HeidiOldyOctober 1, 2012

I am looking to replace all of my builder grade windows after 20 years of living in my home. Since my wooden windows are deteriorating, I have been told that Vinyl or Fiberglass windows are the way to go. I live in Georgia and the front of my home faces East so you can just imagine how much sun damage these windows have incurred over the years. I had someone come out to give me an estimate on Simonton Generation windows. The one thing that concerned me is they only replace the window and not the whole frame. Once they replace the window, they put a formed piece of aluminum around the window that matches the trim. Wondering how that will hold up and look throughout the years. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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That's the standard way to install an insert/replacement window. You can consider a full frame tear out but considering the additional cost the only advantage, assuming there are no other issues, is you will gain a little more glass.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 12:24PM
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A well engineered and installed insert will yield you all of the the same thermal and structural performance of a full tear out.

The only difference, as Eco highlighted, is the slight loss of compared glass. The full tear out will normally be anywhere from 15 - 30% more depending on the carpentry and materials required.

Nothing about doing a full tear vs. insert is any more or less durable.

Vinyl vs. Fiberglass usually comes down to aesthetic preferences at the end of the day and there is a premium for the fiberglass in most cases.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 8:06PM
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