Double-hung Pella Replacement Windows

Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 2: New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

Published on

What’s in a name? It’s the timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we think about it. For example, homeowners aiming to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the second installment of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Annapolis homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Annapolis construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed right 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 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 built to allow Annapolis contractors to place the window without having to tear the existing walls down to the studs or remove any other exterior materials.

Instead, replacement windows are created to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Annapolis.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these reminders 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 might be a new home build, a new addition to your property or a large 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 right 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 placing one window or 15, your investment should sustain for years. Weigh your options and make sure they fit your home project’s goals. 

For more information, contact one of the pros at Pella of Annapolis for a free in-home consultation. 
Pella windows and sliding door
Take a Look at What Pella Has in Store for 2018
KID Museum and KC Pella Windows
KID Museum and KC Pella Windows to Create New Opportunities for Innovative Learning