Helpful Tips When Measuring For Replacement Windows

Photo credit: Victor1558
Photo credit: Victor1558

If you’re thinking about measuring for replacement windows, there are a few tips that can make this process a bit more painless for you. Before we really delve into the topic, it’s important to note that any mistakes made when measuring for replacement windows could end up costing you a lot of time and money. Because this step is so critical, you may want to contact HomeProHub to walk you through the process or connect you with a trustworthy contractor to do the job for you correctly the first time.

If you are still confident about measuring your replacement windows, then make sure to adhere to these critically important tips.

Retrofit = Replacement

Before you even start the process of measuring for replacement windows, let’s clear up a very important point. The industry standard name for replacement windows is actually retrofit windows. Why is this important? Well, you don’t want to go to Home Depot and start asking them for replacement windows. They’ll think you mean retrofit and this isn’t what you want.

What you need to ask the store for are nail-fin windows – otherwise known as new construction windows. This is an important distinction that often goes overlooked. Make sure you’re giving your hardware store the correct information or else you could end up coming home with a window that’s completely wrong for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Measure Within 1/16 Of An Inch

So you’re ready to measure for your retrofit windows (aka, new construction windows). Please note that the measurements must get to within 1/16 of an inch in most cases. In order to achieve this, you’ll need to measure from multiple points at multiple levels in your window opening.

As you can see, you’ll be doing a whole lot more than simply measuring the length and the width of your window opening. If you’re not incredibly accurate, you’re going to have one heck of a time getting that nail-fin window to fit into the opening.

Three Sheets To The Wind

Here’s another quick tip that homeowners often don’t realize. When measuring an opening, you have to account for the sheetrock currently covering the window framing studs. Since sheetrock comes in a variety of thicknesses, it is often the best practice to remove the sheetrock to achieve an accurate measurement. If you don’t then your measurement will be all kinds of wrong when you give the dimensions to Home Depot.

If you do remove the sheetrock, make sure to measure from stud to stud. Home Depot will then advise you on how to order your windows based upon these stud-to-stud measurements.

Bonus Tip

As a homeowner, you need to understand that Home Depot isn’t going to order a custom-sized window for your project. They are only going to sell you the closest standard window available without going over the dimensions you’ve provided. With that said, just know that you may have to do some resizing of the opening to make that closest available window fit. (Conversely, contractors that install windows can order a custom size from window manufacturers that will fit the opening, but Home Depot doesn’t have that flexibility.)

As you can see, measuring for replacement windows is a bit trickier than it initially seems. Makes sure to contact HomeProHub today for a free, unbiased consultation to make sure your measurements are 100% accurate.


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