Basement Egress Windows
What is an egress window?
An Egress Window is a window required in select locations in a dwelling place. It is intended to provide a route of an emergency exit.
Why do I need an egress window?
An egress window is important to have as a 2nd means of escape other than just the stairs in a basement. It is actually required by law that once a basement is turned into a bedroom; an egress window must be installed.
What are the benefits of having an egress window?
Egress windows can be a great addition to your home. They can provide three essential elements that will give any homeowner peace of mind. One element is safety. Egress windows can be an alternate escape route in the event of a fire, or any other scenario that would cause you to have to evacuate the room. Another element is the increase in home value. Yes, adding an egress window can benefit you by increasing your property value. Now that’s a win/win for anyone looking to add to their home and possibly reap a little extra in the end. A third element is the design or personality element. We have different styles you can choose from to fit the personality of your home. You can let the sunshine in with the natural light coming through your window, all while having a window worth looking at!
What are the typical dimensions of an egress window?
Window size requirements include a minimum height of 24 inches and a minimum width of 20 inches.
Is an egress window required by law in Ohio (specifically Columbus)?
An egress window is only required if the area has been converted into a bedroom or someone is sleeping in the basement. This provides an emergency means of exit. If the basement is only being used as an office, storage, playroom or other activity room then an egress is not required.