If you have a basement, you may not pay it much mind on the average day. This is especially true if it’s unfinished, partially finished, or used only for housing a guest bedroom and laundry. However, your basement has some special maintenance needs. Today, let’s take a look at why you may need to replace your basement windows before winter.
If your basement windows haven’t been replaced in many years – or never, as far as you know – they bring a lot of risks with them as winter approaches. Basement windows that rest close to the ground are at risk for water leakage.
As snow begins to fall, it doesn’t always come all at once and stay. Many years, it falls, melts, falls again, and melts once more before finally staying for good. Moreover, it will melt again as the winter passes. All of that snow melt means a lot of tests on whether your windows are waterproof or not.
Old basement windows are liable to leak water, not just when snow is melting entirely, but as the temperature fluctuates daily. Snow that’s resting against your basement window will be the first to melt, as the warmth from the house thaws it. If your basement windows are old and struggling, replace them before winter arrives in full.
Heat Rises, Cold Falls
You probably already know that heat rises and, therefore, cold falls. Taking this into consideration, your basement windows are especially at risk of losing your heat in winter. If your basement is heated like the rest of your home, the heat will rise to the top of the room. Because basement windows typically sit along the ceiling, they’re in the perfect place to leak that hot air if not properly insulated.
Modern windows are made with two panes so that the space between them can be filled with a heavy, transparent gas. This gas, being heavier than air, provides some insulation. As years pass, that gas will slowly leak out, leaving your window without insulation. If your basement’s windows are very old, they’ll leak that hot air out nearly as fast as it fills the room. That means a continually running heater and a hefty electric bill.
Outdated Window Style
We mentioned how modern two-pane windows work, but not all windows are modern. A lot of windows are only made with one pane. Some of them have two panes but aren’t insulated with gas. Outdated window styles are, perhaps, one of the best reasons to replace basement windows before winter. These outdated styles are exceptionally bad at insulating and will cost you an arm and a leg in electric heating costs.
If you live in Toronto, getting new windows is easy. Simply give us a call at Aluplex and let us know you’re in the market for new windows. Whether you replace just the basement windows, or all of the windows in the house, we’re here to help. From the purchasing process to the installation, our team will do everything required to get your windows replaced with ease.