When it comes to getting new windows, most homeowners prioritize choosing what style or color finishes they should pick. There is another feature, however, that significantly impacts how well a unit will look and function for the good part of its service life: its size. While many windows today come in standard sizes with fixed dimensions, homeowners have the option to customize their replacement units.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right window size.
The Height of the Window Sill
When finding a proper window size for residential buildings, the International Residential Code (IRC) has a dedicated code that homeowners must follow. The code states that operable windows, such as double-hung, casement and sliding, should stand at least 24 inches from the floor or ground. This rule lets you maintain a good view of the outdoors while sitting down on a chair.
The Height of the Window Head
There are no solid rules when determining the height of windows. In most cases, it is a completely unique design choice by homeowners, window contractors or interior designers. There are some things you should pay attention to, though.
For instance, having too much space between the ceiling and window head results in reduced daylighting. This is not ideal design-wise if you want to take advantage of a window’s energy efficiency. On the flip side, having too little gap leaves hardly any room for window treatments.
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