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OTHER/NOT SURE
Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Measuring for Replacement Windows

Measuring for replacement windows is important if this project is something that you are going to take on as a DIY enterprise. Not everyone considers taking this route when they feel that it is time to do a new window install, but there are those who have that do it yourself bug and that are really motivated to save money this way. It is definitely possible to do this job and to do it well if you have the right tools and the right information on how to get the job done. But before we can even worry about any of this, we've got to have the right measurements so we can order the windows in the first place. Learning how to do it right helps you to see how simple it really is, and also how important it can be to pay attention to detail.

Measuring Window Width and Height

When measuring for vinyl, glass, or plastic replacement windows, both width and height measurements have to be taken. When reporting the size to order replacement windows, you should mention the width first and then the height. Measure from the top left to the top right corner, taking the measurement from the pocket that the sash slides in. Repeat the measurement at the midpoint and again at the bottom. Take the smallest of the three measurements and knock off a quarter inch. When measuring for replacement windows we never want to go too large with the measurements because that will result in having to order a new unit. Going exceedingly too small is also problematic, although not to the same extent. Just allow enough room to account for inconsistency in a rough opening that could be out of square.

Repeat the measuring process from top to bottom. Put the tape measure where the upper sash closes and all the way down to the highest point of the sloped sill. This time it is permissible to subtract a little more, up to 3/16 of an inch. Once more, we want to take measurement s on the left, right and center. Theoretically, these should all be the same number, but if they are not we always take the smallest number of the three to be sure the new unit will fit where it is supposed to go.

There are a few different reasons not to go exact with the measurements when measuring for replacement windows. First, as alluded to earlier, existing frames and rough openings may not be perfectly level, plumb, and uniform in their measurements. And second, windows made of any material are just like any other building materials for the exterior of a home in that they will want to somewhat expand and contract as the temperature changes through the seasons. Give your new replacement window units a little room to do that so they are easy to operate even in the hot summer weather.

Cost of Ordering Replacement Windows

Normally, measuring for replacement windows precedes ordering them on your own. In cases where folks have professionals handle their installations, they have company representatives do the measure (and companies normally insist on this for the sake of accuracy and to avoid mistakes). When measuring for replacement windows, you get armed with numbers you can then bring to window companies and get accurate prices on the materials needed to do the replacement job. Measuring it out first is an important task to make sure it is done the right way, so we can't rush through this step because it can backfire and actually cost us time.

New energy efficient vinyl replacement windows are wonderful products to have installed in the home. One you're done measuring and it's time to install the new materials, you hit the fun part of the job, at least for most people. This is when we see whether those price savings are worth all the extra work and whether we did a good job measuring everything at the outset. There are different methods for measuring replacement windows depending on what style is being used and what is being done (such as whether the frames are being replaced or reused). Our example just illustrates the ease with which it can be done if you know how.

Measuring for replacement windows is a very important task that precedes the material order and the eventual commencement of the task. We tend to focus on the install as the center of the whole project, but measuring for replacement windows correctly and accurately is foundational to the whole task. There are some special considerations involved depending on what window type is going to be used. Be sure to know what to do and how to measure correctly so that when you are measuring for replacement windows you do so with perfect accuracy.

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