The egress window is a life-saving fixture in your home that allows for a safe and easy exit in the event of an emergency. It follows a certain standard as indicated by the International Building Code (IBC), setting a minimum net clear opening, width and height. The code also takes into account its maximum distance from the floor and the way in which it is opened.
Certain windows are suitable for egress as long as they meet code requirements. Renewal by Andersen® of San Diego, local window company, discusses them here.
Found in many homes, they consist of two sashes overlapping horizontally in the middle. While most of these windows only open from bottom to top, some do open from top to bottom. They can be used as egress windows, but even when they’re fully open, more than half of their overall area is blocked by glass. That said, their overall height must be close to four feet nine inches to meet the requirements.
They are like sliding doors in that the sashes move along a horizontal track and is operated from side to side. Window installation pros call for dimensions of at least four feet wide and four feet height to meet egress requirements. Given their expansive glass areas and narrow frames, these windows are a perfect fit in basements, especially if bringing in natural light is required.
Known for having side-hinged sashes, casement windows are an ideal choice for egress windows. They fulfill the code requirements while taking up the smallest amount of wall space. They can be installed with an operator arm specially designed to allow the window to be opened wider than a standard window unit.
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