Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of St. Paul are made to let more light into the rooms that are below ground than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Today, 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 task, the actual procedure of adding 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 day or two 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 have to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements found in building codes. Be sure you have a full understanding of 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 the temperature more stable. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand harsh 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 options that meet emergency requirements and offer you the peace of mind you get from adding safety features to your home. Visit your St. Paul showroom to learn more.