By following the best framing techniques when installing windows in the home, you can save time and money. Framing takes up a good part of your lumber costs; if done incorrectly, it can lead to expensive mistakes and rework. Fortunately, there's a better way to frame windows than the conventional method.
If we use what's known as optimum value engineering, we can frame windows using fewer studs. This method lets us keep the structural support of the window frame, increases its performance, and creates a better shield from cold and heat.
The average home loses 25 percent of its heat through windows. By using optimum value engineering, we can reduce the loss of heat and save one stud per window frame.
Here's how you do it:
The common way of building a window frame is to use what are called "jack studs" in addition to the cripple studs. These additional studs take up more space, reducing the area where insulation can be placed. The jack studs also add to the overall cost because of the extra lumber involved. This may not seem like a big concern, but the cost savings and added insulation value can be significant depending on the number of windows in the home.
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