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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 timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can affect the way we consider it. For instance, 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 main differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Danville homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Danville construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be installed 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Danville contractors to place the window without having to tear the existing walls down to the studs or remove any other exterior materials.

Instead, replacement windows are created to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Danville.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure 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 Danville who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.

Use these reminders to help identify which type of window is the right 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 property or a significant 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 instead of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you purchase 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 maintain for years. Review your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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