Adding a window light box to a dark room in your home may the perfect solution to illuminate the poorly lit space. Basements, particularly in northern homes can be dark and dingy due to the tiny windows just above ground level. The same can be true for attics that have been converted into a living spaces or toy room for the kids. Sometimes it is all but impossible to add a real window due to structural constraints. If there are few or no windows in the space, installing a window light box can provide the feeling of natural light entering the room. Read more
Is your basement dark and dingy? Do you feel a little claustrophobic when you spend time downstairs in a room without windows? The solution may the installation of a fake basement window. There are several different approaches you can take for this. You can mount an old window frame with a backlit image or simply install an instant decal like those found at Fathead.com Read more
If you need to replace your old, single-pane basement windows consider upgrading to Glass Block windows. Glass Blocks are weather-tight, maintenance-free, and are very energy efficient. With an R-Value of up to 2.0 glass blocks will help to keep your basement warm in the winter, an important consideration for those of us living in Illinois and other northern states.
Follow These Basement Window Installation Tips
Clear the Window Opening
Remove the old window being careful not to break the glass to avoid injury. Using a pry-bar or wrecking bar remove the old window jamb. You may need to use a saw to cut the wood at the four corners for a clean demo. Remove the window sill, the side jambs, and the head jamb. Using a hammer and chisel chip away at any remaining mortar and/or wood that may be left behind. Read more
When it comes time to replace your basement windows you may want to consider an upgrade to Glass Blocks as a cost-effective, practical solution. Glass block basement windows are weather-tight and virtually maintenance free, even when installed in the harsh climate in Naperville Illinois. The glass blocks will serve a dual purpose of not only letting the sunshine in to illuminate your basement; they will also keep the average burglar at bay.
Benefits of Installing Glass Block Basement Windows in Your Home:
Glass block windows can be up to 2 times more efficient as compared to conventional basement windows. The R Value of a single pane of glass is generally about 0.85, while the R Value of a glass block can range from 1.5 to 2.0. Most standard block windows are equally efficient as compared to more expensive thermal pane windows. Read more
Converting your basement to a finished living space will greatly increase the overall living area of your home and also increase the market value of your property. Adding basement windows to your home will be an important step in this home makeover project.
While you may be quite capable of performing the interior work yourself, the major work of adding basement windows should be left up to a professional contractor. A reputable window contractor will inspect the structure prior to performing any work and will obtain the proper building permits, if required.