Understanding the Two Types of Window Installation

July 27, 2023
Understanding the Two Types of Window Installation

At Integrity Roofing, Siding & Windows, we know that most people don’t buy new windows for their homes every day. That’s why we would like to help you understand the process so that you can make an informed decision about your window replacement project. One of the most important things to know when planning to have new replacement windows installed is that there are two main types of window installations: full-frame window installation and pocket installation. Understanding the differences between these two types of window installation can help ensure you receive the services that are the right fit for your home.

Full-Frame Window Installation

Full-frame window installation refers to the total replacement of a window. It is also the type of window installation that is done on new structures. It involves removing the window, the sill, and the exterior and interior trim.

To complete a full-frame window installation, you may need to purchase additional insulation and a drip edge. You may also have to touch up the paint on your interior and exterior walls.

Full-frame window installation is the right choice if there’s extensive damage to the frame or trim of your existing windows. If you want to change the style of the window, a full-frame window replacement is also a better option for your home. Additionally, if you’re looking for the highest level of energy efficiency for your home, full-frame window installation will provide you with the best option. However, full-frame window installation is also a more costly and labor-intensive option, so it may not be the best choice for homeowners on a budget.

Pocket Installation

Pocket installation, also called insert window installation, refers to replacing a window within an existing frame. The frame is not removed during a pocket installation. Instead, an insert window (or retrofit window) replaces the old window while keeping the rest of the existing window frame intact. This can be a great, cost-effective option if your window frames are still in good condition and don’t need to be replaced.

Pocket installation services are less invasive, requiring less impact on the rest of your home. Additionally, the installation process is a lot quicker, making it a more convenient service. If your existing window frames are in good condition, aren’t drafty or visibly damaged, and you want the most convenient option for your home, a pocket installation is a good choice. However, pocket installation services may result in a smaller glass area for your window, resulting in less natural light that can enter your home. Additionally, pocket installation services won’t address any underlying structural issues that your home may have.

How Do You Know What Type of Window Replacement is Right for You?

There are many factors to consider when deciding between a full-frame window installation or a pocket installation. Some of those factors include the age and condition of your home, the exterior material of your home, the condition of your window frame, your budget, and any time restrictions you may have. While this decision may be easy if your existing window frames are almost entirely rotted out, in other situations, the choice may be a bit more complicated. In these cases, it’s best to turn to the professionals to help you make the right decision for your home. Your local window company will have the expertise to help you weigh these options more effectively so that you can make the decision that’s right for you and your home.

Get Started with Integrity Roofing, Siding & Windows

For window replacement services in the Kansas City area, contact Integrity Roofing, Siding & Windows today. We work with our customers to help select the ideal replacement windows and type of window installation service. Whether you’re interested in a full-frame window installation, a pocket installation, or need help deciding between the two, you can rely on our experienced professionals to help you understand the pros and cons of each option, so you have the information you need to decide what is best for your window replacement project.

Contact us today for more information about full-frame installation and pocket installation services or to get started on a window replacement project at your home.


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