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New Construction vs. Replacement Windows

12/2/2013 2:44:33 PM

A common question that window professionals are asked by prospective window buyers is “what is the difference between new construction and replacement windows?”

There is little difference in new construction and replacement windows and neither type of window must be used exclusively for their namesake, but there are advantages to purchasing the type of windows that are most fitting for your project.

Read on below to learn first what replacement windows and new construction windows are—and which type of window to use in a variety of different situations.

Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are best utilized in homes that have existing window openings with frames that are in relatively good condition. Replacement windows use the existing window frame and the replacement window is simply fitted into this frame. Because the windows that are replacing your existing windows may not be constructed exactly the same, replacement windows require custom measurements and manufacturing to ensure you are getting the proper fit—unlike new construction windows, which are typically sold in stock sizes.

New Construction Windows

New construction windows are windows for additions or completely new structures. New construction windows are also used in situations where existing structures are undergoing extensive renovations and the walls are stripped down to the studs. New construction windows typically come in standard sizes, but we can custom craft windows to meet your needs.

When to Use New Construction Windows vs. Replacement Windows

How do you know when to use new construction windows vs. replacement windows? Below we will discuss several scenarios to help you get a better idea of what type of window you should use for your project.

  • You’re building a new home – this one probably seems obvious, but new construction windows are the product of choice for this project.
  • You’re replacing windows in a home with window frames in good condition – although some contractors may tell you new construction windows may be sufficient if your window frames are in good condition, replacement windows are the best choice for this project.
  • You’re replacing windows in a home with window frames in poor condition – in this situation, new construction windows or replacement windows could work. If you are replacing the entire window frame, you will already be doing a lot of carpentry work, so it is often just as easy to install a new construction product as it is a replacement product.
  • You’re building an addition to your home – additions qualify as new construction and thus you would want to choose new construction window products.
  • You’re adding a new window to your home – adding a new window requires the cutting and framing or a new area of wall, so this would qualify as a new construction project.

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