Installing egress windows are an essential part of a basement finishing project. An egress window is a window that’s designed to be easy to climb in and out of in case of an emergency. They must be big enough to use for escape, and they need to be easy to operate. Local building codes usually specify the exact dimensions of egress windows. Today, WMGB Home Improvement will discuss the benefits of installing an egress window:
- Improved Safety – Egress windows are required by law because they can greatly improve your safety. They create a built-in evacuation route in the event of an emergency. An egress window can drastically increase your chances of safe escape and will allow firefighters and other emergency personnel to enter your home and save you. They are an important part of your home’s design, particularly if you want to turn your basement into an additional living space.
- Additional Appeal – Even though their main purpose is for escape, egress windows do not have to look plain. You can choose from a wide range of egress window designs that are both attractive and functional. During our initial consultation, we will discuss our egress windows in detail and help you choose a window that best matches your home.
- Improved Comfort – An egress window will also serve as a source for natural light. They can dramatically brighten a dark basement and make the area feel more welcoming and comfortable. This is because most building codes specify that egress windows have to have e a clear opening of at least 5.7 square feet. A window that large can provide excellent ventilation and add large amounts of natural light to any basement.
- Additional Value – Installing an egress window will make sure that your home is up to code, increasing its value. Turning your basement into an extra bedroom, in particular, can help with improve its worth. A livable basement also increases your home’s overall square footage.
You can rely on WMGB Home Improvement for your egress window installation and other home improvement needs. We have decades of experience, and we’ve worked on countless basement finishing projects. We also offer a wide range of egress window designs and window wells. We serve many areas in Michigan, including Grand Rapids and Lansing. Call us at (616) 243-3700 to learn more about egress windows. You can also ask for a free quote.