When it comes to purchasing new windows, getting the right measurements is crucial to ensure a perfect fit. Measuring windows may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and technique, it can be a straightforward process. Here’s how to measure windows accurately.
1. Gather the necessary tools
Before starting, ensure you have the following tools: a measuring tape, a pencil, a piece of paper, and a calculator. You may also need a ladder or step stool to reach windows that are out of reach.
2. Measure the width
To measure the width of a window, start at the top left corner of the window frame and measure to the top right corner. Make sure you measure the width at three different points, the top, middle, and bottom, as windows may not be perfectly square. Record the smallest measurement, as it will be the most accurate.
3. Measure the height
To measure the height of a window, start at the top left corner of the window frame and measure to the bottom left corner. Again, measure the height at three different points, left, middle, and right. Record the smallest measurement as the height of the window.
4. Check the squareness
To ensure the window is square, measure the diagonal distance between the top left and bottom right corners, and then the top right and bottom left corners. If these measurements are equal, the window is square. If not, take note of the difference in the measurements, as it may affect the installation of the new window.
5. Consider the type of window
Different types of windows require different measurements. For example, for a sliding window, measure the width and height of the window sash instead of the entire frame. For a double-hung window, measure the width and height of the window opening.
6. Measure the depth
The depth of the window frame is also crucial, as it determines the size of the replacement window. Measure the distance between the inside of the window frame and the outside of the house’s exterior siding. Measure the depth at three different points, left, middle, and right, and record the smallest measurement.
In conclusion, measuring windows is not as complicated as it may seem, but it does require attention to detail. By following these steps, you can get accurate measurements and ensure that your new windows fit perfectly. Remember to double-check your measurements before placing your order, as incorrect measurements can lead to costly mistakes. If you are running into too many issues with your measurement, contact us! We can help you measure and install those new windows and doors.