The phrase, "means of egress", refers to the ability to exit the structure, primarily in the event of an emergency such as a fire. Specifically, a means of egress is broken into three parts. The path of travel to an exit, the exit itself, and the path to a safe area outside. Our team can install a variety of egress solutions for your basement that are guaranteed to provide a safe route outside of your home in the case of an emergency.
The Installation Process
Egress windows can be installed by being retrofit into your existing basement. Both solutions provide the same quality of egress and safety for your family. If your home does not have an egress window, you should consider having one retro-fit into your existing basement. During the installation process of an egress window, many factors are taken into account. The location of the window depends on which wall offers the best light. Eastern facing windows provide the best morning light, while southern facing windows offer the best light year-round. The location will also depend on obstacles, like buried utilities, shrubbery, indoor wiring, and duct work. You also need to know where buried utility lines are so you don't hit or interfere with water, gas, electrical, cable, or sewer lines when the well is dug.
The Three Steps Of Retro-Fitting An Egress Window
Step One: Preparation
The Window Outline Will Be Marked on the concrete, space will need to be added for the header if the window is being placed perpendicular to the floor joists. If the window is being installed on a load-bearing wall, the header may need to be reinforced. Using a concrete saw with a diamond blade, a cutting line will be made on the outside wall. The hole will then be cut out for the window. If the foundation is concrete block, a hammer will be used to break the blocks away from the wall.