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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 affect the way we consider it. For instance, 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 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 indicate recommended scenarios to give Kalamazoo homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Kalamazoo construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed directly 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be used 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Kalamazoo 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Kalamazoo.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these pointers to help decide which type of window is the correct 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe or a significant 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 rather than 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 maintain for years. Review your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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