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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 timeless 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 main differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Greenfield homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Greenfield construction projects and are usually 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 require 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 developed to allow Greenfield contractors to place 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 moved. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Greenfield.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these pointers to help determine which type of window is the proper 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 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 right choice for your window project.
  • 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 purchase 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. Review your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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