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Understanding Window Installations Before Replacing Windows

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: proper window installation is critical to the performance of your new, replacement windows.

You can spend lots of money on the very best, eco-friendly, Energy-Star rated windows, with all the latest upgrades. But if they’re not installed and sealed properly, they won’t be doing you any good. Worse still, your windows could be leaking water into the walls, further damaging your home.

But because the average homeowner doesn’t know much about the window installation process, it can be hard to know if the proper procedures are being followed.

That’s why understanding the window installation process before you replace your windows is so important. Here’s what you need to know.

Two Style of Window Installations: Full-Frame & Retrofit

Ultimately, there are two types of window installations.: full-frame and retrofit. The big difference between types is one provides you with an entirely new window, including the interior and exterior components, and the other does not.

In a retrofit window installation, a window is inserted into the existing frame.

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.

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, problems around the window may not be addressed correctly.

For example, if moisture was leaking in through the 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.

However, sometimes with the age of the home and the complexity of the way a window was originally installed, retrofit might be the best option and the least invasive. Retrofit installation might also be the best installation type if you are trying to preserve original trim and woodwork on a home. This is especially true of homes is of a certain age.

Post-Installation Services

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 5 years.

Having your home’s windows replaced can be a daunting task. But understanding the ins and outs of window installation can help take some of that uncertainty away.

You’ll be able to speak with your installation team in their terms and have a clear understanding of the work they are completing. And that gives you power.

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.