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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we consider it. For instance, 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 important differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Syracuse homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Syracuse construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created 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 installed 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 developed to allow Syracuse 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 specific 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 Syracuse.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding 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 qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Syracuse 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 identify 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 would be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe 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 right choice for your window plans.
  • 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 price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re installing one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Weigh your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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