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Egress Windows

Egress Windows (also known as escape windows) are located in the basement of a home.  Egress windows are important for safety reasons and are even mandated in certain areas of the county to allow for an escape route from the basement in the event of a fire.  Adding egress windows to your basement will allow for more living space in your home which will increase its value with added square footage.  In addition, installing an egress window in your basement will increase the light in an otherwise dimly lit space of your home.  Egress windows can utilize various styles of windows including casement windows, double hung windows, sliding windows, awning windows, and even skylights.

Egress Window Opening Requirements:

  • Window must have a minimum width of opening of 20 inches
  • Window must be a minimum height of opening of 24 inches
  • Window clear opening (ie the actual opening through which a person must crawl out of) of 5.7 square feet
  • The sill height height must be no higher than 44 inches above the ground
  • The window-well floor space must be at least 9 square feet and at least 36 inches wide and long
  • If the well depth is more than 44 inches, well must have a permanent ladder installed

Manufacturers of Egress Windows

  • Bilco - Offers basement windows and doors
  • Redi-Exit - offers egress window products as well as other fire escape products
  • Unlimited Inc - offers the 11000 Series In-Swing Egress Window
  • Wellcraft Egress Systems - Specializes in egress wells, covers and windows

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