Egress Windows and the Law | Best Pick Reports

Though the requirements for egress windows are complex, a professional contractor will be able to help you select a window that not only satisfies the requisite safety regulations but also adds to your enjoyment of the home. Various window styles are manufactured in sizes to meet the requirements of egress window construction. Casement windows work best in basements where space may be limited. Double-hung windows and gliding windows, on the other hand, must be very large in order to meet the net clear opening requirement—the overall height of the double-hung window would be almost five feet, while the smallest dimensions of the required gliding window is four feet wide by four feet high. Some awning-style windows are manufactured with special hardware that permits them to meet the egress window standard, but in general, this top-opening style is not recommended for use as an egress window.