What is the Difference Between Full Frame and Pocket Window Installation?

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A pocket window installation is best if you want to replace a single window in your home. But what happens if there is window frame damage or you want to replace multiple windows? In this case, a full-frame window installation makes more sense.

Understanding the difference between the two installation methods can help you get the most out of your home renovation project. But to do this, you need to decide if you will stick with the same window design or change things up for a more modern aesthetic.

What is Pocket Window Installation?

A pocket window installation is placing a frame within a frame. It is a fast and less expensive process because it allows you to keep the interior casings and moldings of the window.

When you have one or two windows that need to be replaced, and the frame is still in good condition, we can take the sashes and tracks out of the frame to reveal the jamb. We then make a new window to fit precisely inside that jamb and slide the custom window into a new mainframe that fits into the existing frame.

This is very common, particularly when homeowners want to replace a window with one of the same size and the frame is still level, square, and in good condition. A pocket window installation is ideal for replacing a window during winter, and you want it done quickly.

What is Full Frame Window Installation?

A full frame window installation is when the existing windows are completely removed down to the studs, and the new window is installed in the opening.

One of the major benefits of this installation approach is that a professional can check the condition of the frame, repair water damage, and ensure it is in good condition. When you replace the entire frame of your window, it also allows you to change the style and size.

This versatility does come at a cost, and a full frame installation is more expensive than a pocket installation. That is because it involves the interior and exterior trim and possibly siding.

Although a full frame installation is a more extensive remodel, it works best when you want to customize your windows. However, it is often necessary with vinyl and damaged frames.

Another benefit of this approach is that you gain glass space in your window. Because you install the new window into the jamb rather than into a frame first, you get more window bang for your buck.

Pocket Window Installation vs. Full Frame: Which is Best For You?

The approach you take depends on the specific situation and your needs. For example, if you want a quick fix to repair a window that isn’t sealing or cracked, a pocket installation is for you.

But if you want to change the size or style of your window or suspect that the frame has been compromised, a full frame installation is the best approach.

If you are on a budget, you can choose a pocket window replacement option for some of your windows and a few accent windows for a full frame replacement. This approach allows you to update your home without breaking the bank.

Ask Your St. Louis Window Replacement Company For Help

Regardless of your chosen installation method, opt for a professional remodeling company to help you with your window replacements.

When you choose a company like Hawthorn Home Exteriors, we can advise you on the best approach for your windows and help you find a remodeling process that works with your budget.

If you are trying to decide between a full frame or pocket window installation, contact us for a free estimate and an at-home consultation.

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Founder & CEO