New construction or retrofit windows and doors? This is one of the first decisions San Diego homeowners need to make when selecting new windows for their home. Whichever you choose, you’ll always get top quality window and door products from BM Windows. The following information should help you to better understand the differences between these replacement window types, how your choice will affect the project timeline, associated costs and construction requirements. After reviewing this page, take a look at the various window and door product types that we sell and install. Then contact us if you have any questions and when you’re ready for a free in-home consultation to discuss color options and window styles.
NEW CONSTRUCTION WINDOWS
New construction windows are most often used when a new structure is being built, or when an addition is being made to the home. In these situations, the studs of the wall are typically exposed, allowing windows to be installed directly to them. However, if desired we can install new construction windows when replacing existing windows. In this case, we simply have to open the exterior of the wall to accommodate the new window. Installing new construction windows into existing homes is more costly and takes a little longer due to the additional construction work. However, new construction windows offer a larger viewable window area because the frame is the same as the original window.
Retrofit windows and doors are designed for installation into an existing wall. They do not install directly into the studs, so they don’t require that we collapse the original frame or open the exterior of the house. Therefore, the installation is faster, cleaner and less expensive. However, retrofit windows have a larger frame and therefore a smaller visible area. From a product standpoint, new construction and retrofit window products are about the same price. The cost differences lie mainly in the construction labor associated with installation of new construction windows and doors.
Retrofit windows and doors are by far more popular as most San Diego homeowners choose them. The lower cost and faster installation makes retrofit windows an appealing choice. But whichever you prefer, our window and door guarantee applies. And it’s one of the best in the San Diego area. Contact us if you’re considering replacement windows for your San Diego home and we can answer your questions regarding product selection and installation options.
Summary of Differences between New Construction and Retrofit Windows and Doors
|Visible Window Area||Larger||Smaller|
|Requires Construction Work||Yes||No|
|All New Opening and Flashing||Yes||No|