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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 timeless question that reminds us that what we call something can affect the way we consider it. For instance, 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 important differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Denver homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new Denver construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed directly 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 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Denver 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 specific 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 Denver.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these tips to help decide which type of window is the correct fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that depends upon 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the right 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. Review your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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