My basement has three small wood windows, rectangle shape. They are all very
crappy, after 40-years taking sun heat and rain/snow moisture. I wonder how
people normally do in the replacement? The wood frame is built into concrete
wall, it seems not possible to get removed. If we go vinyl ones, how to
install? I'd rather go cheaper with new wood ones, just make them look good.
most are screwed to the block or the wood frame is screwed to the
glass block windows even those with vents cause venting and moisture
trouble in basements.
investigate ingress egress windows and call your basement another
bedroom at home resale time. more money for you
a 1930s home has so many air leaks a tent would be better,,,,,,,,,
I have standard basement windows that are never opened. No moisture
problems. If I replace them with glass block windows, why should I then have
First thing I did in my 1800 farmhouse was pull out all the basement windows
and brick them up. Of course, the basement has a walk-out so no windows are
needed for egress, plus the existing "windows" were 12" wide and 6" high, so
only the cats would have fit out anyway. If you need the windows for
ventilation I have no suggestions, but in a stack-stone foundation,
ventilation isn't exactly a concern :)
It has been 30 years since I've done them, but I used to sell and install
windows as a side line back then. I used to tear out all the wood and use
mortar mix to put the new windows in place. No rot, no termites, no
Ed's right. You can easily mortar in windows, wood, or these days,
vinyl. You may have to resize the opening for a new stock window, but
that is easily done with mortar, scrap brick pieces, or even ceramic
tile from the tile store bargain bin. In my experience, vinyl is far
easier to work with. Give it a shot.
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