Replacing your basement Edmonton windows is the surest way of bringing more light into your basement and keeping it comfortable. This is how.
In most cases basement Edmonton windows are the last in mind and are often neglected. But, like any other window, they need to be replaced with efficient ones. Windows, to a large extent, contribute to the temperature conditions of your basement, and hence, its comfort.
So, do not wait until you find your steel frames starting to corrode and the wooden ones rotting or warping. If you are using a single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double-glazed Edmonton windows. NorthTech Windows and Doors has highlighted the essential steps to follow while removing an old basement window:
- Remove the Window and the Frame
If your basement Edmonton windows are made of metal frame, you will need an angle grinder fitted with a metal cutting wheel. Remove the sash and cut through the sash stop from the interior. Do the same for the frame top.
After cutting the top and bottom sashes, pry the sides towards the center. Depending on how thick the metal used in making the frame is, prying can be considerably challenging. Once you have managed to bring them at the center, cut the top flange using a reciprocating saw.
- Prep the Space for the New Window
Clean the opening using a pneumatic chisel. If you don’t have this type of chisel, you can use a hammer and a masonry chisel too. Remove any visible concrete from the window opening.
Use a masonry sealant to cover surfaces of your window opening. Once the concrete can absorb no more sealant, wipe the excess and leave to dry.
Sew your window on a pressure-treated sill. Rip with a slop to allow water to drain away from the window. Secure the sill with masonry screws and adhesive sealant.
- Make the Bucks
Check for the openings left by the window at the center after fitting. Of course, you will have to do this when the space is dry. Take the measurement and see if they exceed the square by above a ¼ inch. Taper the buck pieces if you find the area exceeding this measurement.
However, you should understand that bucks are not used in all windows Edmonton. Instead of using bucks, some use mud sills where they get fastened.
While using a buck, cut its side pieces and ensure they match the gap left from the window to the concrete. Leave approximately 1/16 inch to accommodate the sealant. If you notice your bucks are loose, fasten them with trim head screws.
- Stops and Sealing
Cut stops to fit the front edge of the window. Use a trim router to round the stops to achieve a cleaner look. Ensure you cut your stops to the right length to fit them easily. Use screws to fasten them to the mud sill and the side buck.
Once you are through with applying the sealant from the inside, fit your Edmonton windows. If you find that the window doesn’t fit snugly, do not force it. Instead, shave the side channels to create more room for the window. A block plane can do a good job for you.
When the window finally fit in the space, start screwing. Begin with the sides and then to the side buck. For screwing, make sure you have the right nail length.
After you are done with the screwing, add sealant beads. Use one across the top of your exterior part of the window and on its sides. Put the other side in the interior, ensuring you touch all the four edges. For proper drainage, do not seal the outer part of your Edmonton windows sill. Leave it open, or else, water will start getting towards the window and soak it to rot.
Because basements are prone to dampness, you should ensure your new window is tightly sealed. It should not leave spaces that can allow moisture and draft to pass. If you do not take care of your basement windows Edmonton, they can be a gateway to insects and rodents. Consider investing in them and make your basement more comfortable.