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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 affect the way we picture 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 installment 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 Boston homeowners tips for installing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Boston construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed straight 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 presently exist. While new construction windows can be placed 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 Boston 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 developed to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Boston.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming those windows match other materials included in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Boston who can help you address other questions is just as important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help identify 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 property 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 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 installing one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Review your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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