5 Things to Consider When Getting Replacement Windows in the Basement

The basement is not like the rest of the home. Many basements are large but can feel dark and cramped because of a lack of light. Artificial light can help lessen the problems in some ways, but most homeowners find better luck with replacement windows in Oceanside, CA. But because the basement isn’t like the rest of the home, finding the right options can be overwhelming. These are some things to consider when replacing the windows in the basement:

  1. Space Restrictions

The biggest factor in deciding on replacement windows is the type of basement you have. Do you have a full or partial walkout? Or is your basement completely underground? This will largely dictate the type of windows you can choose from. Full walkout basements have few restrictions. But windows are typically belowground require a window well, which means there are space restrictions.

  1. Energy Efficiency

When replacing windows in the upper levels of the house energy efficiency is of top importance, especially when it comes to solar heat gains. But windows in the basement usually have less glass and efficiency isn’t usually a priority. That said, you still want insulation in your basement. This will reduce heating gains and losses so you can save money on your energy bills.

  1. Lighting Conditions

Getting natural light isn’t always a top priority with replacement windows, but it should be. An option to consider is installing awning windows high up on the wall close to the basement ceiling. This is where windows can catch more light and make the basement feel brighter and warmer. And with the latch of awning windows located towards the bottom of the assembly, you can open and close them easier if they are higher on the wall.

  1. Moisture Levels

Excessive moisture in the basement is a common problem and can lead to mold and mildew if not checked. So not only do you want the windows in the basement to seal out unwanted moisture, but you also want to crack the windows for ventilation to let moisture riddled air outside.

  1. Safetyand Security 

For many homeowners, security is a major concern, especially for basement windows that are easy access. For smaller windows, you don’t have to worry about a person climbing through. But for larger windows, you should consider investing in stronger frames and locks as well as laminated glass. This will make the process of breaking in more difficult. You also want to make sure your replacement windows meet modern building codes. For safety you will need egress windows in bedrooms and similar living spaces in the basement.

If you have questions about replacement windows in Oceanside, CA for your basement contact us at (760) 598-6422. The experts at Pelican Replacement Windows can walk you through the different requirements, sizes, and styles for basement windows. We focus on serving the customer first so you can get quality service from initial call to final item of completion. We can help you choose the best options for your home and make your basement a more livable space.

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