The Benefits Of Adding Egress Windows To Your Basement

March 27, 2023

The Benefits Of Adding Egress Windows To Your Basement

The basement gets a bad rap for being dark and dingy, but adding egress windows is an excellent way to improve the aesthetics of your basement. Not only do they allow for more natural light, but they also offer added ventilation and safety. So, whether you are building a new home or remodeling your existing one, egress windows are a great investment.

What Are Egress Windows?

Egress windows are window openings that allow occupants to escape in the case of an emergency. They are also an important means of access for firemen and emergency personnel. Not only will they add safety and comfort to your home, but they can also increase the value of your property. Aside from that, egress windows are an excellent way to increase the amount of natural light in your home. They are also a great way to bring an older home up to modern code, which can greatly enhance the aesthetics of your property.


According to the International Residential Code, a basement egress window should be at least 20 inches wide and 24 inches high. It should also have a net opening of at least 5.7 square feet, a windowsill not more than 44 inches off the floor, and a window well that projects at least 36 inches from the house with a clearance area of 9 square feet. Choosing a window that will fit your basement can be a challenge, however. You should consult a professional who can help you choose the right style for your basement.

A Worthwhile Investment

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the future, adding egress windows to your basement can be an excellent way to increase its value. If you install a basement egress window while you live in your home, you could make back the money you invested in the window in the amount of time it takes to sell your house.  Depending on the neighborhood, this project can even add ten to twenty times what you spend on it.

Benefits Of Egress Windows

Adding egress windows to your basement will allow you to enjoy the space more and will increase the value of your home. They will also help your basement breathe, reducing moisture and providing you with the airflow you need. Just having more natural light and ventilation in your basement can make it feel much more comfortable to live there, especially if you live in a humid climate. Having better airflow can also help reduce your energy costs. If you’re looking to add an egress window to your basement, it’s important that the windows are properly installed by a professional. If they aren’t, it could result in a botched project that will lead to flooding and mold growth. It’s best to hire a company that specializes in this type of work to ensure that your windows are installed properly and to code.

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