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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

"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a company. I ordered the windows in November and was told they wouldn't be here until July. That kind of delay the new norm so I wasn't a bit upset with the timeline. I was given an early present when they called to say the windows would be in at the beginning of May. We agreed on the week of May 16th to do the installation, there were 30 windows and a sliding door to install. They arrived promptly on their scheduled install date, and got straight to work. By the end of day one, they had all the upstairs windows complete and their work was incredible. Day two came with more of the same, the crew showed up promptly, got straight to work, and when they left they had every window downstairs installed. The third day they again arrived on-time, and got to work installing the door. The door and windows are perfectly installed. The two lads that did the installation did a phenomenal job, and were friendly to boot. I would give them more business if I had any :) The service I received from the company was great. They kept me abreast of anything that was going on with my order. I appreciate my concierge, Christina, she was good at communicating timelines and getting everything scheduled."

Lane Maxwell
Jun 28, 2022

"The two installers were great! They were polite and hard working and they cleaned up all the outside and inside. It was like they were never here. As for the windows, I love them, not only looks great, they are efficient. Now every window in my home has Renewal by Anderson."

Mark Palsgrove
Jun 23, 2022

"We had the pleasure recently of having Andersen replace all of our windows. From the very first interaction with the office personnel through the completion of the project, they have been nothing but professional. From Brian our sales rep to Christina the appointment scheduler, they were a pleasure to interact with. Installers Keith, John, and Evan were fantastic to work with. They went above and beyond to repair an area which was slightly damaged during the removal of a window...caulked and painted it. They took extra precaution to ensure the floors were covered while working inside and cleaned up each day inside and out. We love the look of our new windows and can't wait to enjoy the savings in utilities they'll provide. Thanks so much Renewal by Andersen!!"

Kevin Corrigan
Jun 15, 2022

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