What is an Egress Window?
An egress window is any window that provides a safe exit for you and your family in the event of an emergency and also provides an additional access point for emergency responders.
Egress windows are an important safety feature for your home’s basement as old-fashioned basement windows simply do not provide a safe emergency exit. In fact, if you plan to remodel your basement and add a bedroom, egress windows are actually a requirement by the state of Michigan. In addition to safety enhancements, egress windows provide other benefits such as increased property values and added comfort. In this article, we’ll be covering 4 benefits of installing egress windows in your Shelby Twp. home.
Safety should be first and foremost when it comes to you and your family.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and over 20,000 are injured.”
Under Michigan building code requirements, if anyone is sleeping in the below-ground level of a home, there must be a window large enough for them to escape in case of fire. Unfortunately, too many homeowners ignore this safety rule, resulting in a tragedy could have easily been avoided by installing an egress window as an emergency exit.
Increased Property Value
Thinking of selling your home? You can easily increase your home’s value by adding a bedroom without the extra expense of building an addition. Remodeling your basement to provide an additional sleeping area with an egress window can increase calculations of your home’s square footage resulting in a higher asking price.
Add Natural Lighting and Ventilation
Installing an egress window in your basement brightens an otherwise dark and damp space. Since building codes require egress windows to be a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft., a window of that size is large enough to provide natural ventilation to your basement.
The increased ventilation will not only provide more comfort to occupants, but items stored in your basement will no longer become damaged from high humidity levels.
An egress window well does not have to be limited to plain tin. There are many design ideas that can turn this functional space into an area that compliments your home’s exterior and landscape. Add attractive covers, built in ladders and even small plants and flowers to your egress window well.
Consult with a Shelby Twp. egress window professional today to learn more about custom designs and custom window well covers.
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With more and more homeowners utilizing their basement for a living space, your windows should be a safe and attractive feature for your home. Contact the experts at Easy Exit Egress Windows today to learn more about the benefits egress windows can offer.
Schedule your FREE QUOTE for an egress window installation in Shelby Twp. by calling: (586) 205-0351.