Home windows — aside from being made of sturdy materials — they need to be skillfully installed in order to be smooth operating, energy-efficient and long lasting. Every step in the installation process has to be performed with keen attention to detail. If you decide to install new windows in your home, make sure to find a professional exterior renovations company to avoid these common installation mistakes:
1. Wrong Rough Opening Measurement
The rough opening requirements vary depending on the manufacturer and the style of the window. For example, the rough opening width for a double-hung window starts at 24 inches and can range up to 48 inches. However, there is a general guidance that says the actual window size should be ½ inch less than its rough opening.
2. Wrong-Sized Jambs
A window replacement expert knows that the width of the jambs should be considered if the finished surface of the interior walls is plaster, tongue and groove, or any other material thicker than ½ inch drywall.
3. No Back Slope
The sill on a rough opening needs to be sloped in order to direct rainwater that has seeped into the building envelope back to the outdoor space. If you choose to work with a window professional, they know exactly how to accomplish this — by cutting the cripple studs at a certain angle or by adding a sloped fan after framing the rough opening in.
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