We receive a lot of questions from our homeowners regarding all kinds of important home improvement issues: installing a bay window, garden window installation, and dealing with potentially fraudulent contractors just to name a few. Another question that constantly comes up is, “Should I do a new construction window project?”
The answer is, “Yes.” So thanks for reading our blog. We’ll catch you next time!
Just joking. We kid because we care. Yes, we do believe that new construction window projects have a lot of benefits you can take advantage of today. So why don’t we first define a new construction window project, give you the top 12 reasons to consider moving forward with one, and finally our take on the situation.
It’s Time To Define
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term “new construction window” means “[. . .] a window with a nailing fin designed to be inserted into a rough opening from the outside before applying siding and inside trim. A nailing fin is a projection on the outer frame of the window in the same plane as the glazing, which overlaps the prepared opening, and can thus be ‘nailed’ into place.”
A Dozen Reasons To Do It!
If you’re a homeowner, we realize this definition doesn’t really help you decide if you should still do a new construction window project or not. So why don’t we just focus on the reasons you may want to give it consideration:
- More windows are available (versus retrofit windows)
- It’s easier to find a match if you own a historical home and watch to keep the original look and feel
- More sizes
- More shapes
- More manufactures
- More colors to choose from
- More finishes to choose from
- More light
- Less frame
- Great way to remedy existing leaks in your windows
- Installing a patio door isn’t available as a retrofit project. A new construction install will give your home a more consistent look and feel because the frame material of the patio door will match the frame material of your new windows.
- Some companies, like Five Star Windows, will only do new construction installs. They claim that it’s less likely to leak. (Some experts even claim that new construction installs are safer.)
The HomeProHub Stance
So where does HomeProHub stand on the potential decision to do a new construction window project. Our take is that it’s based 100% on the individual project. We’ll recommend a new construction install when we see issues like obvious leaks; we’ll also make the recommendation when homeowners are looking for maximum light to come through and less frame around the glass.
To take that last thought a step further, one of the great benefits of more double-pane glass and less frame is that the window is always more efficient than the frame. This means that you could see a double-pane window – with less frame – achieve 20-40% more efficiency for your home.
Last but not least, we just think that new construction window projects look pretty sweet. If you’d like more free and unbiased advice and information, just contact HomeProHub today. We are happy to chat with you.