You typically don’t think about your windows until you have a reason to. Unfortunately, many times that means an accident or storm damage, and other times it might be energy inefficiencies. Modern windows are so much more efficient than older, single pane windows, that you’ll almost always immediately notice a reduction in your heating or air conditioning expenses. Not to mention that new windows are sealed to keep air and dust out – a great solution for someone with allergies. Even noise levels are lowered, which is helpful if you live in high-traffic neighborhood.

Many people don’t realize that windows play a big role in home security. Windows with broken locks or screens can attract burglars.  About 70% of home intrusions happen through the windows, most frequently during summer months when residents are away. It’s best not to risk your family’s safety.

Whether you decide to do it yourself or bring in a professional, here’s an easy guide to make sure you get it right.

What are the measurements?

Before you head to the home improvement store, measuring your window correctly is essential. A professional remodeler will do this for you, but it’s always helpful to understand what’s going on. You may even want to keep these measurements for your records or for window treatments.

A window is encased in its own structure and then fitted into the dimensions the original builder created. You have to take this into account before you start measuring. Windows are measured from the inside and installed on the outside. If you do it the other way around, the window simply won’t fit.

Start by measuring the width. Measure from seam to seam on three different places on your window. Why three? For accuracy – redoing these figures can mean a lot of wasted time and resources. You want to make a note of the top, middle and bottom widths. The measuring tape should stretch from where the seam meets the molding each time. Take off a quarter of an inch to account for the top of the window you can’t see.

You’ll record three numbers for the height as well: far left, center and far right. With the window open, place the tape inside the stool (the inside window ledge) and measure to the top of the seam which is located between the jam and the stop. The stop is nailed into your header and so you’ll need to take off a quarter inch for these measurements as well.

The Next Step

If you’re speaking to a remodeler or a local supplier about replacement window options, make sure to give them the dimensions width by height. Otherwise, you’ll have to come up with a new way to use your awkwardly shaped window.

We specialize in replacing windows, but you can make window replacement a do-it-yourself project. Just make sure you take in consideration how many windows you want to replace and where they are. It can easily become a big project that you may need to outsource.

We really enjoy replacement window projects because we can use energy efficient windows that will save our clients’ money in the long run. It’s an assurance we are proud to give, along with our award-winning craftsmanship and quality service. Be sure to give us a call before your next window remodeling project to take advantage of our specials and free quotes.

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