One of the most common questions we hear about at US Home Improvement is replacement window sizes. Customers want to know what sizes windows ‘come in’. They’re curious about ‘stock sizes’.
There’s no such thing. At least not in high quality replacement windows!
Homes are like people: they come in a variety of sizes and styles. Some are tall and narrow, others are short and wide. Some feature long, sloping roofs, while others have flat tops. Some people enter their homes through a double door that opens into a grand foyer, while others have a simple entryway that leads into a cheery kitchen.
Our homes are as individual as we are.
The same holds true for the windows we’re talking about replacing. Picture windows can be huge, framing a beautiful view, and absolutely making a living or family room a special place. Powder room windows tend to be petite: far smaller than the ‘stock size’ replacement window models you’ll find in a discount home center.
A reputable replacement window specialist will measure each of your windows. Then they’ll order customer sized windows, made for that particular window, to ensure that the vinyl replacement windows, fiberglass replacement windows, or wood replacement windows that you’ve selected will fit perfectly.
This is the best way to minimize air and moisture penetration: the two primary causes of cold drafts, heat loss, and an uncomfortable environment.
Custom sized replacement windows fit better. This means they look better, enhancing the appearance of your home — inside and out!
What about those stock-size windows? The truth is that it’s like fitting a square peg into a round hole: with enough will power and make-do methodology, you can sometimes ‘get by’ with something that doesn’t look too bad. You’re compromising the energy efficiency benefits of installing replacement windows, and often, you don’t have the warranty protection that comes with quality vinyl replacement windows, fiberglass replacement windows, or wood replacement windows.
That might be okay with you — but most people want something better for their homes!
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