New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

There are a few things to consider when choosing replacement windows over new construction windows. Replacement windows offer a quick and easy solution, they can last much longer than a new construction window and are a much better investment for your home for numerous reasons. In this article we will go over all of the differences and similarities between the two types of windows. As well as the pros and cons of each type so that you can make a more informed decision based on your specific needs. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have a good understanding of which type of window is best for you and your home.  

What is a Replacement Window?  

Replacement windows, also known as “aftermarket” windows, are a type of window that are not typically installed during the construction of a new home. Instead, they are purchased and installed by the end-user. They come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials. Replacement windows are an excellent choice for users who want a quality window that is not typically available in new construction, or for users who are looking to upgrade from a new construction window.  

Usually, replacement windows are a type of window that is installed after a new home has been constructed. They are typically installed in the areas where the original window was not functioning properly. This can be due to weathering and age.  

There are a few diverse types of replacement windows including retrofit windows, flush fin windows, insert windows or block frame windows. We will be going through each type below.  

Retrofit Replacement Window 

Another term that is commonly used for replacement windows is retrofit windows. These are types of windows that are made to cause the least amount of disruption possible to the home.  

Flush Fin Replacement Window 

A flush fin replacement window is one that is usually installed in homes that have stucco siding although they can also be installed with other types of siding. A flush fin window is one that is installed directly into the pre-existing window frame with the exterior fins extended out to create a flush fit with your exterior siding. The fin extends out to the point where it will hide the window frame.  

Insert Replacement Window 

Sometimes referred to as pocket windows, insert windows are fully assembled windows that are positioned to fit into the existing frame of the window. This is most commonly installed into wood frames that are still in good condition and a homeowner that wants to keep the wood style in place.  

Block Frame Replacement Windows 

Block frame windows are a type of replacement window that is made of wood, vinyl, or fiberglass. The main difference between block frame windows and other types of windows is that block frame windows have a nailing flange that is attached to the perimeter of the window and do not have a nail fin. This nailing flange is used to secure the window in place. Block frame windows are an excellent choice for homeowners who want a window that is easy to install and that will last for many years. 

What is a New Construction Window?  

New construction windows are typically installed during the construction of a new home. The installation process is different than that of replacement windows. New construction windows are installed before the exterior walls are finished, and they are usually installed from the outside of the house. The main difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is that new construction windows have a nail fin that is used to secure the window in place. The nail fin is a strip of metal that is attached to the perimeter of the window. The nail fin is used to secure the window in place by being nailed into the studs of the house. The windows are held in place by nails or screws that are driven into the studs around the window opening. The windows are then sealed with caulk or expanding foam to create an airtight seal. 

The Difference between new construction and Replacement Windows 

New construction windows are made to be installed during the building process of a new home. The biggest difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is the nail fin. Nail fins are the small, plastic strips that run along the outer edge of a window and are used to secure the window in place. New construction windows have these nail fins attached to them already, making them ready to be installed during the building process of a new home. Replacement windows, on the other hand, do not have these nail fins attached. Instead, they have what is called a flange. 

New Construction vs Replacement Windows, what is the Best Window for Your Next Window Project?  

So, which window is right for your next window project? If you are building a new home and the exterior walls are exposed, you will need to install new construction windows with a nail fin. If you are replacing existing windows, you will need to install replacement windows without the nail fin. The type of window that you choose will depend on the project that you are working on.  

Here are the situations of a remodel and what type of window would be the best for the job: 

Creating a new Opening for a window 

For implementing a new opening for a window, you may want to use a new construction window as this type of window will come with the nail fin already attached so that it can be installed and attached to the wall studs.  

For a Remodel & Replacing an Existing Window 

If you are remodeling your home and need to replace an existing window, you will want to use a replacement window. Replacement windows do not come with a nail fin attached, so they can be installed without having to attach them to the wall studs. This makes them a desirable choice for remodels because they can be installed without damaging the exterior of your home. We at DaBella will do an exact measurement of your existing window and will send that to the manufacturer so that you will have an airtight seal to protect your home from water leaks, drafts, etc.  

Expanding or Scaling down the Opening of a Window  

If you are looking to either expand or shrink the size of an existing window, it may be best to use a new construction window. Your contractor will need to reframe the wall cavity in order to create the necessary opening and have the nail fins attached to the studs.  

Cost Differences Between Replacement and New Construction Windows 

The cost of new construction windows can vary depending on the size, style, and material of the window. Also keep in mind that new construction windows also do not last as long and usually only have a lifespan of 10 years. The cost of replacement windows can also vary depending on the size, style, and material of the window. They are generally more expensive than new construction windows for the fact that they last much longer and are much more energy efficient than a new construction window.  

New construction windows or also known as builder grade windows have been notorious for failing in a significant percentage of cases in as little as 10 years. This is due to the fact that new construction windows are made with lower quality materials and are not as energy efficient as replacement windows. Replacement windows are made with higher quality materials and are much more energy efficient. So, when deciding which window is best for your home, keep in mind the quality of the window and how long you want it to last. 

DaBella is the Top Window Replacement Company in the United States for a Reason 

DaBella is the Top Window Replacement Company in the United States for a Reason. We are a family-owned and operated business and our commitment to quality is unmatched. DaBella and our Glasswing windows offer our windows in a wide range of window styles and other options. We use only the best materials, and our team of experts are always on standby to help you choose the perfect window for your home. We understand that replacement windows can be a big investment, so we offer a wide variety of financing options to make the process as easy as possible. 

If you are ready to take the next steps toward your window replacement project, contact DaBella today for a free no obligation estimate. Our window experts are here to help you with the transformation of your home.