When you wish to replace one of your basement windows, there are several things that you should think about. One topic that might not cross your mind but that you should think about anyway is whether the window might be conducive for escaping in an emergency. This is especially true if your family spends a lot of time in the basement. For example, if there were a fire on the ground floor of your house, or perhaps even a break-in, you'd want to be able to get out of the house — and the basement window might be your best option. Here are some traits to think about when you replace the basement window.
Size might be the most important issue to consider when you're replacing a basement window and want to feel capable of escaping the house through it. Many basement windows are small and therefore not large enough to allow an adult through. Increasing the size of your basement window can be a bit of an undertaking, but the right contractor can get the job done for you. Choose a window that is large enough to easily accommodate the biggest member of your family. A larger basement window isn't just about being able to fit through — it will also provide more light into a space that can often seem dark.
Ease Of Opening
It's ideal to choose basement windows that lock from the inside, given how an unlocked window can be an easy entry point for a burglar. You want to choose a lock style that is easy to open for you and your family in an emergency, though. For example, one that requires a key is largely unnecessary in this application. Instead, choose one with a locking clasp that is easy to open. Overall, the window should be easy to open in a hurry. Sliding windows are usually faster to open than casement windows and also allow for a clearer path through which to escape.
Give some thought to the location of the window or, more specifically, the location of the things inside your basement around the window. You don't want to invest in a large, easy-opening window and then have it difficult to access because of furniture in the way. When you're planning this project, think about how you can set up your basement so that the path to the window is unobstructed. You may also wish to place a small piece of furniture, such as a chair, beneath the window to allow people to climb up to it with ease.
Contact a local window replacement service for more information on choosing a window.