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Egress windows are added to homes specifically for safety and to meet safety and fire regulations. These windows provide an easy to access escape route during emergencies like fires where doors may be blocked or inaccessible. These windows are usually installed in the basement and depending on local regulations may need to meet specific sizes and shapes both on the inside of your home and on the outside. Specifically, the height of the window and the ledge leading to the window must be deemed accessible to meet local fire codes.
We at Window Concepts work with every one of our customers to customize their home, and we often find that adding or replacing egress windows requires modification to the structure of their home. For this reason, we are always happy to look at your windows, but we often refer structural modifications to other builders.
Prior to installation of a basement window refer to the local fire codes and regulations which will determine the specific qualifications of an egress window. As per the fire codes and standards, it is not required to have egress windows in the basement unless it is being used as a bedroom or on a regular basis. The main point of installing the windows is to create an emergency escape for occupants. Therefore, if a room is not used most of the times, then it may not be necessary.
An egress window must meet specific size requirements both on the inside and outside of the home. Always refer to local regulations prior to installation. Typical qualifications of an egress window are outlined by Residential Code Laws.
Typically, an egress window should have a minimum opening of 20 inches wide and 24 inches tall. These specifications are to allow for a person to easily escape in the event of an emergency. For that reason, there are additional requirements for the location of the window in the home and how it acts as an escape on the exterior of your home.
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