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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 consider 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 major differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Monroe homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Monroe construction projects and are typically 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 currently 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Monroe 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Monroe.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

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

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that requires new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This would be a new home build, a new addition to your house 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 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 expense you can be comfortable with.

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

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