Windows can make your basement more pleasant-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Mt. Pleasant are built to let more light into the rooms that are below ground than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Today, many people include windows in their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be constrained by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Although it may seem like a complicated task, the basic procedure of installing a new basement window is about as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job typically only takes a couple of days and could increase the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, in what ways are basement windows different from other windows? The key difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows have to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements outlined in building codes. It's important that you have a full understanding of local building codes before you purchase basement windows. We can help!
Not only can basement windows increase the livability of your basement living space by improving its light, safety and design, but they can help keep the temperature more stable. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand harsh weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines have basement window replacement options that meet emergency requirements and give you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Mt. Pleasant showroom to learn more.