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Structural concerns for new Bay windows

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Posted by: from Toronto
3/20/2009 at 9:35:16 PM

Hi there

I just bought a fixer upper bungalow. I would like to replace the windows, and particularly a large straight window to a bay window. The dimensions are 120 inches by 60 inches. My concern is that the walls are not strong enough to support the pressure of a bay window - the reason I am concerned is because we looked behind the drywall of the wall and did not find any studs. All we can see is concrete and brick (but not double brick construction). We are worried that there might be too much outward pressure on the top bricks due to the weight of the bay window... Are we worried for nothing...is this common in a 1960's home? Any thoughts you have would be great, also thought we might need to have a structural analyst come take a look but unable to locate someone in toronto.

Thanks for you time

T

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time3/21/2009 at 11:45:00 AM

I would call a structure person I would re frame the area. All windows are supposed to be built into an existing structure and you are right this present time it would not be god for a bay window. It could pull the bricks out. Bay window you should have a solid would frame inside and out. Outside you should have a footer poured and make a frame down to it. this way it would it would support the weight.

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Teresa in Toronto
Date/Time4/6/2009 at 2:55:38 PM

Thanks so much Michael. I think I would still like the Bay window, but will make sure I follow your advice. Very much appreciated.

Take Care

T

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time4/6/2009 at 3:07:25 PM

If you need help we do install windows

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Teresa in Toronto
Date/Time4/6/2009 at 3:12:15 PM

Based on the dimensions I gave you can you give me a quote?

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time4/13/2009 at 2:20:42 PM

you would email directly at abbasservice@gmail.com with your name address and phone # so we can speak!

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time4/21/2009 at 6:22:20 PM

When doing a bay window you should have a foundation underneath and a would frame would have to be built to support the wait. you will also need insulation top and bottom you are probably looking around $2500-$3,000 for a job of this nature.

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