Say what? Yes, it can be done. And Rescom Exteriors is the one to do it. In fact, we’ve taken on these types of projects before. They’re fun, challenging and unique, giving our techs a chance to show off their skill and talents. One such project involved removing two windows from a home and opening that space up to accommodate a hinged or sliding French door.
Today’s homeowners know they aren’t restricted to traditional window and door spaces any longer. With so many design options available, why be boring? And with so few restrictions in regards to getting custom windows and doors, the opportunity to be bold and creative is ripe for the taking.
There are many reasons why homeowners may choose to expand an opening to accommodate a patio door. Perhaps you’re looking to add a deck off the back of your house and want to incorporate a point of entry or exit where your old windows were. Maybe you’re tired of a small window space that doesn’t allow much natural light to flood your home. A sliding glass door would afford you with plenty of light as well as an easy way to get in and out.
These projects are more challenging than straight window to window conversions. In most cases, they require a permit because this type of project involves cutting, expanding, removing king studs in the walls, reinforcing or replacing the weight-carrying header and even disturbing or re-routing electrical work. Depending on the extent of the project, it could affect the structural stability of your home, in which case all the details have to be painstakingly met.
Ourwindow installers are trained in performing cut-downs and cut-outs through drywall, stucco and siding. Sometimes, this involves expanding the header beyond the opening of the door, which may leave you with missing drywall or drywall that needs to be refinished and painted. We do all we can to avoid this situation.
The new door opening will then have to be reframed properly to bear the weight of the door and to keep moisture out. We know full well that proper installation is just as important as product quality, so you can rest assured we make sure there’s a precise fit. We also provide full cleanup on these jobs, as they tend to create a lot of dust and debris.
Turning a window into a patio door may seem daunting to you as a homeowner. But when you have a qualified professional on your side, you get much-needed peace of mind.