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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 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 part of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the major differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Terre Haute homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Terre Haute construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed right 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 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Terre Haute 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 replaced. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Terre Haute.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these reminders 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 hoe 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 right choice for your window plans.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement rather than 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 installing one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Weigh your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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