Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement

An old basement window is replaced, and experts explain the costs of the Owens Corning finishing system.

Clip Summary

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.
So the stairs are pretty sturdy and of course we had to do a little bit of additional work here, the carpenters, well basically, they furred this out, they put up wall board and trim to marry into the basement system.

And of course we had the window problem, and Paul Villiet was here the other day, he had a lot of fun taking out the old sash. Let's watch.

Well this is a typical replacement window installation. What we're going to do first is pull out these stops here, which is not going to be very hard to do with this window. Which is not typical, usually we'd be shaving these.

We're just gonna cut these sash cords here and let the weights fall into the pocket.
Now the sash is ready to to come out. Lets clip that to the side there, and we are gonna remove this sash. Sometimes you can take the whole divider off, sometimes you can't. This one, though, it 's been here for quite some time so it's easy to just pull the catch out I'm going to save this, which will go back in. This one here we want to take, actually the weights right out.

Slap that in and seal it. That will just about do it. Let's see what we got here. That's pretty much it right there.

After the window's been installed we were left with this gap on the exterior and just to neaten that up a little bit, we're going to install a sliver of PVC that's been fitted into there.
We're just going to seal that in there with some caulking, and that will be enough to hold it in place. Once this is painted, everything will look nice and neat.


Just a little. And the final step before painting is with a bead of caulking. Seal this. You want to make sure they use a paint that will caulk.

And they look great once they're installed . Ken Henderson is here from Harvey Industries. Thank You. Now tell us about some of the features of this window.

Well this is a Harvey Industries majesty custom fad window.
And what we have here is a replacement application. The advantage of a replacement application, Bob, is that we don't have to disrupt any of the exterior trim. The interior trim usually can come off and then be re-installed.


A lot less carpentry.

Yeah, now this is a very big deal when you're looking at replacing windows in an older house. This 1921 house, the sizes are not necessarily standard that you don't want to have to do too much carpentry. Either infill or, you know, re-framing in order to install a new window, so that's a very good news.

These are manufactured on the quarter inc , so that a particular opening can be matched perfectly. Again, less carpentry is involved.

So you've got one big pane of thermal glass.


And then you've got the appearance of muttons with these applied moldings on the outside. And what about on the inside?

On the inside what we have is we have a permanently applied PineGrid, that can be finished either with paint or with stain.


In between there's actually another component, an aluminum component in there, just to give more depth to the assembly.


This actually is high performance glazing in that it is a low-e coating with a krypton gas. What that gives you is an Energy Star rating.

So you do have Energy Star rating...


Which is of course the way the federal government rates all of these windows in terms of energy efficiency, and of course you got the bottom screen.

What we have here is we have a locking screen. It's an aluminum mesh A locking screen is a nice little feature, it just keeps it nice and tight down to the sill no insects can get in there.

Very nice and neat. Thank you Ken.

Thank you so much.

Ok, so this is getting closer to finished, and there's a couple things I wanted to ask about. Suzy, is it easy to maintain these walls? Whatever, you got kids and dirty hands and stuff?

These walls are perfect for kids. They're durable, they're not going to dent and they are also stain resistant because of the poly-olefin material. Most dirt comes off with just soap and water or maybe a little bleach and water. Perfect for kids.

You know. It's so simple that I almost want to say it'd be a perfect do-it-yourselfer's project. But somehow...

Basements are really difficult remodels, actually.
Of course we think that nobody knows basements better. But no matter what you do, just make sure, we advise consumers to just make sure that they cover themselves. They're going to hire a remodeler, make sure they have insurance. Get everything in writing. What's the R value, the fire rating.

Right and Frank the guys that put this together.

They have been through a training program, right?

Absolutely, we have a certified training program that's run out of Gamble, Ohio at our science and technology center. Everybody who touches the basement, being that they designed the basement or if they installed the basement, has to go through our certification training.

And what about the cost?

The cost of the basement finishing system is pretty much in line with normal basement remodeling.
Depending on the scope of the job and the size of the job it could run from $40-60 a square foot.

But value is the interesting thing , right?

Yeah. The value of a basement remodel is amazing, cost the Modeling Magazine's cost versus value report...


Reported that you can recoup up to 90% of the cost of the basement remodel in the first year.

Sounds good. Thanks for coming on.

Thanks, Frank.

We're out of time. Next week we're going to be repairing the porch. Until then I'm Bob Vila.

Thanks for joining us.