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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 influence the way we consider 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 indicate recommended scenarios to give Natick homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Natick construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed right into a new construction opening, 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 installed 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 Natick 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Natick.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials found in your project is important to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Natick who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help determine which type of window is the right fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that requires new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This would be a new home build, a new addition to your property 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 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 purchase offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.

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