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kolega7

05:57AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/20/04
2 lifetime posts
We are going to be replacing all of the windows in our home (16). We are "fighting" with our contractor over whether to use full replacement or inserts. He tells us full replacement is better, but it means taking out all of the frames and sills and replacing them with new ones. The problem is...I don't want our frames and sills taken out as it is an older home and I LIKE them! I'm concerned that maybe the inserts will not insulate as well. We live on Long Island and the winters can get very cold and windy. This past winter was brutal and the heating oil bills were outrageous. If anyone has had experience with this I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!

kellyyouse

07:38PM | 08/02/04
Member Since: 09/11/02
78 lifetime posts
Hi there. . .

I'm hardly an expert on this, being an all-purpose do-it-yourselfer, but my recent research into window replacement hasn't brought up insulation quality as a factor in "insert" vs. "full replacement windows." The main difference is that full-scale replacement (like your contractor is pushing for) allows for flexibility in window size, shape, and placement.

The website for Pella windows has a short, but informative video clip explaining reasons for full replacement vs. "partial" replacement that might help you out.

Here's the link: http://www.pella.com/learn/basics/replace.asp?path=/learn/basics/replace

Anyone out there know more on this?

Hope this helps!

Kelly


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