How to Measure for Replacement Windows in New Jersey & New York?

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If you have exceptional carpentry skills, and access to all the tools and equipment you need, you may be considering installing replacement windows in your New Jersey or New York Metro home yourself. Even if you’re planning to hire a contractor to do the job, you may want to know how to measure for replacement windows to ensure you get the right sized windows.

Because of the importance of having your windows built to the exact sizes necessary to ensure optimal performance and then have those windows installed to our exacting specifications, Renewal by Andersen does not sell windows to be installed by homeowners or non-Renewal by Andersen employed contractors.

We always recommend you hire a professional to tackle the job because more goes into the project than many people realize. And, if the custom-built replacement windows don’t fit perfectly, you’re responsible for it as well as having a new one built or for modifying the existing opening to make it fit (which defeats the purpose of having a custom window made in the first place). However, there are some basic measurements you should take if you are going to attempt the job on your own.

What to Measure for Replacement Window DIY Projects

First you have to know if you have a 2 X 4 framed wall or a 2 X 6 framed wall. If you have a 2 X 6 framed wall, you probably have a thickness (or jamb depth) that is 6.5 inches, that typically includes the 5.5 inches from the frame, a half inch for interior drywall and a half inch for exterior plywood. Don’t make assumptions on this though, the age of your home, and whether there were any additions make after the home was built could mean different interior and exterior sized materials were used. Some homes built in before the 1950s or 1960s have three-quarter inch shiplap on the outside, and possibly plaster on the inside instead of drywall. This measurement is critical in order for the window supplier to build a window that fits perfectly, or for you to find an off-the-shelf window you know will work as a replacement. If you aren’t sure about the original construction, you can measure from the place where your exterior plywood should start to the place where the backside of your interior trim begins. That should give you a fairly good starting point.

When you’re confident you have an accurate depth measurement, you can head outside to measure the width, including the frame. (You may want to subtract one-eighth inch to give you a bit of wiggle room.) Depending on what type of window you are replacing you may have to cut around the existing window and this will leave a slightly bigger opening than is required when you can simply extract the unit by removing nails and screws. Next measure from the top to bottom, again including the frame.

Making Sure Your Replacement Windows Measure Up To Expectations

The information above is generic, because there are many things that determine exactly where you measure for the width and length, including whether you have wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass frames. Also, you may only want to replace the glazing, which would require you to measure without trim and frame elements.

If you’re considering replacing your home’s windows to boost energy efficiency or eliminate air and moisture leaks for comfort, we recommend you work with a reputable replacement window dealer, like Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro. When you allow the professionals to evaluate your existing windows, and take care of the installation, you eliminate the hassle of figuring out the best way to remove your old windows without having to do major exterior and interior construction. The peace of mind that comes from knowing the whole job – parts and labor – is guaranteed is immeasurable for many homeowners. No construction mess, no worries about getting the wrong size and no fear your windows will fail in a couple of years because they weren’t installed properly.

Another way to make sure your final project measures up to your high expectations is to install superior quality, custom-built replacement windows uniquely designed for every room. The replacement windows offered by big box stores often come in a limited number of styles, like double-hung and sliders. Knowing you can change your existing window style to a different style or shape allows you to really get the look and feel you want for your home. You can’t put a price tag on knowing you can replace your fixed windows with an awning or hopper style windows in the rooms that need a little more ventilation, or reconfigure casement windows to open from the left or right. Improving comfort, bringing in more natural light and loving the way your home looks and feels aren’t as easy to measure as the jamb depth, which is a bit tricky.

Let Renewal by Andersen Help: We Know What to Measure for Replacement Window Satisfaction

Time to upgrade your home windows? Want some help from our professional window replacement team? Just fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or call back, or reach us immediately by call 1-888-826-2451.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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7 Replacement Window Resources for New Jersey & New York Metro Homeowners

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If it’s time to replace your New Jersey or New York home’s windows, you know you need to do some research, but you aren’t sure where to start. Good news. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro put together this list of 7 resources every homeowner in our area needs to make wise buying decisions. Continue reading 7 Replacement Window Resources for New Jersey & New York Metro Homeowners

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7 Useful Tips for Your Replacement Window Project in New Jersey or Metropolitan New York

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At the end of the day there is nothing more relaxing than propping your feet up in your New Jersey or New York home and enjoying the view beyond your windows – or absorbing the warm sunshine streaming through the glass on a clear day. You probably don’t spend a lot of time considering your home windows, but they are continually working to keep out the cold and inclement weather and bring in natural light while protecting you and your family. If you are thinking of updating with modern Renewal by Andersen replacement windows this year, these tips will help ensure you select the correct window styles for your New Jersey or Metropolitan New York home.

Tip # 1. Define Your Replacement Window Role in Exterior Design

People sometimes get hung up on the form versus functionality debate. Window function should always trump form. In other words, if your replacement windows must serve as emergency egress in certain rooms, determine which style will make it easier for your family and guests to get out quickly if necessary. Of course, appearance (the form) matters; however safety and security (functionality) should guide your decisions first. There are times when a sliding glass window (or patio door) can serve as a combination window and exit. So, think about whether you need operable windows for ventilation and access, or fixed windows to boost energy performance before you settle on replacement window styles and shapes for every room. You can always choose complementary colors and trim widths to tie the new windows into the overall aesthetic of your home, regardless of whether you opt for sliders or casements in the family room.

Tip #2. Balance Windows’ Ventilation, Light Transfer & Energy Efficiency

Energy Star certified windows are essential today if you want to proactively manage heating and cooling costs. Balancing the multi-faceted roles of home windows means considering how much fresh air you want to flow through your rooms, the amount of natural light you want to stream inside and whether you need to combine fixed and operable window to achieve a healthy balance. We typically recommend a mix of operable and fixed windows for every home. This ensures you can open or close windows to maximize ventilation and capture expansive views with picture windows and smaller flanking windows that won’t interfere when you want a clear view of the world outside.

Tip #3. Customize Window Solutions with an Eye on the Environment

Designing ideal replacements for existing home windows starts with considering lot orientation. Windows exposed to direct sunlight may create challenges if you like to watch television with the curtains open. Likewise, early morning sunshine could wake you long before you’re ready, unless you have heavy drapes to block the natural light. Beyond personal inconvenience. Direct sunlight – or the lack of it – can directly influence which glass type you need in every room.

Tip #4. Complement Your Home’s Architectural Features

While we encourage our New Jersey and metro New York homeowners to express their personality with unique color combinations and create stunning focal points with window configurations and custom grille patterns, you don’t want to create cacophony. Consider how your window choices will impact the overall appearance of your home from the curb.

Tip #5. Consider Both Interior & Exterior Views

A picturesque view deserves a stellar frame. Likewise, using shapes, colors, varied check-rail widths and the proper frame widths of your windows creates harmony in your indoor spaces. Consider how the window treatments will impact your overall decorating scheme and influence the first impressions of passersby. Pay attention to details and you will nail this process, whether you are installing a replacement bay or bow window, or designing a transom to bring in extra light above an entrance door.

Tip #6. Look for Color Choice Clues

Choosing colors is a huge decision. Get inspiration from landscaping and nearby green spaces. Neighboring homes are another way to explore color options. Many urban homes use a three-color palette which includes one main color and two accent tones or shades for trims and window frames.

Tip #7. Prepare for Your Replacement Window Journey

Modern replacement windows come in a variety of styles, price-points and feature-packages. Do some research before you partner with a brand. You’ll find a plethora of reviews for Renewal by Andersen on Angie’s List, Yelp and other online sites. Ask your friends and neighbors about recent experiences updating their homes. Don’t just accept a list of positive stats a replacement dealer presents, ask for supporting “proof” from third-party agencies that back up their claims.

Ask Your New Jersey & New York Metro Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window Specialist

This seven tips give you a great starting point to make your replacement window project successful. We know you may still have questions about energy-efficiency ratings, available styles and installation. We’re here to help. Simply fill in the short form on this page or call us at 1-888-826-2451 to schedule a personal Q&A session in your own home.

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Window Safety & Protection Features in New Jersey, New York

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Every year in April, our nation’s safety experts highlight the importance of teaching children how to prevent injuries associated with home windows. The goal of these campaigns is to save lives and protect citizens across the United States. Although it is only January, our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement window team is concerned about helping parents make wise decisions that impact their family every month of the year. Continue reading Window Safety & Protection Features in New Jersey, New York

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