As you read on, You’ll find guidance on how to measure for replacement windows, and while the HOW is very important, you’ll discover that the WHO is critical as well.
There are Three Measurements to be Taken for replacement windows
Whether you’re measuring the width, height, or depth, it’s important to take three measurements because not all or even most windows are perfectly sized. Houses settle over time and can result in drafts or difficult operation. You want to ensure that your new windows fit snugly and operate smoothly.
To measure the width of the window opening, measure between the surface of the jambs, not from the short extensions that hold the window in place. Measure at the base, the middle, and the top, and write down the smallest measurement as the width.
Measure from the high point of the sill on the inside of the window to the top of the opening. Again, three measurements will result in a better fit for your replacement window. This time, measure on the left, center, and right, recording the smallest measurement as the height.
A 3 ¼ inch depth between the inside window trim and the outside blind stop strip is necessary to accept a replacement window. Take this measurement without consideration of pulleys and parting strips, since they’ll be removed for the window installation.
Tips on How to Measure for Replacement Windows
- All measurements should be taken from inside the home.
- Accuracy is critical. You know the old expression: Measure twice, cut once.
- Take the steps of the window replacement project in the right order. Measure, choose, purchase, remove the old and replace with the new.
- Consider your exterior space when opting for a swinging window. Account for any possible obstruction on the outside of the window opening.
You Can Do All This Yourself, or You Can Leave it to the Pros at Houston Window Experts
There’s a lot that can go wrong if you attempt to measure and install replacement windows on your own, and inaccurate measurements is only the beginning.
At Houston Window Experts, we’ll measure every window in your home that’s up for replacement, and we’ll order the exact right size. Measuring accurately is the first thing we do, and we’ve been at it for years, so we know what we’re doing.
A proper measurement enables windows installation to go smoothly. Replacement windows based on inaccurate measurements won’t allow enough space to level and plumb the window and it might sit crooked. If there’s too much space, it will require more time to shim the windows and lock them into place properly.
In order for your replacement windows to function properly over time, they will need some space between the glass and the frame to allow for expansion and contraction, but they have to be close enough to be anchored effectively. We measure for the right fit.
If the whole point of replacing your windows is to eliminate drafts, you should know that improperly measured and installed windows will bring back the draft. If there’s too much space around a window, it hard to fill in the space, and if windows are crammed into too tight of a space, they can warp as they expand and contract against the surrounding material.
The Value of Expert Installation By Houston Window Experts
According to major window manufacturers, nearly 90 percent of warranty claims result from failed installation procedures, and the US Department of Labor & Statistics indicates that nearly 40 percent of the money spent on home improvements goes toward fixing failed home improvement projects.
Leave it to the pros at Houston Window Experts.
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