Tip of the Month-January 2007
Source: Your Home Inspection guide
William L. Ventolo
A window serves three different functions: It lets in light, provides ventilation, & it allows a view of the outside.
Windows do more for a house than admit light, air & a
scenic view outward. Windows are also an important part of the
architectural design of a house. Poorly proportioned, awkwardly
placed windows can ruin an otherwise successfully designed house.
An operating window can be closed to seal out unpleasant weather or
opened to a cooling breeze. Climate & orientation of the
house on the site determine the best window placement & degree of
PHOTOS BY CROSSETT R.E. SERVICES
Basement window of a residential dwelling:
Before: Painted wood framed fixed window (cannot be opened).
Torn screening-blocked lighting due to insulation placed
inside most likely to prevent cold air-water coming in.
Wood framing is in poor condition with peeling paint.
AFTER: New window (hopper style-vinyl thermo-pane) with
framing/rust proof screen-improved grading & parging.
page was updated on 01/08/2007.