Windows can make your basement more pleasant-and safe. Large basement windows, often referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Albany are built to let more light into the rooms that are below ground than the conventional, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Currently, many people incorporate windows into 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. Though it may seem like a complex task, the actual process of adding a new basement window is nearly as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job usually only takes a day or two and could improve the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, what makes basement windows different from other windows? The key 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 detailed in building codes. Make sure you fully understand local building codes before you purchase basement windows. We can help!
Not only can basement windows enrich your basement living space by improving its light, safety and design, but they can help keep your basement at a comfortable temperature. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand some of the most extreme weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines include basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and offer you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Albany showroom to learn more.