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 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 major differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Beltsville homeowners tips for installing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are chosen as part of new Beltsville 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 installed 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Beltsville 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 moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Beltsville.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials used in your project is vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Beltsville who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.
Use these pointers to help determine 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your house 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 proper choice for your window plans.
- 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 price 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 fit your home project’s goals.
For more information, contact
one of the pros at Pella of Beltsville for a free in-home consultation.