Do you ever worry about the safety of your family at home? As frightening as it can be to think about, accidents do happen, so it’s smart to proactively invest in creating a safe home to protect your loved ones in the event of a house fire.
Basement egress windows provide safe exit or entry to the basement level of your home if all others are blocked. There is a variety of egress window styles available, with some being big enough to accommodate entrance or exit by a fully outfitted firefighter. WMGB egress windows are durable and designed to keep your family safe in your Grand Rapids, Holland, or Grand Haven home.
Egress Basement Windows Keep Your Family Safe
It can be exciting to add usable square footage to your home by finishing your basement! This upgrade can make your home better suited to your family’s needs, and add value to your property. Still, it’s essential to check the requirements of such a project to ensure you’re not accidentally cutting corners on safety.
Since 2006, basement bedrooms in West Michigan have been required to have an egress window installed to keep everyone inside safe. At WMGB, we highly recommend installing at least one large egress window in any finished basement (with or without a bedroom) to keep your family safe no matter where they spend time at home.
If you have any questions about keeping your home safe, or how to convert a basement window to an egress window, give us a call at WMGB and we’ll be glad to help. Our egress specialists are ridiculously good with local building codes. Quiz them, if you’d like!
What Are the Egress Window Requirements in Michigan?
Minimum requirements for basement egress windows in Michigan are as follows:
- A window with a minimum width of opening of 20 inches
- A window with a minimum height of opening of 24 inches
- A window with a minimum net clear opening—the actual opening to allow someone to pass through—of 5.7 square feet
- A sill no higher than 44 inches above the floor.
- A window-well floor space of 9 square feet with minimum dimensions of 36 inches wide and long.
- A permanent ladder or steps if the basement window well depth is more than 44 inches.
Other Benefits of Egress Windows
Besides safety, there are numerous benefits to having an egress window installed in your basement, such as:
- Increased Natural Light: Say goodbye to that dark and shadow-y basement.
- Enhanced Home Value: Ensuring your home is up to code adds greatly to the value of your home. And, by letting more natural light in, you could save on electricity costs during the day.
- Boosted Curb Appeal: Egress windows require a window well to be built for easy access, and we always make sure it looks clean and attractive in addition to being functional.
- Durability: Maintenance free, high density, polyethylene construction means long-lasting performance and low-maintenance care.
Contact Us for a Free Basement Egress Window Estimate
Whether you’re in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, or anywhere in between, WMGB’s egress window installation professionals can answer all your questions and help you get started.
WMGB is committed to a pressure-free experience. When you first reach out, we can do a site visit to assess your basement, and even provide a free estimate. Once you have your quote, you can take your time and decide what works best for your home, your goals, and your budget, and schedule your basement egress window project at your convenience!