How To Frame A Window Opening

| 2 August 2017

One of the things that window and door companies specialize in is framing window openings. If you don’t have much experience with this sort of endeavours, it can present an array of complications. Learning to frame a window is not as straightforward as simply watching someone on YouTube do it. If you are wondering how to frame a window opening, below are some considerations to keep in mind.
Framing A Window Opening

If you are framing for a window in a new location, the best way to start is to cut a hole in the interior drywall that is quite a bit larger than the window opening itself. Keep in mind that you are going to need to patch the walls afterwards, but framing is a difficult job and the extra space will make your life a little easier.

It also tends to be easier to leave the exterior sheathing and siding in place as you cut the studs and construct the framing. This will allow you to avoid having to replace the siding. If your window has brick molding, or a flange, you are going to have to cut back the siding in order for it to fit.

Here is a list of things to keep in mind before starting to frame a window opening.

  1. You are going to need an entire day to remove the interior drywall and cut the frame for a new window.
  2. You will need a tape measure, a stud finder, a hammer, a flat pry bar, a nail set, a drill with a screwdriver bit, a level, a combination square, a reciprocating saw, a handsaw, and a stapler.
  3. You will need some experience measuring, cutting, and marking.
  4. You will need a fan to make sure the environment doesn’t get too dusty, and some drop cloths on the floor.
  5. You will need two-by-fours or two-by-sixes, shims, 16d and 10d nails (or 2-3 inch deck and wood screws), plywood, and some staples.

The best thing about hiring a window and door company to help you frame a new window opening is that they are going to stand behind both their experience and their work, and get the job done right the first time. If you attempt to do the job yourself, with no experience, and with the incorrect tools, you will probably end up costing yourself more money than if you just went with a trusted window and door company. Keep the above procedures in mind so you can decide if this is something you really want to, or even can, take on yourself.

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