provide the maximum amount of energy efficiency. Full-frame installation allows for insulation to be placed in older homes and the maximum amount of capping and sealing added to your home.

“Although [Full Frame Replacement] may seem like the most invasive method, with proper installation you will get the best performance…” — Rob Fanjoy, HGTV


3. Appearance

More than anything else, you and your family will notice the appearance of your replacement windows. Insert windows allow you to keep any beautiful or historic trim, while full frame windows give you more visible glass area and new trim.

Many gorgeous homes include original, priceless trim pieces that give your home the character you fell in love with. Insert windows allow you to keep that trim intact.

In contrast, your trim may have rotted, damaged or outdated. Full frame window installation will give your home the fresh new look it needs.

Breathe easy! Now that you know the trade-offs between full frame or insert replacement windows you can rest assured knowing that you have the best window installation for your home.


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