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Measuring for Custom Windows

You’re tired of the streaky windows that were put in when the house was built? Never saw that one coming. Looks like it is time for custom windows! What if you don’t know the first thing about putting in custom windows? What does it entail? Rest easy, little one, you’ll have your dream windows in no time with not a drop of sweat. Yet it of course, entails much more than just measuring.

Remodel, Replace or Create?
You’ll want to make sure your builder knows if you are replacing or remodeling your window space or simply building a new space from scratch. This matters because if you are getting rid of the streaky windows from when you purchased the home, you can simply order another window with the exact specifications. Remodeling or creating a new space however, allows for much more customization and choices.

Where Will it Go?
Where do you plan to put your window? Seem like a silly question? What difference does it make where you place the window? They’re all the same right? Wrong! Did that sound too dramatic? Apologies. Let me try again. I’m sorry, but that is incorrect. Better? Okay, moving on. Where you place the window will impact the light, energy efficiently and ventilation of the window. Therefore, you wouldn’t put the same windows on your basement bedroom that you would put in the family room wall that is over twenty-five feet high.

What Would You Like?
What type of window are you considering adding to your home? Some windows are meant to purely add some much needed light while others add decoration and charm. Depending on your need, your style will vary greatly. Choose your window wisely as it is a representation of your own unique style. Always remember that features and other options will vary based on whichever window manufacturer you choose. Along with style, you must also decide on the type: Fixed or Operable, which means it opens or it doesn’t. Other choices will include frame material, the assembly, the glass type, the pane style, the energy star rating, and screen options. Then you have even more choices when it comes to the hardware.

Finally, how to Measure
Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, it’s time to learn how to measure your window. These measurements will also limit or broaden the types of features and options you will have available. Be sure to take all measurements from INSIDE your home. Remember to always use the smallest measurement to ensure a replacement will fit inside the existing window frame.

  1. First, measure the width. This is the area inside the jamb one side of the window to the other jam on the other side. Although it seems redundant, be sure to measure at the top, middle and bottom of the window. All the same? No problem! Different? Use the narrowest measurement for the width.
  2. Second, measure the height. This can be done by measuring from the top of the sill to the bottom of the window’s head jamb. Just like with width, you’re going to measure more than once. Except with width, you guessed it; you’ll be measuring on the left as well as the right. Again, use the shortest measurement for your height.

And that is that! You’ve measured and limited your options a little to make picking your window that much easier. There are a lot of things to consider but when it is all said and done, you’ll have windows that not only reflect your style but also add more to your home’s value and appeal.