The Difference Between New and Replacement Windows

When you are looking into windows for your Roseville, CA home, you will likely hear the terms replacement windows and new windows. What is the difference? Do you need replacement windows or are new windows better? The two terms are rather confusing, but they really aren’t that different. Replacement windows generally go into your home to replace older windows. New windows, on the other hand, are placed into new constructions that haven’t had windows before. But you know what? The windows themselves for each are the same. They’re both new! So you don’t have to worry about making a decision based on those terms. However, there are plenty of other decisions to make.

When you are planning to replace existing wood windows, you have two basic options, full frame replacement and insert replacement. With full frame replacement the entire frame and sash are taken out down to the original studs. With an insert replacement, the sash components only are removed and the existing frame remains.

As is true with anything, there are advantages and disadvantages to each option. Here are some things to think over if you want to go with one of these options.

Size of Window and Glass Area
With a window insert, the opening will be smaller because the new window sits inside the existing frame. When you replace the whole frame, you will have the largest opening possible and the maximum glass area.

New vs. Existing Trim
Interior window trim is not part of the window, but it completes the overall appearance of the window frame. If you replace the window frame, you have to take the interior trim off and you can’t reinstall it without more nail holes and damage. If you have special interior trim that you don’t want to replace, you will want to consider an insert installation for your windows.

Overall Budget
When you think about windows, and installing new ones, budget is always a concern. Replacing the whole frame costs more because it takes more labor and more parts. You also have to add interior trim to the costs. Inserts are less expensive overall.

Interior Window Treatments
If your window treatments are mounted on the outside of the window frame, either installation process is fine. With an inside mount, however, replacing the frame could be harder because there might be new dimensions that could preclude using those treatments again.

These considerations can sound confusing if you haven’t dealt with them before and that’s okay. When it comes to custom window replacement in Roseville, CA, you need professional help. And you can get that with California Craftsman simply by calling (530) 887-1857 for a free consultation. We’ll talk through the options and help you make an informed decision as to what is right for your home. You can also stop by our showroom and take a look at options in person. We’re located at 4035 Grass Valley Hwy Ste G Auburn, CA 95602 and we’d be happy to show you around.