Examining The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Basement Windows

basement windowIn our previous guide from the series looking at the advantages and disadvantage of the main types of replacement windows, we examined bay windows. In this Windows Price Guide article we will examine and consider the main advantages and disadvantage associated with basement windows, one of the less common types of window replacement.

Basement windows are often replaced more often than standard home windows such as casement or bay windows. The main reason for this is that they are located in the lower part of the house and often sit in a well below the ground level. However, the size, shape and location of basement windows also contributes to their overall advantages and disadvantages. These are outlined below.

The Advantages Of Basement Replacement Windows

Considering the overall advantages of basement windows is easy, they’re installed into often dark and dingy places, so any window installation would be of benefit.

  • Provide good overall ventilation into an otherwise unventilated space
  • Provide a good source of natural light into an otherwise dark space
  • Provide an additional method of escape

Provide Good Ventilation

Basements, if unfurnished, are usually completely unventilated, other than the air which comes in through the doorway. However, the installation of a good basement window can add a method for ventilating the space and allowing natural air to flow in and out.

Product Good Natural Light

Because basements are set below the house they don’t usually have a source of natural light, if you want to convert them into a room then installing a basement window can provide a great source of natural light, making the space feel more homely and open.

Provide An Additional Escape/Exit

Getting out of your home in an emergency is essential and having designated fire escape windows ensures that your home is safe and meets with up to date building regulations. The basement of the home is something often not considered as an escape avenue, however by having a good basement window installed it can provide an additional method of escape should you need it.

The Disadvantages Of Basement Replacement Windows

The main disadvantages of basement windows are not really to do with the design, manufacturer or supplier you buy them from, but more to do with the placement of the window itself. The main disadvantages we’ve identified are shown below:

  • Can provide issues for security
  • Can allow flooding
  • Can cause drafts and heat loss

Provide Issues For Security

Having a window, which opens, installed at such a low-level can provide issues for security which you may need to thin about before having the window installed. Having an opening or sealed window at such a low-level will make it easier for un-authorized entry into your home. That’s why it’s essential you buy a basement window with the best security features fully installed.

Allow Flooding

Usually, if a basement’s going to flood, then it will flood, a window isn’t usually going to stop that. However, a poorly fitted or selected basement window can mean that water gets in more easily, particular if there is a flood outside. Taking measures against flooding is something to speak with your local contractor about when getting your windows priced up.

Cause Drafts & Heat Loss

Like with flooding, if the basement window isn’t measured or installed correctly then it can allow air to move between the inside and outside space, overall massively reducing the energy efficiency of the window – in particular the “AL” or air leakage factor and the U-factor.

The next guide in this series will look at the advantages and disadvantages of one of the most popular types of window replacement, casement windows. Stay tuned!

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