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Finding the Right Window Size for a Room

When homeowners shop for replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ they often decide to get products that are the exact same size as the old windows. That way, the replacement windows will fit in the existing opening with very little fuss and bother. And homeowners won’t have to change anything else about the room. But what happens if a homeowner wants to resize their new windows, making them larger or smaller than the existing opening?

In older homes, doors, and windows tend to follow standard sizing. Most ceilings rest at eight feet and the standard height of doors is six feet, eight inches. Thus, windows match that same height to allow ample space for things like frames, moldings, and window treatments. And getting replacements would be fairly straightforward. But modern homes often have ceilings nine to ten feet tall, or more. And increasing the size and height of replacement windows is common. But how can homeowners determine the appropriate size for a new window? While there are no hard rules about sizing a window, here are some guidelines that can help:

1. Structure of the Home

Building codes and the structural design of the home should always be the first consideration when thinking about resizing the windows in a home. The skeleton of the home might prevent certain changes, especially for the load-bearing exterior walls. When choosing replacement windows it is important for homeowners to be realistic about their expectations and safely stay within the guidelines of the city codes.

2. Aesthetics

Initially, the size of new windows will largely depend on how homeowners want them to look from both the inside and outside of the home. Large, expansive windows have a more modern aesthetic. They can open up the space inside the home, filling it with light and warmth. And few things are more eye-catching than a wall of windows. On the flip side, smaller windows do have their place. They have a more unique and artistic aesthetic. They can help control light and heat as well as protect the privacy of occupants inside the home. And they can fit in more places, allowing for greater flexibility when it comes to placement.

3. Window Style

Another thing to consider is the operational style of the window. Certain styles lend themselves better to the larger sizes, like sliding windows, picture windows, and bay windows. But other styles would not be functional if the window is too large, like casement, single-hung, and double-hung windows.

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4. Sill Height and Head Height

The last thing to think about is the amount of space on the wall. Most building codes require an egress window to be no more than 44 inches from the floor. This is because an egress window, often required in bedrooms and common living spaces, should be able to function as an escape during an emergency. For non-egress windows, homeowners have more leeway with the sill height. And for the head height, it is important to leave enough space at the top of the window for curtain rods.

These are just some of the basics to keep in mind when shopping or replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ. For more help finding the best size for replacement windows, contact Freelite Inc.