This post will look at fitting or measuring custom replacement windows.
Are you familiar with that old saying or shop rule – “Measure Twice, Cut Once”? I am. Problem is, I can measure ten times and come up with ten different measurements. When you have to (or choose to) spend the money to replace the windows in your home, they need to fit correctly. You’re spending your money and making an investment, after all, so you want to spend that money wisely.
If you don’t have the correct size replacement windows you could end up having to have your openings, headers and walls all rebuilt to accommodate that window. It’s messy, noisy, labor intensive work. If you “engineer” a way to use them in an existing opening anyway, you’re defeating two of the reasons you replace windows – appearance and energy efficiency. To ensure the best fit a custom replacement window is the best option. Yes, you can go to a big box home improvement store and buy a stock replacement window. Stock means, well, stock – made for everyone in general and noone in particular. If you have an odd size opening, as we did, using a stock window can cause more problems and expense then it’s worth. A custom replacement window easily goes right into your existing opening, with no “engineering” needed. It looks great because it fits correctly, which is also what will give you maximum energy efficiency and save you money.
Time and the way your home was constructed are two of the big factors that effect your windows. You can’t just measure one window and assume that another is the same size, it might not be.
The other factor that effects your measurements is you – human error. As already mentioned, I stink at measuring. The folks at Jantek Windows will give you an estimate based on your measurements but for installations they do the measuring. The folks at Jantek are very proud of their company and their work. They operate with an attitude that’s akin to something I was taught over fifteen years ago – do it right and do it right the first time. Every window they make there is custom sized, and they want to be sure that every custom replacement window they manufacture fits its opening correctly. That’s a good thing – good for you and good for them. Win – win.
This is Bill, by the way. He works at Jantek. He’s terrific, but I can say that about every single person from the company that I met ans I met quite a few.
This post is part of a series I will be sharing with you and is based on a relationship that I have with Jantek. Past topics included Why Custom Replacement Windows Are Superior To Stock Replacement Windows From A Home Improvement Store and the Variety Of Options Available In Custom Replacement Windows. Some topics that I will be covering in future posts are manufacturing and installation.
Jantek Windows serves the residential replacement window market through three distinct market channels that cover about fourteen states. They distribute nationally through their exclusive Appleby Dealers and The Window Source. Their Factory Direct Contractor program provides approved contractors with custom sizes, expedited manufacturing lead times, and special pricing, as well as technical support, product training and field service support. They sell direct in the Mid-Atlantic area through the Jantek Factory Showroom, with or without installation service, and well below retail prices.