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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 change 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 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 Birmingham homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Birmingham construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be installed 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Birmingham 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 changed. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Birmingham.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials found in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Birmingham, 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 reminders to help identify which type of window is the correct 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 property or a major 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 correct 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 select offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should sustain for years. Consider your options and make sure they fit your home project’s goals.

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