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What are Egress Windows?

If you want to add extra space to your house to accommodate a growing family or have more space for guests, consider transforming your basement into a living area. You could add a cozy bedroom or a cool playroom to your living space while boosting your house value.

Basement living spaces require egress windows, which should not be mistaken for hopper windows. Egress windows are large openings in a wall that help get natural light into the basement and serve as a safe exit in case of an emergency.

A basement escape window is mainly a window installed to provide an emergency exit from a building. In the event of a fire or other emergency, the egress window can be used to escape from the building. Egress windows must meet certain size and height requirements to be effective as an emergency exit.

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How to choose the best egress window?

Choosing a basement window is much more than just making sure it fits inside the minimum height and width. Several styles of windows meet the egress window requirements and work perfectly for any finished basement.

There are many types of egress windows, and the type you need depends on your home's layout and window location. The most common type of egress window is a casement window, which is hinged on one side and opens outward. Another common type is a double-hung window with two sashes that slide up and down. If you have a small space, you may want to consider awning or hopper windows, which open outward from the top or bottom.

Homeowners planning to have basement bedrooms should consider their basement windows carefully. The most popular options are casement windows and sliding windows, but other options might better suit the habitable space in the basement.

Having basement egress windows provides multiple benefits. From allowing fresh air and natural light into the room to providing an emergency exit at need, egress windows are a must for anyone thinking of starting a basement remodeling project and turning that long-forgotten basement space into an extra bedroom.

Have your egress windows installed by professionals

While egress window installation might not be a very complicated affair and does not differ much from the installation of a standard window, homeowners need to ensure their basement windows follow egress window codes for their safety and peace of mind.

Due to its safety purpose, any egress window must follow the Building Code. The opening width must be at least 20 inches, and the opening height at least 24 inches. Another size requirement is a net clear opening of at least 5.7 square feet and a sill no more than 44 inches off the floor. The code requirements also mandate a well of 36 inches wide and 36 inches long dug underneath the window frame if your basement is below ground level.

Trust the Chicago Window Guys with your egress windows.

If you want to make things simple, call the Chicago Window Guys! Working with us, you'll get access to an extensive selection of windows, exceptional energy efficiency performance on all our products, the best finishes, design innovation, durability, custom sizes, decorative glass window grids, premium quality, and the latest in glass features. Plus, we know all the local requirements for basement windows and will ensure your egress windows comply with the building code.

Our window highest quality components include:

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Premium CS Ultra Foam Space
  • Full-Fusion Welding Systems
  • Multi-chamber vinyl sash and frames
  • High-Precision hardware
  • HandMade-in-America
  • Multi-Point Locking System

Should I change my Egress Windows?

Do you notice signs of wear and tear? Have your windows started to show their age? We live in an era where a window's scope lays beyond the usual keeping the rain and cold outside. We deliver only energy-efficient house windows! Whether you choose a classic window style, hung windows, or patio windows, you can rest assured that all are energy-efficient windows.

From our extensive experience, we can tell you that you should consider replacement windows or at least have a professional window guy check your windows if you notice:

  • Significant condensation within the panes of glass
  • Drafts coming from the window
  • Mold or blistered paint around the window
  • Warped frame that makes it difficult to open or close the window
  • The hardware isn't working correctly
  • The window clatters or clanks while opening
If you relate to at least one of these signs, your window isn't giving its maximum energy efficiency performance. In fact, it is most likely that you are losing money due to its deterioration. Get the most energy-efficient and highest quality windows. Chicago Window Guys provides you the best team of professionals for any window replacement, installation, or maintenance project.
 

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Each home can have a variety of windows that need replacement, Chicago Window Guys has you covered:

Where Do We Provide Service

Chicago Window Guys provides service throughout the Chicagoland area, including but not limited to:

  • Chicago

  • Arlington Heights

  • Aurora

  • Bolingbrook

  • Elgin

  • Evanston

  • Joliet

  • Lake Bluff

  • Lake Forest

  • Libertyville

  • McHenry

  • Naperville

  • Schaumburg

  • St. Charles

  • Waukegan

  • Wheaton


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Our Window Installation Process

No matter if you have one window or 1000, our team of licensed experts will help you each step of the way. All of our windows feature fully customizable hardware recessed into the frame for a modern appearance and state of the art functionality.
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Consultation

In-home consultation to see our products and ask questions.
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Measurements

With your window measurements, you will receive a quote.
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Installation

Insured and licensed installers will replace your old windows.
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Approval

We make sure you are happy and approve of your new Windows.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common questions regarding our window installation services.
 
1What happens during the first in-home appointment?
The first time we visit your home is typically a consultation. The goal of the visit is two-fold: First, we will look at the windows that need to be replaced or installed. Second, we’ll show you product examples and give you advice on what window is most suitable for your space, your home, your budget, your needs, etc. and provide quotes. You can expect this visit to last about 30 minutes to an hour. Please prepare by ensuring that the areas are clean and accessible and ensure any pets are accommodated accordingly prior to the visit.
2What’s included in the service?
Our window installation service includes;
  • Home consultation with one of our window installation professionals
  • Measurement of window openings to ascertain the size and dimensions
  • Professional recommendations regarding window styles, materials, glass types based on the space and your home
  • Quote for all labor and materials and financing options if available
  • Removal of existing windows
  • Delivery and installation of your choice of window size, style, frame material, color, glass type, etc.
3Is there a limit to how many windows I can have installed?
There are no limits, we’re happy to help you replace a single window or all the windows in your home. We’re here for you.
4Do you install any type of window?
  • We install all types of window sizes and styles (double-hung, casement, sliding, hopper, etc.).
  • We manage a large variety of frame materials (wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, etc.)
  • We handle an assortment of glass types (annealed, heat-strengthened, tempered, laminated, etc.)
  • We also have options for windows with different energy ratings (Energy Star, NFRC)

Why Choose The Window Guy?

For 25 years we have been working to give people the best product with the best installation at the best price.

Other companies want to sell you a whole house of windows. We are happy with you purchasing one. Why? Because we know you will be so impressed with the product you will want to do the whole house.

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