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Basement Egress Benefits

What can an egress compliant window do for your home?

Number One: Safety

A basement egress compliant window acts as an emergency exit path out of the basement in the event of a fire. If you found yourself in the situation where your home was on fire, would you be able to exit your home, or your basement, in 10 seconds or less? Basement Egress windows are easy to open and are designed to be large enough for fire rescue crews and equipment to enter the basement living space, and for you family to exit the home with ease to safety.  

Number Two: Bring in Natural Light

Transform your basement into an area that brings warmth and energy into your home. Installing an egress compliant window in your basement enables natural light to shine through, as well as adequate ventilation for fresh air. Natural light reduces your energy costs and research has shown that natural lighting increases productivity and happiness, creating an alluring ambience for your living area!

Number 3: Increase Value

You can add value to your home simply by adding an extra bedroom, without the high cost of an addition. In order for a room in your basement to be considered habitable space, it is required that you have an egress compliant window and window well. This can add tremendous value to your home with the possibility for an extra bedroom, home office, exercise room, play room for the kids, or even a rental unit. The possibilities are endless.

Number 4: Meeting Building Codes

The International Residential Code requires that that an egress compliant window be installed in your lower level, in order for it to be considered a habitable space. Ensuring that your house meets the building code requirements, allows your home to provide the safety you and your family deserve.

Number 5: Save Money

The natural light a basement egress window can allow into the lower level of your home reduces your overall energy costs. The extra heating, air conditioning, and artificial lighting that you will be slashing from your energy bill can be huge. When compared to constructing an addition onto your house, installing an egress compliant window is considerably less expensive. By adding an extra room in your basement you may also be able to increase your overall home value, creating a more lucrative investment into the equity of your home.

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