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What You Should Know About Walk Out Basement and Egress Window Construction

Egress windows have many advantages besides being a smart financial decision. One, and my favorite, is the natural light the egress window allows into your gloomy basement.

Even the nicest finished basements always lack one very important thing, natural light.  Natural light livens up a room, allows for natural plants to flourish, and generally just makes people happier. Imagine sitting in your basement office or basement bedroom and being able to gaze out and see the sunny day around you.

Do not be fooled by do-it-yourself blogs which can make it sound easy.  Installing an egress window is an involved and very technical task.

In order to install one, your foundation must be cut, yes the foundation which holds your house up.  Also the drainage system must be properly tied into your home’s existing drainage system.

Be sure to ask potential egress window contractors how they intend to do this, and pay attention.  If you feel like they don’t know the answer, be concerned.  Improper installation can be disastrous and turn your potential gem into a never ending nightmare.

Also ask how they intend to cut the foundation.  If they say anything other than a track mounted hydraulic wet saw tell them, “ Thanks, but no thanks!”  Installing an egress window is not a job for a handyman or weekend warrior.

Be sure to select an insured, bonded member of the Better Business Bureau.  We have installed every style of egress window well and have weeded out the low quality and over priced options for you.

Building codes dictate that any basement containing a bedroom or sleeping room must contain an egress window and approved egress window well system to facilitate occupants’ escape in case of fire or other natural disaster.

Adding an egress window not only provides priceless peace of mind, but also adds value to your home, and increases your quality of life while spending time in your finished basement.

When you list your home, the MLS listing will ignore all finished footage in your finished basement possibly causing potential buyers to pass over your listing, not knowing your home meets their square footage requirements.  This being said, installing an egress window and egress window well, yields incomparable returns on your investment.

The square footage of a typical basement has an equal amount of square footage as each floor above.  Imagine what adding a couple of bedrooms, a bathroom, and multiplying the total square feet in your home will do for its value.  In this housing market every seller needs every advantage he or she can get to stand out from the house down the street.

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Nova Construction Pro can install an egress window while we finish your basement, or in your already finished basement.

Installing egress windows while basement remodeling can maximize the cost effectiveness of both projects.  Cutting the foundation allows us to bring drywall, and other building materials, easily into the basement, an advantage which has obvious benefits if you have ever had to carry anything into yours.

Also doing both projects simultaneously eliminates interior finishing costs.

The window sill may be no more than 44 inches from the finished floor with a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet.  This means when the window is in open position the accessible opening must be equal to or greater than 5.7 square feet.

The best type of window for achieving this requirement and minimizing the penetration through your home’s basement foundation walls are casement, or “crank out” windows.  When open, these windows provide nearly 100% of the window’s rough opening size as an escape opening.  Code also has requirements for the type of window well and amenities the egress window well you select provides.

Nova Construction Pro also installs full egress walkout doors regardless of your home’s dirt grade.  We have several relatively inexpensive options to install a door entering and exiting your basement.  The possibilities this remodeling option will provide for you are endless.

We have installed many types of full egress walk out door and stair systems and have received positive feedback from other industry professionals on our innovative ideas, and cost effective techniques for achieving functional basement doors where people thought they could never exist.

Let us show you how easy it can be!

Egress Window Styles

Casement: Casement egress windows swing open or crank outward. This single application is considered one of the more simple to install. Vinyl and fiberglass make up the bulk of windows that are used below-grade due to the low maintenance requirements. Casement windows will need to have enough opening in a window well to prepare for both the window and person exiting the room.

Horizontal Sliding: Horizontal sliding windows are larger windows that require a larger opening. They are typically used in larger bedrooms or living areas due to the large amount of light they can bring in. The window slides are set on a track horizontally and usually latches in the middle.

Double Hung vs. Single Hung: Double and single hung windows may appear very similar. The difference is in the sash. A double hung window can be raised or lowered, making them ideal for cleaning. A single hung window is fixed at the sash. The lower window can tilt out for operation or cleaning. A single hung window is more difficult to open if there is debris in the way. They usually work best in living room or family room applications.