Finding the right window features might be the most interesting part of getting window replacements. You have a variety of window types, materials, colors, and hardware options to choose from, all of which provide opportunity to improve your home in many ways.
What about the size of your windows?
Although less exciting among your many window features, window size is important because it affects the appearance, safety, and building code adherence of your home. So, without further ado, here is how you can size your windows in just three steps:
Step 1: Consider Your Home’s Architecture
The style of your home will have a large impact on the size of your windows. For example, if you have a Cape Cod or Colonial style home, your windows will be shorter than those found on a Tudor, Victorian, or Modern style home. However, there is no set rule as far as aesthetics are concerned, so you can change things up depending on your personal style preferences.
Step 2: Know the Basic Window Height Guidelines
Once you have an idea of the type of windows that work best for your home, the next thing to consider is windowsill height and window head height. There are some basic guidelines that can help you decide how long your windows should be:
- Operational Windowsill Height: Windowsills for an operational window must be no higher than 44 inches from the ground.
- Static Windowsill Height: Static or inoperable windows can go from ceiling to floor or any range in-between according to your home’s architecture and your style preferences.
- Window Head Height: The height of your window depends on your needs. If you want more natural lighting, then you won’t want a lot of space between your ceiling and the top of your window. If you want curtain rods installed, make sure you leave enough space.
Step 3: Check with Local Building Codes
If you aren’t hiring professional window installers, then you will need to look into your local building codes before putting in window replacements. Meanwhile, here are some basics that you can keep in mind:
- The minimum height for the bottom sash of operational windows is 24 inches above the interior floor if they are more than 6 feet above the grade of the outside window.
- If your bedroom does not have a door that goes outside, you must have at least one window that is a minimum of 24 inches tall and 20 inches wide.
- If your windows are placed on a first-story floor, the bottom windowsill should not be higher than 44 inches from the floor.
- If your windows are placed on a second story floor, the bottom windowsill should be at least 24 inches from the floor.
Bonus Tip: Find Trusted Window Installers
If you’re a skillful craftsman that can handle window installations with ease, then go for it. Otherwise, you might want to hire a professional window company. That way, you know for certain that your windows are the perfect size for your home and adhere to important safety standards.
If you’re interested in custom window measurements and expert window installations, contact Energy Home Pros!
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