How to Replace Basement Windows

Updating your basement windows is a straightforward yet impactful home improvement project that enhances your home’s aesthetic and boosts its energy efficiency. With advancements in technology and materials, replacing basement windows has become more streamlined and efficient, making it a feasible project even for those with limited experience. This article will walk you through how to replace basement windows, ensuring you achieve professional results with minimal hassle.

Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Basement Windows

Not sure how to replace your basement windows? We’ve got you covered. Just employ the following tips.

Preparation is Everything

Like any successful project, preparation is crucial. Before you begin, gather all necessary tools and materials to avoid interruptions. You’ll need safety equipment (work gloves, safety goggles, and optionally a dust mask) and a toolkit comprising a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, caulk gun, vacuum cleaner or whisk broom, cold chisel, drill/driver, reciprocating saw, pry bar, spirit level, and a paintbrush. For materials, ensure you have screws (opt for stainless steel or galvanized for durability), exterior caulk, wooden shims, expansion foam, and primer on hand.

Understanding the Updated Process

Start by assessing whether the entire window frame or just the glass needs replacement. Remove the old window carefully, paying special attention to the frame’s condition. For wooden frames, use a pry bar and reciprocating saw for removal. Metal frames might require unscrewing or drilling out rivets.

Cleaning and Preparing the Opening

Once the old window is out, clean the opening thoroughly. This involves chipping away old concrete or mortar. Vacuum debris to ensure a smooth surface for the new window.


Place the new window into the opening, using wooden shims for alignment and ensuring it is level.
Securing the window properly is key. Use expanding foam for insulation or screws for a firmer hold based on wall material.

Sealing and Insulating

Apply caulk around the exterior of the window frame for a watertight seal. Use expanding foam to fill gaps and enhance insulation. This step is vital for enhancing the energy efficiency of your basement.

Finishing Touches

Apply a coat of exterior-grade primer (and paint, if desired) to protect the window frame and complement your home’s exterior. This will not only increase the window’s durability but also its aesthetic appeal.

Why Choose Tashman Home Center

Choosing Tashman Home Center for your installation and replacement needs ensures access to a team of skilled professionals, customized solutions, and a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Our expert installers are well-versed in the latest industry standards, offering tailored services to match your specific requirements. With a focus on durability, performance, and meticulous attention to detail, Tashman guarantees a seamless project experience from start to finish. Our customer-centric approach, coupled with a wide range of high-quality options and personalized support, makes us the ideal partner for enhancing your home’s comfort, beauty, and value.

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