Windows can make your basement more enjoyable-and safe. Large basement windows, frequently referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Traverse City are built 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 include windows in 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 task, the fundamental procedure of putting in 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 increase 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 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 outlined in building codes. Make sure you completely 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 the temperature more stable. 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 choices that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Traverse City showroom to learn more.