Egress Window Basics
Any basement that is used as a living space is required to have an emergency exit, which is called an egress. These emergency exits provide a way in and out to the basement in the case of a fire or other emergency. Every city or county will have slightly different requirements as to size, height from ground, etc. so homeowners will need to speak with several local contractors to make sure they fully understand the codes and details that apply to their basement project. Egress windows are an integral part of a finished basement, which will increase the amount of square footage of a home and can provide some significant added value to worth of a home.