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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 picture it. For example, homeowners planning to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the latest 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 Asheville homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Asheville construction projects and are often designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re designed 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 already exist. While new construction windows can be installed 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 Asheville 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 moved. Pella replacement windows can deliver the benefits of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Asheville.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Realizing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and confirming those windows match other materials used in your project is important to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Asheville, 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 decide which type of window is the proper 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 could be a new home build, a new addition to your hoe or a major remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being replaced or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the correct 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 price you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re installing one window or 15, your investment should maintain 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 Asheville for a free in-home consultation. 
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