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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 an 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 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 Hingham homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Hingham construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed right into a new construction opening, 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Hingham 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Hingham.

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 vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Hingham 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 identify which type of window is the right 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 significant remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being replaced 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 rather than installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you purchase offers a balance of the features you want at a cost 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 Hingham for a free in-home consultation. 
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