Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, often referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Salt Lake City are designed to let more light into the underground rooms than the conventional, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Today, many people plan for windows in 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. Even though it may seem like a intricated project, the fundamental method of installing 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 generally only takes a couple of days and could raise 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 main difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows must be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements outlined in building codes. Be 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 harsh weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines incorporate basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and give you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Salt Lake City showroom to learn more.