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How Different Types of Installation Affects the Price of Your Windows

You can’t live in a house without a few windows scattered throughout. Not only does it give you a nice view of your neighbourhood, but it also allows for natural air flow and sunlight to filter into your home. You can also expect that these windows will need to be replaced at some point, depending on your climate, the age of your windows, the materials used to frame it and more. Windows should last you about 25 years, but circumstances can lead to them needing to be replaced sooner rather than later.


When it comes to the cost of window replacement, many factors can affect it, including the size of the job, the brand and style of the windows themselves, the overall quality, the type of glass used and the installation method. The biggest factor that can affect the cost of window replacements is the type of installation process needed to get the job done right. We’re going to dive into the two most common types of window installation that could drastically increase or decrease your budget.

Installed Into an Existing Frame

Also known as the retrofit installation methods, choosing this installation process only works if you’re inserted new windows into a pre-existing window frame. During this installation, everything except the window itself is left intact. That includes the pillars and wooden frame that the window attaches to. To save you some money, your contractor can also use aluminum capping when dealing with the outer cover of the windows instead of replacing the existing brick mould. This is the installation option for you if you’re only replacing a window, as it doesn’t cost nearly as much as if you were to rebuild the window frames and overall structure.

Full Frame Installation

Also known as the brick-to-brick installation method, deciding to proceed with this installation process means rebuilding and replacing the entire existing window frame structure. This is necessary if you’re replacing your windows with ones of a different style or size. Ripping everything out right down to the nails, this might also be an option if you have a lot of moisture within your wooden frame or if the wood has begun to rot. Your contractor will need to build the frame on site, install the window itself, the interior trim and exterior brick moulds, all of which will cost you much more than a simple, retrofit window replacement.


At Northern Windows and Doors in Edmonton, Alberta, our experts specialize in window and door installations. For over 20 years, our family-run business has been capable of dealing with any and all window and door needs throughout Edmonton, its surrounding areas and rural Alberta. We offer our customers high-quality windows and doors, a lifetime warranty, select discounts and manufacturer pricing. With the ability to speak a variety of languages to best help our customers, visit our website or call us today for a free estimate.

Common Window Problems and How To Fix Them

Windows don’t just add to the look of your home but they also provide ventilation and fresh air for the people living inside. They are, however, quite prone to wear and tear. If you notice that your windows aren’t functioning properly, don’t yet plan to replace them. Instead, you may be able to fix them completely by targeting the root of the problem. Here are some common window problems and their quick solutions:

Drafty room

If you notice that a room or spot near a window is cooler than the rest of your home, it is probably because a draft is sneaking inside. Especially in these chilly Edmonton winters, windows and doors need to be shut tight. Caulking your window may be a great solution to this problem. This will help to seal visible gaps along the exterior of the windows. You can simply buy a tube of caulk and a caulk gun to seal any visible gaps. Let the caulk dry for at least 24 hours. If the draft continues, it may be that the overall quality of the window is low and you need a plan B. Simply hire the experienced and licensed crew from Northern Windows and Doors and get an energy-efficient window replacement to guarantee that your home has a regulated indoor temperature, irrespective of the outside temperature.

Horizontal sliding windows don’t open

One of the most common issues with horizontal slider windows is that the windows stick along the track or slide very slowly. This might be due to a lot of dust and grime accumulating in the track. You can clean the tracks by coating them with a concoction of baking soda and a mixture of white vinegar and water. Let the mix fizzle for a while and then scrub it with a toothbrush. Use a paper towel and a butter knife wrapped with a rag to reach all the corners and crevices for a thorough cleaning.

Issues with crank-operated windows

Just like the horizontal sliding windows, crank-operated windows too need routine cleaning and maintenance. To help with this problem, clean and lubricate your window cranks. Remove the arm of the crank and get rid of the rust inside the gears with a wire brush. Next, use a toothbrush coated with a cleaning liquid and scrub it. Wipe down dry with a rag and then lubricate the gears and crank. However, if the issue persists, you may need to think about getting replacement casement windows or awning windows for your home.

Wooden frame windows

The issue with wooden frame windows is that they can swell up due to moisture and humidity. This means that the frames keep changing diameters. Naturally, it is hard for them to close or open amidst times when high condensation occurs. Unfortunately, there is no remedy except replacing the windows for this particular issue. Opting for an energy-efficient replacement, like a vinyl frame, is a great option as it is equipped to handle sudden weather changes. Northern Windows and Doors can help. Whether it is cleaning, repairing, replacing or installing windows or doors, our experienced crew can help you to get a solution for all kinds of window and door issues.