Picture this: You’re all set to install your new windows. You can’t wait for the increased curb appeal, the homey interior that the natural light will enable, and for the lower energy bills that will come rolling in due to your modern insulated window.
Before you start the install, however, you stop. Wait, you think. How will this window installation affect the wall surrounding your new window?
If you think about it, your home is very carefully built to be in balance and supportive of itself. Every wall was specifically engineered to add to your home’s structure. Before you effectively put a hole in your wall--or upgrade your existing window with new, different replacement windows--it’s likely a good idea to think about what the effects will be.
Fortunately, if you work with top-tier window contractors, you should be able to rely upon their expertise to answer at least some of these questions. However, if you’re interested in learning yourself, here are a few things to think about when you’re considering a brand-new window installation:
- As a general rule of thumb, the size of the window opening determines the risk. If the previous window you had was a certain size and your new window is exactly the same size, you’re probably not putting any extra stress on your home.
- The same principle implies that if you’re installing a smaller window, and adding extra stabilizers and wall products to fill in around the edges, you’re reducing pressure on your home.
- If you’re installing a larger window, that’s when you want to get window contractors and engineers involved to make sure that you aren’t interfering with the load-bearing properties of your wall.
- The size of building, type of window, and type of room also play a part. You’ll want to make sure that your room and window are proportional to the size of the building, and that you aren’t going with a window smaller than the room functionality will necessitate.
- The wall and window material will both influence the structural integrity of the structure you’re building.
- Geographical location will influence what you’re able to do with your window replacement, as different cities, builders, and even neighborhoods will have differing codes and standards to which new window installations will be subject.
- Finally, you’ll want to make sure you’re falling all manufacturer and regional/national official guidances for safe window installation.
These may seem like a lot of rules, but if you want to prioritize the safety and secure structural integrity of your home, it’s important to consider how your window installation will affect the surrounding wall.
Interested in working with window contractors who have your best interests in mind? At Texas Remodel Team, we work hard to provide high-quality, safe work for you when you need it most. Call our team today for more information, or simply fill out our brief online form to request a free quote.