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INSERT VS. FULL-FRAME WINDOW INSTALLATION: WHICH IS BETTER?

Proper installation is key to long-term window performance. But apart from proficiency, the very replacement method used matters, too. There are many ways to replace windows, but the most common kinds are insert and full-frame window installation. The former only involves setting new units into the existing frames whereas the latter requires the replacement of the entire window.

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We discuss both below.

Which One Makes More Sense?

In Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis’s book, the use of the insert is the more attractive choice since it’s less disruptive and costly. However, it may not apply to your situation when your old window sill and frame are no longer square, solid  and in good repair.

Sometimes, the existing construction doesn’t lend itself to insert windows installation because it’s excessively leaky. When the damage to the old frame is beyond repair, full-frame replacement is necessary to guarantee structural integrity and prevent air infiltration.

But then again, structurally sound, old frames don’t necessarily qualify for insert window installation. If the size of your existing wall openings doesn’t meet the latest fire egress codes, full-frame replacement is required.

What to Expect From Renewal by Andersen®?

Count on us to install your double-hung, bay, bow, picture, sliding, specialty  and casement windows properly. During your in-home consultation, our representative will evaluate your existing units and assess the condition of their frames, sashes, casing  and trim. We’ll look for visible structural issues and note unforeseen ones to prepare our installers.

Two of our experienced specialists (design consultant and project technician) will inspect your existing openings thoroughly. With our proven local reputation, you can bank on our strong attention to detail for the appropriate window installation method for your project.

At Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis, our precise evaluation and installation processes ensure your energy efficient windows will perform as expected for a lifetime. Let’s get your project rolling. To discuss your Missouri window replacement, call us at (314) 310-3636 to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation in St. Charles, MO, at your convenience.

Reviews

"Renewal was fantastic! They kept you in the loop from ordering to installation. They informed you at every step of the process of what was happening. The installers were kind, courteous, and professional. Everything was cleaned up after the installation. It was as if they hadn't been there except to see your beautiful new windows. I highly recommend them."

Angie Klevorn
Nov 21, 2023

"3rd time using RBA for window replacement. Again, a very positive experience, the windows are great, the installation was done right, the professionalism was apparent from start to finish. Still have existing windows to be replaced and will definitely use RBA again to do it in the future."

Doug Dick
Nov 21, 2023

"Renewal by Andersen was a good experience for us in replacement of our windows. From the initial meeting with the sales representative, Leslie, through the waiting period for manufacturing, and then to the installment process, our experience was excellent! Communication is key for me and we were kept informed and updated as our windows were being ordered and manufactured. Calls to update us on the installation process were welcomed and appreciated. They know how much is too much so they don't pester you with unnecessary contact. We love our new windows!!! Did I say that already??😂 We can tell a major difference in reduced Street noise and also the temperature at our windows. Excellent company, highly recommend!!"

Paula Null
Nov 15, 2023

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