Getting new windows is an investment that can add a lot of value to your home. But beyond just purchasing new windows, you could even decide to cut out new openings for windows in your home. This could be done for any variety of reasons, including more light, better curb appeal and more.
Here is a brief overview of the steps you must take to cut a new opening for home windows in Laramie, WY:
- Remove trim: Before you start marking off where you are going to cut the window, you need to remove any trim that is in place on the interior of the wall you will be cutting. This should be a relatively simple process—use a crow bar or hammer, and make sure you have cloths down on the floor to protect your flooring or carpet. Additionally, you should be sure you have turned off the power flowing through that wall, just in case you come across wiring.
- Mark off your window and begin the cut: Mark the wall where the window will go. Once you are satisfied with the position of your mark, use a drywall knife to begin cutting drywall from the marked off area. You can also use a circular saw for the rest of the job to make it go faster—just make sure the saw is set shallow enough so you do not cut through wiring. With the drywall cut out, remove any insulation and mark off the studs so you know where the window will go before you remove the rest of the wall.
- Add support: You will need to provide extra support where you are cutting out the window if it is on an exterior or load-bearing wall. Simply locate the closest ceiling joists to the opening, and add 2” x 6” x 36” wooden beams under it while it’s jacked up.
- Remove studs: Take out any studs in the way of your new window. Use a reciprocating saw to cut them off, and do so as close to the top and bottom of the studs as you can.
- Frame the area: Plan out where the frame will be by marking off three inches from the new window opening, then draw a line to mark the outer edge of the new king stud. Then you can mark an area slightly left for your new jack stud or trimmer.
- Add headers and studs: Cut your studs to the length needed, then put them into place. You will likely need to use a mixture of king studs, jack studs and cripple studs. Once the studs are in place, you can add a windowsill and remove the outer wall.
This is a very general overview of how to accomplish cutting a new window. Once your window is installed, you can refinish the wall and the job is done.
For more information about purchasing and installing new home windows in Laramie, WY, contact us today at Cowboy Glass LLC. We are happy to provide you with a quote for your windows!