Egress windows are typically located in the basement. They are intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling. In other terms, an egress window is an easily accessible opening through which you can escape or a firefighter can enter in the event of a fire. Areas that aren’t considered a dwelling do not require egress windows. Also, windows must meet specific size requirements in order to be considered an egress window.
Due to the fact that adding a room or other living space to your home generally always adds value, putting in an egress window is probably the best “dollar value” improvement a home owner can make without actually adding an addition.
Also, if you add an egress window to a room to make it a “legal” room, you could recover 10 to 20 times your window installation costs when you eventually sell your home.
An array of window designs can be used for egress windows. It is best to do your homework and select a window design that meets your architectural, aesthetic, space, and financial limitations. Options include Casement windows, Double-hung windows, Gliding or sliding windows, and Awning windows. But the truth is that any style window can meet egress requirements—some just do it more space efficiently than others.
Due to the purpose of an egress window, means of an escape in case of emergency; they are required in every room used for sleeping purposes. This usually includes bedrooms and basements. Keep in mind that if you are building a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom and in the basement if habitable rooms will be finished in the basement. For existing homes, whenever you add a bedroom to your house, you must also add an egress window.
Keep in mind; basement egress windows present an added challenge. Besides the height, width and overall square-footage requirements that the window must meet, there are certain requirements for the window well surrounding the window. Furthermore, the cost of these installations can vary depending on a number of factors which include:
- Your choice of windows.
- The number of windows you install.
- Your window well design.
Egress Window Benefits:
- Provides a safe escape from your house in case of an emergency.
- Allows additional sunlight to enter your house through the large opening against the foundation.
- Many basement egress window wells include tiers inside them to allow planters to be filled with plants.
- Egress windows can nearly double a living area when building codes are met properly.
- The sensory difference is outstanding once an egress window is installed.
- Increases the value of your home.
Egress Window Manufacturers:
- Escape Windows
- Boman Kemp
- The Bilco Company
- Monarch Holdings Inc.
- Hurd Windows
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