Basement Window Installation 101

Whether you are renovating your basement and are going to install new windows or the windows in your basement need to be replaced – basement window installation is a little more tricky that regular window installation. We want to provide you with all the information you as a homeowner should know about basement window installation.

1. Know when you need to replace your basement windows:

Keeping your basement windows up to date will go a long way to keeping your basement waterproof. If you notice that your basement windows are not shutting completely or there is water leaking in during rainfall, you will want to have them replaced. When condensation appears between glass panes, it means that the windows are leaky and the seal is not tight enough to keep outside air and inside air separated anymore. This is a big deal if your basement is finished and being utilized, because it can get really uncomfortable.

It’s important to understand that significant damage to the frame or the glass of your basement windows is not only a security risk but will also lead to precipitation getting inside, poorer insulation, and vulnerability to pests.

2. Types of basement windows:

You have identified that it is time to replace your basement windows. But, what type of window should you install? There are many options to choose from.

  • Hopper windows are a good choice if your basement is not a functional space for your family. However, hopper windows are never a good choice for egress basement windows due to their limited size and mechanism for opening. The main advantage with this type of basement window is that is can open fully and provides decent ventilation.
  • Awning windows open outwards from the bottom of the window frame. The main advantage of awning windows is they provide good ventilation while also keeping out precipitation. However, because of this mechanism of opening, awning windows are never suitable as egress basement windows as they will not allow for an emergency exit since the glass panel will block an exit.
  • Casement windows have hinges on the side and open outward. They are taller than most basement windows. Casement windows typically aren’t chosen as basement windows unless egress windows are required. For egress basement windows, casement windows are the perfect choice.
  • Sliding windows are a good alternative to casement windows if you need egress basement windows. All you need is the right size of sliding windows that will allow for a safe escape from emergencies. However, compared to casement windows, sliding windows give more limited ventilation since only half of the window frame can be open at any given time.

3. Egress windows and when they are required:

Egress windows are meant to provide an emergency exit for your family through the basements. Egress basement windows are large enough for an adult to pass through in case of fires and similar emergencies.

As a property owner, you are legally required to have an egress basement window if the basement would be used as any type of dwelling place.

Keep Your Basement Dry with New Basement Windows

Upgrading your basement windows is NEVER recommended for DIY because this is a project that can affect the structural integrity of your home.

For more information or to schedule a basement inspection and evaluation, contact Dry Basement to schedule an appointment. We have a large service area covering Kansas City, Des Moines, Columbus, and Wichita. Find out if we can waterproof your basement today!