Your family’s safety comes first. Fires and flooding can put your family in danger. Egress windows are the safest and most affordable solution which also adds fresh air and light to your basement.
Egress escape windows are legally required and make your home code complaint.
Towns, village, and city code enforcement agencies are enforcing these laws.
According to the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) requirements, egress windows and wells are required under the following circumstances:
If you add a bedroom to a basement, an egress window must be installed in that bedroom.
If you create a habitable space in your basement and you currently do not have an egress window, one must be included with the installation of the habitable room.
Egress windows prevent lawsuits from renters.
Whether you are legally or illegally renting your basement to a tenant, egress is required. The presence of egress escape windows is also an important protection for a landlord during disputes with tenants.
Egress windows are needed when selling your home.
Before selling your home, make sure your basement is code compliant. You will not be able to pass inspections and your buyer will not be able to obtain a mortgage without having the necessary number of egress windows. This can put the sale of your home in jeopardy.