DIY Window measurement Guide 2021 - ABEX Impact Windows
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Here are a few tips to remember on how to measure for replacement windows:
Step 1: Record Each Measurement
Accuracy is critical in knowing how to measure for replacement windows. Writing down a wrong measurement will derail the entire process and make it impossible to install a replacement window. The best way to avoid this is to always double-check your measurements to ensure everything is accurate.
You can either write down your measurements on a sheet of notebook paper or download a measurement worksheet to help you stay organized. Labeling the exact location of each window in your home is also important to avoid any confusion while you measure your window opening.
Step 2: Check for Square
Another important tip on how to measure for replacement windows is to ensure everything is square to avoid future problems. Installing a replacement window that's not square can make it nearly impossible to open your window.
You can check to see that everything is square by measuring diagonally from the inside of the upper left corner to the inside of the lower right corner of the window frames. You will write down this measurement and then measure the other diagonal direction. If these numbers are within 1/4th of an inch from each other, it's square for a replacement window.
However, if the difference is greater than 1/4th of an inch, you will need a new construction window.
Step 3: Measure the Width Correctly
The next step in knowing how to measure for replacement windows is to measure the width of the existing window to ensure everything lines up correctly.
You will need to measure the side of the window in three different places, which is the bottom, middle, and at the top. You will use a tape measure against the window jamb on either side to obtain an accurate measurement. It's important to slide the window up to measure the bottom and middle while closing the window to measure the distance on the top.
You will need to write down each measurement and highlight the shortest measurement.