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 change the way we think about it. For instance, 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 section of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the major differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Casper homeowners tips for using each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are installed as part of new Casper construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed right 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 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Casper 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 precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Casper.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials found in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Casper who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.
Use these tips to help determine which type of window is the proper 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 house 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 correct choice for your window plans.
- 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 select offers a balance of the features you want at a expense you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should last for years. Review your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals.