What is an Egress Window?
An egress window is a type of large window well that provides an alternative or emergency exit from your basement to the outside. If you have an older home, those tiny windows at ground level of your basement are not true egress windows. The International Building Code lays out the egress window requirements for basements.
The bottom of the basement egress window cannot be more than 44” from the floor. They must be at least 24” high and 20” wide, with a fully functioning opening. Basement egress windows must also include window wells if the bottom of the egress window is below ground.
When installing an egress window, it is important that you also consider drainage and basement waterproofing. Because egress windows are at least partially underground, they are susceptible to groundwater issues. In some cases, we may need to add a sump pump to protect your home from water seepage.
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