Can You Replace A Window Without Replacing The Frame

In general, yes. However, there are some cases where you would want to replace the window and the frame.

So, yes, window replacement can be done without replacing the frame, but it’s not a job for the faint of heart. Framing windows is a complex process that, like framing walls, requires careful planning to ensure that the wall will be strong and square and the window will fit well.

Basically you need to buy new windows, without jambs (the sides of the window frame). You’ll have to remove the existing sash from the existing window jamb. You’ll have to measure carefully and cut openings in your wall that are larger than the window opening so you can fit the new window into place. Once in place, you’ll have to shim out any gaps between the window and wall and then carefully install new trim around all four sides of the window.

Instances where you can replace the glass only

Window replacement is possible without replacing the frame, but it may not be the best choice. The professional window installers have mentioned many reasons why a homeowner shouldn’t replace just the glass in an existing window frame. If the frame is old and damaged, or if the homeowner wants to upgrade from single-pane to double-pane glass, replacing just the glass will defeat those objectives.

However, there are some instances where you can get away with simply replacing the glass. For instance, a professional will replace only the glass in an existing window if he’s certain that the window frame is in good shape and if it’s a simple installation process.

If it’s the frame is a standard size and you can get the glass that day, there is no reason not to accomplish window replacement without replacing the window frame. It’s would be cheaper for you as the home or property owner and faster for us the person working on your project.

Another instant where window replacement should be done without replacing the frame is when the homeowner of the property owner has a historical home that must keep its original architectural integrity, such as a wood-framed window with individual panes of glass (often called true divided lite). In such cases, the best option is to replace just the broken pane.

A professional is best Suited to Handle the Project

As already been stated, you can replace your window without having to replace the frame. To do so, y will have to remove the old glass and trim, though. It might be a lot of work depending on how old your window is and whether it’s been painted shut, in which case you WILL break the frame.

Don’t bother with replacing just one pane; that isn’t going to help your energy bills at all. If you’re doing window replacement yourself, get a professional to do what work you can’t – cutting and installing the glass, for instance, if you don’t have the tools or experience. If you’re hiring someone else, get multiple bids from contractors who specialize in window replacement.


New windows might not be something you think about very often, but they are important. When it is time to replace them, you want to do so with new windows that are going to offer you the most benefits. If you decide that replacement windows are something you want to invest in for your home, then contact a window company for more information on getting started with this project.

Musa Cillian

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