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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can affect the way we consider it. For instance, homeowners planning to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the latest 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 suggest recommended scenarios to give Lafayette homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Lafayette construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed right 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Lafayette 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 specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Lafayette.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these reminders to help identify which type of window is the proper 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 hoe 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 right 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 select offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re placing 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 Lafayette for a free in-home consultation. 
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