Tips for Measuring Your Windows Before Shopping for Replacements
New windows are a smart investment for a number of reasons. They can keep out drafts, reduce your energy costs and improve the appearance of your home both inside and out. But before you start shopping around, it’s important to take careful measurements so your replacement windows will fit perfectly inside your home whether you’re in Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey or somewhere in between. Keep reading to learn more.
As with the width, the most accurate measurement will come from the smallest number out of three measurements taken from three different points on the window. Starting from the sill, measure both sides as well as the centre point of the window.
It’s important to measure the depth of your window correctly or your new windows won’t have a weatherproof fit. Allow for a minimum of 8.25 cm between the inside trim and the outside stop strip.
Once you have all three measurements, and you know the smallest reading for each, you’re ready to order replacement windows for your home.
Tips for Success
There are some tips and tricks that can help you ensure success when measuring your windows:
- Measure before you buy. You simply cannot skip this step. Measure before you buy to ensure that your new windows are a tight fit and your home is well protected from the elements.
- Don’t remove your old windows until you’ve measured, chosen, purchased and are ready to install your replacement windows.
- Take your measurements from inside your home, not outside.
- If you measure only to the trim or the sash stops (the small wood squares on all sides of the window), your new window will be too small for the frame.
- Measure carefully. An inaccurate measurement will result in drafts, ventilation issues and an increase in your monthly energy costs.
- Make sure that your replacement windows are placed straight and square.