Full frame replacement vs. Inserts aesthetics
WeÂre replacing the windows on the front of our 1969 brick colonial with aluminum clad and IÂd be interested in any opinions people have on using an insert instead of a full replacement.
Has anyone how has gone with inserts then regretted they didnÂt spend the extra money to do the full frame? Or is it something that you donÂt really notice, meaning a little less glass space and a little thicker frame is really not obvious to most people? If so, why spend the extra money if you donÂt need to? We're not concerned with disturbing the existing interior trim so that isn't an issue.
A couple of the window companies we have gotten estimates from has said most people would go with the inserts but IÂd also be interested in what people think on this forum. I know from reading various posts there are many people on this forum who have really thought through their decisions in detail. I donÂt want buyerÂs remorse in the future. My wife would be fine with either option but IÂm more into the house integrity issues. We donÂt have a historic home so it is down to personal preference.
IÂm not sure if this is helpful but weÂre in the Washington, DC metro area. WeÂre replacing the 11 windows on the front and sides of the home. One estimate was 200-300 more per window for a full frame. A second estimate was only $110 more per window (on Marvin Ultimate double hungs). IÂm waiting on a third estimate. At 200-300 more per window, I would need to go with the insert. However, at $110 more per window, the overall cost doesnÂt rule out the full frame option, which is why IÂm on the fence and seeking any opinions before making a decision.
Thanks in advance