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E-Gress Windows: Everything You Need To Know

Whether you are looking to replace the windows in your home or simply want to familiarize yourself with proper safety regulations, e-gress windows play an important role as they provide emergency exits in the event of a fire.

What are e-gress windows?

The term “egress” is defined as the action of going out or leaving a place. Similarly, e-gress windows must be large enough (determined by provincial regulations) for entry or exit in case of an emergency. Generally, they are required in specific locations in a house such as in the basement or in a bedroom. The windows must meet specific criteria such as size, quality, and various other requirements in order to qualify as an e-gress window.

It’s important to make sure you are hiring a contractor you trust to ensure your windows meet the provincial fire code standard. Failure to comply is both a violation of the law and extremely dangerous in the event of an emergency.

What is the minimum size of e-gress windows?

E-gress windows must have unobstructed openings with areas of at least 0.35 meters2 and with no dimension less than 380 millimeters. As well, It is recommended that the sill of the window is not higher than 1.5 meters above the floor for easy access in an emergency.

When should you get e-gress windows?

According to The Public Health Act, for buildings of 3 stories or less, each bedroom should have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside without the use of tools or special knowledge.

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, contact Custom Window Designs for all your window replacement and installation needs.



The Importance of Egress Windows

Selecting windows can aid in the aesthetic appeal of your home. Today’s selection presents many options, which can be tailored to meet a particular aesthetic look and feel: casement, awning, bay, triple slider, and specialty shaped are just a few options available to those looking to replace or install new windows. However, windows are not utilized to merely enhance the curb appeal of a home. In fact, there are strict regulations around Egress windows and the placement of them in a home. Here are a few facts on Egress windows:

  1.  Egress Windows provide emergency exits in case of a fire
  2. Windows should be easy to operate and obviously operable
  3. The Public Health Act states “For buildings of 3 stories or less and except where a bedroom door provides access directly to the exterior, each bedroom shall have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside without the use of tools or special knowledge*.” *special knowledge refers to if a window requires several steps to operate.
  4. A recommendation is that the sill of the window, used for emergency exits, be no higher than 1.5m off the floor. Basement bedroom windows should have improved access, such as built in furniture below the window to provide easy exit access.

If your current windows do not meet the recommendations, then contact Custom Window Designs. As an expert in egress window requirements, their skilled staff will ensure your investment and home is safe

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Stop Basement Water Leaks With E-gress Windows

Have you noticed large watermarks on your basement walls? or puddles forming? Your basement windows may be the problem. Perhaps your old windows are no longer getting the job done right – and it’s something you can’t ignore. The water leaks can cause extensive damage, including mold. In older homes, basements weren’t necessarily designed to be lived in, so it’s not unusual after a long period of time the windows just aren’t up to par for what you need right now.

If you’re next home improvement job includes waterproofing your basement, to make it a more livable area for your family to enjoy, then egress window replacements should also be included on this list! Here’s why:

Better Safety

Egress windows give the home that added safety by providing an alternate route of escape in the case of fire or emergencies. An installed egress window in every room in the basement ensures that every person in the home has access to a safe exit at all times.

Brighter Light

Egress windows will replace the dingy old windows and allow natural light to pour into your basement, turning an otherwise dark room into a well-lit and functional area.

More Open Space

If you’re planning on finishing your basements, an egress window makes for a great addition to the open space a basement provides.

Prevents Basement Leaks

Your brand new egress windows will replace your old, leaky windows and stop unwanted water from entering your basement.

For more information on the cost of egress windows, designs, and installation contact Custom Window Designs. Their experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment for a free quote today!

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Emergency Egress Windows For Bedrooms

In Ontario, an Egress window is not required in a bedroom. However, it is still a preference for most homeowners to want an egress window installed in all the bedrooms of the home.  In the case of a fire, the bedroom window is not typically the the ordinary escape route but if the only escape route leading from the bedroom to safety is filled with smoke or worse, blocked with fire, having an Egress window in the bedroom could mean the difference between life and death.

According to the International Residential Code, a bedroom window can be between 24 and 44 inches from the floor, it needs at least 5.7 square feet for the opening, and it must measure no less than 24 inches high and 20 inches wide.

If you’ve been considering upgrading your home’s overall aesthetics, as well as providing your family with added safety in the case of emergencies, get in contact with a professional window installer at Custom Window Designs. They can show you all the design options available for Egress replacement windows. They offer financing options as low as $28 a month, so that you don’t have to hold off on a home improvement project that would provide you the security every home needs.

Contact Custom Window Designs today for more information on financing your new egress windows and to get a free quote.  They’re located at 3495 Laird Road. Unit 1 servicing Mississauga and the surrounding areas.