Installation Types

Windows & Doors 101

Installation Types

There are two common ways to install new windows in your home, replacement and new construction.

Replacement Windows

Replacement windows (also referred to as retrofit windows) involves taking a new window and placing it into and older frame. The process is quick and easy to install and can be completed without stucco, drywall or paint damage. 

Two main types of replacement windows:

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Flush Fin (also called Z-bar or stucco flange)

Replacement windows (also referred to as retrofit windows) involves taking a new window and placing it into and older frame. The process is quick and easy to install and can be completed without stucco, drywall or paint damage. 

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Block Frame

Replacement windows (also referred to as retrofit windows) involves taking a new window and placing it into and older frame. The process is quick and easy to install and can be completed without stucco, drywall or paint damage. 

New Construction Windows

New construction windows involves more work than replacement or retrofit windows. New construction windows completely replace the old windows. The old window, frame and the exterior material around the window are removed to expose the studs of the home to install the new window.

Nail Fin Window Frame

Nail Fin

Nail fin window frames have nailing fins or flanges and are used for new construction window installations. The purpose of nailing fins is to secure the window to the wall sheathing and hold it in place while the shims and screws are being installed.


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