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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 change 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 installment 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 Washington DC homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Washington DC construction projects and are often 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be placed 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Washington DC contractors to place 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 precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Washington DC.

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 vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Washington DC 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 decide which type of window is the correct 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 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 right choice for your window project.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement in place of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you choose offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re placing one window or 15, your investment should sustain 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 Washington DC for a free in-home consultation. 
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