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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 picture it. For an example, 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 part 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 Plattsburgh homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Plattsburgh construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built 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 placed 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Plattsburgh contractors to place 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 precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Plattsburgh.

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 vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Plattsburgh 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 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 might be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe or a large remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being missing 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 rather than installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you choose offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding 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 Plattsburgh for a free in-home consultation. 
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