Difference Between New Construction and Replacement Windows
Brick to brick
As the name implies brick to brick windows are the appropriate choice when a new home or an addition to an existing property is being built. During construction, the studs of the home are exposed, which means the window can be nailed into the framing of the house. With this option, custom sizes and shapes can be accommodated very easily if you are trying to create a specific look.
Brick to Brick or tear-out windows can also be used when remodelling your home, but your contractor will need to remove the exterior materials around the window to expose the studs to install it. If the studs or the frame need to be replaced due to damage or if you are planning to replace the exterior of your home with new siding, you may choose to use new construction windows. This method is preferred by most professional contractors as it provides more glass area and is the only way to ensure the perimeter of the window is properly insulated.
Replacement windows are used when you are working on a home improvement project on a budget or you are interested in having the work finished quickly. This type of window was developed so that they can be installed so that the exterior materials of the home do not need to be removed in order to install the window. Instead, they are measured to fit the existing window opening and replace the actual window itself.
The advantage to buying replacement windows is that they are quicker and easier to install, which saves money on installation. You still get all the benefits of having quality new windows on your home. If you are interested in replacement windows, your contractor will need to ensure that the studs are not damaged and that there is proper insulation in place.