What to Think About When Getting Replacement Windows for the Basement
Do not overlook the importance of windows in your basement. They can be a welcome source of light and ventilation in an otherwise dark area of the home. They also provide an exit in case of an emergency. Not all window styles and materials are right for windows in the basement though. So here are a few things to consider if you need basement replacement windows in Alamo, CA:
1. Layout and Space Restrictions
When choosing replacement windows you always need to think about the availability of space. Single hung and double hung windows are good for ventilation, but the styles are taller and may not be suitable for basement walls. Casement windows are another option homeowners love for light and ventilation, but there may not be enough space to accommodate the outswing. Wider, rectangular windows tend to work best. That is why you see a lot of awning and horizontal sliding windows in the basement.
2. Lighting Conditions
Basements are typically lacking in natural light, especially full basements. One solution is to place windows higher up on the wall, closer to the basement ceiling. This will allow in more light, and depending on the window style, can also provide ventilation. If you are fortunate enough to have a partial or full walkout basement you will have more options for window styles that let in more light.
3. Moisture Levels
Most basements tend to be more cloying and retain a high moisture level. And excessive moisture in the basement can quickly become a major concern that can lead to mildew, mold, and water damage. This is why it is important for replacement windows in the basement to seal out the elements on bad weather days and provide circulation when weather is fair.
4. Insulation and Energy Efficiency
Though you might not spend an excessive amount of time in your basement you still do not want to have excessive heat gains and losses. This can impact your heating and cooling costs. Fortunately, there are a lot of glazing technologies like gas fills and special coatings you can choose that will improve the efficiency of your new windows and keep your basement comfortable.
5. Safety and Security
If you are replacing windows in the basement in areas that are considered to be “living spaces” you will want to understand building codes regarding egress windows. These have specific size and operating requirements to provide an escape during an emergency. Not all basement windows need to be egress windows, but it is important to make sure you meet proper building codes.
For more information about replacement windows in Alamo, CA for the basement contact the experts at Quality Windows & Doors, Inc. You can reach us at (925) 484-1747 to set up a consultation or visit our storefront at 3732 Stanley Blvd. Ste. B, Pleasanton, CA 94566. We can help you navigate the different products and help you find the best new windows to use in your basement.