Serving Mid, Western and Northern Michigan,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 by Patrick Rori
Everyone wants a nice finished basement, maybe it’s going to be a mancave? Or a place for the kids to go? Perhaps a place to escape from the kids? There’s a lot that goes into finishing a basement before you can start enjoying it. Walls need to be painted, floors need to be dealt with, windows need to be sorted out, maybe there needs to be plumbing and water access downstairs… either way, finishing a basement requires a lot of time, effort, and planning.
As for the planning, one very important aspect to look at is the state of your windows before renovations take place. A poor window setup can have lack of sunlight, water leaking, and can even stop the progress of a finished basement due to building code. With all these issues that a poor window setup can have, it’s worth it to fix it while renovating or fixing your basement. Before doing any special work to the walls such as painting, it’s a good idea to install an egress window; that way nothing gets dirty after the installation. Building codes require that finished basement living areas have an emergency egress - an egress window large enough to allow safe exit out of the space in case of an emergency. If you want to have someone living in the basement it is imperative that they have a way out in the case of an emergency such as a fire.
recent customer called us with complaints of leaking through their basement window. We were able to solve that leaking effectively with the installation of our egress window. It uses a one-piece construction so it will not have leaking issues. As for sunlight in the basement, it improved dramatically; no more dungeon basement anymore! The installation process can be messy if not handled professionally, luckily our team was able to make the area look nice and cleaned up.
Here at Ayers Basement Systems, we are certified installers of egress window wells. In addition to providing a safe exit, our egress windows allow more natural light and fresh air into the basement to make the space feel larger and more inviting.
If you're planning on finishing your basement now or in the future, save yourself time and hassle by including egress window installation as part of your basement finishing project!