Understanding New Construction and Replacement Windows

On the market, there are two main types of windows: new construction and replacement. New construction windows are typically used in new homes, whereas replacement windows are most often used in renovations. Below, a certified picture windows installer takes a closer look at the differences between the two types of windows. 

Understanding New Construction and Replacement Windows

What Are New Construction Windows?

Built for new homes and home additions, new construction windows are directly installed onto the framing using a nail fin frame. Only after the installation of these windows is the exterior of the house completed. In some cases, new construction windows can be used during home remodels. However, the contractor must first expose the frame of the house by taking off the exterior cladding before these windows can be properly installed. If the house is made of stone or brick, its exterior cannot be easily removed in the way siding can, so using new construction windows is unfeasible.

What Are Replacement Windows?

Commonly used in home renovations, replacement windows are designed to replace the existing windows in homes. These windows come in many shapes and sizes, and can be custom-fit to the dimensions of window openings that are already set in place. Since the contractor can fit a replacement window in any standard window opening without having to expose the exterior frame, homeowners find that this type of window is cheaper to install than other new construction window options. Additionally, many replacement windows are double- or triple-paned. There are also energy-efficient features that can be added, such as low-E coatings, spacers and argon gas fillers, to improve the overall performance of these windows. 

Check With an Area Professional

Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento specializes in the installation of energy-efficient replacement windows, such as casement and double-hung windows. To request a free estimate or in-home consultation, call our team at (916) 438-9362 or fill out our contact form. We serve residents of Sacramento, CA, and other nearby communities.