Windows can make your basement more enjoyable-and safe. Large basement windows, frequently referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of South Portland are designed to let more light into the rooms that are below ground than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Now, many people include windows in their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be limited by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Although it may seem like a complex undertaking, the basic procedure of installing a new basement window is nearly as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job generally only takes a day or two and could improve the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, why are basement windows different from other windows? The main difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows need to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements found in building codes. Make sure you have a full understanding of local building codes before you purchase basement windows. We can help!
Not only can basement windows increase the livability of your basement living space by improving its light, safety and design, but they can help stablilize the temperature. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand some of the most extreme weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines include basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and give you the peace of mind you get from adding safety features to your home. Visit your South Portland showroom to learn more.