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Egress Window Wells

Did you know building codes specify that basements, basement bedrooms, and every sleeping room, shall have at least one operable emergency and rescue opening?  Egress means “a way of going out or leaving a place,” and you want your windows to allow for escape in the event of an emergency. Especially when your structure has a fire, you need a window that can allow you to get out or a firefighter to get in. According to international residential building codes, an egress window’s area should be at least 5.7 square feet. The width should be at least 20 inches and the height should be at least 24 inches (City of Kansas City, Missouri). Egress window systems are not only the solution to adding safety compliance to your livable basement space; they add light, ventilation, and value as well. We all know that windows let in light and allow for ventilation but the question you might be asking is how does it bring value?  Adding an egress window allows homeowners to use their finished basement as a bedroom; and most will recoup 20 or 30 times the money they invested when it comes time to sell their home.
 

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Rockwell Egress Window System Installed Foundation 1 Kansas Missouri

In addition to an emergency escape route, egress window wells help turn your basement into a retreat. These windows have a stone texture that truly looks and feels like real stone, adding great curb appeal and an aesthetically pleasing view from inside and outside your home. These wells also allow for more natural light into an otherwise dark & drab basement.

 

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Basement space with Egress Window System


Video of Egress Window Installation

 

The Boman Kemp Window System is an economical solution for taking the basement to a whole new level. The complete system includes the Easy-Buck, Easy-Well, Double Insulated Vinyl Window, Safety Grate, Lexan Cover, and Escape Ladder. It meets and exceeds the egress requirements of all communities. When you partner with Foundation 1, you can get the entire system installed in one go, reducing stress and eliminating the need to work with multiple contractors. Your basement bedroom will meet international building code when you install an egress window that provides a means of escape, and you can list this extra bedroom space when you go to sell your home.


Egress Window Requirements

Egress is simply defined as “a path out,” which is why the term is used for these “emergency exit” windows, which have to be of a certain size and meet other regulations. In case of a fire or other emergency, you need larger windows for a safe escape from a dangerous situation. Your basement windows must be able to be operated from the inside without tools or keys, and when the windows are ajar, they must have an opening wide enough for a person to crawl through. Basement egress windows have special requirements due to the fact that they are below ground. For your own safety, and the safety of others who may be staying in a basement room, you should install large egress windows that meet current code. Because the window must still be able to be utilized for escape in emergency situations, a window well must be installed. The well must be big enough to move in and easy to escape from. At Foundation 1, we’re well-trained in all the requirements for your egress window installation and will make sure your home can be safely escaped in case of emergency. We take special care in ensuring your new basement windows will meet egress requirements. If you are unsure of whether you need new windows, call us today. We provide free inspections of basement windows and a free estimate of installation costs.

Connect With a Kansas City Egress Window Installer

Do you believe that your basement or ground floor windows don’t meet current width requirements and minimum height code requirements? For safety reasons, you want these specific requirements to be met so you can create a safe home for your family and guests. With the installation of egress windows, you can avert disaster in the event of a fire or other emergency situation.
Foundation 1 is standing by, ready to help with a basement remodeling project. Call for a free inspection and estimate of your egress window installation today.

As an investor I always add an egress window to the homes I buy. It instantly adds more value to the home than the initial investment. It’s a no-brainer for me and Foundation 1 is my go to contractor.– Chris, Olathe

I can’t believe how much light the window lets in. The room actually feels larger than before. Foundation 1 did a great job and would definitely refer them or use them again. – Steve, Leawood  

Great for the cost, went with the basic well package and I love it. I wish I had room for one more but this one made a huge difference. Great work, Great price. –Angela, KCK