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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we consider it. For 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 installment 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 Jackson homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Jackson construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right 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 built to allow Jackson 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Jackson.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these tips to help determine which type of window is the right 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your house 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 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 expense you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re placing one window or 15, your investment should last for years. Review your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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