Windows can make your basement more pleasant-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Westerly are made to let more light into the underground rooms than the conventional, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Now, 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 intricated project, the fundamental process 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 generally only takes a day or two and could improve the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, why are basement windows different from other windows? The primary difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows have to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements detailed in building codes. Be sure you fully understand local building codes before you purchase basement windows. We can help!
Not only can basement windows increase the livability of your basement living space by improving its light, safety and design, but they can help keep your basement at a comfortable temperature. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand extreme weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines include basement window replacement options that meet emergency requirements and give you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Westerly showroom to learn more.