Why Should I Get An Egress Window?

Basement Egress Well Covers

An egress opening is designed to be large enough for a firefighter to climb in or a person to climb out of in an emergency. Federal building codes now require all living spaces in your home to have 2 forms of egress, with specific code required size and heights to be code compliant.

Installing an egress opening is not a job for do-it-yourselfers. Superior Restoration’s experts are experienced, licensed, and insured with years of experience behind them.

What Is An Egress Window?

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An egress opening is designed to be large enough for a firefighter to climb in or a person to climb out of in an emergency. U.S. building codes require each bedroom of a home to have an emergency exit window, with minimum sizes specified.

Superior Restoration & Remodeling Inc. is the supplier, and installer of code-compliant egress window systems and accessories. Superior Restoration & Remodeling Inc. has provided families with comfortable, safe below-ground living space for over 27 years.

Building Code Requirements For An Egress Opening?

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Superior Restoration & Remodeling Inc. strictly adheres to Building Code Requirements:

  • Basements and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency and rescue opening.
  • The required emergency and rescue opening in the bedrooms located in the basement satisfies the requirement of the basement having an emergency and rescue opening.
  • The bottom sill of egress windows shall be no more than 44 inches above the finished floor height.
  • Egress windows shall have a clear opening, measured when the operable part of the window is entirely open, of 5.7 square feet and meeting the following minimum dimensions.
  • Windows with a bottom sill height of no more than 44 inches above or below grade are allowed to be a minimum of 5 square feet.
  • Minimum clear opening width = 20 inches.
  • Minimum clear opening height = 24 inches.
  • Egress windows shall be operational from the inside of the room without keys or special knowledge.
  • Below grade egress windows shall be installed with an egress window well meeting the following minimum dimensions.
  • The minimum horizontal dimension of 36 inches by 36 inches allows the window to be fully opened.
  • Ladders or steps shall be required for window wells deeper than 44 inches and are allowed to project a maximum of 6 inches into the required area of the well.
  • Ladders shall be permanently fixed and have a minimum interior width of 12 inches, extending at least 3 inches from the Casement clear opening.
  • Must be 5.7 square feet, or 5 square feet if grade floor opening.
  • Edge of open window Double Hung Clear opening must be 5.7 square feet, or 5 square feet if grade floor opening.
  • The well wall must have rungs spaced no more than 18 inches vertically for the full height of the well.
  • Window wells are allowed to be covered with covers or screens, provided that the net clear opening height and width of the cover or screen, when open, meets that of the egress window itself, as stated earlier. Such covers or screens shall be releasable or removable from the inside without using a key, tool, special knowledge, or force greater than that required for the egress window's regular operation.
  • Egress windows may be placed under decks or other projections, provided the window can be fully opened and provides a path not less than 36 inches in height to a yard or court.
Egress Well Covers
Egress Well Covers

Egress Well Covers are available for each model of the Egress Wells we offer.

These Egress Well Covers are made of clear polycarbonate which allows sunlight in while keeping debris and bad weather out. The polycarbonate plastic Cover is UV-stabilized to minimize spider webbing and discoloration.

They can safely hold 500 pounds meeting most building codes. It can handle a heavy snow load, but must be cleared after each snow to assure ease of use. Egress Window Well Covers will keep kids and animals safe while keeping leaves, trash and bad weather out, while also allowing the maximum amount of sunlight in.