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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 think about it. For an 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 part 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 Murray homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Murray construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed straight 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 currently exist. While new construction windows can be used 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 Murray 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 designed to fit in a correctly-measured unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Murray.

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 qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Murray who can help you address other questions is just as important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.

Use these pointers to help decide 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 might be a new home build, a new addition to your house or a large 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 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 choose offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.

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

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