How to Correctly Measure Your Windows

If you’d like to buy new windows, the first thing you need to do is measure the old ones. You can’t buy new ones if you don’t know what size to buy, but how exactly do you measure your windows to ensure that you get the right size from the window shop? Here’s how to correctly measure your windows for a perfect replacement.

Measuring width and height

Measure the width of your window from the inside of the jamb (the vertical, fixed-frame pieces on either side of the glass) one one side to the inside of the opposite jamb. Take this measurement three times--once at the top, the middle, and the bottom of the window--and record the smallest one.

Measure the height from the top fixed-frame piece, or head, to the bottom one, or the windowsill. This time measure on the left, middle, and right sides, then record the smallest one. Using the smallest measurement for height and width will ensure that the new windows will fit.

Accuracy is important

Measure once, then measure again. It only takes a few seconds to remeasure, but it can be a nightmare if you overlook even one small measurement because your new windows won’t fit. And don’t try to measure from the outside of your house--you can’t accurately measure for new windows this way.

Don’t make the mistake of measuring to the sash stops and interior trim of your windows. Sash stops are the small square wooden pieces that hold the sash in place. Measuring inside of these will give an inaccurate measurement that could leave you with a window that’s too small for the actual window frame.

New windows where there were none before

You may want to do things a little backwards when measuring for new windows where there previously were none. You can shop for windows first, find one you like, then measure the space on the wall to see how it will look and fit. This is probably best done with the help of a contractor to make sure the window isn’t too big or impractical for the space you want to use it.

For more help in measuring and choosing new windows for your Halifax home, visit Windows Plus today.

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