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

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What’s in a name? It’s the classic question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we think about it. For instance, homeowners looking to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the next installment of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the main differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Westerly homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Westerly construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed straight into a new construction space, 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 installed in a remodel project, the project would most likely need 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Westerly contractors to add the window without having to tear the existing walls down to the studs or remove any other exterior materials.

Instead, replacement windows are created to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Westerly.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming those windows match other materials included in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Westerly who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.

Use these pointers to help determine which type of window is the right fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that depends upon new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This would be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe or a major remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being missing or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the correct choice for your window plans.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement in place of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you purchase offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.

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

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