A Simple Guide to Basement Window Replacement

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Is it time to replace your basement windows? If so, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to go over the ABCs of basement window replacement. From operating styles to aesthetic options to installation tips, let’s learn how to replace basement windows.


How to Prepare for Basement Window Replacement

There are several factors you must consider when replacing your basement windows. But don’t be intimidated: As long as you follow some simple planning steps, your window replacement will go off without a hitch.


Measure Your Basement Windows

You want to be sure that your basement window replacement inserts will fit in the existing space, so be certain to measure your current windows. If you’re doing the replacement yourself, simply use a tape measure to get accurate basement window sizes.

Select Your Window Style

Many homeowners use a hopper window or awning windows in their basements. A hopper window is similar to an awning window in that it opens at the top; however, a hopper window opens into the interior, not the exterior. These windows are popular because they allow fresh air into your space.

Of course, you do not have to choose a hopper window or awning window. Horizontal sliders and casements also work well as basement window replacements. As always, you should always use a window that fits the current opening, unless you want to pay a little bit more to have the opening fitted for a different type of window.

Gather the Tools You’ll Need

To prepare for this project, make sure you have the proper tools. To install your basement windows, you will need a variety of tools, including – but not necessarily limited to – the following: safety glasses, caulk, measuring tape, a screwdriver, a putty knife, and a hammer.

Clean and Prep Your Basement

When it comes time to begin the basement window replacement, remember that safety always comes first. Make certain that the area around the windows is free of any debris or assorted items. You don’t want to step off a ladder and trip, causing an injury to yourself or others.

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How to Install a Basement Window

How do you replace your basement windows? If you choose to do it yourself – and we explain below why that’s not always the best choice – you should be prepared. Before you begin, check to make sure you have the proper tools, give yourself enough time, and be certain that the basement area has been prepared.

Now, regarding the basement window replacement itself, your new window should have come with a pamphlet on how to install it, so you’ll want to consult that information. Then, to protect against wind, rain, or other elements, insert basement window replacements one by one. In other words, don’t take all the old windows out before beginning the installation of the new ones. That way, if you do have any issues getting the first window in correctly, you won’t have to worry about all those holes in your basement as you work to rectify the situation. 


DIY Basement Window Replacement vs. Hiring a Professional

This is the age-old question: Should I do it myself or hire a professional? It all depends on how confident you are in your abilities to do the job correctly. If you have any doubt whatsoever, you should contact a professional window installation company. 

Window installations can be tricky, and the slightest mistake could affect your window’s energy performance or enable forced entry. Sometimes paying a little bit more for a window installation expert is worth the money – and peace of mind – that you will save overall.


Basement Window Replacement Costs

The cost of your window replacement job can vary depending on various factors, like the type of window you are installing, its energy-efficient and aesthetic upgrades (if any), the number of windows you’re installing, and so on. Shop around with various dealers and installation companies to find one that will work within your budget.


Choosing the Best Replacement Window for Your Basement

There are so many options today when it comes to your basement window replacements. You could always replace them with the same type of window that is currently in the basement. 

If you choose this route, it’s advisable to find a window that has a greater energy performance than your current model, since the fenestration industry has greatly improved its products’ energy efficiency in the past few decades.

On the other hand, if you choose a new type of window, remember that this decision could slightly increase your project’s cost and timetable. The installers will have to do some additional work to fit the new window in the opening, and this will likely affect the cost of your installation.


Discover the Benefits of Basement Windows From Milgard

Although a lot of time and energy goes into studying, researching, and installing your new windows, once they are in place, it will all be worth it. Having the benefits of air ventilation, natural light, and improved energy efficiency in your basement will make it a more enjoyable space. Plus, it will enhance your home’s resale value when you are ready to move.

Milgard makes high-quality, durable basement window replacements for any project. Take a look at our wide range of windows to see what might fit in your basement space. Then connect with a dealer to make your project a reality. 

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