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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 think about it. For an example, homeowners aiming to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the second 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 suggest recommended scenarios to give Eau Claire homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Eau Claire construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed straight 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 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Eau Claire 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Eau Claire.

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 important to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Eau Claire who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be looking at 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 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 property or a major remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being replaced or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the right choice for your window needs.
  • 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 purchase offers a balance of the features you want at a price 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 benefit your home project’s goals. 

For more information, contact one of the pros at Pella of Eau Claire for a free in-home consultation. 
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