Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Southern Pines are made to let more light into the underground rooms 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 intricated undertaking, the actual method of adding a new basement window is almost 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 raise the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, what makes basement windows different from other windows? The key 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 detailed in building codes. Make sure you fully understand 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 keep the temperature more stable. 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 incorporate 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 Southern Pines showroom to learn more.