Egress windows serve different functions in your home. They let improve ventilation and even serve as emergency exits when needed. If you’re planning to install a new egress window, WMGB Home Improvement can help. Here are a few things you should know about this type of window.
The International Residential Code
Working with a professional and licensed contractor means that your home already complies with the state of Michigan’s residential code with regards to egress windows.
The International Residential Code (IRC), specifically section R310.1, discusses the requirements for emergency escape and rescue openings. It states that every basement and sleeping room should have an emergency exit like an egress that opens directly into an open area. The section also specifies a minimum height and width of 24 by 20 inches, plus other requirements.
Egress windows are important in case of emergencies because they eliminate chances of the occupants getting trapped inside. When you work with a licensed contractor like us, you can ensure that your new egress units comply with the current standards.
Egress Window Design
Egress window requirements can play a factor when choosing replacement window designs. Not only should they be of a specific size, these windows should also be operational from the inside of the room. Security bars and grilles should also operate the same way. If the occupant has special access needs, this should also be put into consideration.
With these requirements, it’s easy to see why most homes typically have certain window styles on their upper levels and basements. Casement windows, whether stand-alone or as side windows on a bay window, are ideal as egress windows. This is because you can use the entire window area when you open them.
WMGB Home Improvement offers several options for egress window installation. This includes excavation for window wells and entry-proof window designs. If you would like to learn more, call us today at (616) 328-6625. You can also fill out our contact form and we’ll set up a time to meet with you. We’ll be happy to give a free, no-obligation quote.