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 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 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 identify recommended scenarios to give Rochester homeowners tips for choosing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are installed as part of new Rochester construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed straight 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 installed 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 Rochester 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 offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Rochester.
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 skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Rochester 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 right 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 hoe or a major 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 correct 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 select offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re installing one window or 15, your investment should sustain for years. Weigh your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals.
For more information, contact
one of the pros at Pella of Rochester for a free in-home consultation.