What needs to be considered when choosing basement windows?
choosing windows for a basement conversion, you need to think about what you would for
any glazing installation, plus the functionality of the basement
itself. Primary considerations need to be:
expected humidity of the room.
the basement will be used for (to ascertain if extra ventilation
will be needed or not).
much light you need to gain access to, which will determine the size
of the window.
insulated you will need your glazing to be (street noise will be a
will naturally play a major role.
the windows need to offer extra access?
certain types of windows better for basements?
to being below ground level, you will want to choose basement windows
that are less likely to rust or rot, which is why uPVC styles are
frequently selected. They are also modular, making them easier to
install, even in a difficult location and you can specify the style
of glazing you need easily. You will normally find that egress
windows are uPVC, so that they will function perfectly in an
Plastic windows can be created in any style that you like, including sliding, sash or
even hopper, which means that you will be able to tie your new
windows into the style of your façade easily and cohesively. You can
also specify certain colours for plastic windows, so don’t think
that white is your only option.
is definitely a material to avoid, as any moisture will affect the
frames of your window and could result in your glass becoming loose.
Wood also needs a lot of maintenance.
is actually a viable option, as you will find that fibreglass needs
little care, isn’t affected by moisture or weather conditions and
offers a beautiful aesthetic. The only downside is that this can be
an expensive option.
Though cost-effective, aluminium windows have a tendency to allow
heat to escape and in a basement, this is NOT what you want!
undertake a basement window replacement?
you have converted the basement or simply want to improve the
functionality of your space, better windows really are a must. Let’s
not forget that it can be difficult to draw natural light into a
belowground area, but there are a host of fantastic solutions to
potentially take advantage of, such as light wells or glass block
aesthetics aren’t your main concern, you might still consider
replacing your existing basement windows if they aren’t as energy
efficient as you would like. It’s important to trap light and heat
in your lower levels, so don’t underestimate the importance of
to decorate and maintain basement windows.
assume that just because your basement windows are subterranean that
they won’t need maintaining or decorating as any other glazing
units would! There are a host of fantastic ideas for keeping your
basement windows in tip-top condition and looking special, but you
also need to think about the location of your house, in terms of how
much privacy you might need. After all, a basement conversion on a
busy street could easily be peered into by passers-by, if you don’t
have the right window dressings in place!
basement windows can be dressed with curtains, shutters or blinds,
like any glazing up on higher levels, but be sure to choose styles
that will suit the rest of the space and those that can be easily
adapted to let light in, when you want it. Blackout blinds and
curtains are particularly effective for when you want to totally
block out the outside world. Don’t
forget to think about how your chosen window dressings will look,
from the outside. You need to maintain a decorative cohesion with
your upper floors.
windows will need cleaning thoroughly, so be sure to add them to your
chores list. Dirty glass will prevent sunlight from entering the
space and negate all your efforts. If you have a window cleaner already, it won’t cost you much more to have them include your new
basement windows as well.