Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, often referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Birmingham are made to let more light into the underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Now, many people include windows in 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. Although it may seem like a complex project, the fundamental process of installing a new basement window is about as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job typically only takes a couple of days 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 primary 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. It's important that 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 extreme weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines incorporate basement window replacement choices that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind you get from adding safety features to your home. Visit your Birmingham showroom to learn more.