Egress windows are one of the most effective-and cost-effective-ways to increase get more enjoyment and more safety from your home while also increasing its resale value by improving your basement and making your home more useful.
At Larrabee Home Services, we pride ourselves on having extensive experience and a good-looking track record when it comes to egress windows. We're the only company in the Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan area using our Exclusive 7-Seal System to offer our LIFETIME No-Leak Guarantee.
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Egress is simply defined as a means or place of going out, an exit. An egress window is a window large enough, as defined by local building codes, for entry or exit in case of an emergency. These are typically required when finishing a basement and are paired with an egress well with an attached ladder or steps for easy escape.
Egress windows are required by law in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor, as well as in basements, with habitable space. If you are adding a sleeping room in an unfinished basement, the code requires that you install an egress window in the sleeping room or rooms.
Egress windows may be a safety requirement, but you don't have to sacrifice your basement's beauty to comply with code! Larrabee Home Services offers a variety of complete systems that will turn your basement into a bright, comfortable and more enjoyable living space. Whether you are finishing your basement to include a rec room, a game room, a family room, a home theater, kids' play area, or bedrooms, adding egress windows will let fresh air and natural light into your basement, add value to your home, and most importantly ensure the safety of your family and loved ones.
Basement living space requires emergency escape and rescue openings. Whether it is an egress window or an egress door, it has to open easily without the use of keys or tools. It must also follow code requirements for height and width of basement egress windows.
Egress opening requirements include:
A window with a minimum opening width of 20 inches
A window with a minimum opening height of 24 inches
A window with a minimum net clear opening, the actual opening through which a -person can exit, of 5.7 square feet
A sill height no higher than 44 inches above the floor
A window-well floor space of 9 square feet with minimum dimensions of 36 inches wide and long
A permanent ladder or steps if the window well depth is more than 44 inches
The difference is in the details. At Larrabee Home Services we use our Exclusive 7-Seal System ™, which ensures your new egress window is sealed tight. Most companies only use one bead of caulk and no trim. We apply our industrial-grade sealant in 7 different areas, in combination with sill sealer, window seal tape and maintenance-free exterior PVC trim boards, ensuring you will never have any leaks.
No matter how well insulated or how well sealed your window is, no window can prevent flooding. And since basement egress windows are installed below grade, the possibility of basement flooding increases.
Basement flooding can be caused by a number of factors and sources which include: saturated or frozen ground, rapid snow melt, heavy rains, yard grade issues, clay soils, clogged or improperly installed gutters, and more.
Indications that you may need an Egress Water Management System installed could include: any known basement water issues, existing wet/moist basement issues, standing or pooling water in the yard, clay soils, and ground water that flows toward the house.
Adding an Egress Water Management System protects your basement from possible flooding and gives you peace of mind knowing your basement will stay dry.
Our professionals take egress window installations very seriously. We know how important a part of your life your home it, and we'll do whatever it takes to make sure that your new egress windows are installed perfectly. Before we begin any work, we'll examine the structure of your home, the terrain, soil composition, roof, and gutters of your home present solutions that won't cause more problems than they fix.
We offer many custom-designed solutions for basement egresses. Not only do we offer galvanized well systems, but also use Bilco Scapewell system. We can also build custom egress systems using landscape timbers and retaining wall blocks-so your egress doesn't have to be bland or drab anymore!
Egress windows are a huge part of basement finishing: they can open up the space, allow natural light in, and get some fresh air into your basement. Maybe your basement is already the room you want it to be, but if you're looking to have it renovated, egress windows can be a wonderful addition to that.
View our Basement Finishing section here for more information.
If you are interested in egress windows in Kalamazoo, call Larrabee Home Services at 269-342-6356 or complete our online form.