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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we picture it. For example, homeowners planning to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the latest part 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 Evansville homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Evansville construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed 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 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Evansville 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Evansville.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials used in your project is vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Evansville 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 decide which type of window is the right 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe or a significant 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 proper choice for your window needs.
  • 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 placing 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 Evansville for a free in-home consultation.