Posted on September 14, 2018
When it comes to window replacement in the Twin Cities, no one really thinks about basement windows.
It's understandable. Basement windows are small and easy to overlook. But even though basement windows aren't all that big, they do play a large role in energy efficiency, security, aesthetics, and other surprising ways.
With that in mind, let's look at 5 benefits of basement window replacement in the Twin Cities.
Let's be honest — your home probably still has its original basement windows. If not, the windows are likely very, very old.
This is a problem. Old basement windows are almost undoubtedly littered with cracks and gaps around the frame. As a result, your basement windows let out warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer — the exact thing you DON'T want them doing.
During the warm months, gaps and cracks also allow in moisture that can cause your basement to become humid and damp. This can cause water damage and mold growth.
When you replace your basement windows, you prevent cracks and gaps that cause unwanted temperatures, excess humidity, and harmful mold.
You might not think your basement windows affect your energy bills, but they do.
As mentioned in #1, old basement windows that leak will allow unwanted air to seep into your basement. In the summer, the heat penetrates your basement windows and filters into the rest of your home. In the winter, the same thing happens, except it's the frigid Twin Cities air.
Today's replacement basement windows have made great strides in energy efficiency. From multiple glass panes to insulated frames, a quality replacement basement window has all of the components you need to retain the energy inside your home…while keeping unwanted energy outdoors.
Old basement windows are a potential weak spot in your home for break-ins. Since basement windows are at ground level, they are easy to reach. If your basement windows are worn, thin, and no longer lock tightly, they are essentially holding up a big red sign that says "Break into me!"
Modern replacement basement windows come with excellent security features. These include heavy-duty locks, stout frames, and multiple panes of glass in the frame. All of these components make break-ins much more difficult and deter would-be intruders.
Let's face it—if your basement isn't getting good airflow, it can lead to some funky smells. If your current basement windows have been around since the Reagan administration, they likely don't open as well as they used to—if they do at all. As a result, it can be difficult to get rid of the musty, unpleasant odors that can permeate your basement.
New basement windows will operate smoothly, allowing you to open them for excellent ventilation with ease. This allows a refreshing outdoor breeze into your basement, while helping to prevent unpleasant odors that can build up when your basement remains unventilated for too long.
When it comes to improving their homes' curb appeal, many homeowners don't think about replacing their basement windows. But in reality, beautiful new basement windows can add to the look of your home substantially…especially if your current basement windows are looking worse for wear.
A great thing about basement windows is that they come in many styles. Due to space and size, hopper windows (rectangular windows that open inward from the top edge of the sash) are the most common in basements. That said, double hung windows, sliding windows, and even custom windows can be used depending on the home.
If you need to replace your basement windows in the Twin Cities area, request one of our famous Online Quotes. Simply fill out the form on the quote page, or give us a call. Either way, we can collect all the info we need from you in about 5 to 10 minutes. After that, we'll follow up with a firm and accurate emailed quote within 1 business day.
It's really that simple. There is no in-home appointment. There is no sales pitch. And there certainly is no pressure. We'll give you the quote, answer any and all of your questions, and then step back to let YOU decide how to proceed.