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Overwhelmed by New Jersey Window Choices?

Double Hung Replacement Window

Double Hung Replacement Window

Many New Jersey consumers who decide that it may be time to replace the windows in their home begin to start to research their choices before finalizing their decision. Once you start however, you realize how many choices there are out there and the process can become completely overwhelming. Don’t let the magnitude of the project make you put it off for another day or another year. Your windows aren’t going to get better by themselves and every day you wait is probably raising your heating and cooling bills and could be causing hidden damage to your home.

When we start this kind of research project the old joke about “How do you eat and elephant? (one bite at a time) comes to mind. It’s the same with starting your replacement window research. Don’t get lost in a sea of choices, plagued by jargon and terminology with which you’re unfamiliar. Buying new windows is just like any other major project; you need to pick a place to start and work through it one step at a time. This article should help you sort your way through and relieve some of the anxiety you may be feeling about selecting a new replacement window for your New Jersey home.

When starting your replacement window research, you’re going to want to find a starting point — one decision that you can make and use as a jumping off point for the rest of your replacement window experience. And if you really are at the absolute beginning, that choice is going to be whether to use Replacement Windows, otherwise known as Insert Replacement Windows or New Construction Windows, otherwise known as Full Frame Replacement Windows.

If you weren’t aware that these two were different options, you’ve come to the right blog. In today’s post from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey, we’re going to talk about the differences between replacement windows and new construction windows, the benefits of each of them, and how to decide which type is the window for you.

What’s the Difference Between New Construction & Replacement Windows?

While these two different types are frequently and informally referred to as Replacement Windows and New Construction windows, the official terminology for each is Insert Replacement Window and Full Frame Replacement Window, respectively. And while that is good to know, for the sake of avoiding confusion (I’ve got a bone to pick with whoever put “replacement” in both names), we’ll stick to the informal titles. Replacement windows are defined as windows that are installed into a preexisting window opening, while new construction windows are most typically designed for homes that have yet to be constructed, and will be the first windows in the new home.

Physical Differences of New Construction & Replacement Windows

New construction replacement window nailing fin

Of course, the above set of definitions is a little lacking, because in some cases new construction windows can be used in existing homes. So to widen the divide a little further, we’ll address the physical difference between these windows.  This difference lies in the critical nailing fin, an extension attached to the frame of a new construction window that provides additional protection against air and water leakage. It’s this fin that makes putting a new construction window into an already existing opening difficult without damaging the appearance of the wall or siding. Replacement windows lack this fin, which allows them to be installed from the inside of a home and minimize any potential damage that could be done to the structure surrounding it.

In most cases, Replacement Windows enable your new window to be installed without disturbing your existing siding or any of your inside window trim. There is much less disturbance of your home and therefore less mess to clean up. Replacement Windows are also installed much more quickly, so there’s less disruption to your home and lifestyle. And replacement windows are just as efficient and aesthetically pleasing as any comparable New Construction Window.

Cost of Replacement Windows Versus New Construction Windows

Now comes the big question on everybody’s mind when comparing two similar products: what is the difference in cost? And while it’s hard to put an exact figure on how much new windows will cost you, it’s safe to say that, in most cases, replacement windows are more wallet-friendly. Now this may come as a surprise if you’ve seen reasonably priced stock new construction windows lined up in your hardware store, but those numbers can be very misleading. While one stock window may appear to be cheaper than its custom-sized replacement counterpart, the cost goes up significantly (Costhelper.com reports anywhere from 50 to 100 percent) when you take into account that it is unlikely that one of these stock windows will fit perfectly into your window opening. The added cost of adjusting the opening to fit the window will bring your final bill to a place you may not have been expecting. Custom replacement windows, however, render that issue moot.

How to Decide Between New Construction & Replacement Windows?

So now that you’ve been bombarded with information about these two different types of windows, how do you weed through it all to decide which window is the choice for you? In order to do that, you’ll have to look at what you need from your windows and your home. If you’re looking to redo a wall or your siding, or if the frame that you need to place the window in is in such bad shape that it needs massive reconstruction, a new construction window may be the right answer. But, if your frame is in good shape and you want to avoid the time and mess of a potentially difficult installation, you’ll likely prefer to go with a replacement window.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey for Help

Have more questions about the difference between New Construction and Replacement Windows? Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey can answer your questions and help you get started on your replacement window experience. As a subsidiary of Andersen Windows, we’ve been providing people with beautiful, energy efficient replacement windows in all shapes and styles for generations. Our experienced design consultants will ensure that your replacement windows are the perfect fit, whatever your needs. Call us today at 1-888-826-2451 for more information or a free design consultation.