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You have made your mind to replace windows in your house. Now you have some worries and questions how in the world are they gonna do that window installation. May be you have just paid for the installation of new trim around the windows and painted them into your favorite color and now you question yourself what's gonna happen to all that interior work. Then you might be troubled what is gonna be done to the outside of the wood trim you have right now.
The answers to these worries are simple. The window installation can be done 2 ways from the inside the house or from the outside. When the window installation is done from the inside the house, then usually most of the work is done inside. In that case you should ask your window installer what is he gonna do to your freshly painted trim. Sometimes it is possible to install the windows from the inside without the removal of the interior trim, but it is very rare. Most of the time all the interior trim has to be removed to install the window. In that case, no work is gonna be done on the exterior wood trim of the window.
We prefer to do installation of the windows from the outside, because this way we don't have to disturb any wood trim inside. The only thing that we do inside the house is caulking around the window frame. Most of the work is outside. When the old window is removed, we check the soundness of the wood, if any of it is rotten we replace it with new one. Then the new replacement window is installed and adjusted. After that we use window insulating foam sealant for better insulation around the window. As the last step the outside window frame is capped with aluminum, so you don't have to paint it anymore and it is gonna be maintenance free.
So anyway, what kind of installation is more money saving for you?
When the window is installed from the inside you get new wood trim as well, but then you would have to paint it yourself or hire somebody to do it.
I would suggest that the outside installation is more money saving for you. When it is done you get new window installed and the outside wood window frame capped, so you don't have to paint it again or hire somebody to do it, especially if it is second floor.
So when you hire window installation company, just make sure that you understand which way that installation is gonna be done, so you know what to expect.