Egress Window Systems: Do You Need One?
To egress basically means to come out of something or somewhere. Egress window systems are types of window installations that help you “come out of” your house when in danger and the cause of the danger is inside the house – say, fire.
Typically, an egress window system consists of an egress window, egress well and steps or ladder to facilitate easy escape, and is often installed during the finishing of a basement.
Do You Need One? Why not Use a Regular Window?
Do you need to have a safe escape point in case you really need to? You most probably do. So an egress window system might be of help.
Maybe, like many others, you think regular windows will do the same job. Well, here is why egress window systems cannot be replaced-at least not with regular windows.
A genuine egress window meets the following strict criteria set by International Residential Code (IRC):
- A minimum of 5.7 sq. ft. clear opening.
- The clear opening must be at least 36” in height and 20” in width.
- It should be designed in such a way that you or anybody else can operate it from inside without needing a key, tool or any special skills.
- A sill of at most 44” from the floor.
- The installation must be done properly.
Well, maybe you can use a regular window as an egress window, but what’s the chance that a regular window system will have been installed with the criteria in mind?
The regulations are in such a way that there is no risk in using the window at all. Well, the cover is sturdy enough to support 500 pounds while it protects anyone from falling into the well. It is also so light that a child can easily escape.
- No compromise on beauty
You don’t have to worry that your beautiful basement will be messed up, especially if it is done by a professional who aims at giving you your money’s worth.
This is the whole point, right? In case of an emergency you can always count on the system for a safe exit.
Egress window systems play an important part, not only in enhancing escape during emergencies but also, in lighting up your basement whilst maintaining its beauty. Also, unless you believe you know what to do and don’t mind several hours of hard work, have a professional install it for you.