||07-05-2007 07:44 AM
Originally Posted by sflamedic
I currently have metal framed old awning windows. I was aluminum single hung windows. I dont think the frames would work for that. Also the frames are an old aluminum color and id like new whitle frames.
Best way to get an accurate measurement on windows yourself is to carefully remove the casing on one side of the window (interior side). Then carefully remove the bottom apron casing of the window. Removing these two casings will allow you to see the "Rough Opening" of the window. That is, you will be able to see the rough framed opening areas top and bottom(whether brick or wood surround the opening).
You plan on installing new windows and frames. These will require new casings anyways. So just ''tack'' your old casings up temporarily. Chances are that you will have curtains covering them anyways.
Take your accurate measurements for height and width. Double check your measurements. Re-install your casings. Do this for any other windows that you have.
These are your ROUGH OPENING measurements for "New Construction" style windows (frames and all). Use these measurements to start consultation for window ordering. (BTW-Be aware that installing New Construction style windows requires extensive work on the exterior areas for the nailing fins/flanges).
You will need your wall thickness dimensions (2x4 or 2x6). You may have additional materials on the exterior of your home that could build up the thickness of your walls even more. Try to get some accurate measurements of the wall regarding that possibility.
Determining that, will help to figure out the width of the jambs for the new windows that you want to order (I am assuming that your will order the windows with jambs installed) Designate whether you want pre-primed or wood stock on the inside jambs.