An egress window is a type of window intended to provide a dwelling with an emergency exit. In order for a window to be considered an egress window it must meet certain size specifications set in place by local building codes. Regardless of where you live, egress windows are required in any room that is intended for sleeping.
In addition to the rooms you are required to have an egress window installed in, you may be trying to decide whether or not it is beneficial to have them installed in other places in your home as well. When making this decision it will help to look at the pros and cons of installing this type of window.
Pros of Installing an Egress Window
Value: The value of your home will be increased because you are bringing your bedrooms, basements, and any other room you install a new window in up to code. Calculations should be made according to square-footage. When the home is sold, you may be able to recover 10 to 20 times the cost of installation.
Safety: In the year 2014, there was a household fire reported every 86 seconds. One person was reported dead by fire every 2 hours and 41 minutes and one person was injured by fire every 33 minutes. The chances of escaping a household fire go up with every egress window installed in your home.
Added Comfort: The fresh air coming from the newly installed window is comforting if a room, especially if the room has been without any window ventilation.
Cons of Installing an Egress Window
Inconvenience: Inconvenience is one major downside because this will be a major project. You need to be prepared for the unavoidable time the process may take. You will also need to adhere to all major building codes. When you weigh this against the inconvenience of losing a family member in a house fire the time and money spent on installing the window is hardly comparable.
Moisture-related issues: Moisture-related problems may occur in the bathroom or basement areas. To prevent this from happening you need to be sure the window well is the correct space from the floor. If the area is in a basement, you may need to install drainage systems. You also must be sure all the gutters are running-off away from the home. In the bathroom, a ventilation fan will also help with the moisture issue.
Deciding you want to install new windows is the easy part. Deciding what kind of window and how many windows is the hard part. Consider your options by contacting local professionals for quotes regarding prices. Then, the only thing you have left to worry about is enjoying your new window. To learn more, contact a window replacement company like Affordable Home Remodeling.