Everything To Know About Egress Windows
In case of emergency situations, window wells provide a quick exit for people inside the building; after all, it is the objective of its design. They are required in bedrooms on every floor but most of the time, you’ll see it in basements that have habitable space and designed to be accessed easily by rescue teams and firemen.
The egress windows ought to meet the International Regulation Code or IRC. For instance, these windows should have a minimum opening height of at least 24 inches, minimum opening width of 20 inches, a minimum net clear opening of 5sq/ft for ground floors and 5.7sq/ft for other floors and lastly, maximum still height of 44 inches above floor.
Net clear opening is basically the amount of available space for someone to crawl through if the window is open while the minimum height and width for window wells are 24 and 20 inches respectively, a 24×20 inch window can yield a net clear opening of at least 3.3 sq/ft. which is less than the net clear opening required in IRC criteria.
Now, in an effort to attain net clear opening of 5.7 sq/ft. minimum, there has to be at least 20 inch window that have a minimum height of 42 inches and also, a 42 inch high window should be at least 34 inches wide. The IRC has set regulations in monitoring window wells that indicates that the egress window must have enough amount of space for it to allow the window be opened fully with minimum 9 sq/ft floor area.
Say that you are living in an old house which was erected just before the IRC requirements were set, then there is a possibility that your window wells not meet its regulation. Sometimes, when homeowners have made a decision to convert an office or other room of the house to a bedroom or add a new room to the basement when doing home remodeling, they do forget to add egress windows that meet the IRC criteria. In the event that any of your windows are missing such, then it will be a wise move to consider installing it for safety reasons.
Because of the reason that egress windows primarily serve as a mean to escape, it is essential not just to keep it free of any objects or widow treatments that might hinder a person’s escape but to also avoid using complex locks which can make it hard to operate. But this does not indicate that you can simply let your windows to look boring. Of course, there’s no problem in using any design idea or style but see to it that it meets the IRC criteria. To be sure with the design and style, you may consider contacting a professional.
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