Understanding Installation Techniques
Once you have decided which windows and doors are best suited to your home and style, you will need to have the products installed. Professional installers are best suited to install and trim your windows and doors, and offer an installation that will enhance the look of your home and last a long time.
There are two main installation techniques for replacing existing windows: full-frame replacement and insert installation. When it comes to a full-frame replacement, the entire existing window is removed. This installation technique is slightly more expensive, as it requires more labour and new window trim usually has to be installed at the same time. The interior trim is called “casing” – it is the trim you see inside the house installed around the window. The exterior trim is called “brickmould” and allows for a clean transition from the window to your siding. With a full-frame replacement, you can install a larger window with more glass, thus bringing additional light into the house.
The insert installation technique differs slightly from the previous one and requires less labour. First, the window sashes and hardware are removed. Unlike full-frame installation, there is no need to remove the interior and exterior trim unless the material is rotten or heavily damaged. Then, the new window is installed in the opening created by the frame of the old window. Once the window is installed, the interior gets fitted with a moulding to cover the gap between the old frame and the new window, and the exterior gap is wrapped in aluminum trim.
When you are shopping for windows, make sure to discuss installation options with your contractor to see which one fits your needs.
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