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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 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 main differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Muncie homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Muncie construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right 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 currently exist. While new construction windows can be placed 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Muncie 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 deliver the benefits of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Muncie.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these pointers 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 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 proper choice for your window project.
  • 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. Consider your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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