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New Construction vs. Replacement Windows

If you’ve heard the terms “new construction windows” and “replacement windows” and are wondering what the difference is, you’ve come to the right place. Like their names sound, new construction windows are typically used for such projects – new homes and buildings being built – while replacement windows are the ones you would get if you’re trying to replace the windows you’ve had for 30 years. But there is more to it than that!

New Construction Windows

New construction windows are usually installed where there is only the rough opening (framed opening in the wall where the window will be installed). When it comes to completely new windows, everything is replaced – not only the actual window but also the framing and interior and exterior sill.

New construction windows also usually have a nail fin, which rests against the outside of the frame’s stud. Nails or screws are pushed through the holes in the fin and other exterior materials are applied to the frame of the window.

The main benefits of new construction windows are:

  • More customized finish
  • Many custom finish options and upgrades

Replacement Windows

The main difference between new construction and replacement windows lies in the installation process. The frame and sill aren’t replaced during replacement window installation – replacement windows, also sometimes referred to as retrofit windows, are measured to fit an existing opening and will only replace the actual window.

The main benefits of replacement windows are:

  • Lower cost
  • Quicker installation

New Construction vs. Replacement Windows

Other than that, new construction and replacement windows are essentially the same.Both can be used for residential and commercial projects, including:

  • Homes
  • Pool houses
  • Government buildings
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • And more

Quality Window & Door offers an extensive non-proprietary supply of new construction and replacement windows – in a range of styles, including double-hung, casement, awning and more – from industry leading manufacturers such as:

  • Weather Shield
  • Simonton
  • Mira
  • Ply Gem
  • Parrett
  • Panda
  • And more

Whatever your new construction or replacement window needs are in Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia, Quality Window & Door has you covered. Call 1-800-370-8751 or contact our experts today!

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