Generally, basement windows are not known to be aesthetically pleasing, but that does not mean they need to scare your guests away! Windows can turn your basement from a storage room to an additional living space. Learn all you need to know before letting the light shine in your once dark, unlivable basement.
Basement Window Considerations
Improper installation can cause serious issues for your home. Make sure you discuss these three elements with a professional before choosing your basement windows.
It is all too common for basements to flood. This can cause a lot of hassle, money, and even lead to mold. Therefore, it becomes imperative that your windows are installed with a tight seal and do not let in water.
When you install windows in the basement, you do not want to worry about a burglar breaking in! There are different approaches to avoid a break in such as glass bricks, a window lock, or installing a cross brace. The extra precautions can give you and your family peace at mind.
The same thing you learned in elementary still applies…heat rises. So it makes sense that the basement is the coldest room in the house, and improper window installation can increase the cold air that circulates in your basement.
Different Basement Windows
There are four major window styles specific to basement windows. Talk to your professional to choose the right option for your home.
A hopper window is a simple window unit that has a hinge that can be tilted inward or outward. The design is complete with a strong frame and screen on the outside of the window. Generally, the window is wide and short.
Like a typical sliding door, a slider window opens by sliding one side over. Sliding windows are usually expensive and larger.
Casement windows typically are in basements that show more of the basement above ground. They are taller than wide, and open outwards.
Awning windows swing open from the bottom, and the screens are placed inside the window frame. This is generally the most expensive option and they are used for larger basements.
Now that you know what style and considerations to look out for, talk to your experts at Glass Express about your basement window options.