Windows can make your basement more pleasant-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Kansas City 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.
Now, many people incorporate windows into their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be constrained by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Though it may seem like a complex task, the fundamental method of putting in a new basement window is almost as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job typically only takes a two days or so and could increase 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 key 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 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 enhance 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 choices that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind you get from adding safety features to your home. Visit your Kansas City showroom to learn more.