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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we think about it. For instance, homeowners planning to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the latest section of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Bloomington homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Bloomington construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed directly 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 already 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Bloomington 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 specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Bloomington.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials included in your project is important to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Bloomington who can help you address other questions is just as important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.

Use these reminders to help determine 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your property or a large 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 project.
  • 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 choose 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 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 Bloomington for a free in-home consultation.