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Full Frame vs. Pocket Window Replacements – Which is Right for Your Home

Replacing your Central Kansas home’s windows is a major investment, and it can be difficult to determine which windows are right for you. MPIRE Improvements is a Platinum-certified Pella installer. We do a wide variety of window replacements, but the first question is always whether it needs to be a full-frame replacement or a pocket-window replacement.

The answer to that question depends on your home and situation.

Full frame replacement

Full-frame window installation replaces the existing window frame and sashes. In order to install full-frame replacement windows, we remove the previous frame, sashes, screens and trim.

Full frame window installations completely replace your previous windows and is a common option for homeowners that want to change the size or shape of their window or want a different type of window.

Pocket replacement

Pocket window replacement is slightly different than full frame replacement. Instead of removing the window frame, like in a full frame replacement, the pocket window fits inside your existing window frame. This type of replacement is also commonly referred to as insert window installation.

Pocket replacements allow you to keep the original frame, trim, siding, and casing intact, and are commonly used when homeowners want to replace a worn window with a new window that’s the same size, and the current window frame is still square, level, and in good condition. It may also be advantageous when the exterior material of the home would be more impacted.

Full frame vs. insert window replacement

The differences between full frame and pocket window replacements is clear, but in order to determine which is right for your Central Kansas home, we must look at your home and your situation. Here are some of the factors that play into the decision:


The condition of your frame can be one of the biggest determining factors for the type of replacement installation you need. If there’s no damage to your existing frame and your frame is square, then a pocket replacement might be possible. However, if there is damage to your frame or it isn’t square, then a full-frame installation will most likely be required.


Sometimes, size is what truly matters when it comes to replacing your windows. If the window you’re replacing can be the same size as the previous window, then a pocket installation may work. If you need a larger opening and a different window size, then a full-frame installation can be done to remove the previous frame and open up your window area.

Should you choose pocket or full frame installation?

Both pocket windows and full-frame options have their advantages. The window experts at MPIRE Improvements will inspect your home in order to provide you with your options and their recommendations.

Get your window replacement quote today. (620) 603-0872

MPIRE Improvements is a Pella Platinum Certified contractor bringing Central Kansas high-efficiency windows, doors and garage door options. We serve Central Kansas and are headquartered out of Great Bend, Kansas.

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