Tape Measuring
Help us, help you!

Many companies will tell you that they need to “pop over to measure up” or “have a quick look” in order to produce a quotation for you. Anybody telling you this can usually be easily identified as a commission based salesperson, who will undoubtedly issue a price based on the location of your home, the type of car parked outside, the décor inside the house and even your education or profession – a brief chat as they enter the property can give them a lot of information!

 

We strongly oppose the use of sales staff, outdated sales tactics and over-inflated prices (followed by fictional discounts), which is why all of our Window quotations are produced personally by our Managing Director. There really is no need to visit your property, in fact we add a very respectable discount to every job we quote that allows us to remain sat at our desks! We also offer a guarantee that any quotations we produce for you will not suddenly increase once your survey has been performed (we perform a full Pre-Installation Technical Survey once an order has been placed, which ascertains exact manufacturing sizes etc).

 

In addition to this, it is no longer safe for companies to send sales staff to houses, and door-to-door canvasing is currently illegal, due to social distancing measures that we all need to observe. Luckily for you, we have worked in this remote way consistently for over 4 years now, and we have a lot of very happy customers who are just as happy that they didn’t have to endure a 2 hours sales pitch!

Read below to learn how to measure your door, windows, glass or conservatory roof.

Disclaimer
Please note that this is not the way that we measure, and will not provide us with accurate measurements  (we know and accept that you are not a Surveyor!) Following this guide will allow us to produce your no-obligation quotation and we will not hold you to the sizes you provide or charge you more than we have quoted once we obtain the actual measurement, assuming you place an order. 

 
How to measure for a Door

Remember, we know you're not a Surveyor so we don't expect your measurements to be accurate! Remember also, if you place an order with is, we guarantee that we will not increase the price once we perform your Survey. It's very rare that we need door measurements, but sometimes it can be helpful to ensure that your doorway is not too narrow for the door you like or to ascertain the rough width of a Sidelight or height of a Fanlight.

What are Fanlights and Sidelights?
A fanlight is the glass/window above your door. Sidelights are the glass/window to the side(s) of your door (see images below).

Which units should you measure in?
Measurements should preferably be taken using a tape measure in millimetres (mm) or centimetres (cm), although we can convert from inches if needed.

Where should you measure?
Standing outside, just measure from one side of the door frame to the other, it's probably easier to just measure brick-to-brick. If you're measuring the height just measure from the bottom of the door (ignore any cill sticking out) to the top. 

What else should you send to us?
If you can also send a photograph of the inside and the outside of your current doorway, that would be helpful too!

What about larger doors, like French, Patio or Bifold Doors?
Just follow the exact same as above, we'll take care of the rest.

What is a fanlight?

what is a fanlight
how to measure a door

What is a sidelight?

what is a sidelight
 

Measuring from inside the window.

howto measure windows

Measuring from outside the window.

how to measure a window
How to measure Windows

The process of measure windows is very similar to that of measuring doors, however we don't expect you to be able to safely stand outside your upstairs windows to measure then!

Which units should you measure in?
Measurements should preferably be taken using a tape measure in millimetres (mm) or centimetres (cm), although we can convert from inches if needed.

Where should you measure?
Standing inside, just measure left to right (the width) as far as you can from one side of the window frame to the other, then do the same for the bottom to the top (height). Providing a photograph of the window is really helpful as well, as is one from the outside if possible. 

What else should you do to help us?
If you know how to rename your photographs to the room name, that would be really useful. E.g. email us the window sizes like this:

Kitchen 1200 x 800 
Living Room 1000 x 1000

And attached the images like this:

kitchen.jpg
livingroom.jpg


If you are unable to rename your files, just try to make it clear in your email which image is which room. If you can't do this, we'll work it out from the photographs. 

We've been doing this for a long time, so rest assured this method works. If we need any more information from you we'll let you know!

DOES YOUR GLASS LOOK LIKE THIS?

broken glass
 Cracked or Smashed Glass 
condensation
 Problems with Condensation / Misted Glass 

How to measure glass units

how to measure glass units
Can Broken or Misted Glass be replaced?

Yes, we can replace the glass units in uPVC windows. It is quite common that several glass units will fail in close succession, but replacing them is often a lower cost way of prolonging the need to replace the windows. We also replace broken glass units. 

How to measure Glass

Stand inside the room and measure as much of the glass as you can see, from left to right (width) and bottom to top (height) shown and explained the image here.​

Which units should you measure in?
Measurements should preferably be taken using a tape measure in millimetres (mm) or centimetres (cm), although we can convert from inches if needed.

Anything else that could be helpful?
Yes, if you can take a photograph of the inside of the glass unit, between the inner and outer pieces of glass, that will help us to know what type of "spacer bar" you need. See the image below. It isn't essential that we know this, but if you can take a photograph of the spacer bar it would be helpful.

The 'spacer bar' (black spacer shown here)

misted glass unit
black spacer bar
Do you want to choose a Patterned or Frosted Glass? 

No problem at all. Just take a look at the range of Pilkington Obscure Glass designs on this page and let us know which design you would like. If you don't see what you're looking for, or if you want to have a custom stained unit producing, get in touch!

 
how to measure a conservatory roof
How to measure a Conservatory Roof

There are many different shapes and styles of roof, so it is really important to send us photographs of as many sides of your conservatory as possible, from the inside as well as the outside. If possible, try to take one of the top of the roof itself, if an upstairs room allows you to do so in a safe way.​

Which units should you measure in?
Measurements should preferably be taken using a tape measure in millimetres (mm) or centimetres (cm), although we can convert from inches if needed.

What measurements should you take?
As long as we have supporting photographs, all we need is the length of the outside edges, or perimeter, of the conservatory. Most conservatories will be a simple case of length x depth, but for more awkward shaped conservatories please send us the length of each outside wall.