Egress Windows From Window World of Rockford
Window World is proud to offer egress window consultation and installation in Rockford, Illinois and surrounding areas.
What is an egress window?
Egress, by definition, means “a way out.” Thus, an egress window is an exit window, meant especially for emergency situations.
Does my home need egress windows?
Egress windows are required in every bedroom (regardless of floor), as well as in any basement or subterranean spaces that could be considered habitable or finished.
If you plan to convert an unfinished basement to habitable space, egress windows will be required. Many older homes will not have previously-installed egress windows in basement spaces – so that’s where Window World of Rockford comes in.
What is required of an egress window?
Building codes vary by location, but as a general rule of thumb, egress windows must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet. That is, the minimum opening size of the window – the space for a person to fit through – must be at least 5.7 square feet.
The window sill should be no higher than 44 inches above the floor. The minimum width of the opening is 20 inches, while the minimum height of the opening is 24 inches, but a 20-inch by 24-inch window would only provide a minimum net clear opening of 3.3 square feet. Normally we will install windows 30-36” wide and 40-48” tall for easier access and safety.
A person exiting the building must be able to open the egress window without additional tools or keys.
In addition, some building codes require egress windows for natural light and ventilation in basement rooms larger than 200 square feet. Typically, with rooms of this size, the glass area of the egress window must be at least 8% of the square footage of the room, and the opening area must be at least 4% of the square footage of the room.
Contact Window World of Rockford today!
Installing egress windows is not a project that Window World of Rockford recommends for amateurs. Egress windows can save lives in an emergency, so the installation process is no trivial matter.
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