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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can affect 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 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 indicate recommended scenarios to give Traverse City homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Traverse City 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be used in a remodel project, the project would most likely necessitate 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 built to allow Traverse City 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 designed to fit in a correctly-measured unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Traverse City.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials included in your project is important to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Traverse City 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 determine 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your property or a significant 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 proper choice for your window project.
  • 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 placing one window or 15, your investment should sustain 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 Traverse City for a free in-home consultation. 
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