Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, frequently referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Wellesley are built to let more light into the underground rooms than the conventional, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Now, many people plan for windows in their basement design when they build new houses. But, you don't have to be constrained by your home's design if it only has smaller, more traditional basement windows. Though it may seem like a complex task, the basic method of installing a new basement window is almost as simple as digging a hole in your yard and cutting out a space in your wall. The job generally only takes a couple of days and could improve the value of your home-especially if you are adding a bedroom to your home.
So, what makes 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 found in building codes. Be sure you have a full understanding of 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 stablilize the temperature. Like all Pella® windows, our basement windows are made to withstand harsh weather and are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may help save you money on energy costs.
Most of our replacement window product lines have basement window replacement options that meet emergency requirements and give you the peace of mind associated with adding safety features to your home. Visit your Wellesley showroom to learn more.