If you have a basement, chances are you either have or should have an egress window. They not only let extra light into your basement but also could be vital to your family's safety in the event of an emergency.
Here at Jerry's Waterproofing, located in Omaha, Nebraska, we are professional egress window installers who offer great top of the line window well products manufactured by Bilco. Whether you are building a new home with a finished basement or remodeling your basement for an additional bedroom or living area, you should install an egress window and egress window well in your home.
If you have any questions, call Jerry's Waterproofing at 402-392-2211.
Simply put, an egress window is a window that a person can use to escape outside in case of an emergency.
Most older basements have small windows peeking out from just below the basement ceiling, the only part of the basement that is above ground. For an old, unfinished basement, this might be sufficient, but with an increasing number of homeowners converting their basement into living space, this is often not be the case.
Egress windows offer a different solution.
Basement egress windows are dug into the ground to allow larger windows to be placed within basement living spaces. Not only do they let light in, but they can let you out, doubling as an escape route in case of an emergency.
Read more about what an egress window is.
If you have a living space, particularly a bedroom in the basement, an egress window allows family members to escape from the basement and other areas on the upper floors that may be blocked by smoke or flames.
In case of a fire or medical emergency and the other entrances are locked or blocked by smoke or flame, egress windows allow firefighters and emergency personnel an easier way to enter the home.
Especially if the basement is to be used as a living area, installing an egress window provides natural light. It also provides a way for gardeners and indoor plant growers to keep plants in the basement.
In most communities in Nebraska and Iowa, if you are building a one- or two-story home with a basement or remodeling your basement to add an apartment or extra bedroom, you are required by law to provide an egress window. These laws are strictly enforced in new residential homes.
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As stated above, in certain areas you are required to have egress windows in every bedroom, including those in the basement.
In Iowa specifically, some of the requirements include:
Read more about egress window requirements in our region.
Read more about the advantages of having an egress window cover.
Jerry's Waterproofing offers two great window well products to fulfill your family's needs. Click on the links below to find additional information on these products and help you feel at ease about their quality.
Bilco's stakWEL Window Well System
Bilco's scapeWEL Window Well System
Contact Jerry's Waterproofing to learn more about our egress window and window well offerings.