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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 think about it. For example, 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 part 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 South Burlington homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new South Burlington construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed directly 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be used 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 developed to allow South Burlington 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 developed 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 potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in South Burlington.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming those windows match other materials included in your project is vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of South Burlington 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 proper fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that depends upon new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This would be a new home build, a new addition to your house 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 correct 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 expense you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding 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 South Burlington for a free in-home consultation.