When measuring for a replacement window, the goal is to get the measurement as close as possible to the rough opening of the window. Discover the importance of taking the smaller measurements when installing a replacement window with help from a home remodeling specialist in this free video on measuring windows.
Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, and I'm going to talk to you about how to measure for replacement windows. Now, when we're measuring for replacement windows, what we want to do is we want to get the...as close as we can to the rough opening of the window. And there's a couple things that come into play when you look at replacement windows is on windows like these, you have Sheetrock that is installed on the top and bottom or top...or the sides and the top, and then you have a wooden sill, typically on the bottom. Now, the Sheetrock that is installed here will be half-inch Sheetrock, and then the sill is usually a three-quarter inch board. And what we're going to do when we measure this is we're going to go ahead and measure from side to side, and we're going to take our measurements at three different points. So at the top and at the middle and at the bottom. So in this case, when I measure the top, I've got 35 and a quarter. I've got 35 and three-eighths in the middle. And I've got 35 and a quarter. And of course, with the Sheetrock, I would add an inch to that, so I'd actually have 36 and a quarter. And even though my bigger dimension here was 36 and three-eighths, I always want to choose the smaller dimension because when we do get a replacement window, we can always shim those windows out. But if you get your replacement window too big, there's no way to get it into the opening. So you always want to take the smaller of your dimensions. And then from top to bottom, I'm going to do the same thing. I measure from the sill to the top, and I'll do it in three places. So in this case, I get 71, I get 70 and seven-eighths, and about 70 and three-quarters. So we've got a little bit more of a variance from top to bottom. Now, the 70 and three-quarters, I've got to add the three-quarters for the sill, so I'd actually be at 71 and a half, and then another half inch for the drywall up here, so 72. And again, we want to take the shortest dimension from top to bottom, and then we...so we know our rough opening is going to be 36 and a quarter by 72. And then we will...knowing that rough opening, then we know what size replacement window that we're going to be able to order for this particular unit. So I'm Tim Gipson, and that's how to measure for a replacement window.
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