If your house did not come with a basement window, also called an egress window, you may be wondering if they can be added in. There are many reasons to add a basement window, namely for safety concerns. In the event of an emergency, you want a way out of the basement. If your house did not come with basement windows or if they are too small, there is no easy way to escape the basement in an emergency. Luckily, you can add a window to your basement.
How To Add A Basement Window
If you are adding a bedroom, office, or other such living area to your basement, adding a window to said bedroom is essential if it does not already have direct access to the outside. This can be done by hiring a professional to cut through the concrete in order to create a large enough hole. If the area you want to add a window to is too small, a larger area will have to be cut. The window installer will ensure your basement window meets all the safety requirements and then frame the opening and install the glass.
In many cases, an egress window must span a space of at least 5.7 square feet, so that it is large enough for a firefighter – with equipment – or other emergency personnel to get in through. If you call Peak Windows, our experts will find the codes for egress windows in your area and ensure they are met so your windows are up to date with safety features.
Adding a window to your basement helps in the event of an emergency. Basement windows provide an escape route from any fire or other emergency that may happen. They also provide a way for emergency personnel to enter your home. If you have a basement without windows, adding a window to your basement will help your house be more safe and ensure there are more ways out of the house in case anything happens.
In some places, you may need to check if you need a permit in order to add egress windows, as it is a change to the house’s structure. Some homeowners’ associations have strict guidelines on what you can have done to your house, so you will need to see if there are any restrictions on adding windows.
Benefits Of Adding A Basement Window
A window of this size also provides plenty of light and ventilation to an otherwise dark basement. This transforms your basement into a more pleasant space and increases the potential of what you can do there, be it adding an office, a bedroom, or simply turning it into a more livable space.
In addition to lighting up a living space and providing safety, basement windows bring up property value. In order to legally advertise your basement as a living space, you would need to have basement windows installed. People want space, livable space, and if a basement is not finished, they often will want to finish it themselves. Whether you are planning on finishing your basement or just want to have more light and security in the basement, adding basement windows will not only make your house more attractive for yourself and improve its livability, they also will be for potential buyers if you intend to sell in the future.
Next Steps For Adding A Basement Window
If you are considering adding a window to your basement, it can be done! Basement windows are difficult to add, so it’s important to work with a professional to ensure it’s done correctly. Our experienced team at Peak Windows is passionate about providing you with exceptional window-related services and can help you add a window to your basement. To learn more about adding an egress window to your basement, contact us at Peak Windows today!