Basement Replacement Window Tips

One thing to keep in mind when choosing basement replacement windows is increasing the value of your home. They should be pleasing to the eye but also need to resistant to water leaks, and energy efficient. This is an area of the home that when doing home improvements should not be skimped on. To have the job done right you should hire a reputable, qualified contractor that has the experience with this type of work. You should hire a home improvement contractor that specializes in window replacement or with window replacement contractor.

This contract specialist should be able to give the homeowner advice on which is the best replacement windows for the basement. Check out several contractors before you make your choice which to hire. Get and estimate from each one so you can compare to see which one to choose. If you have had family or friends who have had basement replacement windows installed find out what they thought of the contractor who did the job. If they give them excellent references, you should check the out to see what they charge in comparison to the other bids you have.

Do not immediately settle for double glazed windows but consider all the options. Depending on the structure of the basement, using double pained windows are just one form of energy efficient windows to choose from. Two other options to consider are thermal or fiberglass. Using energy efficient windows will help to block the heat and sun from much of the interior in the summer and in the winter, it will help to keep the cold and wind outside while the inside is warm.

If you have money in the budget, you could replace the smaller windows with larger windows, which will help to improve the value of the home as long waterproof and energy efficient. Getting bigger replacement windows for the basement can give the area more light so it will not have a dingy dark appearance. In case of a ground water leak, they need to be totally watertight. One type of basement replacement window that can help prevent leakage into the basement is windows that have a drainage system that is built in.

If you decide to replace the windows yourself, you have to take accurate measurements so the replacement windows are not too large or too small. If the windows do not fit correctly, you can have heat leaking out and increase your utility bill along with the possibility of leaking windows. It can save you money to do the replacement yourself but if it is not done correctly, it could cost more if you have to hire a professional window replacement specialist to correct your mistakes and put in the windows correctly.

Home Buyer Beware — Windows that Leak

The number one housing defect is water intrusion. The number one entry path for water is around things that penetrate the exterior walls. Let’s talk about windows.

Most houses are built today with vinyl windows. Don’t get me wrong – vinyl windows are great products. They are energy efficient, relatively inexpensive, recyclable, and require little maintenance. But vinyl windows have some inherent problems that must be correctly addressed during installation.

Installation Damage

20% of new windows may leak because of damage that occurs when the window is handled and installed. Unfortunately, you can’t see this damage. Vinyl windows are especially vulnerable because the corners of the window frame are “fused” together on many brands. During shipping, handling, or installation, the seal at the corner can break.

Improper Installation

We used to slam new windows into houses with little regard for water intrusion other than squirting some caulking around it. Have you ever looked closely at a typical vinyl window? A fin extends from the edge of the frame all around the perimeter. This fin extends over the edge of the opening in the wall. But it’s not very wide. On most windows the fin is less than 1-1/2 inches wide, with holes in it for fastening. So it is really a mounting flange. It is not really sealing out much moisture.

Water can travel horizontally where building wrap, siding, and flashing overlap vertically on a wall. Therefore, you need wide flashing to prevent leaks.

The window industry has come up with the solution: a more stringent installation standard for the person installing the window. The new standard says you must flash around the window when it is installed, using specific steps.

The flashing must be at least nine inches wide and sealed to the window fin on the top, bottom and sides. The idea is to create a nine-inch-wide waterproof flashing around the window.

In addition, the flashing at the bottom of the window extends into the rough opening to protect the framing and finish materials inside, should the window frame leak. Ideally, a sill pan should be installed at the bottom.