When you have a window replaced in your home, you can just have the glass replaced, or you can have the entire frame around the window replaced. When you have the entire frame around the window replaced, it is called a full-frame replacement window. Full-frame replacement windows allow underlying damage to be detected and dealt with and allow for proper insulation to be installed.
Advantage #1: Deal with Unseen Damage
When you only have the glass replaced in a window, instead of the entire frame, you rob yourself of the opportunity to see what is behind the frame. Just because a frame looks good on the outside doesn't mean that there is not a hidden story behind the frame waiting to be told.
By removing the frame, you are able to see what is lying underneath the frame. You may discover that wood around the frame is rotting and deteriorating. You may discover that moisture is getting trapped around the frame, creating an environment for mold and mildew to thrive within the walls. You may discover that there is no proper insulation around the window, or that the insulation has been compromised.
The truth is there is so much that can be happening behind the window frame. When you replace the window frame, you are given a rare opportunity to take care of structural issues with your home before they become bigger issues.
Removing the window frame, and installing a new window frame, allows you the space to change out the supporting materials around your window, and to make sure that everything is good behind the scenes in your home.
Advantage #2: Add Proper Insulation
One of the biggest sources of heat loss in most homes occurs around the windows and doors. Heat loss around windows can be attributed to things such as glass that is not that well insulated. Heat loss also occurs because of windows that are not installed with enough insulation around them, resulting in air being lost around the windows as well as through the window.
When you replace the entire frame of the window, the new window frame will be put in place with the proper insulation around this. This will help keep air from leaking around the window and will help keep your home more energy-efficient.
When it comes to replacing your windows, consider replacing not just the glass, but the entire frame as well. Replacing the entire frame and the window will allow you to make sure that hidden issues are not occurring behind the frame and will allow you to ensure the frame is properly insulated, thus helping the energy efficiency of your home. For more information, contact a company like Economy Glass and Window LLC.