New Construction vs. Replacement Windows

Understanding Your New & Replacement Window Options:

New construction windows are used when a brand new home or a new addition to a home is being built. Since the studs of the home are exposed the window can be installed directly on to the frame by use of a nail fin frame, which means it is nailed into the framing of the home. Quaker Windows & Doors has a multitude of window options to choose from,  including a variety of materials and designs to suit your needs, or we can custom design each window to your homes exact specifications.

New construction windows can also be used for a home remodel project, although this requires your contractor to remove the exterior materials around the window in order to expose the studs of the home and install the window. As you can see using a new construction window for a remodel project is possible but is a more involved process for your contractor to ensure the exact match of exterior materials. New construction windows are a good option if you think the studs and frame of the window should be replaced because of damage, or if you are planning on replacing the exterior of your home such as new siding or stucco.

Alternatively, replacement windows are an excellent option for a quick home improvement project when there are budget or time constraints. Replacement windows (also referred to as retrofit windows) have been developed so a contractor does not have to remove the exterior materials of the home in order to install the window; they are measured to fit in an existing window opening and will only replace the actual window itself. This saves time and labor costs with all the benefits of new windows.


What to Consider For New Construction and Replacement/Retrofit Windows

NFRC Label

For either new construction or retrofit windows, be sure to look for certain features that differentiate between high and low-quality windows. Some key elements to look for include:

  • – The NFRC Label: National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a non-profit organization that administers the only independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights and attachment products.
  • – Heat-welded joints, as opposed to the window sash and frame being mechanically fastened and held together by screws, brackets and caulk.
  • – The thickness and quality of the materials used to make the window casements.
  • – The glass thickness, look for a good quality glass pane thickness such as 1/8″ or better.
  • – Testing: Make sure the company you choose properly tests their windows in a variety of conditions and choose the ones best for your area.

Both retrofit windows and new construction windows have specific advantages designed for different installation methods. If you’re planning a window replacement or new construction project, let Quaker Windows & Doors help you create your dream home. Explore your new construction window options or click here to learn more about retrofit and replacement windows.