How To Frame A Window – A DIY Guide

by admin on June 18, 2012 · 0 comments

Windows can increase value of an existing home and change a dull, lifeless room into a room with a view. Before installing a new window, it is important to know how to frame a window.

In addition, it is important to select the correct window to meet the needs of the homes. High wind along with hail often damages both frames and windows installed. This type of damage is common in areas where high winds and hail exist.

Step 1:

Begin by purchasing a new pre-hung window in order to know the exact dimensions needed. The rough frame should be 2 inches more that the dimensions of the window on all sides.

Step 2:

Inside the home, remove drywall from the wall where the window will be placed. Remove studs running through the area the window will be installed. Leave three inches for king and header studs.

Step 3:

King studs are the vertical studs that replace studs taken from the wall. Cut these boards to length so they fit between the ceiling plate and the floor plate.

Step 4:

The next step is to install the two headers. These boards provide wall support above the window frame. Some people use 2x6s for additional support for the headers. After they are cut to length, they should be installed side by side above the window opening. Use nails to secure the headers to the studs as well as to one another.

Step 5:

The next step is to install the windowsill. Cut a stud to the same length as the header to support the sill plate. Place the board at the bottom of the window opening. It should match the dimension determined from the new window. The sill plate is nailed to the stud. Three studs provide support for the underside of the sill plate, two against the king stud and the third in the middle.

Step 6:

The trimmer studs complete the window opening. They are cut to fit between the sill plate and header and attached to the king plates. Once they are installed, it is time to install the new window.

Once windows are properly installed, they are able to open correctly and to close in order to prevent any leaks of air or water.

Enjoy the Scenery!

Special for Oklahoma City residents!

In Oklahoma City windows face the stress of high winds and damage by hail. For best energy efficiency, it is best to install the thermal windows Oklahoma City residents rely on to keep their utility bills affordable. The knowledge that you have installed an energy efficient window helps you to enjoy the new view created by the window even more.

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