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Egress Windows in Joliet, IL

We install basement egress windows for homeowners in Joliet, IL and the surrounding areas to help ensure a safe emergency exit and allow natural light into finished basements and living spaces.

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Egress windows can save lives in an emergency, so it’s important they are installed right and built to code. At Window World of Joliet, our egress windows do just that but also add style to your home.

  • Designed to meet your building codes
  • Easy to access and exit in the case of an emergency
  • Provides natural light and ventilation

Choose from these color options to beautifully complement the style of your home – inside and out.

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What is an egress window?

Egress windows are large windows that serve as an exit in the event of an emergency. In fact, egress, by definition, means “a way out.” While an egress window’s primary function is to provide a safe exit point, they also provide plentiful natural light, making finished basements and living spaces more open and welcoming.

Does my home need egress windows?

Egress windows are required in every bedroom (regardless of floor), as well as in any basement or subterranean spaces that could be considered habitable or finished.

If you plan to convert an unfinished basement to habitable space, egress windows will be required. Many older homes will not have previously-installed egress windows in basement spaces – so that’s where Window World of Joliet comes in.

What is required of an egress window?

Building codes vary by location, but as a general rule of thumb, egress windows must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet. That is, the minimum opening size of the window – the space for a person to fit through – must be at least 5.7 square feet.

The window sill should be no higher than 44 inches above the floor. The minimum width of the opening is 20 inches, while the minimum height of the opening is 24 inches, but a 20-inch by 24-inch window would only provide a minimum net clear opening of 3.3 square feet. Normally we will install windows 30-36” wide and 40-48” tall for easier access and safety.

A person exiting the building must be able to open the egress window without additional tools or keys.

In addition, some building codes require egress windows for natural light and ventilation in basement rooms larger than 200 square feet. Typically, with rooms of this size, the glass area of the egress window must be at least 8% of the square footage of the room, and the opening area must be at least 4% of the square footage of the room.

How are egress windows installed?

At Window World of Joliet, each of our egress windows is installed by our team of factory trained professionals. That way, you can be sure that your egress windows are properly installed and up to standard.

Do egress windows increase home value?

Adding an egress window can positively impact your home value, though the amount of value they add can vary.

What size is an egress window?

While local building codes can vary, the International Building Code specifies that an egress window must have a minimum opening of 5.7 square feet.

When did egress windows become mandatory?

Egress windows became a requirement of basement bedrooms in 1997 as part of the International Residential Code.

How many egress windows are required in a basement?

Residential building codes throughout the United States require at least one egress window for a basement to be considered a habitable space.

Do I need an egress window in my basement?

For any finished basements, the answer is yes. For any basement to be considered a habitable space, it must have at least one egress window in each individual room. This means that basements with a living space and a separate bedroom, for example, must have an egress window in the living room and bedroom.

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Great experience with Window World of Joliet—from the no-pressure initial sales meeting through the installation. Everybody we worked with was professional, helpful, informative, and did excellent work. The windows and doors are of amazing quality and look beautiful. They were great when it came to working with us to find the most convenient time for installation (my husband and I each took off a half day). I highly recommend Window World of Joliet.
Linda S.
Could not be happier with the sales and service we got from Window World Joliet. Our installers were amazing, Brandon & Marty were great, they covered everything inside the house so it wouldn’t get damaged or dirty. They also replaced all the white trim on the outside of the house around the window and did a great job at that. Before they left, they made sure that all garbage and waste was taken away as well. Highly recommend Window World of Joliet.
Dean H.
I was very happy with Window World. I replaced a window, door, and screen door. The replacements were ready when I was told and put in immediately. The guy who installed everything was great. It’s comforting to know there is a lifetime warranty on the items and installation too!
Mary Ann D.
I had a bow window installed recently. The installers were very pleasant and double-checked with me to inspect the window to make sure it was what I ordered. They also cleaned up after the awesome installation. The sales and service teams were professional. I would recommend Window World for your window projects!
Janet D.
This is my second experience with Window World of Joliet and again I am very pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend their product and services!
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