If you are considering new windows, you may assume that new construction windows and replacement windows are the same things. In fact, they are not. Keep reading to find out the difference between the two so that you know what to buy and which is right for your home. You can also contact Progressive Insulation & Windows for advice on which windows are best for your home.
The Facts About New Construction Windows
As the name implies, new construction windows are designed and manufactured to be put into new homes. They are made to be installed directly on the framing of the house, generally using a nail fin frame. Once the windows have been installed, the exterior of the home will be completed.
These types of windows can be used in existing home renovations, but only if the contractor first exposes the frame of the home. This requires removing the exterior siding and other materials. Then new construction windows can be used. If you have a stone or brick home, it could be impossible to use new construction unless you wanted to literally knock down part of your home.
There are many shapes, sizes, and materials available for new construction windows. The fact that they are going to be installed directly into the framing of the home allows you to choose the size and shape that is right for your needs. Some homeowners take the chance to order customized windows, while others choose standard options.
The Facts About Replacement Windows
Once again the name says it all: Replacement windows are designed and manufactured to replace windows that are already in a home. They are the most common types of windows used in a window replacement project or home renovation installation. They can also be referred to as “retrofit” windows. They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, and can be custom made if you have custom windows in your home.
You can choose replacement windows that are the same size and style of your current windows but with significant upgrades such as double or even triple panes of glass, argon gas fills, Low-E coating, spacers, etc. Replacement windows are generally easier and cheaper to install than new construction windows because they are going into a pre-existing hole and frame.
Call Now for More Facts About Your Window Options
If you are ready to replace your windows or have new windows installed in a new build, we urge you to contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200. We can answer your questions, give you a free in-home estimate, or walk you through our unique showroom so you can see your options for yourself. We look forward to helping you find the most energy-efficient, affordable, beautiful windows for your needs.