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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 think about it. For example, homeowners aiming to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the second part of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and identify recommended scenarios to give Long Island homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Long Island construction projects and are usually designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed 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 already 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Long Island 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 specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while possibly saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Long Island.

The Right Window for the Right Job

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

Use these pointers 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 would 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the proper choice for your window project.
  • 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 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 benefit your home project’s goals. 

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