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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 Replacement Windows

Measuring replacement windows is an important part of the pricing and material ordering process, and it is essential to pay attention to this task in order to ensure that you do it right. For those of us that are going to attempt a DIY window installation job, it's important to know the correct method for measuring replacement windows so that we end up with the right sized frames when the time comes to install them. For everyone else, it is good to count on a professional to get these things done so that their estimated prices are accurate and so they can order your replacement windows the right way.

Measuring the job is a very important task whose significance should not be understated. Getting those replacement windows measured right is necessary to the eventual outcome of the project. Make sure that this step is well attended to and learn what you need to know about measuring replacement windows. And for those of us who are going to be hiring a window company to handle the install, expertise at measuring materials is one more thing to look at when you are choosing the best vinyl window replacement company to use for the job.

How to Measure for Windows

Properly measuring replacement windows is not all that difficult if you know how. The first step is deciding whether you are going to remove the old frame or just the sashes. This will impact the width of the rough opening that the new window will need to fill. Measuring the rough opening is obviously going to be easier if the old window is totally removed; however, if you have a size that's not in stock at your home improvement retailer, you'll probably have to wait several weeks for the new units to get fabricated and to get delivered. So, it is in most cases better just to measure with the old unit remaining in place.

If you are working with an existing unit and not removing it, be sure to run your tape past the window stop and all the way to the jamb. Get three measurements (top, middle, and bottom) for width and three (left, center, and right) for height, and take the smallest of the three measurements for each. This will give you what you need for the replacement window. Keep in mind that the old window might be racked or otherwise out of square and that it is important for this reason to get multiple measurements in order to make sure the vinyl replacement windows you order fit into the rough opening. They will be shimmed to fit and then packed with insulation and trimmed out to fill in any gaps from frame to rough opening.

Advantages of Professional Window Measuring

There are some of us who really want to do our own installations and think about measuring replacement windows on our own for that reason. But there are some very sound reasons for considering getting the pros out to handle this step and to take care of the job as a whole. First of all, it's pretty obvious that measuring replacement windows with help from pros is going to result in the most accurate result. You'll be able to count on the numbers they come up with and know that the materials they order will fit the house. And this also leads to cost savings in many cases because they'll order just the right amount of materials, trim, and accessories to do the job.

In most cases with measuring replacement windows the window company's estimator or sales representative will get an approximate measurement of each unit being replaced just to get you a price for the job, and when you decide to go with them they'll send a technician out to get exact measurements for the sake of the order. Measuring windows for replacement jobs is somewhat of a precise art and one that requires attention to detail. To make sure the new units are energy efficient and high performing, get them measured up by the pros. You'll probably spend a bit more to have the job done professionally, but it will be reflected in the final result of the job.

Best Replacement Windows Values

Measuring a job on the spot is really the only way a company can come up with an accurate number for you to let you know how much the work is going to set you back. Use our free quote form to see about measuring replacement windows and to get prices from companies in your area. Make connections with top rated contractors and see what they are charging for their services. From measuring replacement windows to helping you choose styles and finally installing the units, professional specialists in the field can do the job right.

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