EGRESS FOR SMALL WINDOW SIZES
RINGER WINDOWS NEW CASEMENT WINDOWS MEET EGRESS FOR SMALL WINDOWS SIZES
Egress Windows. Simply stated egress allows exterior entry or exit in case of emergency. Think fire and bedrooms. Meeting egress for small windows sizes for new construction and replacement windows can be an interesting challenge for window companies with quality, robust window systems. With a robust window system, the width of the window frame reduces the amount of opening for egress. Discerning homeowners and builder professionals replacing windows with a quality window system need to meet egress requirements.
WINDOW EGRESS REQUIREMENTS
New Construction building codes require all sleeping areas (or areas that may be used as a sleeping area), meet a minimum of 5.7 square feet window opening to allow escape (in case of fire), or entry (allowing a fire rescuer with all the emergency equipment to enter). Minimum width dimensions of an opening must be 20” and minimum height dimensions are 24”. The maximum sill height from the floor is 44”. For replacement windows, a minimum opening size of 5.0 square feet must be met.
Interestingly enough when 20” width and 24” height is converted into a square foot opening size, these minimum opening dimensions together do not meet the minimum 5.0 or 5.7 square feet for egress for small windows sizes.
RINGER WINDOWS CASEMENT WINDOW SYSTEMS
Casement Window with washability hinge (Thank you Gregg Mack for photo)
RINGER WINDOWS CASEMENT WINDOW WITH WASHABILITY HINGE
The casement window with washability hinge allows the homeowner to clean both sides of this operable picture window from inside the home without going outside and climbing ladders. The casement window opens from the inside and the hand easily can reach between the frame of the casement window and the frame of the glass.
The casement window with the washability hinge is an outstanding window to meet egress with windows with widths of 3 feet and heights between 42” and 60”. The Elite Single hung or double hung windows do not meet the height restrictions of the egress for small windows with less than 66” heights. Ringer Windows recommends using a 6 foot hung style window or using a casement window for new construction projects to meet the egress for small window sizes.
WINDOW SIZE LIMITATIONS FOR OLDER AND NEW HOMES
Many older homes with character have limitations with meeting egress for small windows on second floors due to interesting rooflines. The foot tall windows using quality single hung window systems will not meet egress for small windows with this narrow width. It is often recommended to building professionals to design homes with larger windows to meet egress for sleeping areas. The complaint is often the distraction of a larger width window when other windows are narrower in width.
CASEMENT WINDOW MEETS EGRESS FOR SMALL WINDOW SIZES
Ringer Windows now has a solution for meeting egress for small windows in bedrooms or sleeping areas. We now offer the egress hinge casement window. The casement window with egress hinge can meet egress width requirements with a window size width down to 28.5”. This is great news for new home builds desiring to have a narrow width window in sleeping areas!
For meeting egress in small window sizes in bedrooms egress can be met with a 36” x 36” window with the Ringer Windows egress casement window!
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