Windows can make your basement more pleasing-and safe. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Des Moines are built to let more light into the underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide an escape in case of an emergency.
Currently, many people incorporate windows into 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 project, the basic procedure of adding 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 usually only takes a couple of days and could increase 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 primary difference between a basement, or egress, window and standard windows is that basement windows have to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements outlined in building codes. Be sure you fully 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 stablilize the temperature. 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 include basement window replacement selections that meet emergency requirements and provide you the peace of mind you get from adding safety features to your home. Visit your Des Moines showroom to learn more.