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Will My Replacement Window Fit?

September 12, 2017

It’s not uncommon for replacement windows to differ in size compared to the original, old windows. When you place your new window order, you might like to keep the size the same for a number of reasons. However, there are also several reasons to order a larger or smaller window.

When you order a larger window, you will allow more natural light and improve ventilation in that room. Larger windows also mean that you will enjoy a better view. This is why so many people choose large windows to overlook their yard, deck, swimming pool area, and so on. These are pleasant views, and it’s also great for parents who want to keep an eye on their children.

A smaller window might be necessary for a number of reasons. A large window in a small room can make it difficult to arrange your furniture. A smaller window could suffice in terms of ventilation and light. Smaller windows are also often chosen for children’s rooms. These smaller windows are not as close to the floor level which makes it more difficult for little ones to reach the window handle.

If you want to fit a larger window in a smaller area, you might need to consult with a professional to determine the structural integrity of that wall. Making a larger hole in the wall could compromise the strength of that wall which is not something anyone would want. In addition, you might need formal authorization to perform such renovations. If all of these issues have been addressed, then you will need to carefully make space for the new window. Ask your window installation team if they are able to perform this structural modification. If not, ask them if they can recommend a contractor.

On the other hand, if you want to fit a smaller window, you will need to close up the gap. Depending on the materials used to build the wall, you will need to close up the space. Make sure that you stock up on all the necessary materials ahead of time. In many cases, some kind of support will need to be fitted before the new window can be installed. Windows need to be secured to the wall so, if the hole is significantly larger than the window, measures will need to be taken before the window can be installed.

If you want to install a window that is both larger and smaller than the allocated space, then there are even more factors to consider. For example, if the new window is taller yet narrower than the old one, you will need to consult a professional contractor and enquire about authorization. Installing this kind of window will require significant structural modifications.

When you need a free in-home estimate on new windows for your home or office, call ALMA Windows and Doors at (416) 661-9915. Our team will arrive to take measurements, and we are more than happy to offer professional advice and answer any questions you may have.

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