Installing A New Window In An Existing Wall: Common FAQs

You have a wall in your home that is an exterior wall, but it is totally void of any windows, and you really do want a window installed. Windows can be installed in an existing wall, but this type of project is a big difference from just having a window replaced. There are a lot of concerns that can come along with a project like this. Take a look at some of the questions most homeowners have when they are entertaining the idea of installing a new window in a wall where currently there are none. 

Are there certain walls that cannot contain a window?

It is true that some walls cannot have a window installed in them at all. If a wall is a load-bearing one, a window cannot be installed in it because it would compromise the load-bearing capabilities of the wall. Load-bearing walls are important structural components. If you compromise the wall by taking out a segment of it to install a window, it can compromise the structural integrity of the house. When you are in the process of locating a wall where a new window can be installed, the contractor will help you determine if any walls are not a suitable choice to install a window. 

How difficult is it to install a window in an existing wall?

The difficulty of the process will rely on several different factors. For example, if you have brick siding instead of vinyl siding, the process of installing a new window will involve cutting the masonry, which will make the process even harder than usual. In general, the process usually takes a few days at the least because the drywall will have to be cut, the exterior siding will have to be cut, the framing will have to be changed, and then all of the components of the window will have to be installed. 

How much will it cost to have a window installed in an existing wall?

Your costs will vary depending on where you are located, the size of the window, and how difficult it is to install the window. In general, you can expect that installing a single window in an existing wall will cost you between $1,000 to $5,000 or more, according to Home Advisor. If there are electrical wires in the wall that have to be rerouted or special adjustments that have to be made, the price can go up considerably. 

Contact a home window installation company like Valley Glass Utility for more information.