Scrod is a small piece of white fish, often from a Cod, but not always, and is what’s called “Marketing Speak”. Replacement Windows are windows that are really not full replacements for your old windows. It is also a “Marketing Term” that leads you to believe that you are getting a whole new window for your house. But, they aren’t really new windows, just as “Scrod” isn’t always really a small piece of Cod fish. Both terms allure you in to thinking you’re getting a free lunch!
In reality, there are three kinds of windows out there when you’re going to retro-fit a building or house – new construction windows, replacement windows, and sash kits are the three types.
A new construction window goes into an opening that doesn’t have any windows in it. There is a clean opening in the building that is prepared for a window. It doesn’t have any old frames in it or anything, just the wood framing to receive a window. This is the best choice, and is often referred to as a “full tare out”. The new windows are installed basically the same way as when the house was being built! The siding, trim and old window are all out of the way. The new window is anchored, insulated, caulked, etc. and the siding and trim are replaced.
A replacement window is a hybrid. They come in many different materials – wood, aluminum, vinyl and even fiberglass. In this scenario, the old window-frame is left in place. The “guts” are removed first. The new window, which is about as thick as the old frame, is put in to the hole, screwed in on four sides, maybe insulated and caulked, and it’s done. There is a lot less labor and material involved, yet your potential frame problems are not solved, nor is the original insulation around the frame usually inspected. Another point to consider is that you get way less light in the building after using this type of replacement methodology.
Sash kits, which we’ve covered before, are a great alternative to replacement windows or new construction windows in some instances. For the most part, the original frame is left intact. The old “sash” is removed, the tracks are taken out, and new tracks are applied. The new sash is set in the tracks, and it’s over. Way less labor and materials are used, thereby passing on a lot less cost.
While the industry keeps changing, one thing is for sure, replacement window deals can be fishy. Seriously, you get less light, less new material and less reliability in the long run.