Replacement Windows Should Only Be Measured by Professionals
With the hype of shows like Fixer Upper and This Old House it seems as though a number of our Sacramento homeowners have been bit by the DIY bug. Doing projects on your own at home is a great way to personalize your home and add some life to an old wall or yard. Despite this, there are some things that should be left to the professionals. Even something as small as measuring replacement windows. Read on to learn why.
Why Windows Should Only Be Measured by Professionals?
One of the many reasons we ask that windows should only be measured by professionals is because there is a certain amount of math involved. Though the math is simple, it could throw off your entire project.
When measuring windows, it’s important to leave ¼ to ½ inch off the final number. This ensures your replacement window will fit properly. However, it’s important to know that with windows you need to be precise. Too big and you could shatter the window—as well as your wallet. Too small and you’re stuck with some useless, pricy glass.
Common Mistake: Window are Too Small.
As we mentioned above, it’s standard practice to take ¼ to ½ inch off window measurements to make sure you have the best fit. But what if you take too much off? What if you were only supposed to take a quarter of an inch but instead took half?
First, your windows will be too small. This will let untreated air in your home, which can cause a massive spike in your utility bills. Second, any window locks you have may be ineffective, completely killing the security of your home.
The final major issue with windows that are too small is mold and rot. When a window is too small it leaves the frame, and parts of your home, vulnerable to rot and mold. Water and condensation collect at the window and the window seams. When a seam is open, it becomes a perfect home for mold.
Common Mistake: Windows are Too Big.
One thing we see a lot of is homeowners only taking ¼ to ½ off only two sides of the window. You actually need to take that little bit off all sides. If you are stuck with a window that’s too big, you only have two courses of action.
Either return the window or replace it—likely to be a cost to you. Or cut a bigger opening, which will open up a whole new can of worms. Instead of dealing with the headache of either of these two issues, we ask you to work with a professional.
Sometimes You Can Get It Just Right
There’s a reason we call the window installers at Bell Brothers professional. It’s because they are. We’ve trained them to know how to measure every type of window and door in the Sacramento area. Our window techs know how much to subtract, what to measure, and how to measure it. They can take these measurements and make the perfect window for your home. When it comes to how your home presents itself to the world, you can’t settle for less than the best.
For the Best Fit, Call Bell Brothers
At Bell Brothers, we know our windows. We’ve been in business for almost 30 years and it shows in the care and craftsmanship of our window installations. If you live in the Sacramento area, dial the number at the top of the screen or click here to request an appointment online. Your window expert can’t wait to meet you.