If you are interested in replacing your windows, it can be overwhelming trying to make an informed decision that is best for you and your home. You can get lost in the sea of choices that are available. And with all the unfamiliar jargon and terminology, it makes it that much more difficult to understand all your options.
So how do you know if you need replacement windows or new construction windows? Here are a few tips!
Definition of Replacement Windows and New Construction WindowsThe first step is to understand window jargon. Replacement windows can also be called Insert Replacement Windows or Retrofit Windows, while New Construction Windows are also called Full Frame Replacement Windows. Replacement windows are defined as windows installed into a preexisting window opening and New Construction Windows are designed for homes that have yet to be constructed.
Physical Differences between Replacement Windows and New Construction WindowsReplacement Windows have been developed so that the installer does not have to remove any exterior materials of a home. The windows are measured to fit the existing window opening perfectly and special ordered. This enables the windows to be installed from the inside of the home without damaging the wall, window trim, or siding. This saves time and money because the installation is quicker and less invasive as the only part of the home that will be touched is the window itself. New Construction windows are designed to be installed into a brand new home or an addition to a home when the studs of the home are exposed. The new construction window has a component called a nail fin frame, which means the windows will be nailed directly onto the frame. The only time you might consider a new construction window to replace an existing window would be if the studs or frame are damaged and if you are completely replacing a wall or your home’s siding.
Cost Differences between Replacement Windows and New Construction WindowsEvery home and situation is different, so it’s hard to give a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to cost. However, in general, replacement windows are a more wallet-friendly option if you are replacing existing windows. Even though new construction windows might appear cheaper in the store, you have to factor in the cost of reconstructing the window opening and replacing parts of the interior and exterior wall. That can increase the cost 50-100%.
However, if you are building a new home, adding onto your existing home, or looking to completely redo a wall or your siding, new construction windows might be the best option. You can pick out the window you want in your home and the builder will create the wall based on that.
Get the Input of a ProfessionalRegardless of which option you choose, it’s always important to get the input of a professional. While Southwest Exteriors specializes in replacement windows, we do have a list of contractors we recommend and can send you in the right direction no matter your need! If you have any more questions regarding the differences between replacement windows and new construction windows, give us all at (210) 828-5555.
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