Homeowners in Galena, OH, moved into their house not long after it was built a few years ago. While they hadn’t experienced any major problems, they still began to seriously consider the health and safety of their home. As they thought of different ways they could use their basement, they wanted to make sure everything was up to code.
The International Residential Code states that all habitable space, including basements, are required to have at least one operational emergency escape or means of egress. That means an egress window system is needed.
After learning about Ohio Basement Authority and our egress service, the owners were motivated to contact us for further guidance. They met with one of our inspectors who confirmed the necessity of the system.
One of our crews then upgraded one of the basement windows by installing an egress window system. Our crew carefully excavated the area outside where the new window would be installed, and cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the newer window system. The new window’s all-vinyl frame is rust-resistant, and its double-pane glass is energy-efficient.
A lightly-colored window well was installed outside the new window, and this allows more natural light to enter the basement to brighten up the space. A durable clear cover was attached to the top of the window well for safety and to keep leaves, debris and precipitation out of the window well.
The owners are now happy to have a safer home that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: Egress Window System