Egress Basement Windows

Egress Windows Egress Window Wells & Covers Non-Egress Basement Windows and Wells Custom Wells and Covers Window Well Accessories Bilco Basement Doors Smoke and C0 Alarms Commercial Doors About Redi-Exit:Our President, Forest Whitesel, decided that something must be done to help people in these situations after his neighbor lost her life by being trapped in a house fire. She could not jump from her second story window and her rescue came too late.Realizing that this was a tragic waste of life, Forest went to work designing and testing the REDI-EXIT® Fire Escape System, the most innovative and unique permanently mounted residential escape system on the market today. Learn More About Redi-ExitI finally got around to installing the window well covers this weekend. They look great and only took about 2 hours to install both of them. Typical story; the first one took an hour and a half, the second one took half an hour. I feel a lot better about letting my kids run around in the back yard. I’ve included a few pictures of the finished product and one of my “helper.” Thanks again.Brian PickarWindow arrived, put it in and it is great. Thank you for taking care of this matter. You may use my name as a reference anytime. A mistake was made, NOT ON YOUR END, and you had it corrected. Thank you.Michael Zimring, MDJust wanted to send you a note and let you know that I got the covers and installed them. They look and work great. Thank you for your time. My kids can now play in the back yard without my wife and I worrying about them falling into the egress. Joshua NimerfrohI installed the Compact Series In-Swing Egress window last night. Works great. Really cool design. The building authority here in Center Valley was impressed – they’d never even heard of such a thing. Significantly for me, since I was able to get a code-compliance egress window into the width of an existing window and only had to remove concrete below that existing window, I didn’t have to reinforce the foundation, get an engineer’s stamp, consume more time, etc., etc. So there was significant time and money savings with this solution.Jeff WhiteI just wanted to thank you for your quick response and your fantastic customer service. Ordering was simple and you were informed and helpful. We look forward to getting our product and will speak positively of our order experience with your company. Enjoy your day!Chandra P. Make sure your family and employees have a second way-out. View Our Productsegress basement windows 1Egress Window Choices Casement windows (windows that are hinged on one side and crank open) and side-to-side sliding windows are the best choices for egress windows. Double-hung windows (windows that slide up and down) don’t work well because they have to be almost 5 ft. tall in order to meet the minimum openable area requirements—more digging and a deeper well. Sliding windows don’t have to be as tall as a double-hung, but they do need to be wide. It takes a 48 x 48-in. sliding window to meet the minimum egress requirements. Casement windows are usually ideal because the entire window swings open. That means you can install a smaller casement window than other types. A 29-in. wide by 47-in. wide (outside frame dimensions) window will meet the requirements, and you can go even smaller if the window is equipped with special egress hinges. Modern casement windows with a single lock are also the easiest for a child to open. Check window sizes in manufacturers’ catalogs at any home center or window and door store.egress basement windows 2While building codes vary by locality, a new egress — typically a specially made window, with a well dug outside of it — must be large enough for an occupant to make a quick exit from a general living area or bedroom. “Safety is absolutely the first and foremost reason for getting an egress window installed,” says Loralee Dischner, owner and co-founder of Egress Inc. in Denver. “Providing an easy escape from a basement room in case of fire or other emergency is crucial.” MORE: What Egress Laws Should I Be Aware of?  egress basement windows 3Not all basement windows are egress windows. For instance, if you have an unfinished basement, it may have ventilation windows. These probably wouldn’t meet the code for egress windows.egress basement windows 4However, if your basement has habitable, finished rooms, building codes require it to have egress windows, or other means of egress (patio door, etc.). And every basement bedroom, whether existing or added, is required by code to have an egress window.egress basement windows 5The egress windows we installed (two 2947 Pella ProLine casement windows for $325) are substantially larger than the minimum requirement because we wanted to bring strong natural light into this basement. But you don’t have to add ones this large. An egress window must have a clear opening of at least 5.7 sq. ft.—large enough to allow a firefighter, with equipment, to enter the home through the window. In addition, the window must be at least 20 in. wide and 24 in. high (while still meeting the 5.7-sq.-ft. requirement). Finally, the bottom of the opening can be no more than 44 in. from the floor. See “Egress Window Choices” at the end of this article for more details.egress basement windows 6We’ll show you all the how-to steps you need to install a basement egress window, from cutting a hole in the basement wall to framing the opening to setting the window. Doing the project yourself can save you more than $4,000. The egress window will not only allow natural sunlight to enter your dark basement, it will provide a safe escape route for you and your family during a fire or other home emergency.egress basement windows 7An egress window in a basement dramatically brightens an otherwise dark, dingy room, but it also has a more serious purpose. It’s large enough to offer a safe exit from the basement in the event of fire or other emergency. Adding an egress window is essential any time you remodel your basement to make a new bedroom, office or other living space.egress basement windows 8Marc Nard, ICC technical expert, further explains which spaces require emergency egress or exit openings, saying emergency exits are required in basement sleeping rooms or habitable space — defined as spaces used for living, sleeping, eating, or cooking. While that does not include spaces like bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage spaces, or utility spaces, it does include offices, recreation rooms, bedrooms, and home theaters. 

There are some fine points. For example, a basement that has no bedroom but has an office would need an emergency exit for the office. But, says Nard, “Say you have a basement bedroom and an office which is not in the bedroom. How many emergency egress and rescue openings do you need? Answer: One, but it has to be in the sleeping room.”egress basement windows 9If you’re considering a basement renovation as a way to expand your living space, don’t be surprised if your building-codes office has something to say about it–especially if a new bedroom is part of your plan. Without an egress window in case of fire, regulations simply won’t allow a basement bedroom. And because this ruling is fairly recent in many parts of the country, most existing basements were not built with egress windows. It’s a conundrum that could keep you cramped for space, with all the space you need right under your feet.egress basement windows 10About Redi-Exit:Our President, Forest Whitesel, decided that something must be done to help people in these situations after his neighbor lost her life by being trapped in a house fire. She could not jump from her second story window and her rescue came too late.Realizing that this was a tragic waste of life, Forest went to work designing and testing the REDI-EXIT® Fire Escape System, the most innovative and unique permanently mounted residential escape system on the market today. Learn More About Redi-ExitI finally got around to installing the window well covers this weekend. They look great and only took about 2 hours to install both of them. Typical story; the first one took an hour and a half, the second one took half an hour. I feel a lot better about letting my kids run around in the back yard. I’ve included a few pictures of the finished product and one of my “helper.” Thanks again.Brian PickarWindow arrived, put it in and it is great. Thank you for taking care of this matter. You may use my name as a reference anytime. A mistake was made, NOT ON YOUR END, and you had it corrected. Thank you.Michael Zimring, MDJust wanted to send you a note and let you know that I got the covers and installed them. They look and work great. Thank you for your time. My kids can now play in the back yard without my wife and I worrying about them falling into the egress. Joshua NimerfrohI installed the Compact Series In-Swing Egress window last night. Works great. Really cool design. The building authority here in Center Valley was impressed – they’d never even heard of such a thing. Significantly for me, since I was able to get a code-compliance egress window into the width of an existing window and only had to remove concrete below that existing window, I didn’t have to reinforce the foundation, get an engineer’s stamp, consume more time, etc., etc. So there was significant time and money savings with this solution.Jeff WhiteI just wanted to thank you for your quick response and your fantastic customer service. Ordering was simple and you were informed and helpful. We look forward to getting our product and will speak positively of our order experience with your company. Enjoy your day!Chandra P.

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