Because Marvin custom constructs each window to your home’s unique specifications, your architect or contractor can be very creative with the sizing and style of your windows. While some home remodelling projects use new construction windows, your contractor will need to remove the exterior components surrounding the window to expose the home’s studs to install the window. Using a new construction window for a remodel project is possible — however, it is a more complicated process for your contractor to achieve an identical match of outside materials. If the studs and frame of the window are damaged, or if you plan to replace the outside of your home with new siding or stucco, new construction windows are an excellent option.
Look for particular features that distinguish high-quality windows from low-quality windows when purchasing new or retrofit windows. Some critical elements to look for are as follows:
Energy Efficiency Ratings
- The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Label: The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a non-profit organization that manages the only independent rating and labelling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and related products.
- Metal lock components that fit nicely together — stainless steel is preferable due to its sturdiness rust resistance.
- Colour matching on all components to improve aesthetics.
- As opposed to mechanical fastening and holding the window sash and frame together with screws, brackets, and caulk, heat-welded joints.
Both retrofit and new construction windows have advantages tailored to distinct installation methods. Allow Marvin to assist you in creating your dream home if you are planning a window replacement or new construction project. Explore your window options for new construction, or click here to learn more about retrofit and replacement windows.