New Construction or Replacement Windows? Home Improvement Advice

Replacement vs. new construction windows when remodeling

Should you choose new construction or replacement windows for a home improvement project?

If you're thinking of replacing the windows in your home, today, you have more options than ever before. Trying to make an informed decision can be a bit overwhelming! As you do your research, it's easy to get lost in the range of choices you'll face. A good design-build firm can help you to narrow your choices, but like any home improvement, you undertake knowledge is power.

To understand your options you need to learn a little window terminology. You have two choices when choosing windows for your home. The first is replacement windows; the second option is using new construction windows.

Each has benefits depending on your situation and needs. What follows is a little information on window terminology and jargon and some tips to help you make the right choice between replacement or new construction windows.

Replacement vs. New Construction Windows

The first step to reaching a decision is understanding exactly what replacement windows and new construction windows are.

Replacement Windows

Replacement windows may also be known as insert replacement windows or retrofit windows. They are designed as windows that are installed into pre-existing window openings. This means that the installer doesn't have to remove any exterior materials. The windows are measured to fit perfectly into the existing opening and special ordered for your particular home improvement project.

This enables the installer to replace the window from inside your home without damaging the wall, window trim or exterior siding. Replacement windows can save both time and money because the installation is easier and less invasive. The only item in your home that is touched is the window itself.

New Construction Windows

New Construction Windows are also known as full-frame replacement windows. These windows are designed for homes that are still being constructed or used when an existing window must be completely removed down to the studs of the wall before it can be replaced.

New construction windows are designed with a component called a nail fin frame that is used to attach the window directly to the frame of the house. They're windows used in a brand new home, an addition to a home, or when the studs of an existing window are damaged by mold, rot, termites or if you are replacing a wall, replacing your home's siding or installing larger windows.

Choosing The Right Window For Your Home Improvement Project

As a general rule replacement windows are easier on the wallet. New construction windows may be less expensive in the store, but once you factor in the additional finishing materials and replacement of the interior trim and exterior siding, their cost can increase by anywhere from 50 to 100% over their purchase price.

Whichever option you choose, make sure you use a high-quality product like Sierra Pacific windows made by Hurd. Sierra Pacific windows are available as both replacement and new construction windows. Their replacement windows are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles. In fact, their entire product line is available as both new construction and replacement windows.

Working with a quality window unit will ensure that your windows are made with the highest quality materials and construction. Replacing your windows is a great way to make you home more energy efficient and can lower your energy consumption and costs. A high-quality window, when properly installed can also add value to your home, reduce your monthly expenses and increase its curb appeal.

New and replacement windows are available in some finishes, offer several glazing options like double-pane, triple-pane, and Low-E glass, and are available in any style to match your existing home's décor. Replacing your windows is one home improvement that is more than worth the price. If you're working with a design-build firm speak with your contractor. They can help you to determine the best option for your home.

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