Safety is the number one reason to install an egress window. “4000 Americans die each year in fires, and over 20,000 are injured,”-according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Many of these deaths and injuries can be avoided with the addition of proper planning and escape routes. Installing an egress window in each bedroom in your basement can drastically increase your chances of safely escaping a house fire and will also provide safety personnel with added points of entry into your home to fight fires and to access any people in need.
By definition, an egress window is any window that provides a safe escape route from your home in case of fire, as well as an access point for an emergency. Bone Dry Waterproofing, Inc. can install an egress window on almost any home.
There are many benefits to adding an underground basement egress window system to your home. These escape windows will increase the value of your home,and provide a safer, attractive environment for everyone in your household. The national code enforcement agency requires a minimum of 5.7 square feet of escape space so these installations will also create more natural light and added ventilation.
Adding an egress window in your basement will also increase the value of your home when you eventually sell it. An egress window will bring your basement bedroom up to code so it can legally be classified as a finished bedroom. “With an extra bedroom [in the basement], you could recover 10 to 20 times your window installation cost when you sell your home.”,according to Popular Mechanics magazine.
With the national building code requiring a minimum of 5.7 square feet of an opening, an egress window will allow natural light into your otherwise dark basement. With the addition of an egress window, you will also have the benefits of added ventilation.
There are many different styles and types of egress windows. We at Bone Dry Waterproofing, Inc. provide a wide variety of window sizes, as well as the well. The well is the surround that holds back the soil from pushing up against you new egress window. There are styles from the economic steel well, to as elaborate as a wood, brick, or stone. Let Bone Dry Waterproofing, Inc. come in for a consultation about your needs for an egress window.