Windows can make your basement more enjoyable-and safe. Large basement windows, frequently referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Jackson are made 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 incorporate windows into 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. Although it may seem like a complex undertaking, the basic method of installing 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 usually only takes a couple of days and could raise the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, in what ways are basement windows different from other windows? The main difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows need to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements outlined in building codes. Be sure you fully understand local building codes before you purchase basement windows. We can help!
Not only can basement windows enrich your basement living space by improving its light, safety and design, but they can help keep the temperature more stable. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand some of the most extreme weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines have basement window replacement choices that meet emergency requirements and offer you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Jackson showroom to learn more.