In the latest installment of HomeStars U,  Anthony Gucciardi from Encore Home Improvements gives us the lowdown on the two methods of window installation.

Full-Tear Out Of Your Windows

The entire window is removed and damaged wood is replaced. The installer reinsulates the interior frame and a new window is installed. The interior portion is completed with new wood, or vinyl jam extension and new interior casing is put in. Finishing is then completed on the exterior.

Retrofitting Your Windows

Installers leave the existing frame and new glass is mounted inside it. You lose 1-1.5 inches all the way around, resulting in less glass space.


It costs 15-20% more to do a full tear out installation .

Which option is right for you? It all depends on the window and your existing window frame. If you have water, drywall damage or any other type of damage around your frame this automatically means you should do a full tear-out installation. These are the sorts of problems that could end up costing you more in the long run.

The Window Installer

When buying windows you are often also choosing the installer, so be sure to first read all the reviews about them they you can find, and then ask the right questions directly to the installer:

1) How long have they been in business doing window installations?

2) Is the company a licensed or credentialed contractor?

3) Are they insured?

4) What is the company’s workmanship warranty?

5) What is the company’s track record for solving customer complaints?

6) Do they have personnel with a carpentry background to handle a full tear out?

Check out our Windows board on Pinterest for inspirational ideas as you plan your project and don’t forget to check out the reviews of window installers in your area.

Good luck and please do consider leaving a review of your project, it helps the whole community!

Posted by Leslie Andrachuk