What’s in a name? It’s the timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we picture 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 major differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give South Portland homeowners tips for installing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are chosen as part of new South Portland construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right 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 currently exist. While new construction windows can be used in a remodel project, the project would most likely need 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 Portland 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 precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in South Portland.
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 vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of South Portland who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.
Use these pointers to help identify 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 might 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 removed 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 cost you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re installing 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 South Portland for a free in-home consultation.