There’s a lot of different aspects that go into being a homeowner.
Not only do you have to worry about every separate piece to the house, but there are also several options to choose from for each.
For example, there may come a time where you need to replace an old window with a new one.
When that happens, you might come across terms such as “replacement windows” and “new construction windows”.
Without previous construction knowledge, you won’t know what those mean.
So… what’s the difference between new construction and replacement windows?
See below for an in-depth guide of each and when they’re used.
New Construction Windows
If you’ve never known there to be different types of windows that can be installed, you probably don’t understand the unique features of each.
Fortunately, their names have huge implications for when they are used.
See below for an in-depth description of new construction windows.
What are New Construction Windows?
It’s only fair that you first understand what new construction windows are and how they’re unique.
Many people often refer to new construction windows as full-frame replacement windows.
Their name implies the obvious: they’re made to be integrated into a new home that’s being built as it’s being built.
Why is that? Because the full-frame window requires access to the frame of the home with its nail fin frame.
That plugs into the frame to provide a sturdy and durable window solution for years to come.
When are New Construction Windows Used?
There are two instances in which you would opt for a new construction window instead of replacement windows (more on those in a bit).
First, when you’re building a new home. You might want to opt for a sturdy window solution that will last you a while.
In that case, full-framed windows are a tremendous option.
Secondly, you might consider them if the entire frame around it is compromised.
It could be mold or any other factor that causes deterioration.
If that happens, then you would be able to justify tearing apart that section of your home to install a new frame and the new construction window to go along with it.
Now that you’ve seen and understood what new construction windows (full-framed windows) offer, it’s time to dive into the alternative.
Many people consider new construction windows to be too pricey and too much of a time investment.
Plus, you can’t justify taking down an entire wall just to tend to the full-frame window that you want to replace… it doesn’t make fiscal sense.
Here’s a description of the other option you have for replacing home windows.
What are Replacement Windows?
Believe it or not, the process for having replacement windows starts when your home was initially built.
The construction process on your home had future replacement windows in mind when it made a specifically sized area for your window to fit.
From there, the windows were specially made to fit that open window like a glove and give you a solution for any replacement needs you might have down the line.
When are Replacement Windows Used?
Replacement windows are used pretty much anytime you need to change out the current window you have.
Thanks to their ability to be custom ordered, you can replace your windows at any time without messing up the surrounding area.
It creates a seamless transition from the current window to a new window.
That means your wall, the siding, the window siding, and your personal time won’t be harmed in the process.
It’s a quick and easy installation process every single time.
The Benefits of Replacement Windows
You might be wondering to yourself “what are the benefits of replacement windows over new construction windows?”.
Excellent question! Here are a few benefits that replacement windows would offer you as the consumer.
As you probably noticed while reading the previously-mentioned installation process for new construction windows, they can get a bit pricey.
Replacement windows, on the other hand, are a super budget-friendly option.
All you have to pay for is the custom window and the installation into the built-in frame.
The new construction windows require extra costs such as replacing certain wall features, frame construction, etc.
Easy to Upkeep
Replacing your windows is one of the easiest, most energy-efficient improvements that you can make to your entire home.
They require very little manpower, low installation, and are easy for the homeowner to take care of as well.
Not to mention that they come with a warranty, so if you have any questions or concerns, the installer will be happy to help.
More Style Selection
Perhaps your windows look a bit outdated, so you’re using the need to replace them as an opportunity to get a more modern look to your house.
If so, then replacement windows grant you a wide amount of styles without any setbacks.
While new construction windows offer different styles, they also require different needs for access to the wall frame.
That factor alone can significantly limit the number of different styles for you to select.
Now You Know the Difference Between New Construction and Replacement Windows
Now that you’ve seen the difference between new construction and replacement windows, it’s time to find the right fit for your situation.
Carefully consider all the information that’s listed above and make the right decision.
Whether it’s the price factor or the installation process, remember that the choice you make will have a heavy impact on your selection in the future.
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