Replacement vs New construction windows
Construction professionals frequently use the terms “New Construction Windows” and “Replacement Windows” also known as "Retrofit Windows". Although these terms might sound similar, they both describe two completely different processes of windows installation.
New Construction Windows - are used when a brand new home or a new addition to a home is being built.
When building a new house, contractors use the design build plans and follow a strict step by step roadmap. Since your window frames will be replaced and your wall around the window will be re-waterproofed, the process may yield more desirable results. Another advantage of the New Construction window replacement process is that you will end up with the same size window as opposed to a smaller window when performing the Retrofit installation. It is essential to find someone with a lot of experience who understands the complexity and is able to perform the job correctly. Contact us for a free in-home estimate so our sales engineer can suggest best installation process for you.
Replacement Window Installation - are an excellent option for a quick home improvement project.
This process has its advantages, and has been widely accepted by the homeowners as a viable alternative. The old frame from the existing window is retained, and the replacement window is fitted into this frame. This has a significant impact on reducing the cost of the window replacement. The new Replacement windows are available in several materials including fiberglass, vinyl, wood, aluminum-clad wood, vinyl-clad wood, etc. Even though the windows themselves don’t have a significant cost difference between New-Construction vs. Retrofit, it is the installation cost that makes up for the difference in the overall replacement cost. It’s often the case that you will save 30%-40% of the entire job, by going with the Retrofit, vs. full on New Construction window replacement.
How can I get more information?
When you request a free window quote you will have a chance to further learn about your options and speak with a licensed home improvement professional.