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Egress Windows

According to the International Building Code, egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes and in basements with habitable space. If you decide to finish your basement, to create habitable space or a sleeping room, an egress window must be part of your plan.

An egress window must satisfy all IBC criteria:

  • Minimum width of opening, 20”.
  • Minimum height of opening, 24”.
  • Minimum net clear opening, 5.7 sq. ft.
  • Maximum sill height above floor, 44”.

A wide variety of glass and window designs are available for consideration for your project.

The most popular and affordable choice is our egress casement window that is specifically designed to open wider than standard for easier exit.

All our egress windows come in a variety of interior and exterior colors for your specific application as well.

Basement egress windows must also have a permanent window well, which also must meet certain criteria and standards for code compliance.

Basement window wells must:

  • Allow the escape window to be fully opened.
  • Contain at least 9 sq. ft. of "floor space” with a minimum dimension of 36” x 36”.
  • Contain a permanently installed ladder for easier escape.
  • Must be constructed of a material that is permanent or designed to resist decay and rot.
  • Covers are permitted.

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