If you are shopping for windows for your home, there is a good chance that you have noticed that there are many different sizes available. There are some sizes that are fairly consistent. These window sizes have been designed to fit into the more common size openings found in many homes. The standard window sizes will not work for every window in every home, but it makes sense for manufacturers to create windows that will work for the majority of homes.
What Are The Standard Window Sizes for Your Home?
In order to avoid paying premium costs for your windows, you should stick to the standard sizes when you are building your home. The cost of window installation will vary based on the size of the window as well as the type of replacement window that is chosen.
Determining the Size of Window you Need
There is a simple size notation used by window manufacturers to help you identify what size you will need for a rough opening. The size notation is the height and width combined. The first two numbers that you see will be the width and the second two numbers are the height. For example, a 2426 window has a 2’4” width, and a height of 2’6”. Actual measurements for windows are typically about a half-inch less than the labeled whole number. For example, a window labeled 4444 likely has a height and width of 43 ½. Manufacturers round up these numbers so that the windows can be more easily installed.
Double Hung Windows
The most common type of replacement window is the double-hung window. These types of windows come in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit almost any rough opening. Double-hung windows are the windows that are most often used in kitchens, bedrooms, hallways, and all throughout a house. The width of a double-hung window can be anywhere from 24 to 48 inches. The height of these windows ranges from 36 to 72 inches.
A picture window is designed to allow more light into a home. Most of the time a picture window will not open. This means that they can be built in a large variety of sizes. Picture windows are most often found in kitchens or living rooms. If you are thinking about installing picture windows, there are many options available from large to small. Common widths for picture windows are 2,4,6, or 8 feet. The heights can range from one to eight feet. If you have an opening of one of these sizes in your home, you likely will not have to custom order the picture window.
Sliding windows can be found in bedrooms, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of a home. A slider window is shorter and wider than a double-hung window. Common widths for sliding windows are 36,48,60, or 84 inches. The common heights for a sliding window are 24,36, 48, and 60 inches.
A bay window helps to open up a space in the home, adds architectural detail, and captures more light than a standard window. Adding a bay window to any room can help enhance the space. It is an improvement to any home and in the right space, it is well worth the investment. The standard widths for bay windows are three and a half feet to ten and a half feet. The standard heights are three to six and a half feet.
If you cannot find a standard size window for your home, there are two options available. You can simply adjust the size of your rough opening in order to accommodate a standard window size. If the adjustments are not that difficult, this is often the best option.
The other choice is to order a custom window through a supplier. The supplier will help you determine the best options available. You will have to wait on your windows to be made and delivered to the store and this can often take several weeks. Additionally, these windows will cost a bit more than a standard window, which is why adjusting the rough opening is often the best option.
Discount Window and Door of Omaha
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