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New Construction vs. Replacement Windows in Mesa, AZ

If you are looking at replacing your windows you want to make an informed decision, especially because this is such an expensive home renovation project. But as you search the options and look for the best way to replace windows it is easy to feel lost with so many choices. Add to that all the unfamiliar terminology and making any decisions will seem impossible. To help simplify the process here is what you need to know about new construction windows and replacement windows.

Replacement Windows
In the window industry, insert replacement windows or retrofit windows are also called replacement windows. Basically these windows are installed into a preexisting opening. Typically with these windows the installation team does not have to remove any exterior materials from the home. Technicians measure the existing window and custom order the products so that replacement windows will fit the opening perfectly. As a result, they can install new windows without damaging the siding, wall, or window trim. These installations are best if you have time or budget constraints. That said, replacement windows may not fix existing problems. For example, if there is a leak between the existing jamb and rough opening, an insert replacement will not correct the issue. The same goes if there is rotted wood around the frame.

New Construction Windows
Also called full-frame windows, these usually go in a brand new home, or in a renovation or addition to the home. For new construction windows, the studs of the home are exposed. That is why these products include what is called a nail fin frame so installers nail new construction windows directly to the studs. You want a new construction window if there has been damage to the studs or frame of an existing window, you are also replacing siding or stucco, or you are completely renovating or replacing a wall. Because they are a more inclusive project, new construction windows will take more time and renovation.

Which One is Better?
As with most things, there isn’t going to be one set answer. It will change from every customer and every installation. New construction windows are generally made for builders, and as a result are usually cheaper and not the same quality as windows replacement Mesa, AZ. Builders want a lot of windows fast and they don’t want to spend more than necessary. Manufacturers keep that in mind when making new construction windows. But when you are just buying replacement windows you are focused on that one thing, and manufacturers will prioritize the quality. With replacement windows you usually get better quality, more technologies, and more color and style options.

The best way to replace any window in Mesa, AZ is to get input from a professional. Local experts will look at your existing windows and give you advice on what the best option is for your home and budget. To contact our professionals stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 or call Freelite at (602) 233-1981. With over 30 years of experience we have seen and installed a lot of windows, new construction and replacement windows. You are sure to get the highest quality products and the installation done right.