Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.
STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.
SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.
BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.
CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.
BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.
Basement replacement windows may not seem like a big deal, but they really are. As a matter of fact, they are just as important to replace as the windows throughout the rest of your home.
The reason why these wood or aluminum replacement windows are just as important as those in the rest of your home is that they deal with such elements as water. You don't want to be dealing with an incredible downpour and the water start coming into your basement. This results in a musty smell and can lead to mold and other issues. You need your basement to be dry.
Another reason why you want to take a look at basement replacement windows is because one bad window is going to be a doorway for pests and rodents. If you are not aware that you have a window or two needing replacement, yet you notice rodents and insects coming in more than usual, that may be your sign that you need to do something.
As for why this very important element of your basement tends to be the most overlooked and replacement seems to happen less frequently is because the area is not lived in. They are easily forgotten until something goes wrong and usually that something has been around for a while before it's discovered.
Some individuals are not aware of when to consider basement replacement windows. They may mull over it for a while, but there are some things that you should be able to do that, if replacement is needed, isn't going to work right. For instance, you know that you need basement replacement windows if an existing window or two won't open. Another sign is damage to the frame.
You also want to look for mildew. Mildew means that there has been water coming through, so there is a leak. No water should be coming through. Each window is made to close tightly. If water is coming through, there may be cracks in the frame or the window is not closing properly.
Termite damage is another symptom that your basement windows need replaced. Termites love wood, so they are going to eat what they can find. They are going to love the wood window frame because they enter homes through their foundations and they will encounter your windows.
There are different replacement options. You can find basement replacement windows in different materials and styles. You will want to go with what matches your home. For instance, you can choose a horizontal sliding widow or what is called a "hung window." You can even choose something like a skylight window. There are many options, so you are not stuck for only one option for your basement replacement windows.
As for why you want basement replacement windows, the reasons are simple. First, replacement windows are very durable. When cleaned and maintained appropriately, which is easy, you should be able to keep your basement dry and pests out for quite some time. As a matter of fact, there is no reason why you should have to replace another window in your basement for your lifetime.
There are also some things that you want to look for when shopping for your basement replacement windows. First, you want to look at the sealer that is used because you want to keep out water. The sealer is going to be a good sealer for the fact that it is going to have to stay in place for a long time and stand up to rain and melting snow.
You also want to look at a lock and what kind of locking device is being used. Strength of the lock is also a factor because you don't want anyone trying to break into your home through the window, which brings about the size. The size should meet what is called the international residential code, which should not be a problem.
Lastly, you will need to check with your local building codes to make sure the window complies. The window must be a certain size because if you were in a situation where you had to escape through one of those windows, it needs to be large enough. Residents should be able to escape, while firefighters should be able to get in if they need to.
So look for the signs so that you know whether or not you need basement replacement windows. By replacing each faulty window, you are keeping out the musty smell that can result for dampness. Furthermore, you are able to make sure that the dampness doesn't move into the living quarters of your home. This could cause mold problems and so much more. The good news is that this can be prevented by simply replacing each compromised window.