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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we picture it. For 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 installment of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the major differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Indianapolis homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Indianapolis construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed directly into a new construction space, 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 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Indianapolis contractors to install 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 precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Indianapolis.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these tips to help determine which type of window is the proper 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 house or a large 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 correct 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 expense you can be comfortable with.

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

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