What Are Egress Windows & Why Do Homeowners Love Them?

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When finishing your home’s basement in Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Grand Haven, or Kalamazoo, Michigan, it’s imperative that you consider safety.

Basement egress windows are a worthy investment for the safety of your home, and are also required by Michigan code to protect your loved ones in case of emergency. But what exactly is an egress window? WMGB Home Improvement, the go-to home improvement team for Michigan homeowners, is here to provide some answers!

Egress Windows Explained

Egress windows are designed to serve as an extra entrance or exit to your basement in case of emergencies, like fires. These windows are large enough to ensure that your loved ones can easily escape, and also provide another point of entry for a fully-outfitted firefighter.

If your basement is below grade (underground), each of your egress windows must be paired with a basement window well. These create valuable space to allow your windows to be safely and properly used. WMGB has a variety of window well options, including those with a built-in ladder or stairs to help people from small children to adults escape quickly and easily. 

Benefits of Egress Windows

Beyond improving the safety of your home, new or replacement windows are worth it for the security and peace of mind they afford Grand Rapids homeowners.

Here are some of the top reasons why homeowners love egress windows:

Lightens Up Your Space

Any window will add light to your home, but basements can feel tough to brighten up. Because they are paired with basement window wells, egress windows can let in more light, helping your basement feel more like an extension of your home’s living space.

Boosts Property Value

New windows will always boost property value, and adding an egress window or two (or more!) is no exception. Furthermore, if you’re looking to finish your basement, the only way to earn the full return on your investment is by using materials that meet or exceed building code.


There are different types of egress windows to suit every need and basement, and WMGB offers them all, including:

WMGB Makes Michigan Homes Safer

Have questions about egress window installation? Not sure which type of windows are best for your Grand Rapids home? We’re here to help.

WMGB takes window installation very seriously to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable for your entire family. Our trained installers will work with you to help you determine which kind of window will best suit your needs, and ensure that our installation will stand up to years of maintenance-free use. WMGB even offers financing so you don’t have to wait to create a safer home.Upgrade your home’s windows for safety and more. Call 616-226-5558 or contact us online today.

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