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What is a Basement Egress Window?

An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a basement and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting or for fire fighters entering a basement. Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.

Where are Egress Windows Required?

Egress windows are required in every room that will be used for a basement bedroom, or in basements with habitable space. If you install a basement bedroom or bedrooms, an egress window is required in each bedroom.

What Type of Egress Window is Best?

Slider egress window: A (48” x 48”) sliding egress window will add a lot of light and give the space a more non-basement feel, if the room allows this size window, it’s ideal.

Casement windows with hinged sashes that swing free and clear of the opening can be relatively small and still meet egress requirements. This makes them ideal for basement egress and for other areas where space is limited.

Why Was My Home Built Without Meeting Egress Standards?

Many older homes were built before egress window requirements were implemented. Many other homes were built when the egress window net free opening size was only 5 sq. ft. Yet even newer homes often lack proper egress windows at times, basements were often remodeled, and bedrooms added.

Required or not… egress windows are critical part of a basement remodel. If any room has even a possibility of becoming a bedroom, do yourself and your family a favor and include an egress size window. Basement Egress windows are to give you and your family a way to escape, And… Allow firefighters and rescue workers a way in.

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