What’s in a name? It’s the age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can change the way we consider it. For 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 section 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 Champaign homeowners tips for choosing each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are chosen as part of new Champaign 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 presently 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 Champaign 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 created to fit in a correctly-measured specific opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is changed. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Champaign.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials found in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Champaign 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 right 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 house 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 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 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 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 Champaign for a free in-home consultation.