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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we consider it. For an example, 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 important differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Owensboro homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Owensboro construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed straight 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 currently exist. While new construction windows can be placed 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Owensboro 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 designed to fit in a correctly-measured unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Owensboro.

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 important to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Owensboro who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.

Use these tips 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 might 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the right 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 purchase offers a balance of the features you want at a cost 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 benefit your home project’s goals. 

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