With all the talk about energy efficiency and tax rebates lately, windows have become a hot topic in the media. Today, the team at Weathershield reviews key differences between full frame and insert windows and explains the benefits of each.
Information Nation: Thank you for joining us today and welcome.
Weathershield Reviews Team: It’s our pleasure.
Information Nation: For our readers’ benefit, can you tell us a bit about Weathershield Windows and Doors?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Sure! We’ve been in business since 1955. We are one of the most experienced window manufacturers in the nation and offer one of the best warranties in the business.
Information Nation: What type of windows do you make?
Weathershield Reviews Team: We have four different lines of windows starting with our basic vinyl-clad Aspire Series all the way up to the Premium Series of architectural-grade windows and patio doors.
Information Nation: Let’s talk about replacement windows. Many homeowners would like to know if they can use their existing frames when installing new windows. Is that possible?
Weathershield Reviews Team: The answer is going to be different from one home to the next.
Information Nation: Explain…
Weathershield Reviews Team: Some homes have window frames that have degraded over the years. Homes with rotten wood or those that have settled significantly are likely better suited for a full-frame installation.
Information Nation: Can you explain the difference between the two?
Weathershield Reviews Team: An insert window replacement utilizes a home’s existing frames. A full-frame installation involves tearing out the frames, sashes, and trim – leaving nothing but a rough opening.
Information Nation: Which type is most common?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Insert windows, also called pocket frame, are most common because they are the most economical.
Information Nation: What are the benefits of pocket frame windows?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Lower-cost, added energy efficiency to the home, and a much faster installation time versus full frame windows.
Information Nation: Why are these windows less expensive?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Pocket frame windows generally take less time to install making the overall installed cost less. Obviously, this makes them a more budget-conscious option when cost is a major consideration.
Information Nation: If they are less expensive and still offer protection from the elements, why would a homeowner choose full-frame replacement?
Weathershield Reviews Team: A full frame replacement may be necessary in homes where the existing frame is unusable. This could be because of wood rot or improper insulation.
Information Nation: Can you replace a frame after installing replacement inserts?
Weathershield Reviews Team: You can, although it is not recommended. Retroactively replacing the frames is much more expensive than doing it all at once.
Information Nation: That’s definitely sound advice. Does Weathershield offer installation?
Weathershield Reviews Team: We don’t, but we can certainly help homeowners find a dealer. They simply need to log onto our website at weathershield.com.
Information Nation: Would you like to add anything before we close?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Adding new windows is a major investment. We recommend that homeowners take quality, craftsmanship, and longevity of the business into account before looking at the price.
Information Nation: In other words, not all windows are created equally?
Weathershield Reviews Team: That’s absolutely right. Even when comparatively priced, some windows will have major advantages over their competitors.
Information Nation: Thank you for taking time to speak with us today.
Weathershield Reviews Team: You are welcome, thank you.
Weathershield was established in 1955 and has grown into one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of quality window and door products. Always ahead of trends and technology, Weathershield reviews their products constantly in order to offer the right window for every home. For more information or to find a dealer visit weathershield.com.