Choosing between replacement windows and new construction windows

If you’re noticing your windows are becoming drafty, or if you just think it’s time for an upgrade, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not as simple as you might think.  Not only do you have to consider size, style, and thickness, you should also know you have a choice between replacement windows or new construction windows. What’s the difference? Read our handy guide to figure out which is best for you!

Words to know:

Replacement Windows

These are probably what you thought of when you decided to redo the windows.  These windows are designed to fit into the existing frame in your home.

New Construction Windows

These are windows for homes that have not yet been built or if you already have a home for those instances where a replacement window is not appropriate or available. These windows require the full removal of the original window.

Replacement Windows

This is definitely the faster and less expensive option (at least in the short term), unless the area around your windows is damaged.  Since you won’t need to replace the existing frames, you will only need to choose the window and have it installed. The installation can be done from the inside with no construction to the walls. 

New Construction Windows

If you have an older home, you might have rotting around the windows.  Going with new construction windows will shore up the drafts and prevent mold from spreading.  If your current frames or studs are damaged from rain or other destructive forces, you will want to opt for new construction windows to ensure the safety of your home.

Armed with this knowledge, you can now make an informed decision and plan what you need to do.  Of course, you should always reach out to New Jersey’s roofing experts at George J Keller & Sons with any questions you might have.  You can visit them online at www.gjkeller.com and call them at 973-927-0963.

 

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