When you are researching options for a new window installation, it’s important to consider your basement windows as well as the rest of your home. Old basement windows can be rusted, rotted, dirty, or drafty, which means they aren’t doing their job very well. Whether or not you are using your basement as a finished space, you can choose a great option for your new basement windows that will keep your basement secure, well insulated, and dry.
Styles of Windows for Your Basement
Whether or not you are planning for your basement to be a finished living space, there are different styles of windows to choose from. Some of the most popular options for new windows in the basement include:
- Casement Windows
Casement windows are probably the most energy efficient windows, especially in the basement. They have an airtight seal against the frame. Casement windows are also great for ventilation.
- Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are ideal for privacy and security. They are much heavier and have the option of vents, and are excellent for regions where there are cold winters.
- Slider Windows
Because of how easy slider windows are to operate, they can work very well in hard to reach areas in the basement if the need for greater ventilation is a concern.
What to Consider in New Windows for Your Basement
Basement windows can be a welcome source of light in a dark space. There are several things to look for when replacing your basement windows.
The windows you choose should be easy to clean, able to lock out exterior moisture, and should be energy efficient. Some contractors recommend triple-paned windows for the basement, which are the most energy efficient.
Heat is often lost through basement windows, and insulated glass will reduce that loss of heat.
- Exact Fit
It is crucial that you have an exact fit for your basement windows. A poorly fitted window will allow moisture and air to enter your home. If there are any gaps, they need to be filled with caulking.
What to Avoid in New Windows for Your Basement
There are some windows that are not recommended for basement installation. Many contractors have seen some of the damage that a bad window in the basement can bring. Some of the windows to avoid are:
- Steel Windows
Steel windows are usually single pane glass with a steel sash. They are very inexpensive, but have a short lifespan, can rust in place, and are not energy efficient, which will make your basement much colder than necessary during the winter months, aside from steel windows being a bad investment overall.
- Wood-Framed Windows
A wood-framed basement window usually has a painted frame and holds one or more panes of glass. Some are operable, and some are fixed. These windows have a short lifespan due to their exposure to water, mud, and humidity. They are much more susceptible to rot, mold, and pest damage. Even if your windows are able to avoid damage, wood-framed windows in the basement are high maintenance and will need repainting every few years.
- Old-fashioned window wells
- Old-fashioned window wells are typically made of aluminum or steel. They are installed in a half-oval shape that encloses the basement window. These window wells can fill with dirt, leaves, debris, rainwater, and snow. As the debris builds up, weeds may grow in the window wells. These wells rust and deteriorate quickly and look very unattractive, both inside and out.
Choosing new windows for your basement can be overwhelming, but window contractors are there to help you. When you are ready to discuss your window installation project, speaking with an experienced company can get you on the right track to a successful project. Our team is here to help. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for a virtual appointment to discuss your options for new basement windows.