5 Things To Know Before Replacing Basement Windows

Jun 15, 2021

While you may not think of the basement as being the brightest room in your house, basement windows make a big impact on the amount of light that comes in, your home’s energy efficiency, and the overall look and feel of the space. Sometimes, basement windows need to be replaced, whether for functional reasons or for looks. Are you considering having new windows installed? Here are five things to know before replacing basement windows.

Signs it’s time to replace your basement windows

Before we talk about what you should know, how can you tell if your windows need to be replaced to begin with? There are several signs to pay attention to. First, have you noticed higher than normal utility bills? This may be a sign your windows are letting air in and making your HVAC system work overtime. Check your windows for cracks, gaps, and poor installation. If there’s condensation in your windows, the seal locking in the gas between the panes has broken and is letting in air and moisture. If there’s mildew or mold near the window, it could mean moisture is getting inside. You should also consider replacing windows that have damaged frames or don’t open easily.

What else do you need to know? Let’s discuss.

1. Know your goals for basement window replacement

Knowing your goals will help you determine which window material and style best fit your needs. If you’re looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency, windows with low-e (low-emissivity) coating are a good choice, as the coating helps block out ultraviolet light, infrared light and the sun’s heat. Also look for windows with an ENERGY Star. If you want to reduce the amount of noise coming into your basement from outside, consider windows with multiple panes of glass. Additionally, knowing whether you want a modern-looking basement or something more traditional can help you choose between different window materials and styles.

Understand the benefits of basement window replacement

Before replacing your basement windows, consider which benefits are most important to you. This will help guide your replacement window selection.

2. Know which material you want for your windows

Basement windows come in several different materials, with the most popular being vinyl, fiberglass and wood. Vinyl windows are typically less expensive than fiberglass or wood windows. They’re energy-efficient, easy to install and maintain, and are great at reducing the amount of noise that comes in from outside. Vinyl windows also come in a variety of colors, which is helpful since you can’t paint them.

Fiberglass windows are usually more expensive than vinyl windows, but they typically last longer, too. They’re also energy-efficient, durable, and can withstand harsh temperatures. Fiberglass windows can be painted to help you achieve a specific look and feel for your basement, and are lower maintenance than wood windows.

Wood windows can be painted or stained, making them a versatile option. They’re well insulated and offer a classic, more natural look. However, wood windows are higher maintenance than vinyl and fiberglass windows.

Which material is best?

The best material for your basement windows depends on what’s most important to you. Appearance, price, and maintenance can all affect your decision.

3. Know which type of window you want

You have several options when selecting a basement window style. If your basement is mainly used for storage, a simple window rather than a fancy one may make more sense. If your basement is used as a living space, a more stylish window can help you achieve a specific look for the room. Depending on the way your basement is built, you may also be required to have egress windows. Other window options include sliding windows, awning windows, and potentially even casement windows if part of your basement is above ground. Take a look at different styles and decide which works best for your basement before scheduling basement window replacement.

4. Know how to measure basement windows for replacement

There’s no standard basement window size, so you’ll want to measure your current windows to find out what size custom windows you need. If the frame needs to be replaced, measure the width and the height of the frame. If the frame is in good condition and you don’t need it replaced, measure the width and height of the window’s glass. To measure the window’s depth, measure from the exterior part of the frame to the interior.

5. Know what costs to expect

When planning basement window replacement, it’s helpful to have an idea of what the cost will be. Prices vary depending on the type of window, size of window, number of glass panes the window has, number of windows being replaced, and the cost of labor. You can typically expect to pay about $1,000 to $8,000 for basement window replacement depending on those factors.

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Bonus: Know your options and hire the right window company

While you could attempt replacing the windows by yourself, you’ll save a great deal of time and energy by hiring a professional window company instead. Plus, you can feel confident that the replacement windows are properly installed and will last for years to come. Take time to find a window company that’s properly trained, uses quality products, and offers helpful service.

Why McCloud Windows is the best choice

When you choose McCloud Windows, you can expect high-quality work performed by factory-certified window installers with the proper knowledge and experience for a job well done. We use value-driven products that are locally made and custom built for a perfect fit. With McCloud Windows, you’ll be treated like family and can always expect exceptional customer service.

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