My basement windows are roughly 2'x3' (h x w) and the exterior sill is 6 inches above grade, and 5 feet above the basement floor. I am not particularly concerned with security beyond frustrating the casual housebreaker.

The three styles of windows that look good in a horizontal alignment are: Awning, Single Tilt Slider and Double tilt slider. Does any one have any particular advantages in the above circumstances? Or do I just let my wife pick the pretty ones?

  • Are you missing a link at the end of that first paragraph? – Niall C. Jul 8 '12 at 18:58
  • @NiallC. I was going to make a parenthetical statement, but decided against it. – Chris Cudmore Jul 9 '12 at 12:50
  • Is this a bedroom? – Bryce Jul 24 '12 at 4:52
  • No. It's a family room – Chris Cudmore Jul 24 '12 at 13:05

Honestly, letting your wife pick what looks best is the answer. The double tilt sliders are nice if you want to pop them out and clean them I guess. I like the awning ones because you have a bigger window area without sashes in the way. If you do get the awning style, make sure the crank mechanisms are replaceable. I have one in my bathroom that basically isn't repairable without taking the whole thing out. Whether you will actually be opening and closing them and how much airflow you want to have is another consideration. You may not want to have to crank it in an out or remove the screen to unlock it.

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