Windows can make your basement more enjoyable-and safe. Large basement windows, often referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Monroe are built to let more light into the rooms that are below ground than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Today, many people plan for windows in their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be restricted by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Although it may seem like a intricated project, 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 couple of days and could raise the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, why are 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. Be 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 the temperature more stable. 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 have basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind you get from adding safety features to your home. Visit your Monroe showroom to learn more.