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Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 2: New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

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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 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 San Antonio homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are chosen as part of new San Antonio 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 placed in a remodel project, the project would most likely necessitate 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 San Antonio 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 created to fit in a correctly-measured unique 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 San Antonio.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials used in your project is vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a qualified window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of San Antonio, who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be discussing in part three of our series.

Use these pointers to help decide 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 would be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe 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 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 select 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 last for years. Weigh your options and make sure they fit your home project’s goals.

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