Windows are able to make your basement more aesthetically pleasing and improve safety. Large basement windows, sometimes called "egress windows," from Pella of South Portland are made to permit more light into underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that are put above ground. They also give you an escape in case of an emergency.
The primary difference between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows must be made for an average-sized person to get out in order to meet safety requirements set up in building codes. You are able to pick from appropriately sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you add basement windows. Make certain that you completely understand local building codes prior to purchasing basement windows.