How to Measure for Replacement Windows in Dodge City, KS

How to Measure for Replacement Windows in Dodge City, KS

October 22, 2018

So you’ve finally decided you’re going to get some new windows for your home. Great! The first step you’re going to have to take is to measure your current windows so you can get accurate quotes for your replacement project. Of course, you need to know exactly how to take those measurements.

In many cases, you’ll be able to work with whoever you’d have installing the windows to also get all the measurements done. While measuring your windows is something you can do yourself, having the professional come out and handle it is beneficial in that it’s also a time at which the installer can inspect the condition of the frame and gauge whether a new frame will be needed, whether any insulation will be needed as part of the replacement project, the type of glass needed and the consistency of the window openings.

If, however, you decide measuring your windows yourself is going to be the best route to go, here are some tips to help you make sure you’re performing proper measurements for your replacement windows in Dodge City, KS:

  • Height: To measure the height of the window, measure from the surface of the head to the high point of the windowsill. Take this measurement at least twice in different places, then use the smallest number reduced by an eighth of an inch. This will prevent you from having to cut new openings. It’s much easier to patch up small cracks and open areas than it is to have to cut new ones.
  • Width: When measuring the width, you will measure between the surface of the jambs. You might have to raise the window sash to accomplish this. Take at least three measurements of the width in different places, and once again, use the smallest number reduced by an eighth of an inch. This again helps you make sure you’ll get a window that will fit into the existing opening, even if some patchwork is necessary.
  • Depth: To measure the depth of the window, you’ll need to know the dimension of the rough window opening. Measure between the inside and outside stops. According to building codes in most areas, this measurement will need to be at least 3-1/4”, though it could be more than that, depending on the home.
  • Make sure you take other notes: It doesn’t do you much good to have a whole lot of measurements written down, but then not know which windows those refer to. Include the quantity of windows at a particular measurement, and the room in which they’re located, maybe even using extra descriptors as to the specific window as needed.
  • Draw out your plans: Draw a rough diagram to help you show how the windows open or if they’re fixed, as well as where the windows are located and what their sizes are.

For more information about getting replacement windows in Dodge City, KS, we encourage you to contact the team of window experts at Wes-Kan Siding Windows & Doors today.

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