How to measure uPVC windows
October 17, 2018
It’s common knowledge that uPVC windows are some of the most affordable and efficient windows on the market, but if you’re looking to replace your current windows, you might not know how to measure the existing ones in preparation for the new ones. If this is the case, don’t fret as it’s relatively simple to work out.
Measuring the standard uPVC window
It should immediately be noted that you should measure your window from the outside of your home as this will give you a more accurate depiction of the window’s size. The measurements need to include the window’s frame, the windowsill, and if you have any frame extensions, these should be included too. You need to measure render to render (the area holding your window in place) as opposed to just measuring the window itself.
You’ll have to measure the window in three different places, for both height and width. To measure the height, you’ll want to measure the left side, the right side, and the centre of the window. To measure the width, you should measure the top, bottom, and centre of the window. After doing this, use the smallest height for both height and width respectively, then deduct 10mm from both, this is done to allow for manufacturing tolerances and also to account for any expansion that might occur due to hot weather.
Measuring a uPVC square bay window
If you’re measuring a square bay window, it has to be done slightly differently. This is because they’re less ‘flat’ and have three sides with corner posts. To measure the width, you’ll need to measure internally edge to edge from the frame. As a square bay window has three sides, you’ll need to measure each side window internally and ensure they’re the same size.
To measure the height, you just need to measure render to render, including the windowsill. Your corner posts should be 90 degrees, making them 70mm square each so you’ll need to add a total of 140mm onto the external size.
Measuring a uPVC bow window
A bow window is very unique in its shape and design, meaning the way it’s measured is also unique. They usually consist of more than two sides and have shallower angles. The width needs to be measured internally edge to edge from the existing frames. Bow windows are made up of smaller individual windows, each one will need to be measured separately and internally, from one edge of the frame to the other. To measure the projection of the bow window, you need to measure internally from the back span to the inside point of the window frame.
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