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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 timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we think about it. For an example, 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 part 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 Minneapolis homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Minneapolis construction projects and are typically 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 already 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 created to allow Minneapolis 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 unique 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 Minneapolis.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials found in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Minneapolis 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 decide which type of window is the proper 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 property or a significant 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 needs.
  • 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 purchase 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. Review your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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