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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 change 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 section of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the major differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give North Carolina homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new North Carolina construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed directly 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 placed in a remodel project, the project would most likely necessitate 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these pointers to help determine 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 might be a new home build, a new addition to your house 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 project.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement in place of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you choose offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re installing 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 North Carolina for a free in-home consultation.