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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we consider it. For example, 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 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 Gaithersburg homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Gaithersburg construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed straight 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Gaithersburg 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 created to fit in a correctly-measured unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Gaithersburg.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding 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 trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Gaithersburg who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be discussing 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 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 large 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 rather than installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you choose offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re installing one window or 15, your investment should maintain 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 Gaithersburg for a free in-home consultation.