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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 classic question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we consider it. For an example, 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 part of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the main differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Santa Fe homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Santa Fe construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed directly 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 installed 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 built spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Santa Fe 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Santa Fe.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding 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 qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Santa Fe who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help decide which type of window is the correct fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that needs 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 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 needs.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement instead of installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you purchase 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 sustain for years. Weigh your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals. 

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