New Construction vs. Retrofit Replacement Windows
Stucco damage like this is often required if you choose new construction windows.
When replacing your home's windows, you basically
have two choices, each with their own pros and cons. With "new
construction" windows, the original window frame is completely
removed. This usually involves damage to your home’s exterior
and interior trim and/or siding which must be repaired. In stucco
homes, the stucco surrounding the window is removed and then replaced
after the installation.
"Retrofit" windows, on the other hand
are installed on top of the original window frame. Since the old
frame is left in place, installation is quicker, easier and less
expensive. Here’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages
of both options.
New Construction Window (Full Frame Replacement)
- A more "custom" look
- Less prone to leakage
- No loss of glass area
- Usually requires damage to trim/siding
- More expensive
- Takes longer to install
Retrofit Window (Window Only Replacement)
- Less Expensive
- Can be completed quickly
- No damage to siding/trim
- Wider frame means some glass area will be lost
- Some styles look cheap/unprofessional
- More prone to leakage
Because of their lower cost and ease of installation, retrofit
windows have become hugely popular. This is the type of window we
chose for our home and it is the focus of this buyer's guide.
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