3 Tips To Avoid Choosing Basement Window Replacements That Do Not Fit

Basement windows that are older may have some wear and tear on them. Weak points in the windows will allow water to seep into the basement and destroy the foundation. Repairing a home's foundation can be costly, as a result, replacement windows are an easy way to prevent this from happening. In order to find replacement windows that match your current basement windows, you need to take accurate measurements. If you are unsure of what you are doing, it is easy to get incorrect measurements. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use to ensure that you measure your basement windows correctly.

Always Take the Smallest Measurement

When you measure your windows you will be measuring the height and the width. Height and width measurements need to be taken from three sides of the window. This includes the left, right, and middle. When you take these measurements there is a high chance that the height and width measurements on each side of the window will not all match. When this happens, you need to use the smallest measurement. This will allow you to fill any gaps in the window once it is installed. If you go with the larger measurement the window will be too large and will have to be reconstructed.

Measure the Window Sill Angle

Window sills are commonly constructed at an angle in order to allow excess water to run off the sill. Window sills that are not constructed at a steep enough angle will result in water entering your home through the window. As a result, when you measure your window sill use an angle measuring tool. This tool will give you the slope of the sill. The slope tells you how steep the window sill is and will give you an idea of what angle to use in order to purchase your replacement windows.

Make Sure That the Window Frame is Square

You will be able to see how square your window frame is by taking diagonal measurements. The measurements taken from all four corners should match. If they do not match, then you may need to make adjustments to the frame or get a complete frame replacement. A frame that is not square will not be able to hold your window correctly. This will create gaps and spaces between the window and frame. Therefore, it is important to measure your frame before purchasing a replacement window.

It is easy to measure your basement windows incorrectly if you do not know what to do. Therefore, use these tips to ensure you purchase window replacements that fit correctly. 

To learn more, contact a window replacement company like Morgan Exteriors Inc