Style and color are usually the top considerations when shopping for new windows. While it can be exciting to choose a design for your windows, don’t forget that size also matters. If you’re working with a reliable contractor, you can be confident that they won’t miss this important detail.
But to give you an idea on how to ensure you’re getting the correct size for your windows, trusted window installation and roof maintenance company Advanced Roofing shares a few essential tips below.
Windows usually come in standard sizes, which can make it easier for homeowners to select window products. These sizes typically range from 24 to 48 inches (width) and 36 to 72 inches (height). Although standard-sized windows are helpful and convenient (since they are often readily available), they are not ideal for all homes.
Some windows need to be custom-made because standard window sizes don’t fit window openings or the available space on the wall. Much like a roofing installation contractor, a window installer should have the materials in correct sizes. So make sure they are able to measure the openings accurately.
The size of your windows should match the room size, particularly the floor area so that the space won’t get too much or too little sunlight. For east-facing and south-facing windows, make sure their size does not exceed 15% of the total floor area. For north-facing windows, it’s OK for their size to go up to 15-25% of the total floor area — but this still depends on floor material and sun exposure. For west-facing windows, their size should not be more than 10% of the total floor area.
Some areas of your home may be more exposed to the sun, so you have to consider where the windows are going to be installed. If they will be placed in the north-facing part of your home, the windows can bring in more heat — which is not necessarily a bad thing since north-facing windows can help keep your home warm in the winter. If you are keen on taking advantage of this, you might want to go with larger windows. But take note that large north-facing windows can make the room extra warm during summer. To prevent this negative effect, you can add eaves and awnings for protection.
Advanced Roofing is a local company that specializes in roofing, siding, gutters and windows. To get an estimate on window replacement or emergency roof repair cost, you can call us at (630) 521-3573 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Plainfield, Illinois and the surrounding areas.