Everyone loves their windows and all the natural light they allow in until they no longer are clear and allow for you to have a clear view outside. When your windows are no longer serving their purpose, you might begin to look into cheap window replacement to rectify the issue as soon as possible. When looking into replacing your windows, you may discover the term “retrofit” windows and not understand what exactly retrofit windows are and if they are a viable or even a cheap window replacement option for you.
What are Retrofit Windows?
A retrofit window, also known as a replacement window, is the process of installing new, energy-efficient, insulated glass into an existing window frame. During this process, the surrounding framing, drywall, siding, or trim are not disturbed. The one downside to retrofit windows is that they must fit into an existing hole, whereas new construction windows can be ordered in any size.
One of the biggest advantages of retrofitting windows over new construction windows is that the installation process is straightforward. To ensure that retrofit windows fit, they have a component around their perimeter that allows them to fit over the existing window frame. Even if the existing frame has warped over time, or is not flush with the wall, the installation process will require less work compared to the installation of new construction windows.
When to Use Retrofit Windows
Aside from the fact that retrofit windows are quick and easy to install into an existing opening, there are more reasons why they are often the better window replacement option.
When to Use New Construction Windows
There will be instances where a retrofit window is not an option, and you’ll need to invest in a new construction window. Some of these situations include:
Whether you are in the market for new construction windows, or a cheap window replacement with the cheaper option of retrofit windows, Gordon’s Glass does it all! Not sure what option is right for you, or will fit within your budget, schedule your free in-home estimate today!