Replacement versus New Construction Windows

Part II: Insert Replacement Windows

There are a number of other choices you will have to make when selecting the right window for you (see our 12-part series on The Four Pillars of your Replacement Window Satisfaction), but it all starts with the decision of New Construction or Replacement Windows.

Our previous post on this site introduced you to the two main choices you have when selecting a type of window to replace your existing windows: New Construction Windows, also known as Full Frame Replacement Windows, and Insert Replacement Windows, also known simply as Replacement Windows. We then went on to discuss Full Frame or New Construction Windows in some detail.

This post will discuss the features and benefits of Insert Replacement Windows in some detail so that you can make and educated decision about which type is best for you.

Are Insert Replacement Windows Right for You?

Insert Replacement WindowsInsert Replacement Windows are available with the same quality features, options, aesthetics and efficiency as New Construction Windows, but many (in fact, most) people choose Insert Replacement Windows because they can be installed more quickly, with less disruption to your home, and usually more economically, than New Construction Windows.

Insert Replacement Windows are manufactured in such a way as to completely change the installation methods used to remove and replace your existing windows. As opposed to New Construction Windows, Replacement Windows can be installed without disturbing the finish treatments on the interior or exterior of your home.

Because they are made to replace existing windows, not to be installed in a new home, Replacement Windows can avoid a number of steps in both removing the existing window and installing the new window, saving your installers time, and you money.

Insert Replacement Windows are Made to Order

One of the best things about Insert Replacement Windows is that they are custom-made for you to your exact specifications. Each window is made specifically to replace an existing window in your home, not to fill an order for a stock size to sit on a home center or lumberyard’s shelves. This means that you can get the exact same window, with the exact same features and options for every window in your home, whether one is twice the size of the other or just ¾ of an inch bigger or smaller. Your Insert Replacement Windows will be manufactured to fit your exact size.

Accurate Measurements are Critical

measuring for your replacement windowsTo ensure that your custom made windows are manufactured to your exact specifications, your replacement window design consultant will need to take very accurate measurements of every window in your home. They will inspect each window and note any conditions that may need to be addressed by the installers when they arrive to replace your windows. Good reports at this stage will ensure that your installation crew can come prepared with the right materials and tools to ensure your particular project is completed with the least disruption to your lifestyle and in the shortest period of time possible.

Your design consultant will measure each of your current window’s exact height, width, and depth and note these on a work order along with other information about the type of window and any options that you selected. This report will then be sent to the manufacturer so your windows can be built to these exact specifications.

Custom Made to Order

When your order is received at the window manufacturing facility, it will be converted into exact specifications and cut lists for the craftsmen to custom make your windows for each of your home’s window openings. These workers should account for each slight variation between window sizes to ensure you receive the perfect sized window for your home.

No Siding Issues

The main difference between Insert Replacement Windows and their New Construction counterparts are that Replacement Windows do not use nailing flanges like New Construction Windows. This eliminates the need for your installation crew to disturb your existing siding or interior finishes. Without nailing fins, Insert Replacement Windows can be “slid into” your existing window openings from inside your house without needing to disturb the siding on the outside of your home or the wallboard and window trim on the inside of your home.

Removal of Old Windows

Removal of your old windows is a very different process with Insert Replacement Windows as opposed to New Construction Windows. Rather than have to remove the exterior siding, trim, house wrap, etc.  from the outside of the house and the interior trim and wall board from the inside, your Insert Replacement Window installers will simply remove your old window sashes (the moveable parts of the window that contain the glass), and cover the window frames with color-matched or contrasting low maintenance materials, if necessary. Your installation team will then slide your new windows into the openings from inside your house and screw through the frames of the new window into the existing window framing with strong screws. They will then seal the window against any wind or moisture penetration and cover any exposed screws with decorative cover panels.

Simpler and Faster

If you compare the installation method for New Construction or Full Frame Replacement Windows described in our previous post with what we just described for Insert Replacement Windows, you’ll see that there are many fewer steps, making the installation simpler and faster, and that the latter disturbs much less of your house. Although any construction is likely to cause disturbance, Insert Replacement Windows installation is much cleaner and faster.

For More Information

For more information on the difference between Replacement and New Construction Windows please give Renewal by Andersen of Northern New Jersey a call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill out the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.


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