A Guide to Sizing Your Replacement Windows

The material, style and color of your replacement windows aren’t the only factors you need to consider. There’s also the matter of proper sizing; after all, it can affect the long-term functionality and energy performance of your investment. Make sure to keep it in mind.  

A Guide to Sizing Your Replacement Windows

Building Codes

You are free to choose the size of your new windows, but you have to consider your local area’s building codes first. They might, in fact, limit your options in certain rooms, including the bedroom and basement. Ideally, these areas of your home require a specific window size, especially when it comes to egress in case of an emergency. Consider the window style as well; sliding and casement windows can meet egress requirements because of how they create sizable openings and provide effortless access when opened.

Access to Natural Light

The amount of sunlight entering your home depends on the size of your replacement windows. North-facing windows, for instance, let sufficient natural light into your living spaces without raising its temperature. The opposite happens for south-facing windows, so if you want larger windows for that area, be sure that they’re shaded to minimize glare and heat transfer in the summer. As you plan your window replacement, make sure to consider proper orientation as well.

Custom Sizing

Replacement windows usually come in standard sizes so they can fit a home’s common rough openings. Double-hung windows, for example, have a width of up to 48 inches and a height of up to 72 inches. But if you want your windows tailored to your home’s specific needs, you can always customize your choices. At Renewal by Andersen® of San Francisco, we can do just that and more.

Our windows replacement process involves taking custom measurements before manufacturing your new windows. We consider the adage “measure twice, cut once” the gold standard. We also make sure that they fit within 1/16th of an inch of the openings.

To learn more about how we can help increase the beauty and functionality of your home through our replacement windows, give Renewal by Andersen® of San Francisco a call today at (866) 609-5033. You may also fill out our online form to schedule an in-home consultation. We serve customers in San Francisco, CA, and the surrounding areas.

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