Advantages of Egress Windows
Even if you don’t intend to put a bedroom in your basement it is very wise to have an ESCAPE option. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and over 20,000 are injured.”
Installing an egress window in enclosed spaces can offer that escape route and dramatically improve safety. In addition, these windows can add considerable value to your home. Well built homes that conform to the codes of today will appeal to potential home buyers. Worries of a homeowner or potential future buyers can be minimized with the proper egress window in the basement. These windows allow natural light and provide ventilation on nice days and help the basement feel just like any other part of the house. Circulation of fresh air provided by windows can help prevent basements from feeling stale or damp.
“with an extra legal bedroom [in the basement], you could recover 10 to 20 times your window installation cost when you eventually sell your home.” According to Popular Mechanics Magazine
In any event, a homeowner’s decision to install an egress window is money well spent and gives sound peace of mind knowing their loved ones have a way out in the event of the “un-thinkable.”