When considering replacing windows for your home, cost, labor and speed are advantages of installing retrofit windows; however, new construction windows look more customized as well as less prone to leaks. Whether you choose retrofit or new construction for replacement windows, selecting a competent installer is the most important decision of all.
In most California homes, and where aluminum windows are more prominent, Flush fin windows, also known as “Z-bar, stucco flange, or Florida flange” windows are popular choices in retrofit windows. They are made with a rim that butts up against an existing surface, typically the exterior frame of the house. Damage to the exterior is minimized because it is attached without removing existing exterior siding; however, one disadvantage is that it looks less professional, windows are not as high-quality as new construction windows, and they provide less of a seal between the exterior and interior of the home.
Installing new construction windows require more labor. The existing exterior siding is removed down to the bare studs, and if your home has stucco, sometimes it is difficult to match. Of course, this method is more labor intensive and will cost more in materials, but if there are any internal problems surrounding the windows, they can also be addressed while the window opening is exposed, saving damage costs later on.
There is a reason you are replacing the window – leaks, inefficiency, dated – therefore, spending the extra money on new construction windows will provide a greater return in the future, plus the windows look as if they were original to the home, not an afterthought.
As noted, the most important decision when determining whether to go retrofit or new construction with your replacement windows is the installer. A superb product is negated if the installation is not done properly. Our excellent craftsmanship and service complements our high-quality product. Contact us to see how much windows matter to us for you.