If you have been looking around for new windows, you may have come across options such as new construction windows and replacement windows. They may sound the same—as in they’re both new windows—but they have fundamental differences, which Renewal by Andersen® of Denver takes a look at in this blog.
New Construction Windows
New construction windows are built for home additions or new homes. These windows are installed along with the wall framing and anchored using nail fin frames. New construction window sashes are installed after the rest of the exterior wall is finished. They can also be installed during renovations or as window replacements, especially if the project requires resizing the windows or opening part of the exterior wall.
Choosing this option for window replacement tends to cost much more than replacement windows. Removal and installation requires more labor, and usually takes longer, since part of the exterior wall may have to be removed. New construction windows are also not recommended for houses built before 1980, as the exterior walls could contain asbestos.
Replacement windows are designed to replace existing home windows. Unlike new construction windows, replacement windows come in standard sizes and fit into existing window openings. The window replacement process is simpler than new construction windows, making it much shorter and requires less labor. Replacement windows can be done as an insert, where only the sashers are replaced, or as full-frame, where both sashes and frame are installed. In addition to relatively lower costs, replacement windows also help preserve the house’s architectural style.
While pre-built replacement windows are easier to buy, they have several limitations compared to their custom-built counterparts. Pre-built windows are limited to materials such as aluminum and vinyl, both of which are not as durable, and have limited color, finish, and style selections. Custom replacement windows, on the other hand, can be customized to fit your home’s design requirements. A wide selection of window styles, better warranties, and exceptionally durable frame material like our exclusive Fibrex® material are just some of the reasons why you should consider custom replacement windows.