What are Egress Windows?

If you’ve heard the term “egress window”, chances are you might have wondered what it was and if you need one. An egress window is typically defined as a “path out” and is usually a window that is large enough for entry or exit in case of an emergency. The size has been defined by local business codes. In other words, in case of an emergency, the windows in your home or basement area need to be large enough so people inside the home can get out and rescue workers can get in. In addition, the windows need to be operable from the inside without any extra tools or equipment. No matter what, they need to be wide enough for you to crawl through in the event of an emergency situation.

What are the regulations surrounding egress windows?
Here are the basic regulations that you need to keep in mind when it comes to egress windows.

-Minimum opening width: 20 inches

-Minimum height of opening: 24 inches

-Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 square feet

-Maximum sill height above floor: 44 inches

If you’re in the process of buying or selling your home or are considering buying or selling, be aware that an inspector will check to make sure that the windows meet egress and if they don’t, you may need to have them replaced. If you plan on having new windows installed, our team will be sure that your windows meet egress standards and that everything will be up to code for your own safety. Some older homes were built before egress requirements were set in place, so if you’re remodeling, take this into consideration and do your research on which ones may need to be replaced. Your safety is important!

Whether it’s one window or a full remodel that includes your basement, our team of experienced window specialists are well-versed in the various local safety codes and can work with you on getting the right egress windows in place for your home. We are proud to serve Portland and the surrounding areas as well as Central Oregon and soon, our Vancouver, Washington location. Our company has a sterling reputation that has been built over the last couple of decades and we’re proud of our team. Let us help you prioritize your project!