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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 influence the way we think about it. For an example, 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 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 indicate recommended scenarios to give Cape Cod homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Cape Cod construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed directly 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 used 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Cape Cod 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 created to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Cape Cod.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing 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 trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Cape Cod who can help you address other questions is just as important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these pointers to help decide which type of window is the correct fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that depends upon new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This could 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 instead of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you select offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re placing one window or 15, your investment should sustain 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 Cape Cod for a free in-home consultation.