||06-08-2012 12:32 PM
Yes, I have used Andersen full frame replacement windows and I do think they are the solution to your problem. Andersen has always been the leader of industry change, and so they are one of the first window manufacturers to come up with a full frame replacement for an application just like the one you are talking about. Not only do they make the full frame replacement window you need, they make it out of low-maintenance composite material, the most advanced window frame material you can buy today.
So, you can get the same look you have now on your home and have a custom-sized, full frame Andersen replacement windows built, with exterior trim and made out of a composite material. You will get strength, durability and beauty, without all the headaches of wood. You will just have to replace your interior trim. Trim comes with the window, but itís better to buy the trim yourself so you can cut it to the exact measurements you need on site during installation.
If you have the luxury of time to do this, take the interior trim off and measure the rough opening. That would be the best way to measure exactly than to guess at it. When you order your window, youíre going to know that you have the right size.
A note of caution on the vinyl siding: make sure that the exterior measurement is from J channel to J channel. The brick mold is going to have exterior trim around it, and you want to be sure that the exterior trim fits between the J channel. You donít want to have cut that J channel back on your siding. When you talk to your Andersen distributor, ask what the exterior dimension is, brick mold to brick mold, then see if that exterior dimension fits between your J channel. If itís too big, you are going to have to shrink the interior measurement down a bit and then shim it out and cover it with your trim.
That said, however, there are a lot of good companies out there that offer a turnkey solution, meaning they will do the full installation for you.