Egress Window Wells give you an easy way out of your home and emergency personnel an entry to rescue you and your loved ones.
Building codes require that finished basement living areas have an emergency egress large enough for a safe exit out of the space in case of an emergency.
What exactly is an egress window well?
It’s an easy-to-open basement window that serves as an emergency exit for any kind of below-ground living space. They must meet specific requirements to qualify as an egress window.
Egress windows can also help eliminate the “dungeon feeling” that many basements have as well. Egress window wells are imperative to have in case of basement flooding or in the event of a fire. Fresh air coming through the egress windows will improve your home’s overall ventilation and brighten up the place.
Essential Parts of Egress Window Wells
A complete egress system ensures that your basement is well ventilated and code compliant. It will keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an emergency.
A window well cover eliminates the risk of family, friends, and pets falling into the large opening of the window well. They can be lifted from below, allowing for easy escape in case of emergency.
If the window well is 44 inches or more below ground, a permanent ladder must be present. It must be at least 12 inches wide and project no less than 3 inches from the window well.
It cannot be obstructed by the open window or encroach on the required window well dimensions by more than 6 inches.
In order to exit your home from an egress basement window, the window well needs to be large enough to admit a person of any size.
Egress windows usually swing inward or easily slide out of the way. If there is a screen, it can be removed from the inside, making your escape quick and easy.
Size Requirements for a Basement Egress Window Well
Codes may vary in certain cities and states, so please check with your city offices, but they have to satisfy International Residential Code (IRC) criteria as well.
- Minimum width of opening: 20 inches
- Minimum height of opening: 24 inches
- Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 sq. ft. (5.0 sq. ft. for ground floor)
- Maximum sill height above floor: 44 inches
Net clear opening refers to the actual free and clear space that exists when the window is open – not the rough opening size or size of the glass panel, but the size of the actual opening a person can crawl through.
The window must be operational from the inside without any keys or tools to allow easy escape during an emergency.
Why Customers Choose Helitech
Helitech is a family-owned business that takes pride in providing long-term, high-quality solutions to every homeowner. Our expertise has been tried over the years, and while we have improved the tools we utilize to create a more efficient, seamless process for the homeowner, we still use the same patented technology that we started with in 1987.
For most, a home is one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime. Your home is a source of pride and accomplishment, which is why our team will walk you through each procedure and is available to answer your questions throughout the entire project.
If you need egress windows installed or repaired, give Helitech a call and ask for a free consultation.
We’ll give you, the homeowner, a free quote for your Egress Window.
We’ll get back to you with a cost-effective solution.
Read More Reviews
Cambridge, IL, USA
Our experiences with Helitech has been very positive especially on the heels of some bad contractor experiences! Mark Keleher was such an awesome front person to work with at the QCCA Expo Home show! He has a wealth of knowledge under his belt and really knows how to work with people! He came to our house and took pictures and was very good about giving an accurate estimate while explaining all of the details of the project. Mark called a few times to check in on us before Charlie and his crew came out and worked very professionally. I had originally taken the time off to watch the progress and to make certain things were on the up and up. Within about an hour of talking to them and Charlie carefully explaining down to the last detail what would be done, I was certain we had professionals in here! It was fun to watch the progress of the basement and I checked in every so often just for my own knowledge.
We were so concerned about the water issues that had been created from a poor job on a cement front porch. After the guys were here, it completely relieved the pressure on the walls, the sump pump and eased our minds completely! We would highly recommend Helitech again, and wouldn’t hesitate to call them if we had any other issues!