Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 2: New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows
What’s in a name? It’s the age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we consider it. For an example, homeowners aiming to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.
In the second part of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Kingston homeowners tips for installing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are chosen as part of new Kingston construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed directly 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 presently 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 built to allow Kingston 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Kingston.
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 skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Kingston who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be looking at 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 correct 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 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 maintain for years. Consider your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals.