October 29, 2014

Measuring For Replacement WIndows – Part 2

This was a bit long to put all in one article, so we broke it into two. If you missed the first part, you can go here to catch up.

measuring a windowWhat I do is I measure the existing window, I’ll measure the width, I’ll hook the tape right over on the outside of the edge of the window frame. Come right over to this side, right to the outside. This window right now measures sixty-four inches right on. Usually, what I do is subtract one eighth of an inch, just to give you that little extra room. Your saw blade, when you make you cut tight, is going to free up basically an eighth of an inch all the way around anyways, but I always take an eighth inch off just to be sure that it’s going to fit the opening without too much extra cutting.

So we’ve got sixty-four inches on the width so what I am going to request is sixty-three and seven eights. You could get away with exactly what this one measures, because of the fact that you are cutting around the perimeter, but it’s nice to have just a little bit of room extra. To get the height, I’m going to hook, same thing, right on the top of the window measure right down to the bottom, to the outside and this one measures thirty-two inches. Again, I am going to take an eight of an inch off that, so I’ve got three one seven eights. I am going to draw myself a nice little picture here; homeowner would like to go back to the same style of window, which right here we’ve got a fixed window and an awning.

So I am just going to draw a crude little picture again, viewed from the outside and I even made a note of that so I don’t forget or the other person doesn’t realize. So this is viewed from the outside, I don’t know if you can really see it, I’ve drawn it looking like kind of two windows and because this one is an awning, I’m going to draw a little dotted line, almost like an arrow head up, facing the top – that’s just indicating that’s where it’s hinged, so they know that it flips on the bottom, hinge on the top. That just helps you remember too, once you measured all the windows, you might forget which ones are which.

We’ve got one window and this particular one here is a den, so we’re going to mark it off as den, quantity of one, I’ve got the measurement and I got my little picture, and I will just continue on doing that all the way around the house. We also determined already that the thickness of this wall structure is five and a half plus half inch plywood on the outside, plus half inch drywall on the inside so we’ve got a total of six and a half inches and that’s our jam depth. That would be important too, they’ll want to know that. Okay. I don’t think there is too much more to really explain, we’ll hopefully be shooting a video soon, showing you exactly how we pull these windows out and install a new one. Then you’ll know completely how to do the job from start to finish.

If your supplier will come and measure for you-always a good thing, because then if they screw up, they’ve got to stand behind that window or they should be standing behind the window, making sure that is corrected. That is one liability, if you supply them with the measurements and something is wrong, you might be stuck with a window or two that doesn’t fit what you need and you will have to reorder. So if they will come out and measure, get them to do that, even if they charge you fifty bucks or whatever, it will be worth it. If you are going through somebody or you might be in a remote area where they are not willing to come and do that, at least now you know how to order this window.

measure windows 1Now the other thing worth mentioning is, to replace this window, I can’t use a nailing flange now, because we’re not planing on disturbing the exterior finish, so I’ve got to go to a window that has a brick mold, which is a wider frame, usually I like to go to what around here is called the two inch renovation brick mold and that will just reassure that everything fits the hole, we don’t have to mess around re-cutting the siding again or the stucco. You could pull the old window out, put the new one in; sometimes, depending exactly how the window opening is framed, the actual stud work is framed, you might have to decrease the size you rough open a little bit. But these are all things that is going to save you a lot of time messing around on the long run.

You’re going to want a renovation brick mold, usually a two inch, to replace this type of installation. If we are removing the siding anyways, what I would do is pull the inside, trim off the window, measure the actual rough opening, that’s the framing opening of the house and take that to the window supplier and they can determine all the measurements from that. But, in this case, we are not removing the exterior finish, so this is the best way to do it. I hope this was as clear as mud and it’s going to make sense.

Eric Gomez