After blogging for the last couple weeks I realize that there is just so much information to cover for each specific topic that I could not possibly cover everything in one night. That is why I have decided to now post week long segments sprinkled with the occasional DIY project. This will allow me to cover more on each topic without bouncing around from one idea to the next but still being able to try something new and exciting.

How it will work

For each segment, every day that week I will talk about something new pertaining to the same topic. What better way to kick things off then to start with my specialty, Windows and Doors. I have been working in this industry for the last four years so I would like to think that I know a thing or two.

How to Measure a Window

You cant replace your windows if you don't know how to measure them so I thought this would be a good starting point for the window and door segment.

There are two different and equally essential parts of the window that you need to measure. First you need to determine your frame size and second, the outside brickmold size also called OSM.

window frame size: 

The tools you will need are a utility knife, measuring tape, crow bar, step ladder or stool (depending how high or tall the window is), pen and paper. Having help is also recommended as it can get a little tricky the larger the window.

  1. Use the utility knife to score along the casing or trim. Doing so will reduce the chances of wall paint peeling. Use the crow bar to lift all of the casing off.
  2. Once the casing is removed you can get a very good view of the complete frame width and height. Always measure width first, height second and record it this way for every window.
  3. Re-apply casing. You should be able to just slide the casing back on for a temporary fix until the new window is installed. This step is not necessary if you don't mind looking at the rough drywall edge for 4 weeks.  

Outside Brickmold size (OSM): 

This measurement is just as important as the frame size. If you are not replacing the siding or stucco then the brickmould size must be as close to exact as possible as you don't want to have to fill in around the window. You could go bigger but you then need to cut back the siding.  

Tools required: Measuring tape, ladder, pen and paper. 

  1. Measure very outside of brickmold to brickmold for width and measure top of brickmold to bottom of sill for height.  

Any window supplier will be able to take both of these measurements and supply you with a very accurate quote.

Word of the Day: Rough Opening

This is the framing around the window. The typical space between window to rough opening is 3/8 to 1/2 inch on each side as this allows room for foam and sealant. Example: window frame size is 36 x 36, RO size is 37 x 37

Second Word of the Day: Brickmold

This is the casing or trim that goes around the exterior of the window and the bottom is typically a sill nosing. 


AuthorCamille Pacori