Ever since homeowners and architects first began using windows as a staple fixture in homes, major advancements have been made in window technology and installation. Nowadays, broken or damaged windows only require simple window replacement procedures, which are often either in the form of retrofitting or full-frame replacements.
The difference between these two types of window replacement procedures is pretty significant.
Many homeowners grapple with the question of which type of procedure suits their needs better. In today’s blog, let’s talk about retrofitting and full-frame replacements, and which types of applications they are best suited for.
Retrofitting is considered to be quite popular as it is more budget-friendly. It involved the removal of the glass from your window frames, and installing new glass while keeping your existing frames. This is ideal if it is only the glass that has been damaged, while the frames are still relatively functional and aesthetically pleasing. With that said, if you have an older home, we always recommend doing a full-frame replacement as older frames will not be suitable for a retrofit, being more susceptible to mould and rot.
This is a far more thorough procedure, wherein all old window hardware is removed and replaced by new window hardware, including the frame, jamb extensions, and even the brickmoulds. In general, window replacement procedures also try to use vinyl instead of wood for most of the window parts, ensuring a longer lifespan for your new windows. This procedure not only entails a full window replacement, it also includes and requires a fuller assessment of the needs of your home. You should keep in mind that a full-frame window replacement will generally cost more than a retrofit.
Ultimately, it is up to the homeowner, on the advice of an experienced and professional window service provider, to decide which type of procedure is best for their home. If you have any window replacement, repair, or installation needs, don’t hesitate to call HTR Windows and Doors!