5 Tips for Measuring Replacement Windows 5 Tips for Measuring Replacement Windows

Measuring replacement windows is a necessary task if you wish to replace your windows. There are times that replacing the current windows could be essential. This need can stem from having the windows for a long time, or from being worn by the constant exposure to the sun, rain, and other weather conditions. You might also need to change windows because you are redecorating your house and you need to change the aesthetics of your home. There are many different types of windows that can be used but you need to be sure that they fit the existing space. Whether you go for louvered windows, sliding, hooper, or double hung windows, you need to measure the space properly. Here are some tips to consider when measuring for replacement windows.

1. Measuring All Dimensions

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that proper measurement means measuring all the dimensions: you have to measure the height, the width, the level, and the square. Most people think that the width and height are enough, but that is actually not true. These dimensions are enough when measuring to get an estimate, but when you want to buy the replacement windows you need something more than that. You need to measure the two sides of the window length and its mid section. Make sure that you keep the measuring tape positioned properly, measuring from the one side of the window to the other.

2. Measuring the Window Opening

Measuring the window opening properly is of significant importance; for instance, if you are getting a vinyl replacement which is made to fit the provided measurements accuracy is important to avoid installation problems. Sometimes it’s better to measure the windows twice or three times to make sure that your measurements are precise and accurate, as much as possible. Probably you will have an 12th of an inch range of error in your measurements, but in this case the windows will fit perfectly.

3. Measuring the Height

When measuring the height of the window, you should measure the frame on the left and right side, as well as the middle.

4. Measuring the Width

When you are measuring the width, you should apply the same logic as before. The width needs to be measured in three places on the frame of the window: you should measure the width at the bottom, the top and the middle of the window frame. The smallest width is the one you will provide for the estimate of your window replacement.

5. Providing the Measurements for Replacement Windows

When you provide the measurements for the replacement windows to the manufacturer or a contractor, you need to provide the dimensions written in a particular form: the width is supposed to be written first and the height second. Keep this format in mind, because this is a standard way of writing down the dimensions; if you don’t follow this format you will get replacement windows that will not fit.

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