Choosing the kind of replacement windows you want for your home is just the beginning of the process. You also have to decide how you want the replacement windows for your Irvine, CA home to be installed. There are a number of different ways replacement windows can be installed, each providing different advantages and disadvantages. This article will focus on two main types of replacement window installation: pocket and full frame.
A pocket replacement window installation is when the old frame is left in place and the new window is placed inside the existing frame. The old window’s sashes, parting stops, jamb liners, and storm windows are taken out, which leaves only the old window frame in place. The new window is custom fit to go inside the old frame. Pocket window replacements are ideal for windows with more narrow frames.
Pocket installations offer a few main advantages, including that they are easy, relatively fast, and less expensive than other installation methods. They also allow the new windows to be installed without disturbing the existing window trim. However, pocket installations do not allow for easy inspection, and often leave a rough opening that paves the way for potential water damage, insect infestations, rot, poor insulation, and mold. Also, pocket installations can leave homeowners with less glass viewing area which can reduce the window’s available light, viewing area, and overall appearance. Not to mention that old trim often does not match the new windows.
There are also full frame replacement window installations. These installations remove the old window completely, all the way down to the studs, to make room for a complete brand-new window and frame. Full frame installations allow homeowners to inspect and treat the rough opening for mold, water damage, insects and rot. They can also boost glass viewing area, natural light levels, and overall appearance and style, as well as add some extra décor and personality with a new interior window trim. However, it’s important to keep in mind that full frame installations can be much more expensive than other methods as they involve a lot more time, energy and work.
Both pocket and full frame replacement window installations can be good choices depending on your home, your budget, and your preferences. For example, a historic home with special interior trim would greatly benefit from a pocket installation, but a home with water damage or leaky windows requires a full frame installation.
At the end of the day, you need to choose the replacement window installation method that is right for you and your home. You can always reach out to an experienced window contractor to help you go through the benefits of each method and better decide which is best for you. Cunningham Doors & Windows, located at 1940 E Edinger Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705, can help you choose what’s right for you and your Irvine, CA replacement windows. Please give us a call today at (714) 258-2500 to learn more about what we can do for you.