Do you ever look at the walls in your Phoenix home and think how nice it would be to have an additional window or two? You are certainly not alone. Many people wonder why certain walls in their homes were left blank to begin with, but you’d be surprised at what’s considered an “upgrade” in new construction homes. To cut costs, some people choose not to add any additional windows.
The good news is that it is possible to create a new window opening and bring in the natural light and scenic views you’re looking for. To start this project, schedule a consultation with Greco Roman Windows and Doors. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about adding a new window to your Arizona property.
Reasons to Install a New Window Opening
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to install a new window in your home:
- Add natural light. Having more natural light in the home is not only beautiful, but it’s also good for your mental health. Sunlight increases serotonin and helps prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). You’ll also be able to reduce electricity costs because you can keep the lights off during the day.
- Enhance your views. Arizona has some pretty amazing views. If you feel that your current windows don’t do them justice, it’s time to look into adding a big window. This way, you can enjoy scenic views without leaving your home.
- Increase your home value. Adding a new window is not cheap, but you won’t be throwing your money away. New windows increase property value and can set your home apart from others on your block!
What Goes Into Making a New Window Opening?
Be sure to consult with a professional window company before doing anything. You never know what plumbing, ductwork or electricity is running behind your drywall. A licensed contractor in AZ can tell you this information, and determine if your wall is a good candidate for a new window.
Assessing window placement is especially important for load bearing walls, as cutting into one can lead to structural problems. That’s not to say that you can never install a new window opening on a load bearing wall, but it is tricky.
How Much Does a New Window Opening Cost?
No two projects are the same, so it’s best to contact a window contractor and obtain a quote that’s specific to your project. Ask for a detailed estimate so that you know exactly what you’re paying for. When all is said and done, a new window opening in Arizona will probably run you between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on the size, type and location.
Here is a quick breakdown of the materials/services you’ll need for a new window:
- Window framing
- Drywall installation
- Rerouting electrical
- Trim repair
- Siding repair
If you’re looking to add additional windows to your home, contact Greco Roman Windows and Doors today. We can provide you with the extra efficiency and natural light you’re looking for while using premium brands like Pella and Milgard.