Egress Windows: everything you need to know

Egress Windows: everything you need to know

The sun-ray egress windows are double-hung. The glass is held in place by two metal strips screwed into the window frame. The strips are separated by a space of about 1/2 inch (1.27 cm). This space is filled with a transparent plastic spacer, which protects against the cold outside air and keeps the glass from rattling and making noise during the winter when the house is often closed up. The spacer also blocks out harmful UV rays from escaping through the window to contribute to fading of house paint and woodwork. Below we will cover everything you need to know about sun-ray egress windows.

  1. Basement Windows in Older Homes May Be Too Small

This is a common problem when the basement windows are too small for the egress requirements of the newer codes. In some cases, it is not possible to retrofit an egress window in these older houses. The only alternative is to locate a different exit point in the place, which may be more costly and impractical than installing a new window.

  1. Requirements for Egress Windows in Basements

Exterior windows must be a minimum of 2 inches by 4 inches (5.08 cm x 10.16 cm) in size. Interior windows must be a minimum of 1/2 inch by 4 inches (1.27 cm x 10.16 cm) in length. In addition, the egress window must withstand a minimum wind load of 150 pounds per square foot (47.5 N/m²) without breaking its glass or bending the frame. The window must also fight a minimum of 50 pounds per square foot (22.2 N/m²) with the frame turning 45 degrees from vertical.

  1. How to Measure Your Basement Windows

Measure the width and height of your basement windows. If you have an existing window, measure its dimensions. If you do not have a current window, measure the width and height of the foundation wall. Measure these dimensions three times. The averages will determine what size egress window you need to install in your home. In addition, you can also use the egress width and height from the old code to determine what size egress window you need to install.

  1. If The Basement Windows are Below Ground Level

If the basement windows are below ground level, you can install an egress window 4 inches by 6 inches (10.16 cm x 15.24 cm) in size. If the basement windows are above ground level, you can install an egress window 3 inches by 6 inches (7.62 cm x 15.24 cm) in size.

  1. Choosing Basement Egress Windows

You can choose from the many different styles of basement egress windows. They come in various colors and styles, so you can choose something that best complements your home's exterior and interior design. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you must select a window that will meet your home's egress requirements. Also, you must choose a window that will provide the best view of your home's exterior.

  1. Casement Windows

These are the most common type of basement windows. They are a single pane of glass that slides up and down, like a window in a car. The casement window's advantages include its ease of installation and low cost, but they can be difficult to open during an emergency.

  1. Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are made of two panes of glass, which can be opened from the bottom to the top. The sliding window's advantage is that it is easier to open than a casement window during an emergency. However, the sliding window is less durable than a casement window. This type of window is only recommended for basement windows if it is made of a double pane of glass.

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