[Tagging] shop=window(s) incorrectly deprecated in favor of craft=window_construction ?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 17:00:21 UTC 2019

On Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 12:04 PM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Jul 2019 at 16:44, Tobias Zwick <osm at westnordost.de> wrote:
>> I always thought that there is no norm for standard sizes of windows, so every window is made to measure. (And in case of a larger construction project, then 1000s of windows are made with the same measure)
>> Is this not true after all?
> A housing estate may standardize on a particular size, but on a wider scale there is no
> standard (that I know of).
> However, it is increasingly common that windows are built in a factory somewhere in the
> middle of nowhere and orders for those windows are taken in shops in urban centres.  There
> are still places in towns that cut glass, fashion frames and assemble windows, but often it's
> just a place that takes orders which they send off to the factory.

In the US, most double-hung windows installed in the last few decades
are factory-built. Most installers do not make to measure, but order
factory-made windows to match the size. In my area, there are about
seven or eight popular sizes in stock, and be able to special-order
prefabricated windows to fit other sizes. Bespoke joinery for windows
is nearly a thing of the past around here - windows are ordered from a
company like Andersen or Pella.

There's a much faster lead time if a builder confines himself to a
reasonably small set of sizes. For instance, one dealer near me can
supply double hung windows for immediate delivery, but only in
standard widths of 24, 28, 32, and 36 inches for the rough opening,
and standard heights 38, 46, 48, 54 and 62 inches. (It's not all
combinations, either, for instance the ones with a 48-inch height are
stocked only in 32 and 36 inch widths.)

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