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(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)   by John Rocco

(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)

Hello, my name is John Rocco.I grew up around the window and door business. My father owned a glass shop
that dealt in every aspect of residential and commercial glass.Naturally, when it came time to choose a profession, i wound up in the
window and door business. I have been in the business for about 27 years, and i have been self employed for 20.One of the things
that seperated my company from my competitors was my willingness to show my customers how to replace their windows themselves.
Whenever i would encounter a customer with a curiosity or willingness to learn how to install their own windows,i would offer to sell
them the labor on one window,using them as my helper.Then,they would install the rest of the windows using the knowledge gained
from helping me install one.Most window companies would never do this because there is so much money made on the labor.But i
was always so busy,i never felt like it was costing me money.Eventually, i made an installation video for those homeowners who
wanted to do their own windows.While the video is for sale on my website, i decided to take excerpts from the video and write an article
once a week covering some part of the window replacement project.This article is going to cover the difference between window
frames used in new construction homes, and the window frames that are used to replace existing aluminum or wood windows.

When a new home is being built,the windows are nailed to the wood studs that make up the house frame.In order
to accomplish this, new construction windows have a fin around all four sides of the frame that rests against the outside of the stud,
and nails are driven into the studs through the nailing fin. After that,flashing paper is applied to prevent water leaks, then the exterior,
material is applied. That material can be stucco, brick, siding, etc.Now, imagine 10 or 20 years later when you want to replace those
windows. If you were going to install your replacement windows the same way the original windows were installed, you would have to
remove the exterior material around each window in order to get to those nails holding the frame in there. You can see how this pro-
ceedure could cause many problems, not to mention all the labor involved. I have seen homes in california with stucco exteriors where
the homeowner had the stucco cut out in order to remove the old windows.The problem was they were unable to match the stucco colors
after patching. Its just not a very efficient way to replace windows. So the replacement frame was designed. In most parts of the country
it's simply a new construction window frame with the nail fin removed. In the west,where stucco is a common home exterior,a retrofit
frame was designed. If you're going to be replacing the exterior material on your home, then you might want to consider going with the
new construction window since the nailing fins will be exposed anyway. Also, chances are that a contractor will be doing your exterior
replacement,and it would be wise to let the contractor install the windows as well.Since my installation videos deal with window replace-
ment only, these articles will focus on replacement frames and retrofit frames. Using these two frame styles,a do it yourselfer can
replace their old windows without any damage to existing interior and exterior surfaces.And the job can be done using common tools
such as a drill,tape measure, and caulking gun. In next weeks article,we will discuss the replacement of wood sash windows.

John Rocco has been installing
replacement windows since 1978
To learn more, visit <a href="https://">How To Install Windows</a>

About Author John Rocco :

I have been replacing residential windows since 1978. I now sell vinyl windows and doors as well as instructional videos through my website:

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