New construction windows and replacement windows have different purposes. Typically, new construction windows are installed in new homes, while replacement windows are mostly utilized during remodels.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia shares a quick comparison of replacement vs. new construction windows.
Replacement windows are essentially designed to replace existing windows, which is why they’re primarily used in remodeling projects. They can sometimes be referred to as “retrofit windows.” These windows come in various shapes and sizes, and you can have them customized to fit the specific dimensions of your old windows.
Replacement windows generally have a reputation for high performance and energy efficiency. Many manufacturers today offer double or triple panes of glass as well as other additional features like low-E coating, spacers and other components to improve the energy efficiency and overall performance of the windows.
New Construction Windows
New construction windows are ideal for new homes and home additions. Unlike replacement windows, they are typically installed on the framing directly with the use of a nail fin frame.
New construction windows can be used for home improvement projects, but the process is a bit more complicated. In order to install one, your contractor would have to expose your home’s frame by removing the siding. Of course, if you’re already in the midst of a siding replacement project, new construction windows may make sense. However, take note that this can significantly add to the cost, time and labor.
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