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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 consider 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 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 suggest recommended scenarios to give Lethbridge homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Lethbridge construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed straight 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 already 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Lethbridge 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Lethbridge.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these reminders to help identify which type of window is the correct 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 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 removed 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 rather than 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 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 Lethbridge for a free in-home consultation. 
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