Replacing your windows is an exciting home improvement project that can bring new life to your home. However, the process of choosing new windows and ordering them can be challenging, especially if you are not familiar with how to measure your windows. Inaccurate measurements can lead to delays, additional costs, and frustration. Learn how to measure your windows accurately, so that you can get the most out of your investment.
Get accurate measurements
Before you begin measuring your windows, it’s important to understand the importance of accurate measurements. Windows come in standard sizes, but the opening in your home may not be a standard size. Inaccurate measurements can lead to windows that don’t fit properly, which can cause air and water leaks, or even require you to purchase new windows altogether.
The process of measuring windows is relatively straightforward, but it requires attention to detail and the right tools. You’ll need a measuring tape, a level, and a pencil or marker.
Measuring the width
The first step in measuring windows for replacement is to measure the width of the rough opening. The rough opening is the opening in your wall where the new window will be installed. To measure this, you’ll need to measure from the inside of one jamb to the inside of the other jamb. Take the measurement at three points – the top, middle, and bottom – and the smallest measurement should be used.
Next, measure the jamb to jamb width. To do this, measure from the inside of one jamb to the inside of the other jamb at the head height of the window.
Finally, calculate the final width measurement. Subtract 1/4 inch from both the rough opening and jamb-to-jamb measurements. This will ensure that your new window will fit snugly in the rough opening without binding.