Gotta love the excitement of ordering a whole bunch of weird windows and HOPING, PRAYING that they’re all right.
Here you can see my notes from the process…
A couple things to notice:
-windows have standard sizes and custom sizes: if you’re doing new framing, then you can order all standard sizes or if your house was already built with standard sizes in place
-RO stands for Rough Opening. This means the size of the rough wood framing for the window – NOT the size of the frame of the window or the finished size of the opening inside. In general, a standard size like 36×36 will mean a 36×36 Rough Opening and therefore a 35.5×35.5″ window frame
-custom sizes are for odd sized windows that you want to replace but you DON’T want to re-frame. There is a small fee, maybe $50/window, but that will almost always be cheaper than re-framing the opening and doing drywall/siding repair.
-the sliding doors we ordered DO NOT come in custom sizes so if you don’t have a standard size sliding door, you have to figure out if you want to make the opening bigger or smaller. If you have large trim, you can get away with making the door up to maybe 4″ smaller and cover up the gap with trim. If you don’t have large trim (40s or 50s and newer modern style 1.5″ trim) then you may have to re-frame the opening and make the door slightly bigger or make it smaller and repair the siding and drywall to make up the difference. So in general, if you must have a standard size door, hopefully the rough opening is just a little bigger rather than a little too small. For example you’d probably want the rough opening to be 74 1/2″ wide max for a 71 1/2″ (standard 6′ sliding door width) door instead of the rough opening being 78, where you’d have to re-frame the wall for the next standard size, like 7′ or 84″