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The first rule of any home renovation: measure everything twice! This rule is especially applicable when you’re measuring for a replacement window. Whether you’re replacing a door, a standard window, or a pane for a specialty frame, you’ll want to make sure that you’re accurately recording the size before contacting a repairman or ordering a replacement. To help get you started, here’s a step-by-step guide to measuring your window for replacement.
To make your life a little easier, you can start by understanding how to read standard window sizes. Believe it or not, there are standard window sizes for bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a standard height at which they should be installed. Depending on what type of window you need to replace, this information can be crucial.
Two of the most common window types are double-hung and single-hung. Double-hung windows have 2 sashes, one upper and one lower, both of which can be opened. Single-hung windows look the same as double-hung, but the top sash is fixed in place and only the lower one is mobile. Some of the most common sizes for these windows are as follows:
The type of window that you are trying to replace is important to know in order to get accurate measurements. The type of glass, the frame, and the pane type can all impact the way you need to measure your window. A single pane glass replacement will, for instance, require you to know exactly what type of glass was in the original pane. If you’re about to start the process of replacing a window, you’ll want to have the following information and take simple steps to measure your window pane correctly.
The most common types of window panes are either single pane or double pane. Single pane glass is exactly what it sounds like- a single pane of glass. Double pane glass is more common in modern homes, as it has space in between two panes of glass which helps insulate buildings. While this doesn’t impact the measuring process, you will need to know which type of glass you have so you can request the right window replacement (once you know the size).
To measure the actual window that you want to replace, you’ll want to follow these steps:
And don’t forget to double check your measurements!
To give you a better idea of how windows are measured, you can view the visuals below. Once you’ve established the type of glass in the window, you’ll want to take measurements of the length, width, and depth.
Once you have those measurements, you’ll also want to measure how far the window is from the ground for full accuracy. Once you have these measurements, you’re ready to discuss installation with an expert!
If you’re looking for an expert to help you choose the best windows for your home, contact Window World for a free window consultation. Our team would love to provide you with all the details on how to select the best windows to suit your home’s needs. Contact your local Window World today!