Securing the Vulnerable Basement Window
New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia
If you are considering improving the security of your home as your next DIY project, you might consider replacing the basement windows with an alternative that is more resistant to forced-entry. As we have discussed before on this blog, your basement window is the most vulnerable part of the house to flooding. It is also vulnerable to forced-entry by burglars.
As the Chicago Tribune Real Estate section on how glass block systems stack up stated;
The catch is that foundation windows are among the easiest entry points for burglars. They are often tucked behind shrubbery and concealed in ground-level shadows around the house where burglars can force the locking hardware and go in and out unobserved.
However, we were talking about a DIY project. So, ease of installation is paramount. The first thing we want in a DIY project is for it to be easy and not create a series of trips to the hardware store.
The LightWise® Window from Pittsburgh Corning is a wise choice when
you want limited installation hassle.
The first question may be “Can I install a series of LightWise® Vinyl windows in an existing frame?” The answer is yes. As the FAQ on Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block states, “you remove the adjacent nailing fins (using a utility knife) of the two LightWise® windows and install the mullion cap design to cover the seam”. Further installation details such as this are available in the LightWise Product Literature available at EasternGlassBlock.com.
The LightWise Architectural Systems give you the opportunity to install glass block panels to your unique specifications. All LightWise Architectural Systems are:
- Engineered and pre‐fabricated into panelized systems that can be easily and quickly installed
- Customizable to meet project needs
- Guaranteed to meet your performance requirements
- Useful for day-lighting strategies and can contribute to LEED points
- Available with a range of visibility and privacy options
- Graffiti‐resistant, damage‐resistant and easy to clean
Contact us at Eastern Glass Block and will assist you with your design. We have over 20 years of experience designing and installing Glass Block in residential and commercial projects. We love the opportunity to share our experience.