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Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 2: New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 2: New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

What’s in a name? It’s the age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can affect the way we picture it. For example, homeowners aiming to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the second section of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Shrewsbury homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Shrewsbury construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed directly into a new construction frame, these windows typically include a nail flange (or nail fin) that attaches to the new construction where a window frame doesn’t already exist. While new construction windows can be used in a remodel project, the project would most likely necessitate a lot more work in removing existing materials to expose the studs. That’s where replacement windows come in.

Replacement windows, as the name implies, are meant to replace windows in previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Shrewsbury contractors to install the window without having to tear the existing walls down to the studs or remove any other exterior materials.

Instead, replacement windows are designed to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Shrewsbury.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials found in your project is important to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Shrewsbury who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help identify which type of window is the correct fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that needs new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This could be a new home build, a new addition to your property or a major remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being replaced or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the proper choice for your window project.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement instead of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you select offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Consider your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

For more information, contact one of the pros at Pella of Shrewsbury for a free in-home consultation. 
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