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The Perfect Basement Apartment

When we got married, my husband and I moved into a lovely brick home. Because we were young and in debt, we would have benefited from being able to rent out a portion of our home to tenants. Unfortunately, our home didn’t include a basement apartment. If your basement is currently not being used, consider transforming it into a basement apartment. Before renting it out to tenants, you will need to make sure it meets certain specifications. For example, most local governments require basement apartments to contain a certain amount of windows. Usually, you will also have to ensure that your windows meet size requirements. On this blog, you will discover how to create the perfect basement apartment with the right windows.

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3 Things To Pay Attention To When You Have Old Windows

If you live in a home that is approaching a century or more in age, you need to examine your windows. Old windows were not made in the same way as newer windows. If the windows in your home are older than you are, it may be time to invest in some new windows. Here are a few things you should know about old windows.

#1 Pay Attention to the Frame

When you look at your old windows, pay attention to the frame. The frame is not just a decoration. The frame around your window helps hold your window in place. It helps keep things in order and helps ensure that your window is where it should be. If the window frame feels soft or pliable, the frame is probably breaking down. Most older window frames are made out of wood, so a soft or pliable window frame could mean that the wood around the window frame is rotting.

When the window frame starts to get soft and pliable, it is not able to hold the window in place properly anymore. When your window is not properly held in place, it will start to sag. A sagging window will not open or close properly, and will allow excess air into your home.

#2 Pay Attention to the Moisture Around Your Window

Next, pay attention to the moisture around your window. There should not be moisture building up on the window, or in between the window panes. Not only is it unsightly, the build-up of moisture can cause additional issues as well. 

When moisture builds up inside of your home, that moisture can cause the wood frame to break down. The moisture can also create a perfect environment for mold to thrive in your home. Moisture can also indicate that your window is not doing a good job regulating the temperature in your home. Excessive build-up of moisture on your windows is a sign that you need to replace your windows.

#3 Pay Attention to How the Air Feels Around Your Windows

Finally, pay attention to how the air feels around your windows. On cold days, is it extra cold around your windows? On hot days, is it extra warm around your windows? If you notice pockets of cold and hot air around your windows, that is a strong sign that your windows are not providing you with the insulation that your home needs.

If the siding around your old windows is deteriorating, if your old windows are sagging, if moisture is building up on them, and if you feel pockets of hot or cold air around your window, then you need to say goodbye to your old windows and invest in new windows. Contact a window installation professional near you today.