Some people are familiar with egress windows while others have no idea what I’m talking about. It is a rather dry subject but very important for safety purposes. Although National Window Safety Week has passed, Gravina’s Window Center wanted to take the opportunity to touch on such an important topic.
First off, what exactly is an egress window? To put it in understandable English, an egress window is a window that is required in specific locations to provide an emergency means of exiting or entering a dwelling. These windows must meet size requirements in order to qualify as egress.
According to the International Residential Code, there are four size requirements in order for windows to qualify. Keep in mind, these size requirements are put in to place so an adult can exit or enter the opening in emergency situations. Below are the most up to date egress window requirements.
- Minimum height of 24 inches
- Minimum width of 20 inches
- Maximum sill height above the floor of 44 inches
- Minimum net opening of 5.4 square feet
In addition to the above size requirements, the window must be operational from the inside without tools. Gravina’s Window Center suggests either double hung or casement Infinity by Marvin replacement windows. They are easily operated and can be opened in a hurry.
There are other requirements that get into much more detail. If you have any questions, please call the office or stop by the showroom in Littleton. One of our knowledgeable sales team members would be happy to help answer any questions you may have about your upcoming project.