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few. There are also sta- tionary windows that do not open, such as door side light and transom windows.
Measuring Windows Regardless i f you’re planning to have some- one else install the win- dows for you it is in your best interest to measure the window frame rough openings yourself. This way you can confirm the window sizes the window contractor plans on order- ing. Typically when buy- ing windows it can take several weeks to receive them, so the last thing you want to have happen is have the wrong size windows show up on your doorstep. When measuring a rough
window frame opening, measure from top to bot- tom on both ends of the window frame and in the middle of it. Likewise do the same along the sides of the window frame open- ing. Finally, measure the diagonals to see if the rough window frame is square. After measuring the
rough window opening review the window buying guides from the various window manufacturers and select windows that specifically call out for your size window frame rough openings. Typically the actual window frame will be approximately 2 to 3 inches shorter and nar- rower than your window rough openings. You want this type of disparity be- tween the rough window opening and new window to give you room to square up and plumb the window within the window frame. If the new window replace- ment fits too snuggly in- side the window frame the window frame may end up binding and not operating smoothly, if at all. If you’re buying win-
dows directly off the shelf from a home improvement center, use your measur- ing tape to check the out- side edges of the windows. Measure the window from top to bottom and side to side, as well as along the diagonal. Make sure the window measurements
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Installing Windows When installing new
windows it’s important that house sheathing be installed around the win- dow frame opening first. In addition, the windows should be nailed into place via the side window flange tabs that come at- tached to the windows. Before nailing the window
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