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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 change the way we picture it. For instance, 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 indicate recommended scenarios to give Mt. Pleasant homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Mt. Pleasant construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built 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 currently exist. While new construction windows can be used 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 created to allow Mt. Pleasant contractors to install the window without having to tear the existing walls down to the studs or remove any other exterior materials.

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

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure 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 Mt. Pleasant who can help you address other questions is also 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 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 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 right choice for your window plans.
  • 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 purchase 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. Weigh your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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