Replacing windows can be a tricky venture. It might seem obvious at first when you start to measure your windows. But then as you try to get an accurate number, you realize you’re not really sure which measurements you’ll need when you go to buy new windows. These tips will help inform you when you head to the window supply store or talk with your contractor (schedule a consultation with us here!).
Measure the width of the window
Place your measuring tape on the surface of the window jambs, as this will give you the most accurate measurement. You want to measure from the side of one jamb to the other. A window jamb is the outer frame that is set within the wall and window trim is installed around it. You can see the jamb visibly, usually right next to the wood trim surrounding the window.
Take a measurement from the top of the window, from one jamb to the other. Take a second measurement in the middle of the window, jamb to jamb. Finally, take a third measurement at the bottom of the window, from one side to the other. As shifting and such occurs, the three measurements could be slightly different (though they shouldn’t be wildly so). Use the smallest measurement of the three when ordering new windows.
Measure the height of the window
To measure the window height, you will place your measuring tape on the window sill, close to the window glass. Try to get near to the frame so you are measuring the actual window size. You will again measure the window frame in three places. Take one measurement from the left side, from the bottom of the sill to the top of the window frame. Measure again in the middle of the window, sill to the head of the frame. Finally, measure on the right side of the window. Take the smallest of the three measurements to use when ordering your windows.
Measure the depth of the window
To get an accurate measure, you may need to open your window to fully expose the frame. Simply take a measurement of the actual frame, not including the wood trim surrounding the window. You might want to also measure in three separate places, just to ensure that you are as accurate as possible.
When you put in your order for windows, you’ll simply give the measurement of the window opening. By measuring these three dimensions of your windows, you’ll be delivering the most accurate numbers to ensure that your windows will fit properly.
If you’re ready for new windows, reach out to Peak Custom Remodeling for a professional consultation.