A good understanding of the home window installation process is critical to the performance of your new, replacement windows.
You can spend lots of money on the best, eco-friendly, Energy-Star rated windows with all the latest upgrades. But if they’re not installed and sealed properly, they won’t do you any good. Worse, your windows could leak water into the walls, damaging your home and requiring additional repairs.
But because the average homeowner doesn’t know much about the replacement window installation process, it can be hard to tell if the proper procedures are followed.
That’s why understanding the window installation process before you replace your windows is so important. Here’s what you need to know.
Window Installations: Full-Frame vs. Retrofit
Ultimately, there are two types of home window installations.: full-frame and retrofit. One will provide you with an entirely new window, including the interior and exterior components. The other does not.
A window sash is inserted into the existing frame in a retrofit window installation. The sash is the part of the window that moves and supports the glass and sits inside the frame and trim.
In full-frame, also known in the industry as brick-to-brick, the entire window, including the frame, brickmoulds, jambs, and casings, are removed and replaced.
Generally speaking, full-frame installation is more costly, but it is highly energy-efficient and is often the best choice for replacement windows.
Here’s when—and why—you might choose retrofitting or a full-frame installation.
The Facts on Retrofit Installation
When it comes to retrofit installations, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Most critically, with retrofit work, existing problems around the window may not be addressed correctly.
For example, if moisture is leaking through the existing wood window frame, a retrofit will not resolve this problem. This could lead to a worsening of any structural damage within the walls.
What’s more, with a retrofit, you will not get as much insulation as you would with a frame removal installation. As a result, the energy efficiency of your upgraded windows may be improved but not optimized. And there’s a good chance you’ll still need to do a full-frame home window replacement soon if any problems persist.
However, sometimes with the age of the home and the complexity of how a window was initially installed, retrofit might be the best option and the least invasive. In addition, retrofit installation is often the best if you are trying to preserve original trim and woodwork on a home. This is usually a point of consideration with heritage or vintage homes.
People may also consider a retrofit if they’re replacing the damaged glass on one or two windows in their home and want to keep the look of their existing windows consistent with each other. Finally, retrofitting is an option if you’re only interested in upgrading your windows’ glass to incorporate a new high-tech coating or tint, for example.
Although retrofitting generally costs less upfront, full-frame installations may cost you less in the long run. Rather than simply making-do, you can do it right. You won’t need to spend time and money in the future to address any ongoing issues. And you can be confident in the energy efficiency and functionality of your new windows, knowing that you didn’t settle.
To help you decide which window frames are best for your home, we first discuss your objectives for the project. For example, are you looking for the best in energy efficiency? Is aesthetics a priority? Do your current windows meet your needs, or could you use something different?
At Torwin, you’re really only limited by your imagination! Of course, we can take on almost any standard full-frame installation project. But what if you’re dreaming a bit bigger? Like a bigger window, perhaps? Or a second window to serve as an additional focal point? Or one that’s shifted over a few meters to better complement your home’s design and decor choices?
Whatever you have in mind, we can help with that! Once we understand what you’re looking for, we’ll come to your home to see how we can make it work. Our replacement window installation staff have been in the business for decades. They have the experience needed to give you a clear, detailed assessment that you can be confident about before making any big decisions.
And if you’re looking for a simple home window replacement? We take just as much care and consideration for the smaller jobs as we do the big ones. At Torwin, we’ll work with you and help you choose the best frame and window for your needs. We’ll consider your window direction, what rooms they’re in, traffic patterns and your home’s overall style.
Even a properly installed window may need an adjustment or post-installation servicing.
Most window components will have a 20- to 25-year warranty. Labour warranties, however, can range from 1 to 10 years.
What the labour warranty covers will vary as well. Most companies separate “general” and “skilled” labour and can be generous with general labour warranties (all the work associated with the window being installed square, level, and plumb). However, they can be more rigid with skilled labour warranties (replacing insulated glass or seals). Thus, the best-skilled labour warranties tend to be about five years.
If you’re concerned about having to service your windows in the future or what your window warranties will cover, speak to us! We’re happy to help you understand your options and suggest a product you’ll enjoy while giving you peace of mind.
Having your home’s windows replaced can be a daunting task. But understanding the ins and outs of home window installation can help take some of that uncertainty away.
With Torwin, you’ll be able to speak with your installation team on your terms and have a clear understanding of the work they are completing and how long it will take. Unlike other reno jobs you may have engaged in, you won’t be kept in the dark. We want to empower our clients with the right information and knowledge so they’re comfortable with every aspect of the project.
If you’re in the market for replacement windows, call the Torwin Team today! Our experienced and professional staff and installation teams are ready to help you.