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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we picture 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 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 West Springfield homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new West Springfield construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created 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 presently 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 created to allow West Springfield 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 specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in West Springfield.

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 West Springfield who can help you address other questions is just as important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help decide which type of window is the correct 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 might 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the right choice for your window plans.
  • 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 choose offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re installing one window or 15, your investment should last 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 West Springfield for a free in-home consultation. 
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