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Egress Windows

Yoder Home Services are your egress window and repair specialists. Serving the greater Elkhart County area, we would love to give you a free estimate on your egress installation or repair project.

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An egress window is a window that is large enough to provide an emergency exit in case of a fire or other emergency situations. It must meet specific size and accessibility requirements to comply with building codes.

Egress windows are required by building codes in certain areas, especially in rooms used as bedrooms, to provide a safe exit route in case of an emergency. They ensure the safety and well-being of occupants and allow easy access for emergency personnel.

The minimum size requirements for an egress window typically vary by location and building codes. However, a common guideline is that the window must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet, with a minimum height of 24 inches and a minimum width of 20 inches.

Not all existing windows can be converted into egress windows. The window must meet the minimum size requirements, have a sill height no higher than 44 inches from the floor, and allow for a clear and unobstructed exit path outside.

The installation process involves obtaining necessary permits, cutting an opening in the foundation wall, installing a window well, positioning the window, and ensuring proper sealing and insulation. It’s crucial to follow local building codes and regulations during the process.

Yes, egress windows typically require a window well. The window well is a below-grade structure around the window that allows for easy access and egress. It helps prevent soil and debris from obstructing the window and ensures safety and visibility.

While egress windows can be installed on most walls, it’s essential to consider obstructions, utilities, and other structural elements that may affect the installation. Consulting a professional is recommended to determine the best location.

There are various types of egress windows available, including casement, sliding, and hinged windows. The best choice depends on factors such as the window’s location, your budget, and personal preferences.

Building codes often require a ladder or steps to be installed outside the egress window well. The ladder or steps should be easy to use and extend at least 36 inches below the window opening.

While some experienced DIYers may be able to handle egress window installation, it’s a complex task that requires precise measurements, knowledge of building codes, and proper sealing techniques. Hiring a professional ensures the job is done safely and in compliance with regulations.