Basements are typically used just as a storage room. However, if you planing basement renovation transform them in functional rooms with the use of basement window trim and the right décor. If your basement has windows inside it becomes possible to allow in the room some natural light. However, even fitted with glass, these windows can also allow drafts into the room. You can reduce the drafts by installing around the frames basement window trim.
Here are some useful tips for installing basement window trim:
• Tip 1 – Measuring
When it comes to measuring, you have to do it at least twice in order to be sure that your window trim can properly fit. It is very important to know the exact measurements of the size of the frame of the window in order to properly cut the window trim. Find out the size of the required window trim by using a tape.
• Tip 2 - Use Old Trim
In case that you are replacing an existing window trim then you may use the old trim as a template. Put the old trim on top of a new window trim length instead of measuring the size of the frame of the window. Mark with a pencil the required length onto the new piece of trim.
• Tip 3 - Cutting Trim
Cutting the window trim is very easy because it is made of a thin material. In order to do this you can use a standard saw. It is not recommended to use a power saw because this can damage your window trim. In case that there are any rough edges, you can use a file to clean them off.
In order to ensure that they will fit, position the cut trim against the frame of the window. Make sure that you cut the window trim accurately so that it will fit properly on the window frame.
• Tip 4 - Gaps
Regardless of how careful you are trying to fix the trim to the window some gaps will always be left between the frame and the trim and at the corners. In order to make your window trim more effective it is recommended to fill the gaps with caulking. You are using window trim to achieve a higher energy efficiency of your home and for this purpose you have to get rid of the gaps as much as possible.
The trim should be replaced if could not cut the trim correctly and there is a huge gap. You cannot just fill these huge gaps because it would affect the effectiveness and appearance of the trim.
• Tip 5 - Fixings
You may use glue or nails to fix the window and the interior window trim together. This way you will also ensure that the caulking around the trim is hold in place. You can also fix in the same way the exterior trim. You may also use waterproof silicone caulking to seal the exterior trim.
• Tip 6 - Material
You may use a wide range of materials for window trim. It is important to carefully choose the right material that is better suitable to your particular window frame. For instance, in case that you have a wooden window frame, your best option of trim material will normally be wood. If you have UPVC window frames, the best trim material option will be UPVC.
Metal Window Trim Install
Window trim installed to the outside or inside of the frame of the window has the role to weatherproof a building and to make it more energy efficient. For the best protection, on metal window frame you can apply metal window trim.
Tools and materials you'll need:
• Measuring Tape
• Aluminum Trim
• Trim Nails
• Cleaning Solutions
You may install the window trim on your own if you have some do-it-yourself skills and experience. This home remodeling project is actually not so complicated if you gather all of the necessary equipment, materials and tools.
Here are the steps to follow:
• Step 1 - Aluminum Strips Bending
The first step is bending the aluminum strips in order to ensure that they fit correctly into the window. The entire window frame must be covered with the aluminum strips to not leave visible and wood. Mark on the coil of aluminum trim the proper dimensions after you measured the frame of the window. You will have to install 2 bends into the aluminum strip pieces. Use a hand brake or a vice for this purpose, or simply press it over the table’s edge. It is important to ensure that the folds are clean and accurate.
• Step 2 - Window Frame Measuring
The next step you need to perform is measuring outside dimensions of the frame of the window. The aluminum will be joined at a 45-degree angle. This means you’ll have different lengths between the outside and inside. The aluminum strips should be cut to the right dimensions if needed. Before cutting always measure twice in order to make sure that the dimensions are accurate.
• Step 3 - Metal Flashing Cutting
A strip of aluminum flashing should be cut at the same length as the window trim. Ensure that the whole wooden frame is covered when fixing the metal flashing to the window frame.
• Step 4 - Flashing Trimming
After fixing the flashing against the frame of the window, use a straight edge and pencil for marking along the window frame’s sides. Cut the excess metal flashing from the top of the frame by using a pair of tin snips.
• Step 5 - Checking the Bottom
Next step is checking the window sill’s bottom for metal flashing. There you will find normally a cutout that you have to remove from the metal flashing in order to fit properly the metal trim.
• Step 6 - Cleaning
Clean the frame and sill by using some soapy water and a brush. Fill any frame cracks by using a putty knife and putty. Ensue that the wood’s filled areas are at the same level with the window frame by sanding them down.
• Step 7 - Caulking
In case that you notice any gaps between the building and the window trim, you can fill them with caulking. In order to fit it correctly, bend slightly the metal. After applying caulking, smooth the bead of caulking with a dampened finger so that its surface is flush and level with the building and trim.
Basement trim projects
Here are several basement trim ideas:
• For a home design that features a classic stone exterior:
• For a timeless wood exterior home remodel:
• For a transitional three-story exterior home:
• For a large traditional three-story stone exterior home:
• For a traditional blue exterior home:
• For a large Victorian two-story stone exterior home:
• For a small two-story farmhouse with red wood exterior:
• For a timeless two-story brick exterior home: