Elevate Your Home with Attractive, Functional Basement Windows
When it comes to windows on a home, basement windows may be the most neglected and least considered. Their lowly position at the base of a home sometimes makes them seem an afterthought when it comes to design. But selecting the right basement window is just as vital as selecting any other window in your home.
Both Decorative and Protective
Unlike other windows in your home, a basement window may be called upon to do more than simply keep out the wind, rain and snow. Depending on where you live and the type of land your house is situated on, your basement windows may be the main barrier between you and the elements.
The position of a basement window makes it an important feature of your home. Not only does it have to be decorative and blend in with the rest of your home but also it must be strong enough and made of the right material to withstand the elements. With this in mind, there are many options available when it comes to the material and configuration of basement windows.
Materials and Configuration
In years past, wood and metal were the materials of choice when it came to basement windows, despite the fact that both materials were highly subject to damage and deterioration from water. But these days, vinyl is the most popular material due to its resistance to mold and mildew. In addition, vinyl can create a solid barrier against insects and general damage.
With regard to design, basement windows can offer some of the same features as the more prominently placed windows, with louvers, track windows and vents. But regardless of the type of opening, the best basement windows should open wide enough to allow a good flow of air. Basements generally don’t get a lot of ventilation due to the location of the windows, so windows that can open wide and create a good deal of airflow are ideal.
The Best Designs for Basement Windows
Some of the best designs for basement windows are awning windows (which reduce the amount of leaves and other debris that can block the window), double hung windows and sliding windows. If the windows are flush to the ground, you may want to opt for windows that raise and lower (such as double hung windows) instead of windows that crank outward, since leaves and other debris can block those windows from operating correctly.
Despite the vital job that basement windows perform, they can still blend in with the overall look of your home. A basement window can mimic the look of other more prominent windows and compliment the overall look of your home.
Don’t neglect basement windows when it comes to remodeling your home. Their position on your home may make them seem less significant, but they play an important role in protecting and securing your home.