Windows can make your basement more enjoyable-and safe. Large basement windows, frequently referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Greenfield are designed to let more light into the underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Currently, many people plan for windows in their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be limited by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Though it may seem like a intricated undertaking, the basic procedure of adding a new basement window is nearly as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job generally only takes a two days or so and could raise the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, why are basement windows different from other windows? The key difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows must be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements outlined in building codes. Be sure you have a full understanding of local building codes before you purchase basement windows. We can help!
Not only can basement windows enhance your basement living space by improving its light, safety and design, but they can help stablilize the temperature. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand extreme weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines include basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and give you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Greenfield showroom to learn more.