Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement

Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 4, Part 3

The Melrose, MA, basement remodel enters the finishing phase now that the mechanicals, plumbing, drainage, and moisture-proofing upgrades have been completed. Sheet-metal tracks are screwed into the concrete floor and up into the joists as carriers for new steel studs that are trimmed and doubled up for a sturdy, moisture- and mold-proof framing system. The Owens Corning Basement Finishing System™ is installed using PVC lineals that allow for nail-free installation. These polyolefin-covered fiberglass panels are rated at R-11 for energy efficiency and may help save up to 25 percent of current energy costs. A suspended ceiling, trim, molding, and doors give the space a clean, finished look. The stairway is strengthened with posts drilled into the concrete and up into the stringer, and stiffened with plywood backing and reinforced tread-to-riser connections. Harvey Majesty custom, energy-efficient clad windows are installed once the old sash has been removed and voids filled with foam and caulk for a tight, efficient installation. As Bob learns about the costs associated with purchasing a total finishing system like this, Suzie Mitchell of Owens Corning explains that studies show 90 percent of the costs associated with finishing a basement can be recouped in just one year.

Part 1: Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space
Part 2: Completing the Basement Finishing System and Repairing the Basement Stairs
Part 3: Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement
Paul Viliott of PV Builders shows how an old basement window is replaced with a new one. Viliott first pulls out all the stops, cuts the sash cords, and removes the sash. Because the windows are so old, they are easy to remove. Viliott removes the sash weights from within the frame and fills the cavity with insulation. An adhesive caulk is applied and the window is put in place. Viliott checks to make sure the installed window is level. The pieces are then secured with screws. There is a small gap in the exterior, which Viliott fixes by installing a sliver of PVC in the gap, sealed with caulking. Bob talks with Ken Henderson of Harvey Industries about the features and benefits of the new window. Henderson explains that the replacement window installed does not disrupt the exterior and interior trim. The windows are manufactured on the quarter inch so any particular opening can be matched perfectly with less carpentry involved. The window also features thermal glass with a low-e coating and crypton gas. The interior of the window has a pine grid which can be stained or painted. Behind the pine is a aluminum component to give the window grid some more depth. The window has an Energy Star rating and a locking screen to prevent insects from entering the home. Bob talks with Suzanne Mitchell and Frank Palmeri of Owens Corning about the basement finishing system. Mitchell explains that the walls are perfect for kids as they are durable and stain resistant. Dirt comes off with just soap and water. Mitchell explains basements can make for difficult remodeling projects. Palemeri tells Bob that Owens Corning has a certified training program for installation of their Basement Finishing System. Palmeri says the cost of the project is dependent on the scope of the job but runs about $40-60 per square foot. Mitchell points out that homeowners can recoup up to 90 percent of the cost of the basement remodel within the first year.