What’s in a name? It’s the age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we think about it. For instance, 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 main differences between these two types of windows and indicate recommended scenarios to give El Paso homeowners tips for using each.
Understanding the Jargon
New construction windows are used as part of new El Paso construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re created 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 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 previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are built to allow El Paso contractors to add 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 precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is moved. Pella replacement windows can provide the assets of new windows while potentially saving time and money on installation labor for residents in El Paso.
The Right Window for the Right Job
Understanding the difference between new construction and replacement windows and verifying those windows match other materials used in your project is critical to your project’s success. Meeting with a skilled window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of El Paso 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 needs new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This might be a new home build, a new addition to your property or a large remodel.
- Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being missing or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the right choice for your window needs.
- 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 choose offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.
Whether you’re adding 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 El Paso for a free in-home consultation.