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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 think about it. For an example, 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 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 Fargo homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Fargo construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right into a new construction space, 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 installed 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Fargo 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 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 likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Fargo.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying 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 Fargo who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.

Use these reminders 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 removed or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the proper choice for your window project.
  • 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 maintain 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 Fargo for a free in-home consultation. 
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