After taking several months pondering whether you should carry out a window replacement project, you have finally come to the conclusion that this is an appropriate time to keep things rolling. However, one thing you must appreciate is that replacing those window units involves more things than just taking that trip to the local store to buy your windows. One of those things you must do before visiting your local manufacturer is taking dimensions for your window units.
That is precisely what we want to show you here. Generally, we wish to show you what to measure and how to take such measurements. To replace a window is not something easy, and any mistake, especially in measurements, can be detrimental to the entire project. That is why you want to be certain that every step, from measurements to installing the windows, is perfectly done. You don’t want to end up with window units that do not open properly, or worse, they cannot open or close completely just because the frame or the windows were lousily measured. So, let’s plunge into this activity, and before you finish reading this piece, you will be a pro in window measurement.
Needed Tools For Measuring For Window Replacement
The first thing you need to have to get started on measuring your windows are the tools. Nothing can happen without them. So, you need to have;
- A measuring tape.
- A notepad.
- A level.
- A pencil.
The above tools might appear basic, but they are very crucial to get the work done. For instance, after taking the replacement windows measurements using a measuring tape, you will need to note those dimensions using a pen on a notebook.
1st Step-Collect All the Tools You Need and Conduct Some Research.
Remember that this is a DIY project since you might not be a professional in windows and doors replacement. As such, before you start your work, you want to have all the tools and some knowledge about what you are going to do.
You can learn more about replacing windows by watching YouTube tutorials and reading some blogs about the same. There are a lot of how-to guides on the internet that can help you a lot.
Remember, there are two types of window installation; the full-frame and retrofit window installation. When it comes to full-frame window installation, you want to know where and what to measure since a lot of elements are involved.
2nd Step- Taking Dimensions of the Height.
It is recommended to start by taking the measurements for the height of the replacement window. Here, you will require all the tools we highlighted in step one. Start measuring from the window top to the surface of the sill of the window. Ensure that you perfectly locate the top part of each point. Since the frame could be warped, this is where the level becomes useful. Use it to identify the level point of both the sill and the top.
Now that you have your points measure the distance several times, and note all the measurements in your notebook. Finally, choose the smallest dimension and deduct an eighth inch from it. After deducting that, the resulting figure is the actual length of your window.
3rd Step-Taking Dimensions for the Width.
One problem that is encountered when taking dimensions for the window replacement width is locating the right point to start measuring. There are many debates about this, but there is one universally accepted way to achieve this.
To take the measurements, you should measure between the flat surfaces of the window jambs on both sides of the window frame. Just like the height, take several measurements and note down all the dimensions in a notebook. Take the smallest figure and deduct an eighth-inch, and you will have the final dimension for your replacement window width.
4th Step- Taking Measurement for the Depth.
Probably, the most challenging part when it comes to mearing window sizes for replacement windows. However, it is one of the most essential aspects since it determines whether the windows will fit snugly or not. The trick is to take measurements between outside and inside stops to obtain the right measurements. Ensure the figures you get are at least 31/4 inches. If you get something below that or higher than that, you may need to retake the measurements.