How to Measure Windows
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How to measure replacement windows
Wood Framed Window (side view)
The diagram below is of a single-paned aluminum frame window. Begin by removing the screen and opening the window. This allows you to determine which flange sticks out the furthest. Measure that flange to the same flange on the other side of the window. This will give you the size of the clear opening you will have once you remove all the panels. Measure the widths at the top, middle, and bottom and use the narrowest measurement. Measure the height in the same way in the middle, left and right sides and use the narrowest measurement. Your new retrofit windows size (either width or height) is dimension "Dą" or "D".
How to Determine Window Handing
Horizontal Sliding Windows: To determine whether you require an XO or OX window simply view the window from the exterior of your home. If you want the sliding panel to be the one on your left choose XO and if the operable is to be on the right choose OX.
Vertical Sliding Windows: Use X and O differently. With single hung windows only one panel is operable and it is always the bottom panel. On double-hung windows both panels are operable. Since vertical sliding windows are preset as to how their panels move there is no need to specify handing.
Casement Windows: are the same except that casement window crank out rather than slide from side to side. So handing in this case specifies which side the hinge is located on. they are called FCL when the hinges are located on the left side of the frame and FCR for when they are located on the right side of the frame. With the graphic representation of a casement the hinged side is always at the pointed side of the dashed arrow.
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