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 influence 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 installment of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the main differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Vancouver homeowners tips for choosing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are installed as part of new Vancouver construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be installed 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 Vancouver 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 developed 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 possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Vancouver.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials used in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Vancouver who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.
Use these tips to help decide which type of window is the right 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 hoe or a major 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 plans.
- 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 choose offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should sustain for years. Review your options and make sure they fit your home project’s goals.