Basement Windows and Doors: What You Should Know

The right windows and doors can make all the difference in moisture and temperature control within a basement.

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Basement windows and doors are two key spots that allow for moisture and air drafts to make their way into a space.

If you notice a draft or water seeping through the corners of a window, check for cracks or decay around the window frame. If you notice either of these issues, then it may be necessary to replace the window.

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Some older homes also have window wells that can lead to issues with leakage within a basement. An uncovered window well can mean a buildup of dirt, debris and - you guessed it - water. Clean out the well to avoid issues and consider investing in a window well cover to keep the elements from affecting your basement.

The same issues can arise with basement doors. If you notice a draft or water coming from the space between a door and its frame, then you may need to replace the door in order to protect your space.

Choosing the right windows and doors can make all the difference in basement lighting, air quality and temperature control. Consult a professional for guidance on choosing the right ones for your space.

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