Choosing the Best Windows for Basements

Choosing the Best Windows for Basements

If you just bought a house or you’re renovating your property, basement windows can add value to your investment. You can order multi-pane windows that offer extra insulation or special glass that blocks UV rays. Consider making a hopper, awning, slider, or picture window your next project. 

Why Do You Need Basement Windows? 

Adding windows to a basement previously used strictly for storage can turn a dark, rarely visited room into a space brimming with natural light. Even as you convert your basement to a bedroom, living room, or play area, you’re saving on utility bills by relying on natural light over artificial sources. The right basement windows can help with ventilation and temperature regulation too. During warmer months, you can prop open your windows to circulate cool air throughout the basement. When rain storms or winter winds hit, properly sealed windows keep rain and cold air from entering the room, maintaining a warm, comfortable environment.  

Basement windows can also increase your home value. Potential homeowners get the benefits of a finished basement, and you may even be able to count the square footage as part of your overall listing. 

What Are Your Basement Window Replacement Options? 

Basement window options are typically more limited than options for other rooms because you don’t have access to the entire wall. You’ll need small windows that make the most out of the available space.  

Here are some common basement window styles: 

Hopper Windows 

Hopper windows are rectangular windows located near the ceiling so that they can let in as much natural lighting as possible. The window opens from the bottom with a lever, then secures at the top with a latch. Standard hopper windows are 12 to 24 inches tall and 30 to 36 inches wide. 

Awning Windows 

Awning windows open from the bottom to create a slant that whisks rain and snow away from your home like a roof awning, allowing you to enjoy the fresh air in bad weather. Awning and hopper windows both have airtight seals that prevent fog, condensation, mold, and drafty rooms. 

Slider Windows 

Slider windows are rectangular windows with two sections. The window opens with a slider that moves one section to the left or right, inviting fresh air into the basement. You can choose slider windows with one or two moving panes. 

Picture Windows 

Picture windows are typically large windows that provide a wide view of the outdoors. You can’t open picture windows, but they allow more natural light into the basement. Choose from a variety of sizes, colors, and styles that align with modern or traditional architecture. 

Consider windows with a single glass pane for maximum visibility or include a grid for added decoration. Popular grid types include flat, contoured, and simulated divided-lite (SDL). Simulated grids give the appearance of divided glass while making your window easier to clean and maintain. 

What is the Standard Basement Window Size? 

Basement window sizes vary depending on a number of factors. Before you install your new window, you’ll need to measure the height and width of your window’s planned location. The contractor might adjust the measurement to account for the opening mechanism. 

Contact Us to Discuss Your Project Today 

Thompson Creek installs awning, hopper, picture, and custom windows, including energy-efficient options that can help lower your utility bills. Contact us to discuss your basement window replacement options and get a free estimate today.