Egress windows are a simple way to add more space to your home. These windows allow you to convert your basement or attic into a livable space that you can use as you please. While you can use space in an attic or basement without an egress window, it can’t legally be counted as a bedroom without that window due to safety reasons.
The exact requirements for an egress window will depend on your local building codes. While egress windows are fairly standard with a new construction home, they are also required when you do some remodeling in your home. All the rules have to do with accessibility and size. The window must be big enough to get out of without a challenge or for emergency professionals to get into the home.
You can choose to install an egress window in your basement to meet the current building codes. You must read up on the requirements before you choose to start the work. These windows are not only a way to make your home safer, they can increase the available bedrooms in your home, which will increase the value of your home.
In many cases, it makes sense to hire a professional to do the work. While the homeowner may be able to do the egress window installation on their own, if you have a masonry wall to cut through or want to ensure that the window is up to code, then hiring a professional makes the most sense to get it done right.