Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, frequently referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Ketchum are made 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.
Today, many people incorporate windows into their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be limited by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Even though it may seem like a intricated task, the basic procedure of putting in a new basement window is almost as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job generally only takes a two days or so and could increase 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 need to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements found in building codes. Be sure you completely 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 have basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind that comes with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Ketchum showroom to learn more.