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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 affect the way we picture it. For instance, 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 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 suggest recommended scenarios to give Albany homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Albany construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed right 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be installed in a remodel project, the project would most likely require 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 Albany 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 created to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Albany.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming those windows match other materials found in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Albany who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be discussing 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 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 right 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 installing one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Weigh your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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