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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we picture 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 Overland Park homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Overland Park construction projects and are often 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be placed 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Overland Park 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 designed to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Overland Park.

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 trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Overland Park who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these reminders to help identify which type of window is the proper fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that requires 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 large 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 needs.
  • 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 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 fit your home project’s goals. 

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