Replacement Windows: Retrofit or New Construction?

Replacement Windows: Retrofit or New Construction?

There are two methods for replacing old windows when damage occurs or when doing a home improvement project: retrofit and new construction. They each have their pros and cons, so the choice of whether to use retrofit or new construction is an important one. This guide will help you make an informed decision.

Cost: Because retrofit windows are installed within or over top of the existing window frame, they are less expensive than the alternative. New construction requires the removal of exterior materials to allow the new window to be attached directly to the home studs, a more involved process that requires more expertise.

Time: Again, because installing retrofit windows is the simpler and more straightforward option, it takes less time than constructing an entirely new window. This is relevant not only because additional time adds to the cost of the project but also because the faster the install, the sooner the contractors will be out of your house.

Customization: Because retrofit windows are restricted to a large extent by the properties of the original window, they lose points on flexibility compared to newly constructed windows. New windows can be constructed to the homeowners’ exact specifications, which means more customization and ultimately more satisfaction for the homeowner(s).

Neither retrofit nor newly constructed windows is objectively better than the other; they are both good, just in different situations. If you like the windows you had, replacing them with retrofit windows is the faster and cheaper solution. If you want to try something new, new construction gives you more options. Ultimately, both are solid options.

Contact us for more information on window replacement options.


The choice between retrofitting and new construction when replacing windows will depend on your budget, time constraints, and personal taste.

The choice between retrofitting and new construction when replacing windows will depend on your budget, time constraints, and personal taste.

2015-11-30T09:00:00+00:00 November 30th, 2015|

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