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Why Do I Need to Replace Basement Windows?

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New basement windows are a perfect way to add more light and some fresh air into your basement. It is not something new, not even a trend, but basement windows can be your lifesavers if something goes wrong and good friends in everyday life. Today we will learn more about our basement, or egress, windows, how much they cost, how to install them, and much more!

 

How much will it cost me to change basement windows?

 

Basement windows are the smallest windows in the house, that’s why their cost is not as high as you expected. Of course, everything depends on the company from which you order them. During your initial consultation online or by phone you will be offered several variants from which you can choose. 

 

The process for basement windows starts from 199$ but they can cost less if you have a coupon, a discount, or a special offer, or more, if you have a hard area to install them or if you have chosen expensive materials. Anyway, it is better to call us NOW or leave your number online. so we can tell you the exact information you need.

 

How do I install or replace basement windows?

 

Imagine that you are building a new home. In this case, the process of basement window installation is easier than ever. You just need to trust us and enjoy your free time while we are getting the job done.

  1. Call us or leave your number online to get precise consultation about basement windows sizes, materials, types, or anything you want to know! Don`t be afraid to ask questions, our professionals are not only good at their job but also very friendly.
  2. When you are satisfied with our deal we come to your place to make the measurements, talk about warranty, price and finally feel the agreement. We double-check our measurements to ensure a perfect fit for your new windows.
  3. We check with you to set the most suitable day for your new basement windows installment. On that day our certified and fully equipped professionals come to your house, install basement windows, do the cleanup and leave you fully satisfied so you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in your basement. 

 

If we are talking about the replacement of basement windows the process is a little bit harder since first we need to uninstall old window frames and only after that place new ones. However, the steps are as follows:

  1. Consultation. Again, you can call us or leave your phone, so we can discuss all the necessary details.
  2. Measurement. We need to be absolutely sure that your new window will keep you warm in the winter and not that hot in the summer, so we double or even triple-check our measurements before basement windows installation.
  3. Removing. Here comes an extra step. But do not worry. Our specialists are great at dismantling too. The best installers will make sure to provide the best service in the town.
  4. Installation. The last, yet the most important step. We are working as fast as we can to provide minimum discomfort for you. We change one window at a time, if you need multiple repairs, so the temperature will be normal for you. Long story short — just making all we can to have another satisfied customer on our account.

See? Changing or installing egress basement windows is not that hard! Modern world offers us thousands of possibilities to make our lives better and service even more professional and satisfying. 

 

Basement windows types and typical sizes

The windows for the basement have many options and their type and size mostly depend on your personal needs. There are a lot of types of basement windows based on the way they open:

  • Single, double, or end vent sliding basement windows. The most popular choice with horizontal sliding which is ideal for short windows.
  • Single (or double) hung basement windows. Perfect variant if you have almost no place to place a window. Uses vertical sliding for tall and narrow windows. The double-hung option presupposes that both window sections can slide vertically                 which makes such a type of window very easy to clean.
  • Awning basement windows. Opens outside and slightly reminds a tiny cat door. The only problem is that it needs more space to be opened.
  • Hopper basement windows. The Hopper window hinges at the bottom and opens to the interior of your home. Not a popular variant and a very strange interior design decision.
  • Casement basement windows. Almost like an awning, but opens on the side, aka a normal window but not as high as a normal window. Despite the funny rhyme in the name, it is a very good variant for those with a walkout basement. It is also good for unexpected situations like fire for example since it is usually made large enough for a human to fit.
  • Fixed basement window. The name speaks for itself. Just a normal window that can not be opened. Yet it delivers the maximum performance.

 

We are sure that you have found this list absolutely fascinating and interesting. What is even more intriguing is the size of basement windows which should correspond to the building code.

  • 76,2 cm (or 30“) x 17, 78 cm (or 7“)
  • 71,75 cm (or 28 1/4“) x 24,13 cm (or 9 1/2“)

Actually, it depends. You can choose the size of your basement window yourself so it will be custom-made especially for you later. Yet, normally, the width stays the same, while the height can be changed, depending on the type and use of your basement. 

 

Features of basement windows and its materials

It is necessary to clean and wash the glass regularly since any contamination of its surface leads to a 60% obstruction of sunlight. In addition, the presence of white profiles and slopes made will reflect a large amount of natural light.

 

Windows, niches, pits, and other types of windows must be provided at the stage of building construction. Additionally, it is recommended to make protective visors from the effects of precipitation. For such purposes, the use of polycarbonate will be optimal, which reliably protects the pit and is easily washed off with water for cleaning.

 

The windows in the basement are made low, about 20 cm above the ground, so it is quite difficult for them to withstand high humidity. The process of arranging windows in the basement should include the choice of materials of such moisture resistance that the operation is long and trouble-free.

 

Thus, wood in its usual form is definitely not suitable – in hot weather, it will shrink, and in cold weather, it will swell from moisture and freeze in an expanded form. Structures impregnated with special compositions with the expectation of such loads are needed.

 

Plastic windows can be a good choice in this case. The PVC profile that the structures are made of is quite large. But it is this execution of window openings that is most popular. PVC window structures can increase the luminous flux by 15% without losing thermal properties and rigidity. The use of this material is recommended in the case of a basement half underground.

 

The windows must have a ventilation system and sashes that can be slightly opened so that condensation does not accumulate on walls and other surfaces in the room. Where the opening is in contact with the wall, additional insulation and protection from water are necessary. In most cases, installers use polyurethane foam for these purposes.

 

Another option is aluminum. Aluminum structures for the basement are not usually used, the only exception is an unheated basement with a boiler room or a warehouse. Even in the cellar, it is necessary to maintain a certain temperature, therefore aluminum will not work.

 

If the base is residential and used, then aluminum is not able to provide the necessary protection from the cold. Such designs are much cheaper than plastic but better than them in terms of thermal insulation. There are many options for aluminum basement windows to suit every taste and need.

 

Bottom line

Today we discussed basement windows or, as they are also called egress basement windows. They have various purposes, from simply adding some natural light into the basement to saving you from a fire, so you can use them as an emergency exit. 

 

We now also know that basement windows can be made from different materials, such as plastic, aluminum, and wood. However, the last two are rarely used due to the fact that they are bad at thermoregulating a room. Basement windows are also open in different ways and their types depend on the way they open. Despite the type, material, and complexity of the work you offer us we can do anything. Your imagination and building code are the only limits!

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