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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 timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we picture 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 section 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 Hunt Valley homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Hunt Valley construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created 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 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Hunt Valley 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Hunt Valley.

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 critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Hunt Valley who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.

Use these reminders to help decide 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 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 proper choice for your window needs.
  • 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 select offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re installing one window or 15, your investment should sustain 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 Hunt Valley for a free in-home consultation. 
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