Understanding United Inches



Understanding United Inches

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The world of replacement windows is full of perplexing terminology. When you’re buying new windows for your home, you might hear your window contractor mention united inches for measurement or even advertising purposes. If you’ve never heard of united inches, here is everything that you need to know:

  • The term United Inches was originally coined by the window industry. It’s used to help window companies simplify the cost of your new replacement windows. (source: http://www.ehow.com/how_6914398_calculate-united-inch.html)
  • United Inches are also useful when you’re determining the size that you need for window frame molding—specifically when you’re building the molding yourself.
  • United Inches are easy for nearly any homeowner to calculator. All that you need is a tape measure and you’re ready to go.

5 Steps to Measuring Your Windows in United Inches

If you’ve seen a replacement window ad that uses united inches to factor cost, here is the way to measure your windows for united inches. This method of measurement is used for when you are replacing only the window and leaving the frame in place.

  • Step 1: Take your tape measure and head to the nearest window that needs to be replaced
  • Step 2: Measure the length of your window. Take your tape measure and measure from one inner edge of the window jamb to the other.
  • Step 3: Measure the height of the window. Take your tape measure and repeat the same process, but measure the window vertically this time.
  • Step 4: Combine your two measurements and add them together.
  • Step 5: The result is your total united inches. If your window is 32” wide and 50” high, your window is 82 United Inches.

Homeowners can potentially save hundreds of dollars by understanding United Inches. If you’re in doubt on how to measure for united inches, ask a professional replacement window company for assistance.