Why Functional Egress Windows are so Important for Your Basement
The history of egress windows is one of function, rather than form. Although the addition of functional egress windows can go a long way to brighten up a dark space and even hinder the growth of mold or bacteria, the importance of installing egress windows has much more to do with another purpose entirely.
The key word here is functional. An egress window is only as valuable as its ability to be opened and to provide a way to get out of a basement with ease. Not only do functional egress windows provide a safe means of exit for you and your loved ones, but they also provide an easy entrance for firefighters or other first responders.
Functional Egress Windows are About Much More Than Just Looks
Most building code standards even require a functional egress window in any room used for sleeping or as a living space. With nearly 4,000 deaths every year due to house fires according to the US Fire Administration, research has shown that many of them could be avoided with an effective exit plan.
Some homeowners are concerned with the aesthetics of installing an egress window, but a trusted and experienced installer like those at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing have access to egress windows suppliers who carry windows sure to match your current style. Residents often dress us egress windows with succulents or other popular design trends.
Functional Egress Windows Make a Great Investment That Provide a Big Return
Above the safety they provide and the way a functional egress window will allow more natural light into your basement, the installation of a functional egress window will also increase the value of your home. You may have the opportunity to declare your basement as an additional bedroom so that prospective home buyers will be more attracted to your home when it comes time to sell.
With safety as their number one priority, Tom’s Basement Waterproofing will make sure that the right egress window is installed in your next basement remodel or in replacing a hopper window currently installed with a functional egress window. This often includes modifications to your foundation or excavation in order to make space for an easy exit.
Call Tom’s Basement Waterproofing at 586-776-7270 or use our online contact form to request more information and begin scheduling a consultation for your home today.