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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we consider it. For an example, 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 major differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Baltimore homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Baltimore construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed straight 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 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 created to allow Baltimore 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 created to fit in a correctly-measured unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Baltimore.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials used in your project is vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Baltimore who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help determine 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 would be a new home build, a new addition to your house 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 correct choice for your window project.
  • 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 purchase offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should last 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 Baltimore for a free in-home consultation. 
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