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 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 main differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Mankato homeowners tips for choosing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are used as part of new Mankato construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be installed in a remodel project, the project would most likely need 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 Mankato 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured unique 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 Mankato.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Realizing 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 Mankato who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.
Use these tips to help identify 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 would 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the correct 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 choose offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re placing one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Consider your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals.