Egress Window Installation in St. Charles and St. Louis, MO
Game rooms, man caves, and home gyms are just a few of the basement finishing options homeowners choose to convert their basements into. You already own the space, so it only makes sense to utilize it. No matter the type of basement finish you choose, you always need to have a safe means of escape from your basement, or egress.
Egress windows not only provide a measure of safety to your finished basement, but light and fresh air.
Egress Window & Window Well Code Requirements
If you plan on building a bedroom in the basement, it’s the law to have an egress window or door. Code requirements include the following:
- The open area of a window must measure 5.7 square feet.
- Egress window must have an opening height of 24 inches.
- Must have an opening width of 20 inches.
- The window sill height may be no higher than 44 inches above the finished floor.
- The window shall be operable from the inside without the use of keys or tools.
- Window well must have a minimum net clear area of 9 square feet.
- The window well must have a minimum projection and width of 36 inches.
- Ladders shall have a minimum width of 12 inches and project at least 3 inches from the wall.
At Missouri Basement, our team of experts are certified to install egress window wells in your home.
Will An Egress Window Installation Add Value To My Home?
Absolutely! Installing an egress window can add significant value to your home. Finished basements typically appraise at approximately 50%-70% of the value of the main floor.
If you decide to add a finished room with an egress with the required features such as a closet, minimum square footage, ceiling height, et cetera, you can legally market it as an extra bedroom in St. Charles and St. Louis, MO.
How Long Does Installation Take?
Most of our egress installations take about 2-3 days to install. Here are a few of the factors that can affect our completion time:
- Accessibility to the work area
- Electrical outlets for possible window well sump pump
- Type of well drainage system; daylight drain, connect to existing footing drain, sump pump
- Inspections by code officials