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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 timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we think about it. For instance, 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 important differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Portsmouth homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Portsmouth construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed directly 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be used 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 developed to allow Portsmouth 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 designed to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Portsmouth.

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 important to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Portsmouth who can help you address other questions is equally 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 proper fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that needs new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This would 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 proper 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 installing one window or 15, your investment should last 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 Portsmouth for a free in-home consultation. 
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