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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 affect the way we think about 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 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 identify recommended scenarios to give Providence homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Providence construction projects and are usually 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 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Providence contractors to install 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 replaced. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Providence.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming 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 Providence 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 determine which type of window is the right fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that depends upon 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 large remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being removed 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 rather than installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you select 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 last for years. Review your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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