People are always torn between getting a replacement or new construction windows. It is good to first understand the meaning of the term. A new construction window is designed for installation before the brick or siding is installed on the exterior of a home. Replacement windows are designed to be installed after the brick or siding has already been fixed.
We called on expert David Price who has put together details on some of the arguments that people hold about replacement and new construction windows.
New construction windows are cheap flimsy builder grade products
This is usually true but now always. Manufacturers make windows with more focus on a builder who will buy thousands of pieces than someone who need just a few to install in a home. Manufacturers, therefore, meet the need of builders which is cheap and fast made windows.
Builders know that home buyers look at the beauty of the house but rarely the windows, therefore, do not spend more money than necessary on them. It is different when you are buying a replacement window as this will be your only center of attention. Manufacturers of replacement and new construction windows know the needs of respective buyers, therefore, prioritize cost and quality based on that. It is, therefore, hard to get high-quality new construction windows.
New Construction windows can give more light
Again this can be true but now all the time. You need to know the way windows will fit before making a determination. Most times, replacement windows will be installed inside an existing wood window frame. This is referred to as a pocket installation as the replacement window goes into a pocket of the old frame. There is nothing wrong about it considering that new vinyl windows are designed for pocket installation.
Can you get more area for glass frame after removing existing wood frame? If you remove a wood frame, you need to install a new one. It can come with windows or an installer can build it at the site although it is still part of the installation.
The thickness of new wood frame compared to the old one depends on your home and your installer. The difference, however, is not that big. It is usually used as a mere sales tactic because it does not make a noticeable difference.
New construction windows will form better seal than the replacement windows
This is an idea by people familiar with new construction windows. It is easy to notice the quality of sealing on a new construction window during installation. Its nail flange will be fastened to the sheathing. There is also a moisture barrier and flashing tape that is applied in a manner around the window. When it is done properly, it appears solid and it is easy for anyone to notice.
It is harder to see that is replacement window as you rely on a seal of the existing frame located behind the siding. Millions of replacement windows are installed every year without the problem of epidemic leaks. It is, therefore, safe to occlude there will be no greater risk of a leak from replacement windows compared to new construction windows if they are installed properly.
Which window is better?
There is no straight answer. The best thing is to find a local expert to inspect your home and give suggestions before you contact a window company.