Is Window Replacement Without Removing Frame Possible?

Sliding glass door embedded in a frame - can you replace it without removing the frame?

Replacing your windows is never an easy decision, but it’s definitely always a worthy one. New energy-efficient windows are a great way to reduce your energy bills and cut your household carbon emission. 

Still, when it’s time to replace your windows, you may find yourself in certain stress if you aren’t familiar with the wall structure and potential costs associated with window replacement

We’re here to explain the process and what you’ll need to know to choose the right window replacement solution for your home.

Should You Replace the Window Frame?

Replacing window frames is known to be a costly project so you may be asking yourself – is window replacement without removing frames even possible? 

The short answer is, yes! However, short answers usually have a long explanation behind them. To replace windows without replacing the frame, you will need to have insert window installation. Insert windows are specially designed to preserve the original frame, exterior trim, exterior siding, and interior casing. 

When you choose insert window replacement, new windows panes are installed within the existing frame. It’s an option when your wood or aluminum window frames are not structurally damaged and you want to maintain existing interior and exterior trim. The existing sash and operating hardware are removed and the new window unit is inserted into the old frame where it is anchored and sealed.

Because existing trim and siding are not changed, this is a faster installation and typically a lower cost replacement option.

An insert window is the best option when you’re happy with the size, shape and operating style of your existing window.

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