Can Replacement Windows Be Used In New Construction?


Sample Milgard windows as an example of new construction windows

Thinking about replacing your windows and giving your home a fresh look? If so, it is likely that during your research you learned that there are several types of window frames. This may be confusing at first but we are here to clarify when replacement and new construction windows should be used. 

What Are Replacement Windows? 

Beautiful kitchen windows looking out into nature

Replacement windows are specially designed to replace existing home windows. In most cases, replacement windows are used when upgrading to energy-efficient windows or during a home renovation project and are custom-made to fit the home frame. 

Replacement windows are designed to be installed in the existing window frame from the inside of the home. This way, installation is less invasive, and there is no need to remove any exterior elements.

What Are New Construction Windows?

Home framing with new construction windows

As the name suggests, new construction windows are specially designed for new homes or other new construction developments such as a home addition (HDU). They have a component called a nail-fin on the window frame, that allows the windows to be nailed onto the framing which is still exposed. 

How to Choose

If your window frames are in good condition, replacement windows for your existing home are the right choice. If the window frames in your home are in poor condition, replacement windows won’t be the best option. The existing window frames would have to be removed and replaced.

Get a Quote 

Now that you have more information about replacement and new construction windows, find out how much it would cost to get new home windows. 

To get a free quote from ClearMax Windows & Doors, book an in-home or virtual consultation or simply use our window configuration tool and get instant pricing on custom vinyl windows.

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