New Construction Window vs Replacement Window


If you have been considering purchasing windows soon, you’ve likely a lot of questions. Trying to make a good decision can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when it comes to your own home.

But, with a little research and the right professional, your window installation can be a breeze! So what exactly is the difference between new construction and replacement windows? Let’s take a look!

New Construction Windows

New construction windows are also known as full-frame replacement windows. These are designed for installation in newly-constructed homes and home additions.

Installation takes place before the exterior siding or brick is in place. What this simply means is that the hole for your window is made to fit the window and not the other way around.

New window installation will include the replacement of the outer frame, sash, and trim. In some cases, new construction windows are used for existing homes.

These windows might be recommended if your frame or studs are damaged. This damage can be caused by factors including mold, rot, and other issues.

You can also use new construction windows if you are replacing an entire wall or your home’s siding. In these cases, the studs of the wall are already exposed. This gives you the opportunity to completely change the size and shape of your windows.

These windows will have a lower initial cost, but it’s important to consider the additional costs involved.

With new construction windows, you will need to replace parts of both the interior and exterior wall in your home. You may also have to reconstruct the existing opening. These factors can increase your total cost by as much as double.

Replacement Windows

These windows are sometimes called ‘insert’ or ‘retrofit’ windows. By definition, these are designed for installation into pre-existing openings into the existing frame.

Replacement windows are ideal for homeowners who just want to replace existing windows. The installation process allows your contractor to install your window from the inside of your home. With proper installation, the process won’t damage your walls, trim or exterior siding.

This, of course, can save both time and money. Installation is quicker, so you will be saving on labor and therefore the overall window replacement costs. This process is also less invasive to your home, so there will be fewer materials needed to complete your project. These windows come in stock sizes but are easily custom-made to fit any size opening you may have in your home.

Keep in mind, however, with replacement windows you may lose a small amount of viewing space or glass. This is because your new window will be installed using the existing frame and sash. Replacement window information sourced from the website.

Which Window Is the Right Fit For You?

In general, replacement windows will be the cost-friendly option. But, you should keep in mind that cost shouldn’t be the only deciding factor. Windows may be one of the larger investments you will ever make in your home. That’s why it’s so important to choose carefully and invest wisely.

Installing windows is a project best left to the professionals. In order for you to choose the best window option for you, it’s best to speak with several contractors before starting your project. This will give you a better understanding of what your costs will be, as well as which window option is best for you.

You’ll want to ask plenty of questions and check references too. Proper installation is essential for the best performance and durability, so you can enjoy your windows for years to come.


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