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A Building Permit is require before any alterations are made to an existing dwelling unit
Smoke alarms must conform to article 220.127.116.11 of the 2010 NBC and as shown on the City of Saskatoon information sheetAll bedrooms must have an openable window with an unobstructed opening area of not less than 0.35 m2 (3.8 Sq. Ft) and with no dimension less than 380 mm (15in.)
When the bedroom window opens into a window well, a minimum clearance of 760 mm (30 in.) is required in front of the window in its open and closed positions
A gap of ½” to 1” should be provided between the top of all interior basement walls and the structure above
When framing and insulating the interior of the concrete foundation wall, interior dampproofing is required below grade (minimum 2 mil poly or equivalent) (see Figure 2)
6 mil CGSB poly or equivalent is required as a vapour barrier on the warm side of insulated walls. The vapour barrier must be continuous between exterior basement walls and floor joists ends above
All bathrooms must be provided with mechanical ventilation directly to the outdoors (minimum 25 l/sec)
Steel basement windows are typically designed with single-pane glass held in a steel sash (the movable part of the window). The sash pivots in a steel window frame. These windows are popular with builders because they're inexpensive.
Disadvantages of Steel Windows:
Poor Energy Efficiency: Instead of holding in the heat during cold winter weather, steel window frames allow heat to escape outside, making the basement much colder than necessary. Poor weatherstripping on these windows provides pathways for air infiltration
Short Lifespan: Within 5-10 years' time, steel basement windows can rust and corrode so badly that they need to be replaced. That means that from the day they're installed onward, they're already beginning to deteriorate.
Loss of Functionality: When steel basement windows begin to rust in place, they will become difficult or impossible to open and close. Keeping the windows clean, functional and attractive becomes more and more of a task.
A wood basement window typically has a painted wood frame that holds one or more panes of glass. Some wood basement windows have a sash that is operable, while other types can't be opened or closed.
Disadvantages of Wood-Framed Windows
Continual Maintenance: The paint on the window's exterior will break down continually. To keep these windows looking good, you'll need to repaint them every 5-8 years.
Short Lifespan: Wood basement windows are exposed to more water, mud, and humidity than other windows in your home. So while any window frame can be damaged by rot, this kind of damage occurs more quickly on wood basement windows.
Mold & Pests: Along with rot, wooden window frames will also support mold growth. And because basement windows are located so close to the ground, this damp, rotting wood can attract termites, carpenter ants, and other insects you don't want in your home.
Old-style basement window wells are typically made from aluminum or steel.
They are most often installed in a half-oval shape that encloses your basement window.
Disadvantages To Old-Fashioned Window Wells
Poor Energy Efficiency: Without a well-fitted window well cover, snow and ice can fill the well, and cold outside air can enter your basement through leaks around the window frame. These conditions make the basement and upstairs living space chilly, forcing your furnace to work overtime. If you replace your old-fashioned window well with a new version that includes a clear cover, you gain valuable protection from frigid outdoor temperatures.
Short Lifespan: Steel window wells can rust and deteriorate quickly ,leaving an ugly, corroded shell around each window. That's not the view you want from inside your basement.
Debris, Snow, & Rainwater: Open window wells will continually fill with dirt, leaves, debris, rainwater, and snow. As this debris builds up, weeds and even tree seedlings may begin to grow in the window wells.
Along with the eyesore, water pooling in wells will build up against the basement windows. Most basement windows are not water-tight, so that water is likely to end up leaking through to your basement space.
Homeowners living in colder climates can save up to 30-40% on their energy bills simply by sealing the windows inside their homes.
What windows could be draftier and less energy efficient than corroded, outdated basement windows? Between the rotted frame and that thin, single pane of glass, heat literally flows straight through - and out of your home!
At Innovative Basement Systems, we've selected our basement windows and window wells with energy efficiency and long-lasting quality in mind - so you can make the most of your investment!
Our Basement Window System Features:
A Durable Vinyl Frame
Insulated (double-pane) Glass Low-E Coating
Covered Basement Window Wells
Sash panels remove for easy cleaning. Our basement window system is sure to stay looking brand new for many, many years. These all-vinyl windows require minimal cleaning and will never need the painting and maintenance of old-fashioned basement window systems.
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