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How to Choose the Right Window Size for Your Home

When choosing replacement windows, size is just as important a factor as materials, hardware and energy efficiency features. In today’s post, local window and door replacement company Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis shares a quick guide on how to get the right window size for your home.

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Check the Wall Openings

Window replacement projects usually do not involve resizing the wall openings where the windows are going to be anchored to. This is because window openings are part of the wall framing, and changing window sizes would require partially rebuilding the wall framing. In fact, it’s easier to replace a large window with a small one because the gaps can be filled. And if you want to revert to a larger window later, no rebuilding would be necessary.

If you’re not the house’s first owner, have a window replacement professional inspect the wall openings, in case the wall opening will be able to accommodate large replacement windows. Alternatively, you can switch to a different window style, choose replacement windows with slimmer frames, or combine two smaller windows into one large custom replacement window.

Visualize Window Styles

It helps to have some kind of visual aid when choosing new windows, especially if you’re trying out a different size. You can sketch on paper, use magazine clippings or create a photo composite on a computer. Devices that support augmented-reality applications can let you virtually “install” windows in real time. If you need insight from an expert, schedule a consultation with a window replacement company.

Consider the Direction the Windows Are Facing

The bigger the windows, the more natural light that will get into your home. Window direction is a factor that goes hand in hand with window size; you won’t want to install the biggest windows where the sunlight is the harshest. The house’s north-facing walls receive the most balanced natural light throughout the day, and is where the largest windows should be. Light from the south-facing side is usually too harsh, but can be tempered with trees or patio covers. Windows on the east and west-facing sides may capture great views but not everyone likes the orange tint they bring during certain times of the day.

Looking for something better than vinyl replacement windows? Call Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis at (901) 979-4460. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.


"Absolutely wonderful experience working with renewal. They kept my wife and I up to date all throughout the process from the initial sales pitch to installation. They were courteous and professional throughout. The installation of 8 windows was completed in one day and the product is fantastic. Immediate difference felt inside the home and its much quieter now too. My wife and I are thrilled at our purchase. The windows are a bit pricey but worth every single penny. Wonderful product from a wonderful company. Will definitely be using them in the future to install the rest of the windows in our home."

Joseph Sipes
Jul 16, 2022

"When I say, superior service I mean just that!! From start to finish I was pleased!! Step 1, Scheduled appointment at the Home show… easy. Step 2, phone call to confirm appointment the next week….easy. Step 3, in home consultation with Keith Billingsley…..Amazing!!!! Step 4, call and cancel all other Window companies and let them know you have chosen the Best company, Anderson Windows!!! My Windows took a couple of months to come which was not a problem. Oooohhh but when installing day came ( a week early) I was lost for words. The installation team was A1 with professionalism and cleanliness!! They didn’t leave a scrap of trash on my property. It was cleaned up both days. I had Ed Tutton and crew. I had a million questions and they answered every one of them and made me feel so assured with the process. A couple of my Windows had wood rotted. They took care of it and fixed it better than when the house was built!!! Two of my Windows came in broken, it was addressed and shown to us and reorder in the same day!! They will be installed later. The Windows are so beautiful I stood in my master bedroom Windows for almost 3 hours just looking out. I hate Window grates…. I have solid glass Windows now❤️❤️! I wish I would have ordered my new front doors from Anderson Windows. So if you are looking to get new Windows you must go with Anderson Windows!!!"

Celeste Ousley
Jul 13, 2022

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