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Information for Dayton Residents: The Difference Between Replacement Windows and New Construction Windows

May 22, 2018

There is a lot to consider when Dayton residents are shopping for new windows. A homeowner doesn’t want to buy the wrong windows, let alone install them the wrong way. When it comes to the basic question of whether to buy replacement windows or new construction windows, the homeowner must stop, take a breath, and do his or her research.

Replacement Windows

Replacement windows go in the frame of the previous window. They can be higher quality since they sell for the explicit purpose of upgrading windows. Since they install in the frame of another window there is the potential for air leakage. Depending on the old frame, the homeowner relies on the handiwork of the installer. Replacement windows install easily so the homeowner does not have to remove any of the siding or create a new opening for the window.

New Construction Windows

New construction windows have a nail flange and install into brand new homes. They are poorer in quality because they are built with the builder in mind. The builder does not need nice windows — they need cheap windows that go in easily and quickly. New construction windows install before the siding, which means if a homeowner wants to install new construction windows they will have to take apart the siding before installation. When installing a new construction window, the homeowner will need to alter the wall, siding, and window trim. It is important to ensure there are no air vents and that the windows seal correctly during installation.

Which Are Cheaper?

Putting in new windows is an expensive endeavor and price matters. Though new construction windows are cheaper in the store, they cost more for the installation. The process surrounding the installation of new construction windows can make them cost 50 percent to 100 percent more. Replacement windows avoid the need to disrupt the wall. There will be no damage to the siding, wall, or window trim. These windows are created with speed, safety, and affordability in mind.

If the project is larger than a simple window replacement, the homeowner might consider new construction windows. For example, if they are shopping for windows for a kitchen remodel, new construction windows would be the cheaper and better option.

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