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kgressler 11-05-2007 01:05 PM

Replacement or New construction windows if.......
I plan on replacing the siding also. WOuld it be best/cost effective to go with one vs the other. I have a few bidders coming in this week but i was just wondering if this is an option or are they gonna just go with replacements?

kgressler 11-05-2007 04:06 PM


AtlanticWBConst. 11-05-2007 06:16 PM

If you are going to go with new siding, do ''New-Construction'' windows.
We are just finishing up on one of our projects now, where this was done.

The objective of ''replacement'' windows is so that you don't have to do alterations to the siding or the interior walls. Just put the windows in. = Saves money. However, your situation is different since the siding is all coming off and being replaced anyways.

If the New-Construction windows are ordered the proper size, you shouldn't have to do any sheetrock alterations. (We did not have to touch one wall area in the project mentioned).

Some advantages of installing New Construction Windows when re-siding are:
The new windows are installed with a better complete sealed unit and no-leak process.
The sides of the window jamb frames can be properly insulated and sealed.

Again, I say this in respects to installing these windows when you are re-siding.

Obviously, it is more cost effective to install replacement windows when one is not re-siding their home.

I'm sure that others here, may have more to offer...

XSleeper 11-05-2007 08:43 PM

I'd also recommend going with a new construction window, for the same reasons. You'll want to determine your rough opening size, and order the windows about 1" shorter and narrower than the RO. This will leave you 1/2" on all sides of the new window to insulate. Then the windows will need to be retrimmed inside and out, but as mentioned, you shouldn't have trouble covering the old paint lines if they are measured correctly. Some people leave off the exterior trim, but I think houses look a little "anemic" when they do that.

kgressler 11-06-2007 01:04 PM

Shouldnt matter that my interior walls are plaster does it? I wont have to do anything but retrim?

Thanks for the help fellas.

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