Windows can make your basement more pleasant-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Terre Haute are designed to let more light into the rooms that are below ground than the conventional, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Currently, many people plan for windows in their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be restricted by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Though it may seem like a complex project, the fundamental procedure of putting in a new basement window is about as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job typically only takes a day or two and could improve the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, why are basement windows different from other windows? The main difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows must be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements detailed in building codes. Make sure you completely 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 options that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind associated with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Terre Haute showroom to learn more.