Shopping windows doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’ve done your preparation including estimating costs, measuring windows for replacement, and getting accurate window frame dimensions, the process should go much smoother. Many window shoppers are unfamiliar with window measurements and that can make the process a challenge.

Have no fear. We are here to share with you a few tricks and tips of the trade when conducting window measurements. They are a lot simpler than you think and using a step by step process will make drafts a thing of the past! Who said measuring a window has to be hard?

Step by step window measurement template

  • Take 3 horizontal measurements
  • Take 3 vertical measurements
  • Take a measurement of the window’s depth

And voila! It really is that easy! As a side note, the smallest of the three measurements is your rough opening height, width, and depth. These should be taken at the top, middle and bottom of your window. You should always list your width measurements first and begin at the jambs at three points while using a window measurement form.

It helps to keep your recorded information organized. When measuring the height for a sloped window, always begin at the highest point of a window sill. When measuring depth for a hard to open window, begin with the depth on each side of the glass and add the thickness of your windowpane.

Window measurements for rough openings

Measuring window frame dimensions for rough openings has to be precise or you risk getting drafts. However, the process of measuring is the same. Once you’ve completed your window measurements and begin shopping for windows for rough openings, they should be a couple inches narrower and shorter to accommodate for the fitting and adjustments upon installation.

Going window shopping

Always bring your measurements with you while window shopping and be aware of what the fair or average price of what you are looking for. Window measurements will most likely be available but it is still a good idea to bring your own tape measure and measure the windows you are purchasing as a precautionary measure. At the end of the day, you don’t want to get stuck with windows that don’t fit, making your home uncomfortable and susceptible to drafts.

When accurate window measurements are taken, they make for seamless installation and that’s exactly what you are shooting for during this process. Measurements that are off even in the slightest way can complicate and delay the installation. Of course, some space will be needed between the frames and glass to allow for contraction and expansion while still remaining securely anchored and stable. For this reason, it’s best to have about an inch of space around the window to allow for these adjustments.

Going the custom route

When looking into custom windows, Lowes is a great resource. This process will be a bit more complex since it may include cutting rough openings for window replacements and building frames. Installing custom windows requires a great deal of accuracy and is best left to the professionals since there are many things that can go wrong during this process.

Using the steps listed can be applied to measuring custom windows for replacement installation as well. Still, you’ll need to add 2 inches to the height and depth of the window ensure an inch of space for adjustments. Additionally, a frame will have to be built using a header and cripple studs firmly in place before the window is installed.

How can we help

Measuring a window is only half the battle and we are here to help you win! Whether your installing custom windows or standard sizes, Signature Impact Windows & Doors has you completely covered. With our experience, you won’t have to worry about inaccurate measurements, unstable windows, and annoying drafts. With over 15 years of expertise, we can ensure that you receive high quality, hurricane resistant windows, and service that will last.

Take your home protection to the next level! For more information and quotes, give us a call today.