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21
May
2015

New Construction, Full Frame, or Retrofit Window Installation


Window installations can be divided into three main categories, and each one accommodates different needs. At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we take all the relevant variables into account before helping the homeowner make the right choice to suit them and their home. It's not only about the aesthetic appeal but also a number of practical aspects that will determine the best course of action.

New Construction

This is one of the most straightforward window installations of all. As the name suggests, a new construction is the term used for installing a brand new window where there was no window before. This is generally the case when homeowners extend their home by adding on another room. In most cases, the windows are selected before construction on the walls begins. Builders will leave the allocated space for windows to be fitted at a later stage.

 

Full Frame

This window installation option involves removing the entire window as well as the frame, window coverings, trim and if necessary the jamb extensions too. Due to the amount of work and materials required for the new installation, it is easy to understand how this particular option tends to cost more than retrofitting your windows.

Full frame window replacements are the ideal solution for homeowners who are concerned about energy efficiency. It's also the best option if you notice even the slightest sign of mold or if the window is malfunctioning in any way. In many instances, if you notice mold on the exterior of the frame, it's highly likely that there's even more mold lurking inside the frame. Not only does mold give your home an unpleasant smell but it also poses a health risk and needs to be eradicated.

Full-frame tear outs are also recommended for all vinyl windows. Vinyl cannot be painted and is particularly vulnerable to the elements that are known to cause discoloration. If you install new windows but keep the old frames, it will undoubtedly be more of an eyesore than an improvement.  

In many cases, the age of the window will also determine whether or not it should be completely torn out.

 

Retrofit

A retrofit installation is also referred to as an insert and means that the window itself will be replaced while the main frame remains in place. The interior and exterior trim will also remain in place which means that this is a far less invasive method. The window stops and sashes will also need to be removed during this type of installation before the new window can be fitted.

Retrofit installations are cheaper than full tear outs, but they do not always offer much of an improvement in terms of energy efficiency. Since the main frame remains in place, there is no way for this type of installation to ensure adequate insulation between the wall and window frame.

On the plus side, retrofits are often chosen by those who wish to maintain a certain design such as historic buildings.

It should also be noted that historic structures were often built during a time when quality was a way of life as opposed to mass production. The types of wood used at least 60 years ago are not only durable but also of historic value. This is the main reason for choosing a retrofit in such instances.

Different window installations and window styles suit different needs. There are several aspects that need to be considered, and the choices can be overwhelming at first. Consult with one of our trained team members to help make sense of all our options and choose the best type of installation to suit your needs and budget.

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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
Professional, clean, good customer service. Fast and efficient. No surprises or hidden costs, did not try to upsell me and worked within my budget. Very happy with the finished product and will continue to use in the future for replacing my remaining windows.
Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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