Egress Window Benefits
Create a safer environment by installing an egress window
Egress windows add natural light & create an escape route in times of emergencies
By definition, an egress window is any window that provides a safe escape route from your home in case of fire, as well as an access point for emergency personnel. They are an important (and required) feature throughout your home. If you’re considering adding an egress window in your basement, you’ll reap the added benefits of bringing natural light and ventilation into your basement area, and increasing your home’s overall square footage and value.
They increase the value of your home, and create a safer environment for everyone that lives under your roof. Since size requirements mean larger windows overall, they bring in more natural lighting, and provide more ventilation throughout your Wyoming home.
Our egress window installation services are available throughout the Wyoming area, including Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Rock Springs, Laramie, Green River, Sheridan, Riverton, Jackson, Evanston and nearby. Give us a call today to schedule an on-site estimate!
Thinking of installing egress windows? Here's why you should do it soon
Egress windows provide multiple benefits. Here's a few key factors that will help make the decision process easier:
- Safety - According to the U.S. Fire Administration, "4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and over 20,000 are injured," many of which could be avoided with proper escape plans and routes. An egress window in each bedroom, as well as in other "habituated" areas (basements included), drastically increases your chances of safe escape in the event of a major house fire, and provides entry points into your home for emergency personnel.
- Added Value - Adding egress windows in your basement is especially important when it comes to increasing the value of your home, since it's the key to bringing basement bedrooms and living areas up to code and including them in calculations of overall square footage. With an extra bedroom in the basement, that is legal by code, you could recover 10 to 20 times your window installation cost when you eventually sell your home.
- Added Comfort - An egress window in a basement dramatically brightens an otherwise dark and dingy room because most building codes require egress windows to provide a clear opening of at least 5.7 square feet. A window of that size is big enough to also provide natural ventilation to the stuffiest basement.
- Design - You don't have to line basement egress window wells with ugly corrugated tin. If budget isn't an issue, you can build with materials like wood, stone, or brick. Or you can purchase composite window well liners that mimic natural materials, making for basement egress windows that are practical, cost-effective, and attractive. You can even add small planting beds to add a little color and life to this traditionally drab space.
The benefits of egress windows outweigh the cost
Costs of these installations can vary depending on a number of factors, including your choice of windows, the number of windows you install, and your window well design. Considering the peace of mind an egress window provides, it's safe to say that installing one of these windows is money well-spent for any homeowner and the payoff from an investment or return standpoint is so substantial that most budget-based arguments fall apart pretty quickly.
If you have a sloping yard, it may be that your new egress window can be installed completely above grade. If your foundation walls barely peek above the soil line, however, we'll have to excavate down and provide a window well. The size of a window well also is determined by building codes to allow a person to easily climb out of the window and exit the house. In case of a deep well, a ladder must be fixed to the well so that an occupant can safely climb out. Here are a few other concerns about adding an egress window:
- Code Compliance - Most building codes require a 5.7 square foot opening, and a window that is no more than 44″ off the floor. Because codes vary from place to place, the skilled contractors at Foundation Support Systems of Wyoming are sure to research the specific requirements are for your municipality.
- Moisture Issues - Moisture can also be problem in basement window applications, especially if your basement has a history of moisture-related issues. To avoid them, we make sure your window well is dug to the proper depth below the window, and take other preventative measures, such making sure your gutter system drains run off away from your home. In sever situations we may suggest installing a basement drainage system.
Call us today to schedule an estimate
Foundation Support Systems of Wyoming offers free estimates throughout Wyoming. As a certified foundation repair company, we install quality egress windows and provide foundation solutions for homes and businesses in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie and nearby. Call us today to schedule a time that is convenient for you!
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