5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Basement Window Installation

Photo of window wells after being constructed.

1. Incorrect Window Sizing:

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when installing basement windows is choosing the wrong window size. It’s crucial to accurately measure the window opening before purchasing a new window. At Dry Basement®, we will take precise measurements that avoids costly mistakes and ensures a proper fit.

2. Poor Waterproofing:

Basements are prone to moisture, so proper waterproofing is essential during window installation. Failing to apply a waterproofing membrane or sealant around the window frame can lead to water leaks and damage over time. Be sure to use appropriate waterproofing materials and techniques to protect your basement from water infiltration that could cause more costly damage to your basement down the line.

3. Inadequate Insulation:

Installing the proper insulation is essential to prevent heat loss and moisture buildup around your basement windows. Neglecting proper insulation during installation can lead to drafts, energy inefficiency, and potential condensation issues. At Dry Basement® we use appropriate insulation materials, such as expanding foam, to fill any gaps between the window frame and the surrounding wall to ensure the proper installation of your basement windows.

4. Ignoring Egress Requirements:

If you’re installing a window in a basement bedroom or living space, it’s important to comply with egress requirements. Since egress windows provide an emergency exit in case of fire or other emergencies, there are strict requirements for when these are installed. At Dry Basement® we are familiar with local building codes and all out egress window installations are completed following the correct requirements.

5. Neglecting Proper Ventilation:

Basements often have limited airflow, which can lead to stagnant air and potential issues like mold and mildew. When installing a basement window, we ensure that it includes the proper ventilation features, such as operable sashes or built-in vents. This helps to improve air circulation and prevents moisture buildup. Ensure your chosen window provides adequate ventilation options for your basement.

Remember, if you’re unsure about any aspect of the basement window installation process, it’s always wise to consult with a professional. We can provide guidance and ensure that the installation is done correctly, avoiding costly mistakes and potential issues down the line.


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. The experts Dry Basement® Foundation Repair can complete a basement window installation that will protect your home.

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