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Maximizing Your Basement’s Potential by Installing Egress Windows

Basements often get a bad reputation as dark, dingy places reserved for storage or laundry. However, with a little bit of planning and investment, your basement can become one of the most functional and inviting spaces in your home. A great way to maximize your basement’s potential is by installing egress windows. These windows not only enhance safety but also add value and comfort to your home. In this blog, we’ll explore the myriad benefits of egress windows and guide you through the process of installation.

The Benefits of Installing Egress Windows

1. Enhances Safety

One of the most compelling reasons to install egress windows in your basement is to enhance safety. Egress windows act as emergency exits in case of fire or other emergencies. Having an egress window can be a lifesaver, providing a quick and accessible way out of the basement. Additionally, egress windows are required by building codes for any habitable space in the basement, ensuring that your home meets all local safety requirements.

2. Increases Natural Light and Ventilation

Basements are notorious for their lack of natural light and poor ventilation. Egress windows can solve both of these issues. By allowing sunlight to flood into the basement, egress windows make the space more inviting and comfortable. Improved ventilation can also help reduce humidity and prevent mold growth, making your basement a healthier environment.

3. Adds Value to Your Home

Installing egress windows can significantly increase the value of your home. Potential buyers will appreciate the added safety and the improved livability of the basement. Egress windows can transform your basement from a dark storage area into a bright, functional space that can be used as an extra bedroom, office, or family room.

4. Aids in Lowering Energy Costs

Better air circulation and increased natural light can help lower energy costs. By improving ventilation, egress windows can reduce the need for air conditioning during the warmer months. The natural light they provide can also decrease the reliance on artificial lighting, leading to potential savings on your energy bills.

Understanding Building Codes and Regulations

Before the installation process, it’s crucial to understand the building codes and regulations that pertain to egress windows. Egress windows must meet specific size and operational criteria to qualify as emergency exits. Typically, these requirements include:

  • A minimum opening width and height
  • A maximum sill height from the floor
  • The ability to open without the use of tools or keys

Consult your local building department to ensure that your egress window plans comply with all applicable codes and regulations.

Planning the Installation

Quality Craftsmanship 

When you hire a professional installer, like Standard Water Control,  you can rest assured your job will be done right the first time around. Professional installers have years of experience under their belts and know how to get the job done quickly while still delivering superior results every single time. They also use top-of-the-line tools and materials so you don’t have to worry about dealing with subpar products or faulty installation techniques – something that could cause serious problems later on down the road if left unchecked. 

Preparation and Planning 

Before any installation takes place, the professionals will first need to determine which type of window is best suited for your home. This is based on factors such as size, style, material, and budget. They will also conduct a thorough inspection of the area where the window will be placed in order to make sure it is structurally sound and there are no potential hazards or obstructions. Once this step is complete, they can begin prepping for the installation process. 

The Installation Process

Our crew kicks things off by digging the hole manually to keep the homeowner’s property intact and safeguard underground utilities. This approach has been a lifesaver when homeowners have hidden private lines not on city records. Imagine the issues a backhoe could cause in such a scenario.

We bring in a special diamond-bladed hydraulic ring saw to slice through the cement block exterior neatly, minimizing dust and debris inside. A crew member uses a small jackhammer to score the wall’s interior, then the wall gets knocked out with an old-school maul and some elbow grease.

We offer various window well options to suit your needs, from galvanized steel with a ladder to sturdy structural plastic that’s bug-proof and rust-resistant. Need protection from the elements? We’ve got you covered with clear shields to protect your window well from the elements.

With our mobile wood shop on hand, we swiftly install and trim the window. In just one day, Standard Water can turn your dark basement into a bright, cozy, and code-compliant living space.

Maintenance Tips:

Once your egress window is in place, remember that regular upkeep is key to keeping it efficient. Clean around the edges to prevent dirt buildup and inspect it for damage caused by weather or other factors regularly. Our pros can share tips on how to care for your new windows to extend their lifespan without costly repairs later on.

Real-Life Examples

Case Study: Erin – Minneapolis

Standard Water Control added both a drain tile system and an egress window to Erin’s Minneapolis home. Not only did the window provide much-needed natural light and ventilation to the downstairs bedroom, but it also gave the family peace of mind knowing anyone staying in that basement bedroom had a safe exit in case of an emergency.

Testimonial: Andy – Plymouth

“They were very professional, very courteous. Worked hard  from the moment they got here ‘till the moment the job was done. The thing that stood out the most to me was the attention to detail. I would recommend Standard Water Control to anybody.” 


Installing egress windows is a smart investment that enhances the safety, comfort, and value of your home. By providing an emergency exit, increasing natural light and ventilation, and adding an additional point of entry, egress windows can transform your basement into a functional and inviting space. If you’re considering maximizing your basement’s potential, now is the perfect time to take the plunge and install egress windows. For more information and expert advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to Standard Water Control Systems today!