Adding a window to an existing wall is a great way to brighten a room and increase the value of your home. Many homeowners assume it’s difficult and costly to create a new window opening. However, it’s not as hard or expensive as you may think. Here’s what you need to know about creating a new window opening in an existing wall.
Benefits of Installing a New Window Opening
Adding a window to your home has many benefits, including:
A new window adds more natural light to a room, which means you won’t have to use the lights as often. Furthermore, natural light has many mental and physical health benefits.
You’ll have a view of the natural surroundings. A mountain vista, forest or manicured backyard is much more interesting to look at than a plain wall.
Windows increase the value of your home, so any investment in an additional window now can pay for itself over time.
High-performance, energy-efficient windows can also save you money on your electricity and natural gas bills.
Factors to Consider
When it comes to creating new window openings in your home, there are a few things you need to consider:
You may need permits and approval before adding a window opening to your home. Provinces and territories each have their own regulations about adding new windows and doors in residential homes. Be sure to consult and adhere to the building codes in your area.
You need to determine if the wall where you want to add a window is load bearing. Cutting into a load-bearing wall can compromise the structural integrity of your home and cause it to collapse. However, it can be done. Consult a reputable, professional window replacement company to assess the situation and make recommendations.
You’ll also need to choose the type of window you want to add. Bay or bow windows project outward from the wall, allowing more light into the room and making the space appear more spacious. However, these windows are more difficult and expensive to install.
Finally, it’s best to hire a professional window installation company to add a new window opening to your home. If you cut into a wall without adequate preparation, you might damage your home’s electrical system, plumbing, ductwork or insulation.
Windows and Window Replacement in Edmonton and Northwestern Canada
At All-West Glass, our window replacement technicians have the tools and experience to install a new window in an existing wall in your home. Our work is guaranteed, and we clean up all our sites, including removing and disposing of old materials. Contact us today to learn more about our windows and how we can help brighten your home. We have 18 locations in Northwestern Canada including in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Kitimat and Terrace.