Basement windows are unlike most other windows because of their position in your Long Island home and the environment with which they have to contend. Because they are close to the ground, basement windows may be frequently exposed to standing snow or even standing water. These windows must be especially weather resistant and also energy efficient. The following tips can help you choose the right replacement basement windows for your home.
Choose the Right Type of Replacement Window for Your Basement
Depending upon the construction of your basement, you can choose a few different styles of replacement windows for your basement. Many homeowners opt for awning-type windows for these spaces. These windows are easy to open from inside high on a wall, which is convenient if the windows are near the basement ceiling. Sliding windows are more common in basements that are more elevated above the ground and don’t have to content with standing snow or leaves.
Prioritize Energy Efficiency in Your Window Selection
Most important of all to remember is that your windows must be energy efficient in order to maintain a comfortable environment inside. Unfinished basements generally don’t have heat sources like the other living areas of your home (although if your furnace is in the basement, this may provide some indirect heat. Basements must also overcome other challenges in order to become appropriate living spaces. Moisture intrusion is a constant threat in any finished basement. Your basement windows must therefore be designed to seal fully and prevent all drafts, moisture and energy exchanges. Your windows must also be capable of withstanding regular exposure to water, from snow to ice, rain and pooling water.
When selecting windows for your finished basement, install products that are made from material that will not rot or degrade due to exposure to water. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s windows have frames made from Fibrex, a composite material designed to withstand years of exposure to moisture. Our engineered windows are made from a combination of recycled wood pulp and thermoplastic polymer, so they need little maintenance and do not degrade when exposed to moisture.
Choose Your Replacement Window Installer Carefully
Most important of all is to choose a window installer who is familiar with the local building codes in your area as they relate to egress windows. This helps ensure that your finished basement is safe for the people in your household, and that you will have the benefit of knowing that your basement will be properly designed. When you sell your home, this information will be especially important. Home buyers expect the property that they purchase to be safe and compliant with local building codes.
Ready to Install Basement Windows? Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island
Windows made by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island are perfect for finished basements in a variety of ways. First, our windows are designed to last for decades even in difficult conditions. We provide one of the best warranties in the business for this reason. Second, we know how to install windows in your finished basement so that the work is done properly. To make an appointment for a free consultation, contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. To reach us, use the toll free number 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the form on this page.
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