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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 affect the way we consider it. For an example, 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 installment 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 Southern Pines homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Southern Pines construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be placed 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Southern Pines 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 moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Southern Pines.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming 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 Southern Pines, 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 identify 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 could 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 proper 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 select offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should sustain 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 Southern Pines for a free in-home consultation.