What’s in a name? It’s the classic question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we think about 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 identify recommended scenarios to give Northern Virginia homeowners tips for using each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are used as part of new Northern Virginia construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed straight 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be placed in a remodel project, the project would most likely need 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 Northern Virginia 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 unique opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Northern Virginia.
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 vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Northern Virginia 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 decide which type of window is the proper 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the right 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 choose offers a balance of the features you want at a price you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should last for years. Consider your options and make sure they fit your home project’s goals.
For more information, contact
one of the pros at Pella of Northern Virginia for a free in-home consultation.