Egress Window & Window Wells Silver Spring
Egress windows are specialty windows that are installed to meet code regulations and provide safety measures and practical measures for certain rooms that are below ground level. If you have a finished basement, for example, an Egress window is installed in a bell shape near one of the existing base windows or via a new one that’s installed for the same purpose. The Egress window serves as an emergency escape to prevent those in the lower levels of the home from becoming trapped during a fire or flood. So get your egress windows and window wells Silver Spring for all your projects.
While the main purpose of an Egress window is to provide an outlet for safe escape during an emergency, they can also provide other benefits too, such as adding natural light to a room that’s below the ground or may not receive the same natural sunlight as the rest of the home. The first way to determine if you need or want an Egress window, is to look at the space you currently have available in the home and decide what rooms will be inhabited. That means your living room, bedrooms, lounges, and any other space where you intend to space most of your time or are hospitable environments for others too as well. This means if you have a basement that’s unfinished and only used for storage, you may not need an Egress window, but if you have it converted into a finished basement with carpet and a sofa, it will require an Egress window.
If you don’t already have a space where an Egress window can go, you’ll need to think about installing a window well. Egress windows and window wells go together hand-in-hand because without one or the other, you don’t have a functioning escape window unit. Window wells are the U-shaped space outside of the Egress window that usually accommodates a latter for quick escape. Window wells are installed in conjunction with Egress windows so that there is a safe way for you to reach ground level by climbing out from the bottom.
Furthermore, Egress windows need to always be installed by a professional who understands the local code requirements and regulations for an Egress window and its accompanying window well. Having worked in the business for many years, we fully understand how masonry can contribute to the building of and integration of a secure Egress window. Using materials like brick or stone to carve and line the interiors of the window well, are not only a durable solution, but an aesthetically-pleasing one as well.
Code Requirements and Regulations
Like any other building structure or part of your home, Egress window and window wells require specific size measurements to meet code regulations. You can check with your local residential code to see the exact measurements, but we always obtain permits and code guidelines before beginning any Egress window and window well project. We also do this to avoid ruining your lawn with the excessive digging and to ensure that your new installation meets all the safety standards set out the by local authorities.