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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 age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can influence 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 installment of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the important differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give Edmonton homeowners tips for choosing each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are used as part of new Edmonton construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created to be properly installed directly 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 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are created to allow Edmonton 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 designed 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 potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Edmonton.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying 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 Edmonton who can help you address other questions is just as important, which we’ll be covering in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help identify 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 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 cost you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re placing one window or 15, your investment should maintain for years. Consider your options and make sure they benefit your home project’s goals. 

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