What’s in a name? It’s the age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can affect the way we consider 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 part of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Charlotte homeowners tips for using each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are installed as part of new Charlotte construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed to be properly installed right 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 already 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 existing spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow Charlotte 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 precise 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 Charlotte.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials found in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Charlotte, who can help you address other questions is also important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.
Use these reminders 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 might be a new home build, a new addition to your house or a major 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 plans.
- Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement rather than 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 placing one window or 15, your investment should last for years. Consider your options and make sure they meet your home project’s goals.
For more information, contact
one of the pros at Pella of Charlotte for a free in-home consultation.