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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) 208-3911 to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation in St. Charles, MO, at your convenience.

Reviews

"We had a large picture window and two side windows replaced. Everyone from the person who took our order to the installers were top notch. We got exactly what we wanted. Granted, we had to wait a few months, just like you do for everything these days, but we were told that up front. The windows were well worth the wait. We've replaced windows before by going to home maintenance stores. Don't waste your money on those. Our Renewal by Andersen windows look great, they operate like a dream, and are worth every penny. Quality through and through."

C. Roberts Owens | RbA of St. Louis, MO - Maryland Heights

"My new windows look great!! I can feel the difference in my house and my furnace is no longer staying on constantly. My installation crew was polite, tidy and speedy. It couldn't have went better"

D. Holland Schneider | RBA OF ST. LOUIS, MO - MARYLAND HEIGHTS

"The workmen were very professional and did a great job. Cleaned up everything. I am very pleased with the new windows. Beautiful!"

B. Young | RBA OF ST. LOUIS, MO - MARYLAND HEIGHTS

"From start to finish everyone we dealt with were total professionals.. The project process was well communicated, the installers did an excellent job and the windows - I’m so excited about our new windows! They look great. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I am looking forward to cleaning them. And it was obvious immediately that the insulation is vastly better than the old windows. Also, I am just a customer who gets nothing for this endorsement. I just appreciate good service and an excellent product. This company knows how to do it right."

B Stewart | RBA OF ST. LOUIS, MO - MARYLAND HEIGHTS

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